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Parents question school safety By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

A small but vocal group is “up in arms” about school safety in New Rochelle. At a Jan. 8 Board of Education meeting, a handful of parents accused school officials of failing to comply with safety requirements mandated by state law, and being evasive and dishonest about school security. “The [school] district is not in compliance with the SAVE law,” said Adam Egelberg. “There has been no district safety plan since 2009. The police contact listed in the plan passed away in 2008. There is incorrect and conflicting information about lockdown procedures in

the 2009 plan.” Egelberg said he took “great offense” to the administration’s actions in the last few weeks, and urged school officials to “start doing their jobs right tomorrow.” Amy Ecker said she believed that her children are getting an excellent education in New Rochelle’s public schools. She said she also understood that the individual school principals have been tasked with making their buildings safe. But she said that puts them in an unfair position. “The [safety] plans are out of date. We need short-term and longterm plans to improve communication. Where is the safety plan? Who SAVE, continued on page 13

January 18 & January 25, 2013

Iona Prep opens new physics lab

The Iona Prep community recently celebrated the completion of the school’s new physics lab with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new lab is equipped with hydraulic tables so students can work while sitting or standing, a threepiece chalkboard, and four flat-screen televisions. In keeping with the latest technology, the televisions are equipped with HDMi so students can link their computers to the screens during experiments and other group activities. While the classroom has been open and in use since the beginning of the school year, Hurricane Sandy forced the postponement of the initial ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Nov. 1, 2012. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

Sandy repairs may delay waterfront openings

Ex-NFL player visits New Ro



While New Rochelle escaped the worst of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, the massive storm that slammed the tri-state area Oct. 29-30, 2012 didn’t leave the city entirely unscathed, officials said. Addressing the City Council during its Jan. 8 meeting, City Manager Chuck Strome said the city’s waterfront parks took a significant hit.

As a defensive player with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, Donovin Darius didn’t have many chances to carry the ball. But on Jan. 11, the former safety carried his message to third and fifth graders at Ward Elementary School. “I first met Donovin when his daughter started here, and we developed a relationship from there,” said Ward Elementary Principal Franco Miele. “He’s a great guy and he has a positive message for the kids.” Darius, who is now a motivational speaker, said he discovered his ability to inspire people after his playing days ended. He started the Donovin Darius Foundation in order to “educate, equip and empower youth and others for success through character and mental development and healthier lifestyles.” By encouraging youngsters to strive for excellence, he hopes to create “a legacy of children who learn leadership skills that will positively change the culture.” He began the last of three presentations at Ward Elementary School by greeting some of his youngest fans. As he made his way around the

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A tree blocks a street by the Boulevard behind City Hall post-Sandy. According to City Manager Chuck Strome, beaches and waterfront parks may experience delayed openings this year due to damage sustained by the hurricane. Photo/Alexandra Bogdanovic

Wisconsin cop shares insight on ‘active shooters’ By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Lt. Dan Marcou, a retired Wisconsin police officer, didn’t coin the term “active shooter,” but he said he encountered a few in almost 33 years on the job. He also said he knows exactly what it takes to stop them before they strike. Authorities define an active shooter as someone who is currently engaged in the act of unlawfully shooting at random or targeted victims. During a three-hour lecture on

Retired Wisconsin police officer Lt. Dan Marcou recently shared his insight on “active shooters” in light of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting. Contributed photo

Jan. 10 at Iona College in New Rochelle called the “Five Phases of the Active Shooter,” Marcou said preventing a deranged gunman who is hell-bent on killing as many innocent people as possible from fulfilling his mission takes an “effective act of courage.” Sometimes, it’s up to an “honorable gunfighter”–often a cop–to end a rampage, Marcou said. Other times, its up to a civilian–be it a lawyer, a social worker, teacher or family member–to see ACTIVE, continued on page 9

auditorium, the shrieking youngsters clamoring for his attention jumped to give him high fives. The raucous reaction ebbed as Darius laid the ground rules for the rest of the afternoon, but quickly resumed as he showed some of his NFL game highlights. “That didn’t happen overnight,” said Darius, a first-round draft pick who was selected 25th overall. Darius, 37, recalled how he grew up in a rough neighborhood, where drug dealers camped out on one corner and gangs claimed another. “Every day, I had the opportunity to make a decision. Did I want to be like them, or did I want to do the right thing?” the father of three said, adding that determination and a positive attitude help him prevail. Darius also explained the difference between “dream makers” and “dream breakers.” Dream makers are the people who offer encouragement and support; the people who inspire you and help you achieve your goals, he said. “Dream breakers” are negative individuals who tear you down and cheer when you fail. Dreaming big, encouraging othDARIUS, continued on page 3

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Flu surge prompts New York State emergency declaration By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

In an effort to spare New Yorkers from the ravages of the seasonal flu sweeping across the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide public health emergency Jan. 12. The declaration suspends for 30 days state law that prohibits pharmacists from administering “immunizing agents” to people under age 18. As a result, patients between six months and 18 years of age can now get flu shots. “We are experiencing one of the worst flu seasons since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread,” Cuomo said, noting that cases have been reported in all 57 counties in the state and all five boroughs of New York City. “Therefore, I have directed my administration, the state health department and others to marshal all needed resources to address this public health emergency and remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers–children and adults alike–have access to critically needed flu vaccines,” Cuomo said. This year’s vaccine will protect against all three strains of the flu, Westchester County health officials said. The shots are recom-

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ers to pursue their dreams and having a positive attitude are important, but they are not the only keys to success, Darius told the students. Literacy is essential. Every year, as many as 30 players didn’t make it through training camp because they couldn’t, or wouldn’t, read

mended for pregnant The New York State women, children age 5 and Health Department’s under, people age 50 and Bureau of Communicable older, people with certain Disease Control tracks medical conditions and statewide influenza cases. people who live in nursAccording to the agency, ing homes and long-term there were 4,059 laboracare facilities. Health care tory-confirmed flu cases workers and others who in the week ending Jan. 5. are exposed to high-risk While the number of groups are also encourlaboratory-confirmed flu aged to get the vaccine. reports decreased by 7 perWhile getting the vaccent in comparison to the cine is a “good idea for previous week, the reports most people,” county of the percent of patient health officials also recvisits for influenza-likeommended checking with illness was 6.82 percent, your health provider first. which is above the regionGovenor Andrew Cuomo This is especially imporal baseline of 2 percent. tant for people who are allergic to chicken Symptoms of influenza-like illness include a eggs, those who have had severe reactions fever of 100 degrees or more, accompanied by to past flu vaccines, and those who have de- a cough and/or a sore throat “in the absence of veloped Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six a known cause other than influenza.” weeks after getting a flu vaccine. The number of patients admitted to the Because the flu season often continues into hospital with laboratory-confirmed influenza late winter or early spring, Cuomo also reminded or hospitalized patients newly diagnosed with New Yorkers that it is not too late to get a vac- laboratory-confirmed influenza also increased cination. It is especially important to do so now during the week ending Jan. 5. In all, 1,120 pagiven the severity of the flu season, he said. tients met those criteria–reflecting a 55 percent

the playbook, he said. “Readers are leaders. Leaders are readers,” the kids yelled when Darius prompted them to do so. The former defensive back also talked about the importance of physical fitness, and called groups of students onto the stage to do various exercises. Among other things, they learned the proper way to run and do pushups. Other students squared off against each other in races around cones set up on the stage. Finally, Darius challenged the students to say “thank you” 50 times per day every day for a week. After the presentation, Darius stayed to chat with the fifth graders. As the oldest kids in the school, they are leaders, he said. But being a leader isn’t enough, he concluded. You have to lead by example. Former Jacksonville Jaguar Donovin Darius spoke to third and fifth graders at Ward Elementary School Jan. 11. Photo/ Alexandra Bogdanovic

increase over the prior week. The flu reportedly claimed one child’s life during the week ending Jan. 5. It was the second such fatality reported in the state. As of Jan. 12, the overall number of reported flu cases in the state stood at 19,128. In addition to getting the vaccine, there are things people can do to help prevent the spread and contraction of the flu. On its website, the Westchester County Health Department recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home if you are sick. Other tips include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough, and cleaning your hands in hot soapy water. “Hand washing is one of the most effective, yet overlooked ways of preventing the spread of illness,” the county health website said. A list of Westchester pharmacies and neighborhood health centers that provide flu shots for adults and children is available on the county health department’s website. The site can be accessed at The site also contains basic information about the flu vaccine, including the intradermal flu vaccine available this year. It is administered on the surface of the skin instead of being injected into the muscle in order to minimize soreness.

