Shotgun Totting Robber Stickups Pelham Pkway Bank

Shotgun Totting Robber Stickups Pelham Pkway Bank

BRONX- A Bronx man has been charged with using a shotgun to stickup a Pelham Parkway bank. 

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and James P. O’Neill, Police Commissioner of the City of New York (“NYPD”), announced today the arrest of DAVID MICHAEL HYLTON was charged in connection with a robbery of a bank in the Bronx, during which thousands of dollars were stolen. HYLTON was arrested, and presented in Manhattan federal court before the Honorable Andrew J. Peck.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “As alleged, David Michael Hylton robbed a Bronx bank during business hours yesterday, wielding what appeared to be a shotgun. Thanks to the FBI and the NYPD, shortly after Hylton got $7,000, the Violent Crimes Task Force got Hylton.”

FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “As alleged, Hylton thought he could make a quick getaway after robbing a Bronx bank yesterday, making off with more than $7,000 in cold hard cash. But thanks to members of the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force, he was caught red-handed and no longer remains a threat. The FBI and our partners will continue to aggressively investigate bank robbery cases to minimize the threat these alleged criminals pose to our community.”

According to the allegations in the Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court:[1]
On January 25, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m., HYLTON entered a Bank of America branch on the corner of White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway. He gained access to the secure teller area, and approached a bank teller.  HYLTON brandished what appeared to be a shotgun and demanded that the teller give him the money the teller was holding. HYLTON took from the teller over $7,000 in United States currency. HYLTON then fled and was later apprehended and arrested. 

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HYLTON, 33, of the Bronx, New York, is charged with one count of bank robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Berman praised the outstanding investigative work of the FBI-NYPD Joint Violent Crimes Task Force.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Juliana N. Murray is in charge of the prosecution.

The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Drug Court- Alternatives to Jail for Opioid Addict...

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Drug Court- Alternatives to Jail for Opioid Addicts

Drug Court- Alternatives to Jail for Opioid Addicts

BRONX- District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Bronx County Criminal Court Supervising Judge George A. Grasso announced the first court-based program of its kind in New York City to offer treatment in lieu of incarceration for offenders with substance abuse, in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in the Bronx.

District Attorney Clark said, “The Overdose Avoidance and Recovery (OAR) program is an innovative tool for confronting a scourge that has ravaged the Bronx far too long and ruined hundreds of lives.  Last year, our borough had the second highest rate of opioid overdose deaths in the state. My Office has a duty to stem this health crisis by addressing defendants who cycle through the criminal justice system because of crimes fueled by drug abuse.

“I’m proud to introduce the City’s first such drug diversion program which will operate in newly established Bronx court parts. I want to thank Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks, Judge Grasso, Bronx Community Solutions and the defense bar for their support and assistance in fighting this public health crisis by establishing this pioneering court. OAR will save and reshape lives.”

Judge Grasso said, “The OAR track is an important Criminal Court innovation that will save lives. OAR is not about ‘crime and punishment,’ but about ‘compassion and recovery.’ Individuals placed on the OAR track are provided with the network of support and services they need to overcome the deadly disease of addiction and avoid becoming another tragic statistic. This focused, collaborative effort by the Criminal Court in partnership with the District Attorney, defense bar and Bronx Community Solutions provides an immediate response to an at-risk individual that was previously lacking in the criminal justice system. I am proud to be part of it.”

District Attorney Clark said her Alternatives to Incarceration Bureau and other trained Assistant District Attorneys will offer defendants charged with seventh-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (NY Penal Law 220.03) the opportunity to take part in OAR. In addition to linking defendants with intensive treatment, Bronx Community Solutions will offer job training, housing and other needed services.

Those who are assessed as high-risk of overdose and accept the program will have their cases adjourned to one of two specialized drug court parts presided over by Judge Grasso and Criminal Court Judge Linda Poust-Lopez, with prosecution of the case withdrawn pending the OAR outcome.

