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Vol. 15/Number 9

June 7, 2013

Developer to run for Myers’ seat By LIZ BUTTON STAFF REPORTER liz@hometwn.com

Our future honors our past... Cub Scouts salute New Rochelle’s fallen veterans at a Memorial Day ceremony on May 26. For story, see page 10. Contributed photo

Montefiore acquires Sound Shore Medical Center By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Sound Shore Medical Center, located on Guion Place, has been sold as part of an agreement with Montefiore Medical Systems to purchase the Sound Shore Health System which also includes Mount Vernon Hospital. The recently announced sale should not have any impact on day-to-day operations, a hospital official said. “This is the right next step to deliver on our commitment to provide high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare,” John Spicer, president and CEO

of Sound Shore Health System said. “Our mission is strong and our dedication to patient care is unchanged. We are fortunate to have Montefiore as a partner because of their clinical excellence, commitment to the community and ability to provide the best care at Sound Shore and Mount Vernon hospitals over the long run.” Spicer could not be reached for additional comment about what precipitated the deal earlier this week. However, published reports indicate the troubled healthcare provider blamed its struggles on “cuts in government spending.”

Both Sound Shore Medical Center and Mount Vernon Hospital have trimmed staff and faced financial troubles in recent years. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed to date. However, Sound Shore Health Systems reportedly claimed roughly $159.6 million in assets and roughly $200 million in debts when it voluntarily filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in federal court last week. At the same time, Montefiore filed a petition in federal bankruptcy court to buy the assets of the Sound Shore Health System, whose hospitals combined have

about 450 beds. Reached shortly thereafter, the agreement allows Montefiore Health System to acquire Sound Shore Health System’s assets and some of its liabilities. Although it is allowed under the federal bankruptcy code, the deal is subject to regulatory and bankruptcy court approval, and should be completed by year’s end. Representatives from Sound Shore Health Systems did not respond to a request for additional information about the number of doctors, nurses, administrative and other staff MEDICAL continued on page 13

John Verni, a real estate developer and land use attorney from New Rochelle, told The Report after growing speculation that he will, in fact, run on the Republican line to fill Democratic incumbent Judy Myers’ seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators. In the general election, Verni will challenge either Rye City Councilwoman Catherine Parker, who has been endorsed by Myers or former Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy. Both Parker and Murphy, who have already announced their candidacies, are Democrats. Verni was expected to receive the county GOP nomination on Thursday, after press time. The county’s Republican convention, which was held on May 30, nominated legislative candidates for all 17 legislative districts except for District 4 and Myers’ District 7. Myers’ legislative district includes Rye, Mamaroneck, Larchmont and portions of New Rochelle and Harrison. Her county seat, in which legislators serve two-year terms, has been held by Democrats since 1992 and is considered now to be a Democratic stronghold. With deep roots in the Sound Shore area, Verni said he will be effective in addressing both district and county issues, like controlling high taxes and refurbishing Playland in a sustainable way that preserves its historic elements. “I love the Sound Shore and I want to see it stay the familyfriendly place that it is. I think there are a lot of important issues on the Sound Shore and the county level,” Verni said. Verni is a principal of Verco Properties, a real estate development company he owns with his brother Chris, a former Larchmont trustee. He said he plans to move to Mamaroneck in the fall with his wife, Karina Gomez Verni and their four children.

New Rochelle’s John Verni will be the Republican challenger in the race for Judy Myers’ District 7 seat on the county Board of Legislators. Photo/Bobby Begun

Over the last two years, Verni’s signature project has been the restoration of the historic Mamaroneck Train Station, originally built in 1888, to turn the dilapidated space into a new One Station Plaza. Re-opened in April 2012, the building’s first floor is home to the retro Club Car RestaurantLounge, while the second floor houses offices, including the Verni brothers. Verni officially announced his intention to run at a June 5 press conference held at his restaurant. The brothers bought the building from the MTA, putting it back on the city’s tax rolls and creating over 50 jobs for locals, according to Verni. “[We] invested our own private dollars to renovate the building, and turned it into an asset for the community,” he said. The brothers and partners also added several green building features to the project, such as reclaimed lumber, radiant heat flooring, and green roofing on the train tunnels, earning them a Westchester Municipal Planning Federation award for outstanding adaptive reuse. Verni is also an attorney with the White Plains law firm of Kent Hazzard specializing in SEAT continued on page 12

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County Republicans nominate Westchester slate

Sheila Marcotte, a two-term county legislator, is seeking a third term in office after gaining the support of county Republicans last week.

On May 30, GOP district leaders from across Westchester County gathered at Westchester Manor in Hastings

Ossining Councilman Peter Tripodi, one of the youngest elected officials in Westchester, was selected to run for a county seat. Contributed photos

County GOP chairman Doug Colety opens up the convention on May 30. At the meeting, a slate of Republican candidates were selected for this year’s general elections.

for the party’s annual committee convention. The caucus was convened to nominate judges, legislators and candi-

Former Scarsdale Mayor Dr. Miriam Levitt-Flisser accepts the nomination for the county’s 5th legislative district. The district includes White Plains, Scarsdale and a portion of West Harrison.

dates for countywide seats. In an evening highlight, incumbent Rob Astorino garnered and accepted the

Long-time County Legislator Jim Maisano, left, will run for reelection to his legislative seat. Maisano accepts the nomination from Chairman Doug Colety at the Westchester Manor in Hastings on May 30.

Republican nomination for county executive. Astorino will seek a second term in office. He was first elected in 2009.

County Executive Rob Astorino addresses a crowd of supporters and district leaders after receiving the Republican nomination for county executive. Astorino, seeking his second term in office, will face New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat.