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C ommunity Briefs Volunteers needed at Sarah Neuman Center Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck is seeking volunteers of all ages and invites you to share your talents and time. If you enjoy cooking, sewing, painting, knitting, arts and crafts reading and/or have an interesting hobby, then you can make a difference in the lives of seniors. For more information, contact Amy Lionheart, director of volunteer programs, to learn about volunteer opportunities at (914) 864-5140 or email Indoor farmers market returns to Mamaroneck Renowned as “The King of Greens,” farmer Brian Gajeski of Gajeski Produce is preparing to earn his moniker this winter at the Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market. The indoor market opened on Jan. 5 and will run every Saturday through May 18, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, located at 168 W. Boston Post Road in Mamaroneck. The Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be held indoors during the cold winter days and move out to St. Thomas Church parking lot in the warmer days of spring. Coyote discussion “Living with Coyotes in Westchester” – Jan. 20 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The New Rochelle Humane Society is pleased to host an upcoming presentation by Frank Vincenti from the Wild Dog Foundation: “Living with Coyotes in Westchester.” Learn how you, your family and your pets can live safely with our coyote neighbors. For more information, visit newrochellehumanesociety. org or call (914) 632-2925. The New Rochelle Humane Society is located at 70 Portman Road in New Rochelle.

MLK literary breakfast The Westchester Library System will hold its annual African-American Literary Celebration on Jan. 18 from 8 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at Abigail Kirsch’s Tappan Hill in Tarrytown. For 15 years, the Westchester Library System has presented this event featuring writers and individuals who have been inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrates his legacy. Diane Brady, author and senior editor of Bloomberg BusinessWeek will speak about her book “Fraternity,” the story of five young African-American men recruited by a visionary mentor at the College of Holy Cross in 1968. Kevin Plunkett, Westchester Deputy County Executive, College of Holy Cross alum, is honorary chair. Dr. Bettye Perkins, founder and chief executive officer of Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers will be honored of her mentoring program that recruits and trains culturally diverse and economically challenged high school students for a careers in education. Tickets for the 2013 Literary Tea are $95 and include a networking breakfast and presentation. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (914) 231-3241 or visit The Westchester Library System is located at 540 White Plains Road, Suite 200, in Tarrytown. For a complete list of programs and events throughout the Westchester Library System, visit Dinner to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be commemorated on Jan. 18 at Temple Israel of New Rochelle at a dinner followed by a Sabbath service. The event, sponsored by the Coalition for Mutual Respect, will feature the Rev. Michael J. Rouse of St. Catherine AME Zion Church in New Rochelle as guest speaker. The choir from St. Catherine AME Zion Church will participate in the service which Rabbi Amiel Wohl, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Israel will conduct. The celebration will start with the Sabbath dinner at 6 p.m. followed by services at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $25 per person for adults. Youth sponsorship may be added to

any check. Reservations for dinner are mandatory, but the community is invited to the Sabbath service. Tickets for the dinner can be obtained by calling the Temple at (914) 235-1800 or by mailing a check, made payable to the Coalition for Mutual Respect, to Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804.

Roe v. Wade event Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with “Securing the Promise of Roe,” a program by Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic. Jessica Arons, director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, will talk about the barriers women face in accessing abortion. Jan. 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $20 per person/$15 under age 30 YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester 515 North St., White Plains Sign up at or by calling (914) 467-7311 Pet Rescue kitten and cat adoption day Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Petco 324 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale For more information, visit NY-PetRescue. org, email, or call (914) 834-6955. County Executive to speak at chamber, Rotary meeting On Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Davenport Club, New Rochelle the Chamber of Commerce of New Rochelle and the Rotary Club of New Rochelle will have Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino as the keynote speaker. As in the past, Astorino will discuss the state of the county, open the floor to questions and

will also discuss the newly approved coalition budget.

Choral singers needed for Taconic Opera Taconic Opera invites choral singers to participate in the world premiere performance and professional recording of the oratorio “Enoch” by the company’s General and Artistic Director, Dan Montez. The work will feature the Taconic Opera chorus, professional lead singers and full orchestra. All voice parts are welcome and no dues are required. Membership for experienced choristers will not require an audition. Scores will be available at a reduced price at rehearsals for $20, but they also can be purchased through The company will be presenting two performances of the oratorio in two locations: March 2, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ossining United Methodist Church; and March 3, 2013 at 3 p.m. at the White Plains Presbyterian Church. Rehearsals will continue on Wednesdays from 7 p.m. -9 p.m. and Saturdays from 3 p.m. -5 p.m., with time off for the December holidays. The rehearsal location is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located at 801 Kitchawan Road (Route 134, between Taconic Parkway and Route 100) in Ossining (border of Yorktown). A dress rehearsal with leads and orchestra is scheduled for March 1, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Ossining United Methodist Church. For more information, contact or call (914) 649-1826. Deadline for our Community Briefs section is every Friday at 12 p.m. Though space is not guaranteed, we will do our best to accommodate your listing. Please send all items to

With honors Yasmine Reece, daughter of Mr. Jerry R. Reece and Ms. Avlyn P. Ashterman-Reece of New Rochelle, was named to the fall term 2012 Deans’ List at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. Several residents have been named to the University of Delaware’s Dean’s List for fall 2012: Jamie Carfora of New Rochelle Shannon Carty of New Rochelle Elisabeth Gold of New Rochelle Meghan Kenia of New Rochelle Andrew Konigsberg of New Rochelle

Marc Konigsberg of New Rochelle Kristina Magana of New Rochelle Bethany Townley of New Rochelle Sara Weinstein of New Rochelle

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Jenkins officially announces county executive run By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Coming as little surprise, Yonkers Democrat and County Legislator Ken Jenkins recently announced his long-held plans to run for county executive come November. Chairman of the Board of Legislators and political rival of Republican County Executive Rob Astorino, Jenkins made his formal announcement at a Jan. 2 press conference at the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. The decision could set the stage for a highly contentious race, as the two elected officials have engaged in a political tug-of-war ever since Astorino took office in 2010. “The facts are these: your property taxes have continued to rise, your fees for county services have gone up, while your quality of life has gone down,” Jenkins told supporters at the press conference. “Our county government is not doing more with less; it is doing less with less and shifting the burden to you in other ways.” Jenkins said he has stood up for the people of Westchester and built a reputation of being able to develop creative solutions to problems. In his remarks, he portrayed the county executive as someone out of touch with the interests of all of the county’s residents. Over the past two years, the Democraticled Board of Legislators has repeatedly butted

heads with the Republican Astorino, whose first administration on countterm in office expires less policy issues often at the end of 2013, depitting the two adversaries feated incumbent County at odds. Jenkins has even Executive Andy Spano, a led the decisions to sue Democrat, in 2009 to win Astorino’s administrathe seat. He has yet to antion on issues including nounce his intentions for day care funding and the this year’s race, although makeup of county boards. all indications point to “The ability to comprohim seeking re-election. mise is a strength, not a But before Jenkins goes weakness,” the chairman toe-to-toe with Astorino, said. “But knowing when he will have to get through compromise just isn’t acwhat is shaping up to be ceptable is important, too. a crowded Democratic But there are people who field. Long-time County just don’t ‘get it.’” Legislator Bill Ryan, a Legislator Ken Jenkins Jenkins also criticized County White Plains Democrat, formally announced his plans to run the county executive’s for county executive. He will join announced his intention 2013 budget, which was the growing Democratic field, as to run for the seat back adopted with the help of Legislator Bill Ryan and New Rochelle in November. Then, New two Democrats, saying Mayor Noam Bramson have also Rochelle Mayor Noam their intentions of running “illusory tax cuts” may be announced Bramson recently anfor the seat. File photo a quick way to gain politinounced that he plans to cal traction, but no way to govern. run for county executive as well. “It is fiscally irresponsible and morJenkins first took office as a county legislaally reprehensible to borrow for operating tor in 2007 after winning a special election. In costs like tax refunds, then dismantle the November of that same year, he won election programs and amenities that have made the to a full-term. In 2009, he won re-election and quality of life in Westchester what it is,” was also selected by his colleagues to serve as Jenkins said. board chairman.

