In the wake of a 66 Count Fraud Indictment handed down by a White Plains grand jury against former New Rochelle DPW Fleet Manager Richard Fevang and calls by Republican Council Members for an independent audit and a criminal referral to the U.S. Attoreny, City Manager Chuck Strome, Mayor Noam Bramson and members of the Democratic Party has been out in force attempting to minimize the situation and demonize anyone calling for greater scrutiny.
The "talking points" from Noam Bramson & Company, so far, are as follows:
Talk of the Sound offers a point-by-point rebuttal of these spurious claims, after the jump...Read more
Newly Designated Public Integrity Officers Give New Yorkers A Place To Report Government Corruption Without Fear Of Political Influence
Schneiderman Fulfills Commitment To Tackle Government Corruption At All Levels To Restore Confidence In Public Sector
NEW YORK – As part of his effort to crack down on corruption and restore the public's trust in government, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of public integrity officers to serve in all of the Attorney General's regional offices across the state. They will be charged with giving taxpayers a place to go to report complaints of government corruption without fear of local politics influencing the outcome.Read more
Noted Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman will address the Constitutionality of Laws regarding Equality Issues at Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s third annual Pride Shabbat at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24. A discussion will follow the service. The community is welcome.
Professor Finkelman is an expert in constitutional history and constitutional law, freedom of religion, the law of slavery, civil liberties and the American Civil War, and legal issues surrounding baseball. He has written extensively on Thomas Jefferson and on Abraham Lincoln.
He teaches constitutional law, with a particular interest in all dimensions of the First Amendment, and has written in the field of religion and the law. He was the chief expert witness in the Alabama Ten Commandments monument case and his scholarship on religious monuments in public spaces was cited by the U.S. Supreme Count. His scholarship on the Second Amendment has also been cited by the Supreme Court. In 2002, he was a key expert witness in the suit over who owned Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run ball.
Sources with direct knowledge of a public corruption investigation in New Rochelle by the Westchester County District Attorney tell Talk of the Sound that Fleet Manager Richard Fevang is the sole focus of the pending grand jury indictment.
Several sources have complained that the DA's office appears to be singling out Fevang and ignoring siginificant wrong doing by other municipal employees. Some well-placed sources have speculated that this may be the result of political considerations by Janet DeFiore, a Democrat, who will need to support from New Rochelle Democrats when she runs for re-election. By laying the entire case at the feet of Fevang, the City can then claim they have got rid of the "one rotten apple" when they fire him to create the illusion that Fevang was a rogue employee and that no other municipal employees were involved.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Laurell Smith, 21, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York was convicted today after a jury trial of one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony, for a daytime stabbing on September 18th, 2010 on North Avenue in New Rochelle, resulting in the death of Kevin Williams.
The murder was first reported on Talk of the Sound within minutes of the stabbing. Talk of the Sound was first to report that Kevin Williams had died, turning the case into a murder investigation.
Rico Johnson, 20, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Johnson will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.
Krista Leggieri,18, of 311 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York had previously pled guilty on March 11th, 2011 to one count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony and one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class “E” Felony. Leggieri will be sentenced on June 14th, 2011.Read more
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox announced today that Steven Malkin (DOB 08/11/58) of 29 Chester Drive, Rye, New York was arrested and charged by Felony Complaint with:
In addition, Old Tyme Wine & Spirits, Inc. located at 422 Pelham Avenue, in New Rochelle was charged by Felony Complaint with:
The Westchester County District Attorney will convene a grand jury Tuesday May 10th in White Plains to consider filing charges against employees of the City of New Rochelle and equipment and service vendors doing business with the City, Talk of the Sound has learned. The Public Integrity Division of the DA's office has been investigating the New Rochelle Department of Public Works, a probe which has expanded to the New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Department and the City's Finance Department.Read more
A student at Albert Leonard Middle School received a 5-day suspension earlier this week for distributing brownies laced with marijuana. Several students reported feeling sick after eating the "pot brownies".
The incident was widely discussed among students at Albert Leonard Middle School. Several students who say they know the student, an 8th grade female, tell Talk of the Sound that the student's older sister was recently disciplined for a drug-related incident at New Rochelle High School.
One City School District of New Rochelle employee, who asked not to be identified, told Talk of the Sound the student may have been selling the brownies and that some student knew they were ingesting brownies laced with marijuana.
UPDATE: A reader sent the following note:Read more