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Marcotte to face New Rochelle Democrat By ASHLEY HELMS and ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC THE REPORT STAFF ashley@hometwn.com alexandra@hometwn.com

County Legislator Sheila Marcotte, a Tuckahoe Republican, has announced that she will seek re-election in the November 2013 election, which, if elected, would mark her third term on the county Board of Legislators. But she is set to face stiff competition from New Rochelle Democrat Mary Jo Jacobs. Standing just outside Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle on May 26, Jacobs officially announced her candidacy. The district includes portions of New Rochelle, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. “It is fitting that we are standing in front of Webster School in New Rochelle–my four children have all gone here and I’ve been attached to this school for 15 years,” Jacobs said. “I believe deeply in public education. My support of all the schools in New Rochelle has led to a deep understanding of managing against unfunded state man-

dates with a tax cap that has led to creative problem solving and budget management.” Jacobs went on to say she is seeking office because she thinks county government can do more to serve the public, because she cares and because she wants to use her skills and experience to “help the people of Westchester.” Legislator Marcotte, 48, said, if elected, she plans to continue to protect taxpayers, promote economic growth and protect essential services while pushing to change the county’s procurement policy. The procurement policy ensures that goods and services procured by Westchester County that are not required to go through a competitive bidding process are in the best interest of taxpayer money and are guarded from favoritism. “It’s a very outdated procurement policy with 21 exemptions,” Marcotte, who has lived in Tuckahoe since 1998, said. “The policy goes back twentysomething years and has not been changed.” The county has a spend-

New Rochelle Democrat Mary Jo Jacobs, left, will challenge Republican Sheila Marcotte for the 10th legislative district seat on the Westchester County Board of Legislators in November. File photos

ing problem rather than a revenue problem, Marcotte said, and since 2010, Westchester has stopped over-taxing its residents and slowly started to bring spending down. She said municipalities are struggling because of unfunded state mandates, and most towns, cities and villages are getting to the point where they can’t cut services any further in order to save to money.

“You can’t just go in swinging an axe and cutting everything; it’s a gradual process,” Marcotte said “We were bloated in areas where we didn’t need to be.” But Jacobs also disputes the idea that there haven’t been any tax increases during Republican County Executive Rob Astorino’s tenure. Instead, she called it “a shell game” and said $52 million was moved

between accounts last year to cover a budget shortfall “when many of those expenses were predictable and should have been initially accounted.” Given that, the budget was not “a zero sum game,” she said. Jacobs has been working as a human resources consultant since last July. She was also the director of human resources benefits and facilities at Mediaocean LLC for more than nine years and held executive positions at other firms for 13 years. She has also been involved in the community as the co-chairperson of the open space and community resources group created to help the city update its comprehensive plan. In addition, she has been co-president of the Special Education PTA and is a former co-president of the New Rochelle PTA Council. Of added intrigue this election will be the role New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat who is running for county executive this year, may have in energizing the county’s Democratic base, and what impact that

could have on Marcotte’s re-election bid. Registered Democrats in Westchester outnumber Republicans by more than 100,000 voters. In Marcotte’s last run in 2011, she squeaked out a nail biter in a race to maintain her seat on the board over former Tuckahoe Mayor John Fitzpatrick, a Democrat. Tallying of the ballots spilled into a Saturday afternoon and concluded with Marcotte edging out Fitzaptrick by a mere 45 votes. Before she joined the Board of Legislators, Marcotte said she didn’t have much intention of becoming a politician. After working on Wall Street, Marcotte said she wanted to become involved in the Eastchester community and joined the library board in 1999. Following the death of a Tuckahoe village trustee in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, she was appointed to the village board and re-elected in 2002. In 2004, she was elected to the Eastchester Town Council as one of just two women serving on the board. County legislators are elected to serve two-year terms.

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C ommunity Briefs New Rochelle Library events Friends’ June book sale at library Stock up on gently-used hardcover and paperback fiction and nonfiction at the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library monthly book sale on Saturday, June 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library’s lobby. In addition to great adult and children’s books, the sale also offers DVDs, videos and other items—all available for purchase at very affordable prices. The executive board of the Friends of the Library coordinates the book sales, with the assistance of other Friends’ volunteers. Money realized from book sales are used to underwrite the library’s extensive public programs. The Friends of the Library bookstore is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm., and on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm. Artist talk A free artist’s talk, “The Agony and the Ecstasy: The Ironic Career of David Kramer” will be presented in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. In this visual presentation, artist David Kramer will discuss his sculptures, text based paintings, and video work. The artist’s videos, performances, installations, paintings and drawings have been exhibited widely throughout North America and Europe. This program is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and is

presented in partnership with the New Rochelle Art Association and the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.

“Les Huguenots” opera selections

A fitting performance for New Rochelle’s 325th anniversary and weeklong festivities with a delegation from La Rochelle, selections from 1836 opera, Le Huguenots, by Giacomo Meyerbeer, will be performed on Friday, June 7 in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library. Director and tenor Richard Slade will be joined by other professional vocalists in performing the “grand opera” pieces that have won praise for nearly two centuries. The program is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library and the Lillian Robbins Memorial Fund. A donation of $2 is suggested at the door.

Bid family market days in June

The popular BID Family Days will become “BID Market Family Market Days” for the month of June, when the new BID Grand Market opens on Library Green, at Huguenot and Lawton Streets, each Saturday. While parents are browsing the wide range of produce and fruits, specialty foods, fish, breads, baked goods, cheese, pickles, NYS wines and micro-brews, and unique artisan products at the new market, children will have the chance to join in the fun provided by great children’s entertainers. The BID Family Market Day shows will start at 11:00 am

each Saturday. In the event of inclement weather, they will take place in the Ossie Davis Theater of the New Rochelle Public Library. For more information about the BID Grand Market and its activities during the summer months, visit the website of the Downtown Business Improvement District: www. newrochelledowntown.com. BID Family Days are presented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District with the Public Library, the City School District and the Department of Parks & Recreation. All programs are on a first-come, firstserved basis to the capacity of library facilities. All programs are subject to change.

Violin-piano duo to benefit symphony

Violinist Alex Abayev and his wife, pianist Marina Rogozhina, will perform a benefit recital for the Symphony of Westchester-formerly the Westchester Chamber Symphony-on Sunday, June 9 in the Ossie Davis Theatre of the New Rochelle Public Library at 5:30 p.m. Tickets for the recital and a post-concert reception are $40, with proceeds benefiting the Symphony of Westchester, a fully professional orchestra that was founded in 1984 and has just completed its 16th concert season at Iona College. The symphony also performs at special events and is involved in community outreach and education, such as the Composers of the Future program run in collaboration with the Songcatchers after school program. The New Rochelle Public Library is located at 1 Library Plaza. For more information or tickets, call (914) 654-4926, e-mail info@westchestercham bersymphony.org or log onto www.westchesterchambersym-

phony.org.