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Former county executive O’Rourke dies at 79 By CHRISTIAN FALCONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Andrew O’Rourke will surely be remembered for his unforgettable sense of humor, but more importantly, for how he changed the face of Westchester. The former county executive passed away last week. He was 79. O’Rourke’s passing has sparked countless tales of his charm, wit and endearing personality, but those who knew him best say nothing epitomizes him more than when he tried to unseat then-Gov. Mario Cuomo, a Democrat, in the 1986 gubernatorial race, in what pundits described as a David versus Goliath contest. Early on in the 1986 campaign, Cuomo had refused to debate O’Rourke, the Republican nominee. Seizing the moment as best he could, O’Rourke–always the comedian–had a cardboard cutout of the governor made and, in turn, publicly debated the prop–carrying it around virtually everywhere he went. Now 26 years later, in an interview on New Rochelle’s WVOX Radio, Cuomo reflected on the former county executive. “I really do think he is, was and always will be a heroic figure because he was such a powerful coming together of good things,” Cuomo said. “His intelligence. His vision. His sense of humor. His sense of fairness made all the political labels meaningless. He was a wonderful public servant because he was a wonderful human being.” O’Rourke, who implemented policies that were often considered progressive for a Republican at the time, became a champion of welfare reforms, was responsible for privatizing several county functions and left a lasting impression throughout the county in which he lived and served for so many years. Due to complications from a lengthy battle with lung cancer, O’Rourke died at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx on Jan. 3. He lived in Yorktown. County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican, and confidant of O’Rourke’s, directed all flags on county property to be flown at half-staff in his honor. “Those who knew him will remember him for his extraordinary wit and charm as well as his compassion for all,” said the county executive, who was appointed to the county Board of Ethics by O’Rourke in 1995. “These are traits that served him well through his long career.” Astorino worked on O’Rourke’s campaigns for county executive and governor, and remained close to O’Rourke over the years, often turning to his predecessor for his “wise counsel and historic perspective.” O’Rourke, the youngest of five children, was born on Oct. 26, 1933 in Plainfield, N.J. He grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City and worked as an usher at the Paramount Theater in Times Square. His father, a doctor, died when he was nearly 2 years old and his mother became blind several years later, leaving the family to collect welfare. O’Rourke often defended such social programs during his tenure as county executive.

county jail at Valhalla, renovat- benefits, which is a model that is still impleing the County Center, construct- mented across the country today. ing a new terminal at the County He also created Croton Point Park out Airport from a Quonset hut, of what was a dumping ground, reopened aided in the development of the Playland as a county-run amusement park county’s North and South trail- and took Westchester Medical Center off the ways and purchased numerous county books by leasing out staffing and its acres of open space for county budget. parkland. County Legislator Jim Maisano, the board’s Howard P. Sturman, the pub- Republican minority leader, said O’Rourke lisher of The Harrison Report was one of the greatest public speakers that and a personal acquaintance of Westchester has ever seen. O’Rourke’s, said the former ex“Andy O’Rourke always served the people ecutive should be properly me- of Westchester County with visionary leadermorialized for revitalizing the ship, dedication and compassion. His legacy County Center. “Many have said will be that he truly made Westchester a better that he was charming, witty, intel- place for all its residents,” Maisano said. ligent and a great political leader. Soon after leaving office, O’Rourke won a Furthermore, he was my friend seat on the state Supreme Court. He retired and I will miss his friendship,” in 2009. In his spare time, O’Rourke also fulfilled Sturman said. “I strongly urge that the county executive initiate a hobby by publishing two novels “The Red legislation to rename the County Banner Mutiny” and “Hawkwood.” He is survived by his wife, Flora Lowe, Center The Andrew P. O’Rourke Former County Executive Andrew O’Rourke in an undated daughters Alice Rodd O’Rourke, Aileen B. County Center.” photo. O’Rourke, who died earlier this month, was county O’Rourke also helped build O’Rourke and his son Andrew O’Rourke Jr. executive for 15 years before stepping down. permanent shelters in Westchester His first wife, Alice McKenna, whom he diContributed photo to combat a growing homeless vorced, died in 2011. His funeral mass was held on Jan. 9 at St. O’Rourke graduated from Fordham epidemic in the 1980s. And he required welUniversity and received a law degree from fare recipients to work in order to earn their Patrick’s Church in Yorktown Heights. Fordham before starting his own private law practice in Yonkers. He also served as a captain in the Air Force and in the Naval Reserve. He launched his political career in Yonkers as a city councilman, serving from 1966 to 1973, and then served on the Westchester County Board of Legislators from 1973 to 1982, with the last four years as board chairman. In 1983, he took over as county executive when incumbent County Executive Alfred 200 WILLIAM ST., PORT CHESTER, N.Y. 10573 • Tel: (914) 653-1000 Fax: (914) 653-5000 DelBello, a Democrat, was elected as lieutenNEWS TIPS ant governor. O’Rourke was selected by the Unfortunately, our reporters cannot be everywhere. If you see news county legislature to fill out the remainder of in the making or have an idea for a news story, call us. Community reporters and correspondence are listed at left. DelBello’s term. He was nominated in 1986 as the Republican LETTERS candidate with the unenviable task of unseatThe community’s opinion matters. If you have a view to express, ing Cuomo in that year’s election. It would simply write a letter to the editor by email to, Howard Sturman Mark Lungariello Rachel McCain prove to be the only loss of O’Rourke’s politifax or mail. Please include a phone number and name for verification Publisher x21 Editor-in-Chief x19 Deputy Editor x30 purposes. 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Downtown Saturday market likely By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