Participants who meaningfully engage in and fulfill treatment will, upon consent of the Court, have their cases dismissed and sealed, eliminating the burden of a criminal record. There are no penalties for defendants who forego the use of OAR and their cases will move ahead in the criminal court process.

District Attorney Clark said her Office began planning OAR in May, 2017 with the goal of reducing the number of individuals with opioid addiction from entering the criminal justice system and stemming overdoses in the Bronx.

According to data, from January 2013 to July 2017, 879 people died of opioid use in the Bronx, and 551 of those people had prior involvement with the criminal justice system in the Bronx, for an average of 8.9 arrests each. The most frequent top charge was NYPL 220.03.

The OAR program began on December 4, 2017, and has screened 250 cases, out of which 176 were eligible for OAR, and 52 defendants entered the program. The Bronx District Attorney’s Alternatives to Incarceration Bureau is overseeing the initiative, with the assistance of the Trial Division and the Complaint Room/Arraignments Bureau.

Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks said, “This latest iteration of the drug court model addresses the specific needs of justice-involved individuals struggling with substance use disorders who are at high risk of overdose, combining overdose prevention strategies, individualized treatment and services to save and transform lives, all with a focus on balancing the public safety. I commend District Attorney Clark and Judge Grasso for their tireless efforts in launching the OAR parts and for their commitment to the advancement of innovative approaches aimed at halting the devastating cycle of addiction and crime. Additionally, I would like to thank our other key partners, including the defense bar and Bronx Community Solutions, for their ongoing support in bringing these innovative courts to fruition.”

Maria Almonte, project director of Bronx Community Solutions, said, “Bronx Community Solutions, a project of the Center for Court Innovation, is pleased to team up with Bronx Criminal Court, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, The Legal Aid Society and Bronx Defenders on this important, life-saving initiative to combat the opioid epidemic in the Bronx. Since 2005, Bronx Community Solutions has worked to improve public safety and reduce incarceration by delivering social services and community service to thousands of people involved in the criminal justice system.”

Peter Jones, Attorney-in-Charge of The Legal Aid Society’s Bronx Criminal Defense Practice, said, “OAR is an opportunity for people struggling with substance abuse to voluntarily obtain individualized treatment without the stigma of conviction or the hurdle created when unnecessarily jailed for a low-level offense. This creates a meaningful chance for someone to seek help and, if successful, return and contribute to their community.”

Alice Fontier, managing director of the Bronx Defenders' Criminal Defense Practice, said, Opioid addiction has destroyed or stolen the lives of far too many Bronx residents. We applaud the Court for recognizing that addressing this crisis will rely on a solution that prioritizes treatment, not incarceration. In particular, we appreciate that the Bronx OAR’s approach does not rely on the threat of incarceration, a significant improvement over other treatment models. Our goal must remain finding ways to treat the opioid epidemic as the health crisis that it is, outside of the criminal justice system entirely.”

District Attorney Clark thanked her Strategic Enforcement and Intergovernmental Relations Division,  Executive Assistant District Attorney Odalys Alonso, Deputy Division Chief Carmen Facciolo, ATI Bureau Chief Aisha Greene, and Director of Mental Health Ginger James for their efforts to create the program.

Stupid Stickup Men Busted for Gun Dispute

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Stupid Stickup Men Busted for Gun Dispute

By David Greene 

BRONX- If they weren’t dumb they wouldn’t get caught is the popular police mantra. A duo of alleged robbers, who are suspected of holding 4 armed stickups, fit this motto when they were busted for waiving a gun around during a dispute.

Eagle-eyed cops from the 49th Precinct apparently observed the dispute with a gun. The officers in their patrol car followed the duo to their home and after holding police at bay for an hour and-a-half, the gunmen were taken into custody.

Officers reported the incident at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, as they followed the alleged baby-faced gunmen into 2911 Barnes Avenue in the Allerton section.