New Rochelle Humane Society events

Foster Care Workshop Sunday, June 9th, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Shelter Manager Dana Rocco will hold a free one-hour workshop describing the New Rochelle Humane Society’s foster care program. Learn about the cats and dogs that typically need foster care. Shelter volunteers will be available to share their fostering experiences. Kitten adoption day at Larchmont Floral Designs Saturday, June 15, 12 noon to 2 p.m. It’s kitten season and our friendly felines are looking for their forever homes. Come to Larchmont Floral Designs and meet the adoptable kitties of the New Rochelle Humane Society. Dog Wash Fundraiser Sunday, July 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your four-legged friend to the New Rochelle Humane Society for the 13th annual Dog Wash-a fun-filled day of pet pampering, nail clipping, microchipping, good food and vendors. Rain date: Sunday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cooking with Dad

Friday, June 14, 2013. In this class, Chef Franca will teach dads and their kids how to prepare a delicious meal from start to finish. Prepare and feast on assorted polpettine, Chef Franca’s crunchy salad, and a delicious pear and apple crostata. Must register in advance and prepay, $30. 6:30 p.m. Westchester Italian Cultural Center One Generoso Pope Place Tuckahoe, NY 10707 (914) 771-8700 Wiccny.org

Westchester County Nature Center Events

Friday, June 14 Trailside Nature Museum at

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Routes 35 and 121 South, Cross River 914-864-7322 Second Annual Firefly Festival 8 p.m. Witness the daily light show at dusk, enjoy an ice cream social, and learn about and catch fireflies. Saturday, June 15 Cranberry Lake Preserve, Old Orchard Street, North White Plains 914-428-1005 Managing Invasives with a Fork and Knife 1 p.m. Learn which ones are edible and how to control the rest. Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 The Dragonflies of June 2 p.m. Bring binoculars to observe the dragon and damselflies in the pond and salt marsh. Sunday, June 16 Marshlands Conservancy, Boston Post Road, Route 1, Rye 914-835-4466 One for the Waders 1 p.m. Bring binoculars to view egrets, herons and other shore birds feeding along the shoreline at mid-tide.

Puppy/Dog Meet & Greet Saturday, June 29 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ward Acres Broadfield Road New Rochelle www.NY-PetRescue.org petrescueny@aol.com 914-834-6955

Summer reading and writing program

For parents concerned their children will lose academic ground over the summer, The Center for Literacy EnrichmentPace University has a solution–The Summer Reading & Writing Program. From pre-schoolers to middle schoolers, the program

provides children with an opportunity to not only maintain their reading, writing and comprehensive skills, but also to make gains academically in fun and informative ways. The program, which runs from July 1 to 31, offers full-day and halfday sessions. Certified teachers provide small-group instruction complemented by theme-based indoor and outdoor activities, including science experiments, crafts and games in a non-competitive setting. The Summer Reading & Writing Program is held on the campus of Pace University Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains. Early bird registration, prior to June 14, qualifies for a 5 percent discount on tuition. For more information, or to register your child, contact Center Director Sister St. John Delany, PhD at 914-422-4135.

Class of 2003 to reunite

The New Rochelle High School Class of 2003 Reunion will take place on Saturday Aug. 10, 2013, at Pelham/Split Rock Golf Course in the Bronx from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Ticket price is $150 per person until June 15. After June 15, the price per person is $200. Ticket price includes cocktail hour, buffet dinner, four-hour open bar and entertainment. Payment will be accepted via Paypal, money order and bank check. To pay via PayPal, use nrhs2003@gmail.com at https://www.paypal.com/. To pay by other methods, please email Rachel McCain at nrhs2003@gmail.com for more information. 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 news@hometwn.com.

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New Ro voters back school budget; elect Davis to Board of Education By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

Voters in the New Rochelle City School District on May 21 approved a $239 million budget for 2013-2014 and elected Dr. Pamela Davis to the Board of Education. In a statement on the district’s website, school officials thanked the New Rochelle community for its support and congratulated Davis on becoming the newest school board member. At New Rochelle High School, where voters preferred to remain anonymous, one woman characterized herself as a “big advocate” of the city’s public school system. “My children are no longer in the New Rochelle schools, but they’ve been through the schools,” she said. “I am a big advocate of New Rochelle schools and I’m here to support the school system.” The budget, ultimately approved by voters 2,106 to 1,061, results in a 4.52 percent tax rate increase. It also includes approximately $1.3 million in new revenue, the bulk of which is state aid.

Pamela Davis defeated Robert Cox in the New Rochelle Board of Education election. Voters also approved a $239 million budget for 2013-2014. File photos

The new revenue allows for the restoration of 14 teaching positions among the 56 districtwide positions that were slated for elimination in the preliminary budget. The district will also spend approximately $321,000 to improve school security in 20132014. Of the total amount, roughly $175,000 will be allocated for improvements to school doors and approximately $95,000 will be used to buy special window shades used during school lockdowns and “lockouts,” according to

Assistant Superintendent John Quinn. The rest of the money will be used for mobile phones, additional security radios, training for monitors and additional traffic supervision by police at the elementary schools. The bulk of the expenditures will cover personnel costs, including salaries, benefits, and the district’s contributions to the teacher retirement system. Another voter, who also declined to give her name, said she cast her ballot in the last few school elections and followed the budget discussions this year.