The creation of a new Saturday farmers market in downtown New Rochelle is essentially a fait accompli. At the City Council’s Jan. 8 meeting, Democratic Councilman Ivar Hyden said an informal committee formed to bring the new market to life has “moved along quite a bit” since the council discussed the proposal last month. “We plan to open shortly after Memorial Day and there will be 20 vendors to start,” Hyden said. Ten more could be added depending on how things go, he said. A business plan calls for a booth rental fee of $60, but there is some flexibility, said the councilman. “We want to get as many quality vendors as possible,” he said. The vendors will sell raw fruits and vegetables as well as prepared foods. Selections won’t be limited to food, however. Hyden said other merchandise–including handmade hard goods– would be available at the market. The committee will vet the quality of those items, he added. The concept of a downtown Saturday market has gained support from the New Rochelle Public Library, the Downtown Business Improvement District and other stakeholders, Hyden said. The BID has already contributed some financial backing for the project, he said. Ralph DiBart, executive director of the BID, did not return a phone call seeking comment, however. “I feel good about it,” said Hyden. “Once we are up and running, I think we will get more serious about having a Wednesday evening market at the train station.” In the meantime, the committee may be willing to entertain discussions about a Friday market in the city’s northern end, Hyden said. The group will not support the continuation of a downtown Friday market for fear that it would create confusion and detract from the Saturday attendance, he said. The city has hosted a downtown farmers market on Fridays for several years. Down to Earth Markets (formerly Community Markets), the group that coordinated the events has expressed a willingness to coordinate a Friday farmers market somewhere in northern New Rochelle, Democratic Mayor Noam Bramson said. Frankie Rowland, the marketing director for Down To Earth Markets, confirmed that is the case. “We are currently researching the viability of a Friday market in the northern end of the city,” she said. “We’ve enjoyed our relationship with New Rochelle.” Given the city’s relationship with Down to Earth Markets, the idea may be worth pursuing, Bramson said. But Democratic Councilman Barry Fertel wondered whether that’s really the case. “I haven’t heard from any constituents with any enthusiasm for a Friday market in the northern end,” Fertel said. “I appreciate Down to Earth Markets interest in having a Friday market, but I want to make sure it doesn’t detract people from going downtown on Saturdays.” Democratic Councilwoman Shari Rackman, whose district is also in the northern end of New Rochelle, disagreed, however. “Right now, I have heard from people who want a Friday market,” Rackman said. “I think the Saturday market seems much more extensive and I think that’s great, but the quality at the Friday market was very good–it was locally grown fresh produce and I would have a problem giving that up if we could save it.” Rackman said she’s not insisting that there must be a Friday market in the north end, but she said she’d still like to have some sort of market where she could “just go grab some fresh produce” nearby. Bramson encouraged Rackman, Fertel, and other interested parties to meet with representatives from Down To Earth Markets to discuss a Friday market further. “If we picked the right location, it could help to activate an under-used space,” Bramson said. “I think it’s important that we make sure at this stage that we sit down and see what our options are.”

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The Report’s Top Stories of 2012 10. School district employee arrested on sex charges An alarming but seemingly growing national trend hit New Rochelle in 2012, as a city school district employee was arrested on sex charges in May. On May 31, Marisa Anton, a 33-year-old librarian at New Rochelle High School was arrested and charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor in the first degree. Her arrest, which was the third such case involving school district employees in 15 months, came after a 16-year-old male student reported Anton had sent him several sexually explicit emails over several months. Police said the student contacted them May 27 to report that the librarian had contacted him via email “in an effort to invite him to engage in sexual conduct with her.” 9. IEY football season ends amid hazing allegations The Isaac E. Young Middle School football season was canceled and four students were suspended after the mother of an alleged victim of hazing in the locker room stepped forward with her concerns in October. After the story made rounds in the local media, the New Rochelle Police Department said they were taking a second look at the allegations, but it seems unlikely that any charges will be filed as a result of the incident. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the initial notice of the incident came from Isaac E. Young Middle School Principal Anthony Bongo, who contacted a youth detective in October about an occurrence described as “rat tailing” and “towel whipping.” 8. New Rochelle police officer arrested on sex charges On Sept. 11, investigators from the Westchester District Attorney’s Office arrested a New Rochelle police officer on a complaint charging him with a felony count of attempting to disseminate indecent material to a minor. According to District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Matthew Melillo, 31, engaged an undercover investigator from her office in a series of Internet chat conversations between Aug. 3 and Aug. 29. “Throughout the ‘chats,’ the undercover investigator made it clear that ‘she’ was a 15-year-old girl,” DiFiore said in a Sept. 12 statement. “During that period of time, the defendant discussed various specific sexual acts in which he would engage the ‘15-year-old girl.’” 7. Firefighter loses life after boating accident A late night boating accident claimed the life of New Rochelle firefighter Keith Morris in July. Morris, 30, was killed when the boat he was piloting crashed into a breakwater and capsized in Stamford, Conn. Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police said Morris was thrown from the boat on impact. Divers later recovered his body in 58 foot deep water. Four passengers who were on the boat with Morris were all rescued. 6. Salesian official arrested on sex abuse charge Authorities from Massachusetts in August arrested the Rev. Richard McCormick, a New Rochelle resident and former head of the Salesian Brothers’ eastern division, in connection with the alleged rape of a male child nearly 30 years ago. The alleged victim in the case said McCormick raped him while he attended a summer camp at the Retreat Center of the Salesians in Ipswich, Mass., in the summers of 1981 and 1982.

McCormick, 71, pleaded not guilty to five counts of rape of a child during an Aug. 31 court appearance in Massachusetts. He was allowed to return to New Rochelle while out on bail, subject to numerous conditions set by the court.

5. Echo Bay development plans move forward The Echo Bay waterfront development saga dragged on. In January, the City Council gave developer Forest City Residential Inc. a 60-day extension to present the latest iteration of the plan. In March, the developer presented the new plan, which called for a $100 million investment to complete the first stage of mixed-use development, including residential and commercial uses, on 10.8 acres of waterfront property. In April, the council voted unanimously to give the developer nine months to “flesh out the project.” 4. City Council green lights City Yard move The debate about relocation of the City Yard finally ended in November, as the City Council authorized $25 million in bonds to build a new City Yard on Beechwood Avenue. The price tag, which will include costs associated with land acquisition, jumped from a $19.6 million estimate scheduled to be voted upon Nov. 13. Some council members are concerned that even the increased cost won’t be enough to cover the construction of a more “comprehensive facility” at the Beechwood Avenue site. Such a facility would serve as home to the city’s Department of Public Works and house additional equipment now kept at 40 Pelham Road. 3. Drug bust among largest in state’s history While the quantity and street value of the narcotics seized in an Oct. 7 raid of a New Rochelle house garnered plenty of media attention, federal authorities said the type of drug confiscated at 71 Church St. makes the bust truly unusual. The confiscation of 50 pounds of “crystal meth” with an estimated street value of $800,000 to $1 million by the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force is the largest meth seizure the DEA has seen in New York State, according to authorities. In addition to the drug seizure, the raid resulted in two arrests. 2. Armory plans gain traction The City Council’s approval of a Westchester-based group’s proposal for adaptive reuse of the New Rochelle Armory angered local veterans and resulted in a full-blown protest at City Hall in October. The Good Profit group pitched its plans to create an indoor farmers market and restaurants at the Armory at a special City Council meeting in August. Another group comprised mostly of local veterans also pitched its plants to transform the Armory into a performing arts center at that time. The council requested more information from both groups, but only two council members attended the veterans’ presentation on Sept. 18. The council approved the Good Profit group’s proposal with an informal vote at a meeting the next night and implied the veterans did not provide enough information in a timely fashion. Disgruntled veterans and their supporters descended upon City Hall at dusk Oct. 10. Blowing whistles, waving American flags and placards that read, “Community not Commodity,” “Vets, Not Veggies,” “What’s the rush?” and “Honor the Armory,” the group, which was angered by the City Council’s decision not to back its proposal for a performing arts center, vowed to make its feelings known at the council’s meeting. The council nevertheless stood by its decision and authorized City Manager Chuck Strome to enter into a “Letter of Agreement” with the Good Profit group. 1. City feels wrath of Hurricane Sandy Hurricane Sandy tore through New Rochelle Oct. 29-30, felling countless trees, downing power lines and leaving most of the city in the dark for the better part of two weeks. While the prolonged power outages and an ensuing cold snap caused plenty of angst for city staff, elected officials, residents and business owners, the community rallied in the face of unprecedented adversity. In the days following the storm, the main branch of the New Rochelle Public Library became a place for friends and neighbors to get together to use computers and recharge personal electronic devices. Residents donated clothes and other items to the American Red Cross, which opened a shelter for storm victims, and volunteers flocked to the New Rochelle Humane Society to care for the animals during a blackout caused by the storm. By mid-November, city officials were just starting to come to grips with the storm’s financial toll. City Manager Chuck Strome said New Rochelle would likely be able to recoup most of its storm-related costs from the state and federal government, but anticipated the final cost would nevertheless be “significant.”