According to one police source, officers used building surveillance cameras to pinpoint what apartment the pair fled into.

After two teams of heavily armed members of the NYPD's Emergency Services Unit entered the 6-story building, the pair emerged in handcuffs.

One of the suspects cried out, "I was home sleeping, why are you arresting me?" The second young man remained silent as a resident of the community yelled back, "Don't say anything!"

The pair eerily fit the description of two suspects wanted for a string of armed robberies that took place along Barnes Avenue, back in October. At the time police released a surveillance photo and two composite sketches of the assailants.

Detectives working the pattern robbery reported they were looking for two men in their teens or early 20's, wanted for stick-up's on October 4, 16, 17 and 18.

At the time officials stated that the suspects would rob other teens or young men of cash and cellphones. No arrests had so far been made in the case.

Repeated requests for comment from the NYPD have not yet been returned.   

Perv Cops to Beating, Striping Victims

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Perv Cops to Beating, Striping Victims

Perv Cops to Beating, Striping Victims 

BRONX- District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has pleaded guilty to two 2016 attacks in which he knocked the victims unconscious and removed items of their clothing. In one attack, he broke the jaw of a 15-year-old girl near Bronx Park.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant brutally beat a young girl who refused his sexual advances and a young woman who had willingly handed over her phone. He will now serve 15 years behind bars for his depravity and we hope this sentence brings a measure of peace and justice to the two brave survivors.”

District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Shaun Lewis, 28, pleaded guilty to Attempted Assault in the first-degree and Attempted Robbery in the second-degree before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ralph Fabrizio. He will be sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by 5 years post-release supervision on February 27, 2018. At the time of the attacks, the defendant was on parole for a robbery in which he beat a woman and may be sentenced to additional time for violating his parole terms.

According to the investigation, on the early morning of October 24, 2016, Lewis exposed himself to the teenage girl and demanded she “touch it” while in the vicinity of Bronx Park. When the girl refused, the defendant repeatedly struck her face, kicked her and choked her into unconsciousness. When she awoke, her pants and underwear had been removed. He then grabbed her breast before she was able to flee.

According to the investigation, on the night of April 21, 2016, on Wickham Avenue, Lewis approached a then-33-year-old woman and demanded her cell phone. Upon handing over her phone, the woman asked the defendant to send the photos on her phone to her husband. The victim was knocked unconscious and awoke with her pants removed. She suffered bruising, swelling and extreme pain to her jaw.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jill Starishevsky, Senior Trial Assistant in the Child Abuse/ Sex Crimes Bureau under the supervision of Rachel Ferrari, Chief of the Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau and under the overall supervision of Joseph Muroff, Chief of the Special Victims Division.

District Attorney Clark thanked detectives of the Bronx Special Victims.

Pols Caught Yucking it up at Vigil for Fire Victim...

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Pols Caught Yucking it up at Vigil for Fire Victim...

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Pols Caught Yucking it up at Vigil for Fire Victims

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Pols Caught Yucking it up at Vigil for Fire Victims 

Families, Ambassador to Ghana Sat 5 Feet Away

By David Greene

BRONX- A seasoned politician will always  know to watch what they say around a "dead" microphone and to be watchful of the cameras and not be caught in an embarrassing moment-- as two local newcomers to the City Council were caught giggling and looking at a cellphone towards the end of a 2-hour church service, for six residents killed in the Prospect Avenue blaze.
During the embarrassing moment Councilman Ritchie Torres, 29, who represents the 15th District and is the youngest member of the council and is also the deputy Majority Leader and Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, 39, 

who represents the 16th District and is the chair of the Council's Public Safety Committee, were captured giggling in the first pew at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Church as Gibson looked at her cellphone-- as the Ambassador to Ghana sat less than five-feet away.

One organizer of the event who declined to be identified, responded after seeing the photo, "Wow. I would not comment since it's a church service, but a picture says a thousand words." The source claimed that Gibson had just arrived during the last half-hour of the 2-hour event, to deliver her speech, the photo was taken during the last five-minutes of the service.