“I’m fairly happy with the way the budget was presented,” she said. In addition to approving the spending plan, voters cast 2,019 ballots for Davis, securing her victory against Cox, who received 1,402 votes in the school board race. Davis, who will serve her first five-year term on the board, is taking the seat being vacated by Mary Jane Reddington after 30 years. Davis, who did not return an email seeking comment, is a veteran teacher who has lived in New Rochelle for seven years. “I’ve been a teacher for 20 years, and when I give back to the community, I give to children,” Davis said in a previous interview. Davis, who does not have any children of her own, has been a fifth-grade computer teacher in Elmsford since 1994. Prior to that, she was a kindergarten computer teacher in Mount Vernon for two years. Today, she also works as an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, where she has served as the dissertation committee chair since 2009. In those capacities, she

teaches qualitative and quantitative research design methods to doctoral candidates and serves as a research leader and advisor to doctoral candidates writing dissertations “on topics related to K-16 education.” This was the second school board bid for Cox, a 19-year New Rochelle resident. He also lost in 2011. Cox attributed this defeat to low voter turnout, especially in the southern end of the city, and to his camp’s inability to “turnout” his supporters. Unofficial results provided by the school district show that the district has 43,240 registered voters in 13 districts, exclusive of those who vote by affidavit ballots. A further breakdown shows that, while 3,889 people are eligible to vote at Trinity Elementary School in the city’s southern end, only 162 did so in the school board race. Similarly, 4,033 voters are eligible to cast their ballots at Isaac E. Young Middle School. Of those voters, only 189 voted in the school board election. “I thought the low voter turnout was familiar, yet disturbing,

especially in the southern end,” Cox said. “At the end of the day, the opportunity to win the seat was there, but my campaign did not turnout my supporters.” During his campaign, Cox, who is best known to New Rochelle residents as the founder and managing editor of “Talk of the Sound,” a website devoted to city news, also billed himself as someone with “extensive civic and school board experience.” On the morning after the election, he said he would continue to be an active member of the school community and anticipated that there will be an increased level of participation among other members of the school community who have been engaged in the political process during the election. Cox said it is way too early to commit to making another school board bid should the opportunity arise. In addition to voting on school issues, New Rochelle voters also approved a New Rochelle Library budget by 2,084 to 904; and elected Quentin S. Jacobs as a library trustee with 1,909 votes. Jacobs’ opponent, Bo Kemp, received 1,788 votes.

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Shooting spotlights violent encounters By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

While New Rochelle police say the highly-decorated officer who shot and killed an emotionally disturbed city man after a confrontation in his apartment May 26 received extensive training as part of the department’s Critical Incident Unit, an advocate for the mentally ill say more can and is being done to try and prevent such incidents. Police said the Critical Incident Unit went to an apartment at 18 Hickory St. around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, to investigate a report of an emotionally disturbed person there. “A relative reported that the subject, Samuel Cruz, was off his medication, acting irrationally, and refusing to answer the door to the relative, who had come to check on his welfare,” police said. The police were able to speak with Cruz through the locked door, but could not convince him to open it. “After a lengthy dialogue with Mr. Cruz and repeated attempts to get him to open the

New Rochelle police and the district attorney’s office are investigating an officer-involved shooting that resulted in a city man’s death May 26. File photo

door, officers ultimately concluded that Mr. Cruz was behaving irrationally, in distress and a potential danger to himself and others in the building,” police said. “Officers forced open the door and observed Mr. Cruz armed with a hooked bladed knife.” According to police, Cruz threatened the officers with the knife as they entered the apartment. Attempts to subdue him

with a taser were unsuccessful, and Police Officer Steven Geertgens discharged his firearm at Cruz when he came at the officers with the knife, police said. Cruz, who was hit in the chest, was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. While he could not speak specifically about the incident that claimed Cruz’s life, Glenn

Liebman, the chief executive officer of the Mental Health Association of New York State, said two relatively new programs have been created to help law enforcement officers end potentially violent encounters with emotionally disturbed or mentally ill citizens peacefully. One of them, Mental Health First Aid, is an international program created by Professor Anthony Jorm, a respected men-

tal health literacy professor, and Betty Kitchener, a nurse specializing in health education. According to its website, Mental Health First Aid is a 12hour interactive program that teaches participants the potential risk factors and warning signs “for a range of mental health problems,” and a “five-step action plan” to assess someone in crisis, select and implement appropriate intervention, and to help that individual find the appropriate care. Another resource is training offered through Crisis Intervention Team programs. A CIT program, coordinated through the Westchester County Department of Mental Health, has already been established in Westchester. Participating agencies include the White Plains Department of Public Safety, Yonkers Police Department and Mount Vernon Police Department. Although Liebman said Westchester County largely has a good reputation for the services offered to citizens with mental disorders, Cruz’s death has prompted the county’s

Democratic lawmakers to ask Westchester’s mental health commissioner to investigate the incident. In a statement issued last week, the legislators said they are concerned that county residents with mental illnesses may not be getting the care they need since the closing of the county’s four mental health clinics two years ago. The New Rochelle Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney’s Office are both investigating the incident. Geertgens joined the department in 2001 and has served with the CIU team since 2008. His training includes numerous tactical seminars, a 40-hour Emergency Psych Technician Course and the eight-hour NRPD Emotionally Disturbed Person Tactics course. Geertgens, a recipient of three Class C citations, nine commendation awards and a life saving award, has been placed on modified duty pending the outcome of those reviews. He has a clean record with no prior shooting incidents, police said.

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More ‘smart’ parking meters coming to downtown By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

New and improved parking meters are coming to downtown New Rochelle. On May 14, Development Commissioner Luiz Aragon updated the City Council on the ongoing project in conjunction with the city’s Department of Public Works and the Business Improvement District. The project includes 499 parking meters in downtown New Rochelle. Of those, 53 are existing smart meters installed as part of a pilot program last year. They will be upgraded and equipped with the latest operating system. Aragon said. Another 326 parking meters are traditional downtown meters that now take coins; they will also be upgraded so they can accept credit and debit card payments. And 120 brand new smart meters will also be installed at various locations. Of the 53 existing smart meters, 40 will be equipped with sensors. The sensors will be able to tell not only how much money is in the meter, but also

The City Council is heralding the installation of new ‘smart’ meters in downtown New Rochelle as the first step in upgrading parking there. Photos/Bobby Begun

how long the car has been in the parking spot. The motorist will not be able to “feed the meter” once the maximum time has been reached, Aragon said. Moreover, if a user deposits enough time for an hour but leaves after only 15 minutes, the meter will “zero out” so another user can’t take advantage of the remaining time, he added. Fielding a question from Councilwoman Shari Rackman, D-District 6, Aragon said the upgraded meters could be set so the maximum time varies. In

other words, the maximum time allowed during the day could be two hours, and the maximum time could be three or four hours to accommodate downtown diners at night. “It is very easy to adapt because it is all done through a centralized computer,” Aragon explained. Councilman Jared Rice, DDistrict 3, was also curious about how the new smart meters compare to the “temporary” smart meters installed as part of the pilot program.

