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Trump Plaza elevator fights triggers $1 million lawsuit against New Rochelle commissioner

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New Rochelle’s development commissioner is being sued for his part in an elevator altercation at Trump Plaza New Rochelle from last year.

Luiz Aragon, who has led development efforts in the city since 2013, is accused of assault, battery and defamation in the lawsuit filed Thursday in state Supreme Court. Included in the lawsuit is the city, along with a security firm and the owner of Trump Plaza New Rochelle, which is located on 175 Huguenot Street.

The plaintiff, Johnathan Mpamugo, was pushed out of an elevator by Aragon following a verbal dispute on Oct. 25 of last year.

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New Rochelle NAACP calls on AG to investigate police shooting of Kamal Flowers

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NEW ROCHELLE – “Do the right thing!” chanted the crowd outside New Rochelle City Hall today as the family of Kamal Flowers called for a state investigation into the 24-year-old’s shooting death at the hands of the police.

Community members and civic leaders joined the Flowers family at a news conference in which they urged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to appoint Attorney General Letitia James as a special prosecutor to investigate Friday’s fatal shooting.

Police say Flowers fled from a traffic stop late Friday, then pointed a gun and attempted to fire at an officer who then shot and killed Flowers.

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New Rochelle development commissioner charged in Trump Plaza altercation; video

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NEW ROCHELLE — The city’s development commissioner and architect behind the unprecedented redevelopment of the downtown was charged in connection with a physical altercation with a worker in Trump Plaza.

Luiz Aragon was charged with second-degree harassment and was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court this afternoon,  the District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to return to city court on Nov. 20.

The judge ordered a temporary order of protection with a stay-away provision and no communication with the victim, which prohibits Aragon from having any contact with the victim but it allows Aragon to continue to live in his condo. The prosecution objected to this but the judge overruled.

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Harlem woman sues NYCHA over leaks and mold that festered for months

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While the leak and mold problems appear to have been resolved in her bedroom, Shine said a newer leak has persisted in her living room for months without a visit from NYCHA to repair it.

She is one of hundreds of city housing residents who have lodged complaints, or tickets as they’re known, with NYCHA’s management. Many have struggled over the years to have the Housing Authority address the problem — so much so that in 2013 the city submitted to a consent decree giving a federal judge oversight of the authority’s widespread mold woes.

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Thomas questions Wallace’s fitness for office as mayoral saga heads back to court

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Hoping to stay mayor of Mount Vernon through September, Richard Thomas claims that the man trying to take his place once bailed out a drug kingpin and then lied about it under oath.

Hoping to stay mayor of Mount Vernon through September, Richard Thomas claims that the man trying to take his place once bailed out a drug kingpin and then lied about it under oath.

Thomas raises the issue of Andre Wallace’s fitness for office in court documents related to the ongoing saga of who is actually in charge in the city.

“Is this conduct appropriate for a public official? Thomas asked in his bid to block Wallace from acting as mayor. “Should a man who has pledged one million dollars to secure the release on bail of a major drug kingpin, and then lied about it, oversee a municipal police force? No.”

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A HUD Official Gets a First-Hand Look at NYCHA’s Woes

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U.S. | NEW YORK
A HUD Official Gets a First-Hand Look at NYCHA’s Woes
Regional administrator Lynne Patton is living in public housing apartments for a month to report on residents’ complaints

By Melanie Grayce West
Updated Feb. 19, 2019 6:29 p.m. ET

Lynne Patton was in the musty basement of the Patterson Houses next to a rusted cabinet and a bucket of fetid standing water and no longer flashing her customary wide smile.

She was six songs into a no-frills group workout, a free program offered at this public housing development in the Bronx. Sweat poured from under her baseball cap with the presidential seal, and she cursed the pain while television cameras rolled. When the workout ended, she posed for selfies and promised her workout buddies that the years of disrepair in their public housing apartments would soon end.

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Sanders Seeks To Clear His Good Name

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State Senator James Sanders Jr said he will not leave his children with a fallen name so he is sticking to his principles and suing a couple for defamation of character.

The case stems from a several-year federal investigation, in which Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera, leaders of an agricultural group named Culinary Kids, Culinary arts, alleged Sanders wanted a kickback for public funding. The couple got former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and the feds involved.

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