Ghana's Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Barfour Adjei-Baawuah said of the incident, "I thought these people are hypocrites who should be ignored. I think they were preoccupied with something else because their demeanor doesn't reflect the sentiments they expressed in their speeches."

Without apologizing, Gibson defended her actions, stating, "I attend church very, very often and the only time I've ever looked at my phone obviously, is to look at a message and I was at the service to support the Ghanaian community and Council member Torres.”

Gibson added, "I did have plans afterwards and I was waiting for someone to get back to me on whether they were picking me up from that location or not, so I did look at my phone very briefly. But at the end of the conversation that the Councilman and I were talking about was rutilated because I had not seen him in a couple of days.”

Several attempts were made, but Councilman Torres' office declined to comment.   

Banished Priest Fr. Richard Gorman Dead at 63

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Banished Priest Fr. Richard Gorman Dead at 63

Banished Priest Fr. Richard Gorman Dead at 63

By David Greene

BRONX- Banished priest and accused child molester Father Richard Gorman died Tuesday, January 23, at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. He was 63.

Archdiocese of New York spokesman Joseph Zwilling confirmed Wednesday morning, "It is true that he passed away, yes."

Zwilling continued, "I really don't have very much in the way of details, other than he passed away two nights ago at Jacobi Hospital."

Zwilling called Gorman's death, "sudden and unexpected." Zwilling explained that the case against Gorman was still be prosecuted at the time of his death.

Adding that the Archdiocese was in touch with Gorman's family, Zwilling was asked if a press release would be issued with funeral arrangements, when Zwilling replied, "I don't think we'll be putting out a release based on the unfortunate allegations from two-years ago."

After the accusations by at least two former parishioners at St. Barnabas Church in the Woodlawn section in the 1980's, Gorman was suspended from church duties on January 21, 2016 and stepped down as long-term Chair of Community Board # 12.

Joe Thompson, a local activist who often attended community meetings and rallies and got to know Gorman over the years, said at the time, "I don't know what happened 30 years-ago, but any allegation of this nature has to be investigated." 

Puppy had Leg Amputated from Beating

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Puppy had Leg Amputated from Beating

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Puppy had Leg Amputated from Beating

Puppy had Leg Amputated from Beating

BRONX- District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to a year in jail for abusing a puppy, including slamming her to the floor resulting in rendering one of her legs useless and causing it to be amputated.

Clark said, “The defendant’s abuse of an eight-month old defenseless puppy culminated in a leg injury leading to amputation of the limb. Such inhumane actions will not be tolerated and a jail sentence sends that message.”

Howard  Lawrence,  Vice President,  ASPCA  Humane  Law  Enforcement,  said,  “The ASPCA continues to be thankful for partners like the NYPD and Bronx District Attorney’s Office in the fight against animal cruelty in New York City.”

Clark said the defendant, Roberto Martinez, 25, was sentenced to a year in jail by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Robert Neary. Martinez pleaded guilty to Aggravated Cruelty to an Animal, a felony, on October 13, 2017. Upon his plea, he was remanded and began serving his sentence. As part of the plea agreement, he must register as an animal abuser in the state registry and is not permitted to own an animal for five years.

According to the investigation, on or about September 10, 2016, the defendant was observed via video surveillance lifting an approximately eight-month old, mixed breed dog then-named “Sassy” by her harness to defendant’s shoulder height. Defendant then slammed Sassy to the floor, causing Sassy to land on the backside of her body. Sassy attempted to run away from the defendant, however, her right-hind leg was unresponsive. Defendant then lifted Sassy by the neck area of her body and pushed her upwards on the staircase before entering an apartment. The defendant’s girlfriend, who owned the dog, brought her to the ASPCA, telling veterinarians the dog had fallen down stairs. Evidence of prior abuse including broken ribs was detected. The NYPD was notified and retrieved the video of the assault.