Aragon said the same company will supply the new versions, and the existing versions would be upgraded to the latest version so everything is compatible. The new version has a larger screen and buttons than its predecessor, Aragon said. Eventually, apps will be available that will allow users to pay for parking by using their cell phones. “It has been my experience that the pilot program has been very successful,” said Councilman Ivar Hyden, D-District 4. “It’s just much easier.”

In addition to offering more payment options, the smart meters installed on portions of Division, Lawton and Main streets as part of the pilot program have solar-powered battery systems. They also utilize “real time communication to allow the city to monitor the status of each meter” and webbased management systems. For security, no credit card information is stored in the meter. Councilman Al Tarantino, R-District 2, also supports the program and welcomes the ad-

ditional upgrades. “It has been a long time coming,” Tarantino said. “I am excited about the changes. In time, people will realize it is much easier to find parking downtown. There will be 120 more spaces. This is the first step to upgrading parking downtown.” The project, which will cost $270,000, is being funded through a variety of sources including the parking enterprise fund. No money from the general fund will be used, however. Aragon said city staff has been conservative with revenue projections and did not specify how much money the new meters could generate for the city, however. The prospect of getting more new smart meters downtown has already generated plenty of excitement according to Business Improvement District Executive Director Ralph DiBart. “Upgrading parking downtown has been a priority for the BID,” DiBart said. A number of restaurants and merchants support the enhancement of the parking meters, he added.

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Annual ceremony honors New Rochelle police By ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC STAFF REPORTER alexandra@hometwn.com

With the glistening waters of Long Island Sound serving as a backdrop, New Rochelle’s finest received accolades for exemplary police work and a pep talk from a veteran FBI agent during the Police Department’s Annual Memorial and Awards Ceremony on May 14. George Venizelos, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York office, was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle. During his speech, Venizelos focused on the importance of partnerships between law enforcement agencies in a time when “the world is more transient and criminals are more transient.” “What happened in Boston could happen here,” Venizelos said, referring to the recent bombings at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing manhunt. “It’s important to have partnerships [with other law enforcement agencies] so you’re not getting to know each other

New Rochelle police officers were honored for outstanding work during an annual awards ceremony at the Greentree Country Club in New Rochelle on May 14.

during a crisis.” Developing a seamless working relationship with other local, state and federal agencies is crucial at a time when the media poses a big challenge for authorities. The media’s role becomes especially tricky during an active investigation, when events unfold in “real time,” and a lot of information comes out very

quickly, Venizelos said. “I can’t stress how important it is to be continually hooked up on all levels of government and law enforcement,” he said. “Keep the lines of communication open.” He also urged New Rochelle police to take pride in what they do and to show that pride by sticking together.

The Police Emerald Society of Westchester County Pipe and Drums kicked off the awards ceremony honoring New Rochelle police officers. Photos/Alexandra Bogdanovic

“I want to congratulate the honorees and commend you for the work you have done,” he said. While dozens of awards were distributed, Officer Vincent Marion, an eight-year veteran, earned top honors as the Police Officer of the Year. Marion joined the department in January 2005 and is now assigned to patrol on the 4 p.m. to midnight shift. Recognized by the department’s top brass as someone who is “always among the third tour’s leaders in details and productivity,” he made 39 arrests, issued 198 parking summonses and 90 uniform traffic tickets last year. According to his supervisors, his reports are “consistently well-written and provide the reader with a clear depiction of what occurred.” Marion also has a “high degree of sector pride” and demonstrates that he has a vested interest in what goes on in the area he patrols. Marion is now one of the department’s field training officers, a position he earned “through his outstanding performance during his career.” In addition to being honored as Police Officer of the Year for 2012, Marion is a past recipient of the Police Commissioner’s Award, two class C citations and

two commendation awards. He has also been recognized twice as Police Officer of the Month. Other awards of distinction included the Eugene Frank Problem Solving Award, which was given to Officer Francesco Provenzale for his efforts to address citizen complaints about conditions at the New Rochelle train station; and the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce Investigator of the Year Award, which went to Detective Justin Wilson. Wilson, who is assigned to the agency’s property theft unit, investigated more than 120 cases last year and closed 61 percent of them. While investigating a series of residential burglaries, he garnered information that led to the identification of a suspect, got the suspect to deliver stolen property to a confidential informant and then apprehended him, his supervisors said. Sgt. Edward Hayes and Police Officer John Ladeairous received the Police Commissioner’s Award and Detective Peter Kornas and Officer Lawrence Bornholz received the TransCare Ambulance Lifesaving Award. Two civilians, Michael Kelly and Marcos Guevara, received the Citizen Award for assisting an elderly robbery victim and

aiding in the apprehension of the perpetrator. Before the police officers and civilians got their awards, Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller announced the winners of the Police Memorial Essay Award. First place went to Michael McLoughlin, a student at Iona Grammar School; second place went to Martina Freed, a student at Davis Elementary School; and third place went to Kaliya Abrahams, a student at Trinity Elementary School. McLoughlin also got a chance to read his winning essay, called “Police Officers– The People I Can Rely On,” to the crowd. “I am able to rely on my police department for a number of reasons,” the fifth-grader read. “They have a very difficult job and they need to be strong, brave and reliable to be sure they can fulfill their responsibilities. These responsibilities include keeping me safe and keeping order.” In his essay, McLoughlin also said that the New Rochelle police inspire him to help others. “If one day I got the opportunity to become a policeman, I would be honored,” he read. “I want to thank law enforcement for everything they do. They are my role models and heroes.”