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the warning signs and report the would-be shooter to the appropriate authorities before innocent lives are lost. “Each of the five phases an active shooter goes through are dangerous, but the earlier intervention occurs, the fewer casualties there will be,” Marcou said. “The longer we delay, the more people will die.” The first phase an active shooter experiences is the fantasy stage, when they dream about slaughtering the people who have “wronged” them, according to Marcou. The next phases are the planning stage and preparation stage. “Their activities and behavior are very noticeable then,” Marcou said. “That’s when they’ll visit gun shows to obtain weapons or commit burglaries to steal weapons.” Then, there’s the “approach stage,” when the would-be killer literally walks or drives toward the target. At this point, the perpetrator will likely be armed, Marcou said. The last and most lethal stage is implementation, when the plan is finally carried out. The most recent example of an active shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Others happened at Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, and Aurora, Colo. For those who engaged in some of the country’s most horrific shootings, carrying out their plans was “a game,” and they wanted to get “the top score,” Marcou said. According to the retired officer, there are people who seek to admire and emulate the gunmen. “There’s a small segment of society who know about George Hennard [who killed 23 people and wounded 20 in 1991] and Charles Whitman [who killed 15 people and wounded 30 in 1966],” Marcou said. But mass killings aren’t unique to the United States, Marcou said. In fact, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. Documented incidents have happened in Mumbai and Iceland. The weapons change depending on the culture. In the United States, mass killers typically use firearms. In the Middle East, killers rely on improvised explosive devices and in Asia mass killers tend to prefer “edged weapons,” Marcou said, adding that a Chinese teenager killed eight people in a knife attack last August. “We need to recalibrate the way we look at dangerous people,” Marcou said. “We need to know that we can make a difference, that we don’t have to surrender.” Marcou’s message resonated with police and civilians who attended the seminar, according to Dr. Cathryn Lavery, chairman of the Criminal Justice Department at Iona. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” Lavery said. “A lot of people said it reassured them that they were doing things the right way all along.” Lavery and a lieutenant from Bright Line Police Consulting Services who had seen Marcou speak before decided to invite him to speak at Iona back in September and scheduled his appearance then. “We arranged for him to come in January because we knew class wouldn’t be in session and it would be easy to accommodate him,” Lavery said. “Then, the Newtown tragedy happened. I didn’t want anyone to think that we were capitalizing on the tragedy. This was definitely not a postNewtown rush to do something to address active shootings at schools.” It was important to offer the program now because it is harder than ever to detect threats, Lavery added. “These types of programs are quite good and I’m glad we did it,” she said.

10 • THE NEW ROCHELLE SOUND AND TOWN REPORT • January 18 & January 25, 2013

The nasties are after you I don’t shake hands anymore, nor do I handle anything without using disposable latex gloves. I wear a surgical mask in public places, too. LUNGARIELLO As if it could be any other way these days. This AT LARGE flu outbreak could be “the Big One.” If it’s not, Mark Lungariello there is probably another plague right around the infected corner. If this adaptable, durable, vicious strain of the flu doesn’t get you, there are plenty of other flus that pop up pretty much annually, like the swine flu. Then there is SARS. or an XDR tuberculosis not far behind any flu epidemic. Try not to share your oxygen with other people, they may be carrying one of the millions of microscopic organisms out to wreak havoc on your immune system. If you are afraid of other’s people’s breath, let’s not even get started about their blood. Your own blood is good, but other people’s blood is bad. Being a vampire isn’t the free lovin’, free bloodin’ game it used to be in Transylvania in the (18)60s. You never know whose veins are hiding HIV, hepatitis B or even hepatitis C. Avoiding human contact and wearing a surgical mask only gets you so far. You also need to protect yourself from those mosquitoes and ticks, which have bellies full of other people’s blood and various West Nile viruses, encephalitises and malarias. Danger is everywhere, on every doorknob you turn and on every spoon you use at the diner. Invisible enemies, and even not invisible enemies, are constantly bombarding you like all of these dueling credit report commercials they broadcast on television every five minutes. Think about this stuff next time you’re on the subway and about to grip a strap or pole to keep your balance. Balance isn’t that important. By the way, keep your hands and any open wounds covered. Not just because you might pick up a stowaway virus or bit of bacteria but because it’s just a good practice no matter the weather. You want to keep your extremities safe from exposure to elements whether it’s freezing out (hypothermia) or even when it’s a sunny summer day (melanoma). It’s enough to make you sick and lose your appetite. Speaking of, if you’re an impulse eater looking to occupy your time in self-imposed quarantine by eating, you may only be putting yourself more directly in harm’s way. Be careful what you eat! No sweet snacks, you might get type 2 diabetes. No tub of soda at the movie theater is worth gangrene, says me. And sure, you might be tempted to nosh on some American style comfort food like a cheeseburger. But then you’ll have to worry about hamburger disease, salmonella and mad cow. Not that staying healthy with a salad (e. coli) or a shot of carrot juice (botulism) will do you much better though. Be suspicious of veggies as much as a fatty, undercooked steak. Chew on that as you lock yourself away from the outside world. This is to say nothing of meningitis, typhus, measles, cholera, and dengue fever–that gruesome disease that I’ve been paranoid about since those commercials that started airing a few years ago in which a victim explains the harsh symptoms. This might give you a stress headache but don’t take any painkillers. You’ve got to be careful of your Tylenol doses as even over-the-counters can result in deaths in large doses, not to mention headache pills can cause liver disease I’ve heard and if you mix aspirin with certain other products you could end up having a reaction. You never know when there might be a recall on these OTCs: sometimes, like last year, due to a gross, moldy smell from the meds, and other times because you can’t be totally sure the pills you are taking are what you mean to be taking. You can’t even open the mail without worrying about some anthrax. As you’re locking yourself in your home, don’t get a warm, cozy sensation as you soak up the Purell fumes. It’s dangerous there too. Toxic mold and black mold can be growing in your basement and poisoning the air you’re breathing right now. Rusty water pipes are putting dangerous elements into the water you’re drinking (who knows, repairing those pipes could cost hundreds of dollars). Not to mention all the chemicals and old pharmaceuticals that have slipped into our water supply. Hopefully, termites aren’t eating away at your home’s foundation and invisible carbon monoxide isn’t seeping out into your home while your sleep. And if you watch television, don’t sit too close it isn’t good for your eyes. Please don’t say, “What is the world coming to?” The world has always been a place with menace in every shadow and fear at every turn. Civil Wars, the Ebola virus, the Cold War, small pox, Hollywood blacklisting, yellow fevers, the son of Sam, the Bubonic plague, the Salem witch trials, the movie “Outbreak,” the Trail of Tears and any number of episodes of “The Twilight Zone.”