The dog’s right hind limb was amputated on September 16, 2016. She recovered, was adopted by a family and renamed Sally.

Medicaid for DACA Continues in NY

Medicaid for DACA Continues in NY

Bronx Pol Praises Cuomo’s Dreamer Stance

BRONX- State Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda praised Gov. Cuomo for taking official executive action to ensure the state’s 42,000 DACA recipients continue to receive state-funded Medicaid, whatever the future may hold for them in Washington, and urged him to take it one step further.

Sepulveda, who has just such Medicaid legislation now pending in the Assembly, called on the governor to take similar executive action on another of the Assemblyman’s bills to declare both Dreamers' and those under Temporary Protection Status' rights to continue to hold state drivers’ licenses, whatever their future legal status.

“I am thrilled that Gov. Cuomo has used executive action to achieve what I have hoped to see through legislative action on my bill to continue Medicaid coverage for Dreamers,” said the Bronx Assemblymember.

“Now I call upon him to do the same thing for my legislation that would allow Dreamers and TPS immigrants, whatever the outcome in Washington, to continue to apply for, hold and renew their drivers’ licenses, so important for them for their jobs,” he said.

In a statement announcing his executive action, Gov. Cuomo called the federal government’s failure to take action to protect DACA recipients “appalling, un-American, unjust,” putting “hundreds of thousands of children at risk.”

Sepulveda said he hopes the governor will also extend his executive action on the Assemblyman’s package of DACA bills, which also cover those living in the state under Temporary Protected Status, which covers immigrants from other nations fleeing humanitarian crises.

The Trump administration announced January 8 that it was ending protections for some 262,500 TPS immigrants from El Salvador. It had earlier announced that Haitians and those from  certain African nations would lose their TPS protection.

Sepulveda also has a bill in his legislative package that would allow Dreamers and TPS immigrants to apply for the state’s Excelsior free-college tuition scholarships.

Name a Roach After Your Valentine

Name a Roach After Your Valentine

Photo by Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

BRONX- Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and there is only one gift that will last forever. The Bronx Zoo has brought back the Name-a-Roach program – a light-hearted way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings will last a lifetime.

The zoo is again offering the opportunity to name its giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches for Valentine’s Day 2018. Each gift comes with a colorful certificate emailed to your loved one announcing that a cockroach has been named in his or her honor.

For a $15 donation, your loved one, or unloved one, will receive the certificate to cherish for years to come, featuring the name chosen for your Valentine’s Day roach. To make an extra impression, send “the works” for a $75 donation which includes a printed certificate, the all new “Roach Broach” pin, crazy roach sox, and a box of delicious artisan chocolates. Various combinations of the roachy merchandise are also available for $50. All orders can be placed at

“The Bronx Zoo’s Name-A-Roach promotion is a light-hearted, fun way to reach out to someone on Valentine’s Day to let them know that you are thinking about them,” said John F. Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs. “Roses wither, chocolates melt but roaches are forever. Nothing lasts longer than a roach, so it could be sent as a symbolic gesture about how long your love will last or exactly the opposite.  Some might say that love is like a roach – elusive, resilient, and sometimes very scary.”

The original Name-a-Roach launched in 2011, and thousands of hopeless romantics from around the world have named Madagascar hissing cockroaches at WCS’s Bronx Zoo after their favorite loved one, “ex,” or mother-in-law. Previous names chosen have been inspired by politics, music, movies, and more. The possibilities are limitless.

The name-a-roach program is all in good fun and will help WCS further its mission to save wildlife and wild places in New York and around the world.

The zoo has plenty of roaches to name with thousands of the super-sized bugs on exhibit in Madagascar!—an award-winning habitat for lemurs, crocodiles, and many other species from the African island nation.