Correcting the record In the front-page caption regarding head injuries in the May 17 edition of The Report it stated that the school district’s concussion management policy came as a result of concussions sustained by New Rochelle student-athletes. It came as a result of a state mandate. In last week’s Women in Business supplement, Cindy’s Hair Studio’s address was listed as 37 Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck. Cindy’s Hair Studio is located at 137 Mamaroneck Ave. in Mamaroneck.

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May 15…An iPad was reportedly taken from the men’s locker room at the New York Sports Club on Huguenot Street around 9:50 p.m. Police said the owner reported that he put the item in a locker and left for approximately 10 minutes. The device and its case, worth roughly $1,000, were gone when he returned, police said. May 15…Two pairs of sneakers were allegedly stolen from a city boutique between 5:10 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the perpetrator took the footwear worth approximately $725 and fled from the Bien Amie Lifestyle Boutique at 11 Treno St. before police arrived. He was described as a 5-foot, 6-inch tall black man weighing approximately 300 pounds. May 16…A thief or thieves allegedly stole a portable GPS out of a 2007 Saturn parked at 781 Pelham Road sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Police said the owner reported that the car window was open when someone rummaged through the vehicle. The device was worth approximately $300. May 16…Police responded to a pair of robberies in the same area of the city around 11 p.m. In the first case, Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said, a 32-year-old New Rochelle man was riding his bike in the area of 1st Street and Jones Street when three suspects confronted him. One of the suspects allegedly hit the victim with a bottle and another suspect allegedly pointed a black handgun at him. The suspects then took $60 in cash and the victim’s cell phone before fleeing north on 1st Street towards Union Avenue. The victim was transported to Sound Shore Medical Center where he was treated for multiple lacerations, Schaller said. The second incident occurred at 92 Washington Ave., where a 55-year-old New Rochelle man was parking his car in the driveway, police said. The victim reported that two men in

dark clothing whose faces were covered by scarves approached him. One of the men allegedly hit him in the side of the head with a hard object before going through his pockets. The suspects took $200 in cash and the victim’s wallet before they left the scene, Schaller said. The victim refused medical attention and the investigation of both incidents is ongoing. May 17…Four wheels were stolen off of a 2013 Hyundai Sonata sometime overnight, police said. According to a police report, the car was parked at 12 Ronalds Ave. when the wheels were taken. The wheels were worth approximately $2,100. May 17…Someone allegedly broke into St. Gabriel’s Church at 120 Division St. sometime overnight. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the perpetrator(s) seemingly gained entry through a door on the south side of the building. Several windows were also broken and there was unspecified property damage inside. Nothing appeared to be taken, Schaller said. May 18…Officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary at a Harlan Drive home around 9:20 p.m. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the occupants, age 17 and 23, were alone in the house when they heard the doorbell ring and went downstairs. The 17-year-old told police he saw an unknown male wearing a ski mask and dressed in black clothing coming up the basement stairs at that time. Police said the teenager also told them that he shouted at the intruder to get out of the house and then locked himself and his sister in the master bedroom. The intruder, who possibly gained entry through an unlocked rear door, was gone by the time police arrived. May 18…A city resident reported his 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle stolen sometime overnight, police said. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, the man said he parked the motorcycle in

his driveway at 11 p.m., and it was gone when he woke up at 3 a.m. Police issued a lookout for the motorcycle, and it was ultimately recovered in New York City, where officers from the 50th precinct said it had been involved in an accident. May 22…A New Rochelle man was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary after he allegedly tried to get into a basement apartment on May Street. Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller said the chain of events that resulted in the arrest began sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., when a woman who lives in the apartment heard someone ring the doorbell and ask for the superintendent. The woman, who ignored the doorbell, also heard someone knocking on the basement window a few minutes later. The next thing she knew, someone was opening the window and trying to get in, Schaller said. “It appeared the person was intoxicated, and she had never seen him before,” Schaller said. While driving in the area later, the woman and her husband spotted the suspect and the husband confronted him, Schaller said. A bystander, who saw them fighting, called police, who sorted everything out when they arrived, Schaller added. The officers identified the man as Tyrone McGhee, 40, of 311 North Ave., took him into custody and charged him with the Class C felony offense. May 22…Claudell Davis, 25, of 288 Union Ave. was arrested on felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly hit his child’s mother during a fight. According to Detective Capt. Joseph Schaller, Davis smacked the victim with his hand and hit her with a belt twice. Davis is also accused of throwing a remote control at the woman and breaking some children’s toys. The woman had a large red welt on her inner thigh, Schaller said. Davis was charged with second-degree assault, a Class D felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a Class A misdemeanor; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, which is also a Class A misdemeanor.

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New Ro veterans host Memorial Day celebration

The Liberty Belles perform at a Memorial Day celebration at Glen Island.

After inclement weather forced them to postpone the event for one day, New Rochelle veterans hosted a Memorial Day celebration at Glen Island Park on Sunday. The festivities began with a service that included an invocation by United Veterans

Memorial and Patriotic Association Chaplain William F. Moye, a 96-year-old World War II veteran. Following the national anthem and Pledge of Allegiance, UVM&PA President Peter Parente addressed the crowd. Parente told the crowd that the

County Executive Rob Astorino shakes hands with members of the armed forces.

freedoms Americans enjoy today is the result of sacrifices made by members of the United States armed forces. “It is not because of politicians,” Parente said. “It is not because of the press.” Former State Assemblyman Ron Tocci also urged the crowd

The New Rochelle Police Department was in full regalia on May 26.

to remember the true meaning of the Memorial Day holiday. While the three-day weekend, which signifies the unoffi-

cial beginning of summer with barbecues and retail sales, it is also a time to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by mem-

The controversial Gadsden flag flew high during a Memorial Day celebration in New Rochelle’s Glen Island Park. Contributed photos

bers of the American military, he said. The Iona Bag Pipers played the Marine Corps Hymn before guest speaker, U.S. Marine Corps Major General Juan G. Ayala addressed the crowd. Detective Ray Andolina, president of the New Rochelle PBA, and Lt. Byron Gray, president of the New Rochelle firefighters union, also remembered those city first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty. The ceremony continued with the placing of a wreath, a moment of silence, a salute to the dead and the playing of “Taps” by Barbara Granata as participants cast a wreath into the water to honor personnel lost at sea. -Reporting by ALEXANDRA BOGDANOVIC