Jan. 4…A 4… Bronx man was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, a Class A misdemeanor, after he allegedly punched and bit his wife during an argument. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, an officer on patrol heard a woman screaming for help in the area of 560 Main St. An ensuing investigation determined that Zong Xi Liu, 37, of 837 Throgs Neck Expressway, had an argument with his wife in the car, Schaller said. Liu allegedly punched the victim in the left eye and in the side of the head, and then bit her hand. The victim, who sustained facial abrasions and contusions, was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center for treatment, Schaller said. Jan. 4…Roy Michael A. Forrester, 20, of 83 Division St., New Rochelle, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, in connection with a New Year’s Eve incident on Pelham Road, police said. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the arrest stemmed from a case in which a New Rochelle man was assaulted with a baseball bat. According to published reports, Antonio Lucaine, 21, of 19 Washington Ave., New Rochelle–the man who allegedly wielded the bat–was arrested after police responded to a report of a fight at 541 Pelham Road. The victim, a New Rochelle man, was seriously injured, police said. He was reportedly taken to a Bronx hospital. Jan. 4…Officers responded to Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Ave., after being alerted that a student allegedly brought knives to school. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, a student told someone at the school that the 11-year-old had kitchen knives, a pair of scissors, a small hammer and tweezers in his book bag. The items were confiscated and there were no reports of menacing, threats or injuries, Schaller said. The student who had the items was not charged in connection with the incident. Jan. 4…Two televisions, two laptop computers and some tools were allegedly taken from a house under construction on Allard Avenue, police said. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the 38-year-old victim said he had not been to the site since Dec. 5, 2012 and the building was not secured. Jan. 5…A New Rochelle resident reported a motor vehicle theft on Schudy Place. The 32-year-old victim said the 2013 Honda CRV was taken sometime overnight, according to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller. The vehicle’s value was not included in the police report. Jan. 10…An employee at a Webster Avenue car dealership reported a vehicle theft. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the incident occurred some time between 6:15 and 6:53 p.m. The victim, who works at White River Auto Sales, told police he made arrangements over the phone for a customer to come and look at a car, Schaller said. At one point, the customer allegedly phoned the dealership to say he was in the area and that he was looking for a parking space. The dealership employee agreed to leave the keys in the car the customer claimed to be interested in, but never saw the customer, Schaller said. The employee later discovered the 2005 Honda Civic missing and assumed the customer took it for a test drive. He waited for a while and then called police when the car didn’t return, Schaller said. The Civic is worth $5,000. Jan. 11…Officers responded to an incident initially classified as a robbery at 501 Pelham Road around 8:20 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said a struggle occurred in a parking lot when an unknown white man got out of a tan minivan and grabbed the victim. As the struggle continued, the victim heard what he thought was a gun shot, Schaller said. The victim allegedly punched the suspect, who then ran toward Pelham Road. The suspect was last seen on Circuit Road, Schaller said. Nothing was taken. Jan. 12…Produce-wielding vandal(s) reportedly damaged eight parked vehicles in the southern end of the city some time overnight. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the perpetrator(s) threw papayas, mangos, pumpkins and melons at cars on Stephenson Boulevard, Locust Avenue, Pelham Road, Palmer Avenue and Neptune Avenue some time after 10 p.m. on Jan. 11. Police also received reports of similar incidents in which vehicles were not damaged, Schaller said. Jan. 12…A 30-year-old New Rochelle man reported a small group of men tried to rob him as he was walking on Drake Avenue. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the victim said the men punched him in the head and tried to take his wallet. When they were unable to do so, they ran north on Drake Avenue and East on Main Street, Schaller said. The victim was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center and held for observation. Jan. 13…Burglars allegedly broke into a third-floor apartment at 332 Pelham Road and stole a necklace and laptop computer worth $5,800 some time between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the victims reported they came home to find their apartment door open and their bedroom ransacked. The perpetrator(s) apparently got in by breaking through some sheetrock covering the bedroom window.

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Deadline for federal storm assistance nears By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER

Westchester residents affected by Hurricane Sandy who have not yet applied for federal disaster relief now have less than two weeks to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those who sign up by the Jan. 28 deadline can receive financial aid, including money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property damage and other “serious disaster-related needs” not covered by insurance. According to FEMA, more than $1.2 billion in federal disaster assistance has been approved for Hurricane Sandy survivors in 13 New York counties where residents are eligible for individual assistance. As of Jan. 7, approximately 261,000 New Yorkers contacted FEMA for help or information and more than $827 million in total individual assistance grants have been approved. In Westchester alone, more than 5,400 people have registered for financial assistance through FEMA and applicants have received more than $1.2 million in disaster aid, according to a regional agency spokesman. The bulk of the approved funding has been distributed to residents in areas hardest hit by the storm that ravaged the tri-state area Oct. 29, 2012, however. Of the total amount, $269.2 million has gone to residents in Nassau County; $211.3 million has been provided to residents in Queens County; $180.7 million has been provided to residents in Kings County; and $84.8 million has been distributed to residents in Richmond County. Suffolk County residents have received $61.4 million, New York County residents have received $12.2 million and Bronx County residents have received $2.2 million in financial assistance. “This money will help families who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy start their recovery,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael F. Byrne. “Working with the Small Business Administration, FEMA is helping families get the money they need to repair their homes, find temporary housing and replace essential items lost in the storm.” In addition to providing financial assistance, FEMA workers have staffed 23 disaster recovery centers–including fixed and mobile sites–serving 117,000 people in affected areas. The agency has also tracked the number of federal home inspections done since the storm struck. As of Jan. 4, 58 inspectors were in the field and more than 169,000 home inspections (or 99.4 percent) had been completed. Public assistance funds “are also flowing,” FEMA officials said in a Jan. 4 press release. Specifically, the agency noted that more than $323 million has been “obligated to the state to help replenish dollars spent to protect New Yorkers before, during and after the storm.” The agency’s public assistance program reimburses state and local governments and “certain private nonprofit organizations” 75 percent of costs for “disaster-related expenses associated with emergency protective measures,” debris removal, and the repair and restoration of damaged infrastructure. In order to qualify, damage must be a direct result of Hurricane Sandy. As they tried to calculate storm costs in the weeks following the storm, municipal officials throughout the Sound Shore area indicated they would look to FEMA to help recoup some of the expenses. Mamaroneck Village Manager Richard Slingerland told The Harrison Report that Sandy cost the village between $300,000 and $500,000–including damage to public property and equipment and overtime paid to municipal workers. Slingerland said the village is prepared to deal with the cost. “We’ve got adequate reserves to cover an emergency like this,” he said. “Based on the current state of the budget, I’d say we’re in a very good financial position.” Slingerland said the village currently has a $5.6 million reserve fund. Even though the village will have to dip into that money to cover some of the costs related to Sandy, Slingerland said the village’s insurance and FEMA reimbursements would replace most of those funds. In New Rochelle, City Manager Chuck Strome was still trying to come to grips with the storm’s financial toll in mid-November. Saying the financial cost of the storm’s destruction would likely be significant, Strome said the city would likely try to recoup some of the costs through the federal government. Working in conjunction with FEMA, the Small Business Administration is providing financial assistance in the form of home disaster loans, business disaster loans and economic injury disaster loans. According to the SBA, the home disaster loans allow homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property. Business disaster loans allow businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size may apply and certain private, nonprofit organizations may also be eligible. Economic injury disaster loans are working capital loans to help small businesses, small agriculture cooperatives, small businesses engaged in agriculture and most private, nonprofit organizations meet their ordinary financial obligations that cannot be met because of the disaster. The deadline for economic injury loan applications is July 31. To register for financial assistance through FEMA, visit or call 1-800-621-3362. -With reporting by JASON CHIREVAS

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To add insult to injury, making the necessary repairs and sorting through all of the bureaucracy needed to get the associated costs reimbursed through the federal government will take some time, he said. “It is likely the facilities won’t be open on schedule,” Strome said. Preliminary assessments revealed damages at Neptune Park, Hudson Park, Five Islands Park and Davenport Park. According to Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman, the extent of the destruction ranged from damaged pilings, docks and fencing to torn-up parking lots and structural damage. The storm’s ferocity “moved things that have never been moved before,” he said. Municipal officials estimate repairs to the City Marina alone could cost $280,000. “Right after the kickoff meeting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FEMA representatives went out with people from Parks and Recreation and Public Works,” said Assistant to the City Manager Omar Small. “They understand the severity of the damage.” Damage assessments are ongoing and additional meetings with FEMA representatives have been scheduled, Small said. In the meantime, the city has requested estimates from three different firms, Department of Public Works Commissioner Alexander Tergis said. Once the estimates come in, the city will be able to request bids for the work. Given the recent frequency of major autumn and winter storms, Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, expressed concern that rebuilding to pre-storm standards may not be an option. “FEMA recognizes that as well,” Small said, noting the federal agency encourages storm-damaged municipalities to rebuild with future storm mitigation in mind. The federal agency will help cover the cost of engineering services as well as