Madagascar hissing cockroaches are the world’s largest roach species reaching nearly four-inches long.  The namesake hissing noise is emitted as a defense mechanism.  Like nearly every roach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not considered pests and rarely enter homes.

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, 5:30 p.m. weekends from April to October; 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m November to March. Adult general admission is $22.95, children (3-12 years old) $14.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65+) are $20.95. Parking is $16 for cars and $20 for buses. The Bronx Zoo is conveniently located off the Bronx River Parkway at Exit 6; by train via the #2 or #5 or by bus via the #9, #12, #19, #22, MetroNorth, or BxM11 Express Bus service (from Manhattan that stops just outside the gate.) To plan your trip, visit or call 718-367-1010.

WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom. For more information: 347-840-1242.

BX News: Zombie House Goes Up in Flames

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BX News: Daycare Center Bankrupted for Home Shopping?

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Daycare Center Bankrupted for Home Shopping?

Daycare Center Bankrupted for Home Shopping? 

DA Charges Board Members who Used Non-Profit as Own ATM 

BRONX- Two former board members of a Bronx non-profit were charged with using the daycare’s bank account as their own personal ATM, buying clothes and more. 

District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark G. Peters announced that two Bronx women who held board member positions at now-shuttered East Tremont Head Start Alumni Day Care Center have been charged with Grand Larceny and related crimes for stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the non-profit for their personal use.

District Attorney Clark said, “The defendants betrayed the trust of the organization they had long been board members of, together allegedly stealing nearly $130,000. Their reckless actions contributed to the closing of this daycare, resulting in children and workers who had to be placed in other facilities. We will not tolerate rip-offs of government funds.” 

Department of Investigation Commissioner Peters said, “These defendants used this City-funded nonprofit like their personal ATM, pocketing tens of thousands of dollars, in some cases, to pay for shopping at Macy’s and QVC, rent, and even a funeral. As the board chair and treasurer of this nonprofit, these defendants exploited their insider access and disregarded their duty to help the low-income children that East Tremont Head Start was supposed to serve. DOI was pleased to partner with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office to stop the criminal conduct uncovered in this investigation.”

District Attorney Clark said defendants, Paulette New, 63, of Southern Blvd., and Angela Grindley, 56, of Morgan Ave., were indicted on third-degree Grand Larceny and third-degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. New was additionally indicted on second-degree Grand Larceny and second-degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Both defendants were arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett. They were released and are due back in court on January 30, 2018. If convicted of the top charge, New faces a maximum of five to 15 years in prison and Grindley faces a maximum of two-and-a-third years to seven years in prison.

According to the investigation, from April 2011 to April 2015, New, who was the chairperson of the board of the East Tremont Head Start Alumni Day Care Center, improperly used approximately $100,000 of the Center’s funds. The defendant allegedly frequently withdrew money from the Center’s account from ATM machines and made several transfers to her bank account, using much of the money to purchase personal items from televised home shopping sites QVC and HSN. She also allegedly used the Center’s fund to pay for her sister’s funeral.

According to the investigation, starting in 2013, Grindley, who was on the board as the daycare’s treasurer, allegedly received more than $29,000 from the nonprofit.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Miriam Bell-Blair, Director of the Immigrant Affairs Unit, under the supervision of William Zelenka, Chief of the Economic Crimes Bureau and under the overall supervision of Stuart Levy, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and Jean T. Walsh, Chief of the Investigations Division.

District Attorney Clark thanked her Office’s Senior Detective Investigator John Wall and Senior Rackets Investigator Marco Conelli and former Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Altman for their assistance in the case.

The investigation was conducted with DOI’s Office of Inspector General for City-funded not-for-profits, including Senior Investigative Auditor Nicole Clyne and First Deputy Inspector General/Chief Forensic Auditor Ivette Morales, under the supervision of Inspector General Andrew Sein and under the overall supervision of Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Investigations Susan Lambiase and First Deputy Commissioner Lesley Brovner.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

Closing Health Disparities in the Black Community

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