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Jenkins joins Bramson campaign as co-chair By CHRIS GRAMUGLIA STAFF REPORTER chrisg@hometwn.com

Democratic candidate for county executive, Mayor Noam Bramson recently announced that County Board of Legislators Chairman, Ken Jenkins will serve as his campaign co-chair. No other chairpersons have been named to date. Jenkins, a Yonkers Democrat, lost the nomination to Bramson last month at the Westchester Democratic convention-Bramson got 54 percent of the vote-but said that the ultimate goal of county Democrats is to unseat incumbent Republican County Executive Rob Astorino. “Noam and I had a spirited race seeking endorsement for the county executive nomination,” Jenkins said. “Now we are both committed to making sure we are victorious in November. We are working hard around the county, and had a number of advocates that supported both of our individual campaigns, and now we are talking to those individuals.” Jenkins also said that, as campaign co-chair, he plans on doing everything he can to ensure that Democratic ideals are restored to the county, including knocking on residents doors, advocating within “certain circles” and, in general, getting productive conversations started regarding county issues. Jeremy Sherber, Bramson’s campaign manager, said that the mayor, who was appointed mayor of New Rochelle back in 2005

and has won two re-election bids, has placed a great emphasis on Democrats working together in the upcoming elections. “Noam has been very keen over the last few weeks to make sure that all of the talk of unity is for real,” he said. “I think Ken Jenkins has been a great partner in that endeavor.” Sherber said that Jenkins and Bramson have met several times to discuss county issues as well as campaign strategies, and that Jenkins will play an integral role in advising Bramson as well as representing him at various public appearances. “The advice we’re getting from him has already been incredibly helpful,” Sherber said. Sherber also said the campaign is still in the process of selecting a number of other co-chairs to work alongside Jenkins and Bramson as the election approaches. In statements published by Bramson’s campaign, the New Rochelle mayor said having Jenkins on board will be of significant assistance in unseating Astorino in November. “Ken has been standing up to the Astorino administration’s right-wing, short-sighted policies on a daily basis for the past three years,” Bramson said. “I am excited for the experience and insight he will bring to our campaign.” Jenkins is up for re-election this year and has stated that he intends to hold on to his seat as Chairman of the Board of Legislators.

County Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins, a Democrat, was selected to advise and represent Mayor Noam Bramson in his campaign against Republican County Executive Rob Astorino. File Photo

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, a Democrat, recently selected county Board of Legislators Chairman Ken Jenkins to be the co-chair of his campaign for county executive. Jenkins lost a primary for the party’s nomination to Bramson. File Photo

Luncheon honors community leaders, student The New Rochelle Council of Community Services honored four outstanding community leaders at its annual luncheon on Thursday, June 6, at the Davenport Club. The 2013 honorees were: George T. Davis Funeral Home and its director, Vincent Fasano; Detective Terrence Fudge, New Rochelle Police Department; The Reverend Robert Gahler, Trinity-St. Paul’s Church; and Kandy Mama, M.D.,

Sound Shore Medical Center Emergency Room. The NRCCS also awarded its annual $1,000 scholarship to Courtney Mills, a New Rochelle High School junior who has exemplified the mission of the New Rochelle Council of Community Services by selflessly dedicating her time and talents to help others. The New Rochelle Council of Community Services, established in 1936, is a 501c3

non-profit umbrella organization for the health and human service agencies, religious institutions, and educational facilities of New Rochelle. This includes entities situated outside New Rochelle that also serve the city. NRCCS provides an important opportunity for service-providers and community administrators to make vital connections and address community needs. (Submitted)

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What’s Your Beef? What’s bothering you today? Collected on Purchase Street in Rye “Unhappy people bother me.” Agata Young, 27, Golden’s Bridge

“Corporate lobbying going unnoticed by the public.” Sound Shore Health Systems CEO John Spicer says the sale of the Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle and Mount Vernon Hospital to the Montefiore Medical System should not affect day-today operations. File photo

members it now employs. In 1997, an affiliation between Sound Shore Medical Center, Mount Vernon Hospital, the Dorothea Hopfer School of Nursing and Schaffer Extended Care Center resulted in the creation of “one of the largest private healthcare systems between New York City.” Since then, the Sound Shore Health System has received numerous national and stated accreditations. Dr. Steven M. Safyer, president and CEO of Montefiore

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LIVE MIKE Mike Smith

I am not among those who subscribe to the old-timers’ school of baseball purity. I have no problems with the DH, I don’t mind night games, and, to be honest, in the early to mid 2000s, I didn’t even care that hitters and pitchers were growing muscles on their muscles and outgrowing their ball caps faster than a Hummer goes through gasoline. But, for some reason, over the years, I’ve found it increasingly difficult to get excited about interleague play. Of course, it’s no small coincidence that in New York, interleague play is synonymous with the Subway Series and, given the absolute dreck the Mets have put on the field in recent seasons, I–as a card-carrying member of Red Sox Nation–have little faith that the little brothers of the New York City baseball scene will ever pose much more than a vague annoyance to my hated Yankees. Even when triumph seemed assured, the hapless Mets had a certain flair for snatching defeat from the jaws

of victory (see Castillo, Luis). As a result, I paid no more attention to a Yankee-Met tilt than I did to a mid-season battle between the Astros and the Padres. But that all changed—at least for a few days—last week, when a four-game season sweep by the Mets managed to instill a little pride in the team’s fanbase and spark-mainly one-way-discussions on sports talk radio about which team was actually better. Of course, the debate is largely a stupid one. The Yanks will likely contend for the lead in the AL East, while the Mets, wellbelow .500, can’t even draw praise from the team’s ownership. For the Mets, the fourgame series in Flushing and the Bronx was the equivalent of a postseason appearance, and will likely need to sustain Mets fans for the duration of what will likely be a long summer. You could see the Mets fans come out of hiding after that first win on Monday night. A few callers on WFAN here, a couple of “Let’s go Mets!” Facebook posts there, you could see a beleaguered fan base start to acknowledge that winning was indeed pretty fun. Still, there was a general sense that fans didn’t want to get ahead of themselves.