reimbursing project costs, Small added. At most, the city can hope to recoup 75 percent of storm-related expenses through the federal government, Strome cautioned. The state could reimburse 15 percent, leaving the city to foot the remaining 10 percent of the bill, Strome said. Given recent Congressional squabbling over Sandy relief funds, nothing is certain, Bramson added. Zimmerman voiced a different concern, however. “With the process we have to go through, my fear is that with the damage to the New Jersey shoreline and the damage in lower Manhattan, is the availability of resources,” Zimmerman said. “There are only so many people who can do the work.” In a best-case scenario, the marina repairs would be done in time to get boats in the water by March or April, Zimmerman said. Ideally, the remaining waterfront park repairs would be completed by the Memorial Day weekend, but as it stands, some may have to open with “restricted access” to certain areas, he added. “We want to keep people safe,” Zimmerman said. “Right now as we are booking permits, we are allowing people to know what we are up against.” According to Zimmerman, city officials should know by the end of next month which work can and cannot be completed in time for the water front parks to reopen. “The big ticket stuff is what we need help with,” Zimmerman said. Fielding a question from Democratic Councilman Barry Fertel, Zimmerman said the parks in the northern end of the city escaped significant damage. Most of the destruction there stemmed from downed trees and branches, he said. As bad as the damage is, a simple change in wind direction could have caused even more destruction, Strome said. “The wind was blowing out at high tide,” he said. “It could have been much worse.”

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Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal chosen By CHRIS MARRAFFINO CONTRIBUTOR

Among the many guests, committee members and friends who gathered at the Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck Saturday night, none held more acclaim or prestige than its honoree, James P. Hynes. The 65-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist has been named the grand marshal of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade for 2013. The Bronx native (L-R) Joe Mauro, Mike Hynes, Tania McMenamin and Shannon Pujadas. Members of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be leading this celebrate the naming of the 2013 grand marshal, James P. Hynes at a sash year’s parade on presentation ceremony held at Orienta Beach Club on Jan. 12. March 17 along Mamaroneck Avenue. Hynes was joined by Anne-Marie, his wife of 41 years, his daughter Alanna, 29, and several committee members of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Hynes has chosen to have his wife, his two daughters, Alanna and Katherine, 29, and their husbands, Phil and Tom, as his aides to march alongside him this year. Hynes, who is the chairman of Iona College’s Board of Trustees, looked on as the festive evening ignited with the young dancers of the O’Rourke Academy of Irish Dance, who kicked off the celebration with Irish Tap Dancing. The group of girls raised the spirits of all on hand

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is on the team [that is reviewing it]? When did they meet and where are the minutes to those meetings?” Eckert asked. “Don’t make us feel bad about asking questions about our children’s safety.” Jordan Goldstein, another parent, said he recently attended a school safety meeting at Davis Elementary School. During that meeting Superintendent of Schools Richard Organisciak told those in attendance the New Rochelle City School District is “substantially in compliance with the SAVE law.” Goldstein said that’s not good enough, however. “The district fails when it comes to training,” he said. “It fails because the faculty and staff don’t know what to do [in a crisis].” The Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) law has been in effect since 2000. Then billed as “the most comprehensive legislative plan in the nation” it mandates that educators comply with standards in 16 different areas. Among other things, it calls for a district-wide school safety plan, building level emergency response plans and codes of conduct. Under the law, the district-wide security plan must include policies and procedures for responding to threats: responding to acts of violence; appropriate prevention and intervention strategies; contacting law enforce-

ment; and contacting parents or guardians. Policies and procedures in the comprehensive plan must also address school building security; dissemination of “informative materials regarding early detection of potentially violent behaviors;” annual school safety training for staff and students; and the protocol for responding to bomb threats, hostage taking, intruders and kidnapers. Finally, it must include policies and procedures for developing strategies “to improve communication among students and between students and staff,” and a description of hall monitors and other school safety personnel. The building-level emergency response plans must also include various policies and procedures. They should address safe evacuation; the designation of an emergency response team; and access to floor plans, blueprints, schematics of school interior, grounds and road maps of the surrounding area. Other issues that must be addressed in the building level emergency response plans are the internal and external communications system; implementation of the incident command system; coordination with the Statewide Disaster Mental Health Plan; procedures to “review and conduct drills and exercises to test components of the plan;” and policies and procedures for securing and restricting access to a crime scene. The code of conduct also required under

before the invocation speech. While dinner commenced, the McLean Avenue Band entertained guests. Overlooking the water, the atmosphere was like being among family, according to committee member Michael Hynes. “We’re a close knit group of people,” said Michael Hynes, 58, as laughter and excitement remained constant throughout the evening. Following a performance from the Iona Pipe Band, president of Iona, Dr. Joseph Nyre, began the introduction as the Presenter of the Sash. Dr. Nyre took the time to talk about James Hynes’ contributions and support to the college. He pointed out James Hynes’ fundraiser known as The Hynes Challenge. This act challenged Iona’s board members to increase the annual gift to the college. Also, Nyre pointed out that James Hynes would match each donation dollar for dollar. “Thanks to the leadership of Jim Hynes, the Iona grant has raised more than $41 million dollars in scholarships next year,” said Nyre. “James has generated an enormous amount of respect for his generosity, giving back so much to the college Sash Bash: Mike Hynes (center) of the Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, celebrates with 2013 Grand Marshal that gave him his start.” James P. Hynes (right) and the grand marshal’s wife, Anne Marie Hynes himself closed (left) at the official sash presentation ceremony at Orienta Beach club out the evening by coming Saturday, Jan. 12. to the podium. He thanked everyone for their presence and kind words. He reflected on his college days. “I attribute a lot of my success to the time I spent at Iona,” he said. He finished by saying, “We’ll make the 2013 Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day a great one.”

the Project Save law must be adopted by the Board of Education and filed with the New York State Education Department. It should include essential elements for the “maintenance of order on school grounds.” Each code of conduct should apply to teachers, students, personnel and visitors. The law mandates that school districts hold public hearings on the district-wide school safety plan, building-level emergency plan and code of conduct. The plans and code of conduct must also be reviewed and updated annually. They must be filed with the commissioner of education no later than 30 days after adoption. In accordance with the law, the state education commissioner annually “reports to the governor and legislature on the implementation and compliance with the provisions of this section.” If the commissioner finds that a school district has failed to comply with the law and that there are no extenuating circumstances, certain funding for the school year may be withheld. At the Jan. 8 meeting, Board of Education President Chrisanne Petrone said the board is aware of the concerns that have been raised about the district’s compliance with the Project SAVE law. School administrators are reviewing paperwork to address those concerns, she said.

In a Jan. 15 email, School District spokesman Paul Costiglio said the board has directed that there be a complete review of security procedures and safety plans so that school officials are as well prepared as possible to prevent any incidents in New Rochelle schools. “We are speaking with the security risk managers at the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (a municipal reciprocal insurance company owned by its component school districts, including New Rochelle) and other agencies about conducting a complete review of perimeter and interior security in every school building, which will include a review of doors, windows, staffing, staff training, response procedures, and other security measures. This will be augmented by the retention of an outside security consultant, as necessary,” Costiglio said. When the review is complete, the findings will be presented to a district-wide safety committee and separately to safety committees at each school for review, and safety plans will be adjusted as necessary, Costiglio said. “Any interim changes to existing plans and procedures which are required to improve safety procedures will be implemented immediately. The district-wide plan, and summaries of individual plans, will be posted for public comment, to be followed by a public hearing prior to formal adoption,” he added.