The following night phenom Matt Harvey toed the rubber. Harvey has been the lone consistent Mets attraction this year, as his undefeated record attests, and this game was a big one for Mets fans. Should Harvey get shelled, it would mean more dismissive ridicule from friends and family who support the Bombers. But Harvey was terrific. He didn’t get the win—that would eventually go to left-hander Scott Rice—but, through eight innings, Harvey kept the Yankees at bay, paving the way for the Mets to find a way to beat the great Mariano Rivera in a rare ninth-inning lapse by the future Hall-of-Famer. The win, an otherwise meaningless May victory, became a rallying point over the next few days as Metropolitan fans invaded Yankee Stadium to watch their ball club complete their first-ever series sweep. Yankee fans, especially on social media, were predictably disdainful and dismissive about the Mets’ success against their team. “We’re playing with a lot of injuries,” said a fanbase who just four days prior, were sitting atop the AL East Standings. “These games mean nothing,” they opined, while watch-

A view of Citi Field, which played home to two Met wins over the Yankees in May. Photo/Mike Smith

ing blue and orange clad fanatics celebrate in the Bronx. Ultimately, they may be right. The Mets, carrying all the momentum from those four big wins, would go on to drop their next three games to an

even more hopeless squad from Miami, while the Yanks, despite a brief hiccup against the Red Sox, seem to be getting healthy at the right time. But while these wins might seem inconsequential in the

grand scheme of the regular season, one thing is for certain. For four days in May, baseball—and the Subway Series—mattered for fans of both teams in New York City. Even if one side isn’t willing to admit it.

Cancer fundraiser hits high mark in 2013 By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

On May 10, Rhodes’ Kajukenbo studio in New Rochelle held its fourth annual fundraiser for the St. Jude Children’s Research Fund. With the final tally of money in this week, it would appear that the event has raised $8,300, making it the school’s hightest grossing fundraiser to date. Sifu Dusty Rhodes said that, in years past, the fundraiser hasn’t always lived up to his lofty expectations, but that this year, it hit the mark. “Maybe last year, I wanted to shoot for $10,000 dollars, and we ended up with about $4,300,” Rhodes said. “This year, I wanted to shoot for $8,000, but would have been happy with $5,000.” The day, which consists of fitness classes, bake sales, and other endeavors, has been

Local martial arts instructor Sifu Dusty Rhodes and his wife Pamela visit the St Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. in 2012. Rhodes’ kajukenbo studio recently held its latest fundraiser to fight pediatric cancer. Contributed Photo

steadily growing as Rhodes becomes a more efficient and experienced fundraiser. Several local businesses, including pizza chains and restaurants, donated food to the proceedings. Rhodes, a former marine, also enlisted the help of some of his friends “I know a lot of military people, and they’ve been very helpful over the years,” Rhodes said. This year, Rhodes and Spectators Pub were also able to hold a raffle that contained signed Ray Rice paraphernalia, including a jersey and football. The raffle, said Rhodes, brought in another $650 that was added to the cancer research fund. Rhodes, who visited the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in 2012, also brought a youth suffering from pediatric cancer to meet some of the youngsters who took part in the fitness and self-defense classes. “At first, this kid was play-

ing around with the other kids, like any other child, which really, he is,” said Rhodes. “But then, a little later, we brought him out and told his story, and I think it really moved people. I think it’s interesting, especially for the younger kids, to actually meet someone who is going through this.” Although the event has grown significantly, Rhodes said he isn’t done trying to figure out how to raise more money for cancer research and use his training center as a way to give to those in need. Rhodes and some of his students formed a committee to find smaller ways to supplement the fundraising event throughout the year as a way to make sure they never take their eyes off the goal. “Every year it gets easier, but every year it gets harder,” he said. “You have so much expectation to help those kids and you always want to do more.”

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Huguenots upset by Tigers By MIKE SMITH SPORTS EDITOR sports@hometwn.com

After two regular season wins over Mamaroneck this spring, New Rochelle’s season came to an end on a May 30 playoff tilt with their league rivals, as the Tigers outlasted the higher seeded team to earn an extra-inning upset win. Mamaroneck shortstop Kimi Chiapparelli put the game out of reach in the top of the ninth inning with a tie-breaking, tworun double to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead. Though the Huguenots scored one in the bottom half of the frame, it wouldn’t be enough as the Tigers advanced. “I knew I just had to do my job and get the runner in from third,” said Chiapparelli. “I just got a good pitch and was able to drive it.” New Rochelle head coach Tim Collins knew coming in that taking down the Tigers would be a tall order. “Given how they played against us in the regular season, especially that second game, we knew it was going to be tough,” said Collins. “And it’s tough to beat a team three times. Even professionals have a hard time doing it.” Like the rest of Section I, New Rochelle’s schedule was out of sorts as rain delayed first-round action for just under a week. The Huguenots were, however able to find breaks in the rain to schedule some practices. New Rochelle finished the season with a solid 13-8 record, but will bid adieu to several key seniors, including captains Jenna LoPacin, Gabby and Chloe Ciraco, Kelly Dillon and Alesandra Greco. Despite the losses, however, Collins is confident that the Huguenots are on the right track for future success. Freshman hurler Kristi Lise ended the season as Collins’ top starter-finishing with a 2.65 ERA—will be joined by an 8th grader who met with success on the JV level this year before being a late call-up. Junior Rebecca Karlin will be a bright spot for the Huguenots offensively as well. This year, Karlin hit .462 with two homers. “That’s a very good young Alessandra Greco makes a play at first base on May 30. Greco is one of several seniors who will graduate in June.

Kristi Lise throws a pitch on May 30. Lise, a freshman, had an outstanding season in 2013. Photos/Bobby Begun.

pitching group,” said Collins. “A 13-year old and a 14-year old who are only going to continue to get better. “We’re going to be good,” he

added. “We rely on our younger girls with athleticism, but as they grow and feel more comfortable out there, they can do some big things.”

Kasey Dillon swings the bat on May 30. New Ro nearly downed the Tigers, but fell in extras.

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