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Monroe, Saunders host Hoops for a Cure By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

On Jan. 12, high school basketball teams from around the area came together at the Monroe Athletic Center at New Roc City to take part in a burgeoning hoops tradition that is poised to become a Westchester staple. Six basketball contests, raffles and auctions were all held for a good cause as Monroe College and Saunders High School sponsored the second annual Hoops For a Cure showcase to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In 2012, the tournament featured just three games, but this year it was expanded to feature a girls contest for the first time, as hosting Saunders High School took on the Eastchester Eagles to kick off the all-day affair. Saunders topped the Eagles 4134, thanks to the Blue Devils’ Amanda Smith, Junior Michael Milo prepares for a foul who scored 16 points shot on Jan. 12. Milo led the Eagles with 20 points on the day. on the day. According to Gary Axelbank, Monroe’s sports information director, the inclusion of the girls contest was a benefit for the tournament and something that will continue Point guard Jack Daly looks for the open man against Saunders on Jan. to be an important part 12. With Daly running the offense, the Eagles have been able to spread out their scoring this year. of the event. “I think it was great to have the girls’ game,” said Axelbank. “I think we raised so far, Axelbank believes that the day are going to look to add even more next year.” was a smashing success and said that ideas In the day’s other contests, Eastchester’s have already been floated to make the event boys got some measure of revenge for their even bigger in 2014. classmates, downing the Blue Devils 73-52. “The concept is very strong, and we may Poughkeepsie topped White Plains 52-38 and look to do something over two days, like havNew Rochelle beat Middletown 83-47 in the ing games on Friday night and Saturday too,” tourney’s night cap. he said. “The idea is for high school kids to In addition to the games, funds were raised do something for themselves, but also to teach for diabetes research thanks to raffles, and a them to do for others too.” silent auction was held by memorablilia comIt is a sentiment not lost on the ones taking pany Steiner Sports, which joined forces with the court. After his team’s win over Saunders, Monroe and Saunders for the event. Eastchester senior Kevin Teahan, fresh off of be“The addition of Steiner Sports was huge,” ing named the game’s most outstanding player, said Axelbank. “They provided a lot of prizes, said that the Hoops for a Cure tournament is but they were also very enthusiastic in all the something he looks forward to every year. meetings we had and really had a commit“This is my second year playing, and its alment to the cause.” ways great to come out and play at a college,” Kevin Teahan is congratulated by head coach Fred DiCarlo in the fourth quarter of the Although the schools have not come up he said. “Especially since we’re doing it for a Eagles’ Jan. 12 win over Saunders. Teahan would be named the game’s MVP. with a final tally of the cash that has been good cause.” Photos/Mike Smith


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Dion Duran, Mamaroneck wrestling Mamaroneck’s 170-pound wrestling standout Dion Duran, has met some bad luck this season, notably in the Shoreline Classic tournament on Jan. 5, when he was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury. However, Duran was on his game on Jan. 12, capturing the Yonkers title bracket for his first tourney win of the year. If healthy, expect Duran to make waves at sectionals alongside teammate Ben Miller.

Battling the injury bug

Joe Maida, Harrison wrestling Maida has been healthy this year, as his 24-2 record indicates, but staying healthy has been something that’s been on his mind. The Huskies’ senior suffered a leg injury before sectionals last season, which dashed his hopes of postseason glory. With one more shot at a postseason run, Maida is hoping to stay healthy–and hungry–as sectionals approach.

Bronxville basketball The Broncos have suffered through all sorts of bumps and bruises this year. From concussions, to busted shoulders and knee surgery, to important players, it wasn’t until last week that the Broncos finally fielded their full roster. But now, with all of their starters back, and some of their resereves with a few key minutes under their belts, the Broncos, at 4-5 on the year, could be poised to turn the corner. If they can stay healthy, they might be a force to reckon with. New Rochelle girls basketball The Huguenots are having a great year thus far, posting a 9-1 record to establish themselves as one of the top teams in what might be the best league in all of Section I. In fact, New Rochelle hasn’t lost since the first game of the season. But what is intriguing about the team’s success thus far is that it has done it without talented junior Amirror Dixon, who has been sidelined for the past month with a knee injury.

Bronxville’s Matt Tormey battles for a rebound against Tuckahoe on Jan. 11. Tormey recently returned from knee surgery and is one of many Broncos who has struggled to stay on the court this season. Photo/Mike Smith

Mike Smith’s Top Sound Report Sports for 2012 Tom Kohler called up to bigs in September (originally printed Sept. 7) In September, New Rochelle grad Tom Koehler, ‘04, a Triple-A farmhand in the Miami Marlins organization, finally got the call he had waited so long for: a call up to the major leagues. A late August storm that would have ended the minor league season for the flame-thrower instead prompted his promotion. Although Koehler did not appear in a major league game by the time our article was published in September, he would acquit himself quite well in his time in the “bigs” by the time the season was through. New Rochelle wins states (originally printed Dec. 7) The last time New Rochelle won a state title was in 2003, when the team posted a pair of future NFLers. This fall, the Huguenots again captured a state title thanks to a staunch defense, the emergence of key offensive weapons and a quarterback with more than just a game on his mind. New Ro defeated Buffalo-area Orchard Park High School in a laugher that proved to be an uncharacteristically easy game for the Huguenots to win their second state title in nine years.

Huguenots quarterback Khalil Edney breaks the tackle against Orchard Park on Nov. 27. Edney and the Huguenots captured the school’s first state title since 2003. Photo/Mike Smith

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Huguenots steady ship, sail toward Mount Vernon showdown By MIKE SMITH ASSOCIATE SPORTS EDITOR

First-year head coach Rasaun Young knew that coming into the 2012-2013 season, his New Rochelle Huguenots had a few undeniable strengths. With a handful of veteran players coming off a state title run in football, Young knew that discipline, heart and toughness would certainly not be a problem for the Huguenots. But with the deep Huguenots’ run to Syracuse, Young’s team seemed somewhat out of sync in the early goings of the season, stumbling out to a 25 record as of Jan. 1. Since then, however, the team has shown vast improvement–especially over the last few games–and looks to again be a contender in the Section I landscape. On Jan. 11-12, the Huguenots turned in back-to-back stellar performances, downing league rival Mamaroneck 53-29, then turning around the following day to blast out-of-section Middletown High School 83-47 in the headlining game of the Monroe Collegehosted Hoops for a Cure Tournament held at New Roc City. According to Young, the biggest difference he has seen in his team over the past few games isn’t necessarily the players’ ability to put the ball in the basket, but their commitment to team defense. “I think the kids are buying into what we’re doing defensively,” said the head coach. “They’re starting to realize it’s not about what we’re doing on the offensive end and that the games we win,

it’s going to be because we’re playing defense.” Young also believes that his team finally looks like they are in “basketball shape,” something that wasn’t a given at the start of the season. Over the last few weeks, Youngs’ football-playing Huguenots look to have shaken off some of the court rust that plagued them early on. Over the last two games, senior Joe Clarke has put up 44 points, while teammate Khalil Edney seems to be rounding into form, putting up doubledigit points in both games. “I think they’re getting their basketball sense back,” said Young. “Joe has found his touch, and guys like Khalil, and Terrence [Holden] they’re really getting back to what we need to do defensively.” For New Ro, the turnaround could not be happening at a better time. On Jan. 16 after press time, the Huguenots get set to take on their fiercest rivals–the perennial Class AA favorites from Mount Vernon. “It’s going to be a high intensity game, and I know everybody gets excited about it,” said Young. “But as much as the kids are looking forward to it, I’ve been telling them that it’s just another game.”

New Rochelle senior Derek Dorn soars for a layup against Mamaroneck on Jan. 11. Dorn would finish with 7 points on the night.

The Huguenots’ Joe Clarke breezes past Mamaroneck’s Alex Lanni on Jan. 11. Clarke and the Huguenots have been on fire as of late, winning back-to-back games against Mamaroneck and Middletown.

Donny Powell tries to break through the Mamroneck defense on Jan. 11. The Huguenots have been playing inspired basketball as they eye a Jan. 16 showdown with Mount Vernon. Photos/Bobby Begun

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