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First African American Westchester County Legislator From Yonkers Dies: Was 'Revered Figure' First African American Westchester County Legislator From Yonkers Dies: Was 'Revered Figure'
First African American Westchester County Legislator From Yonkers Dies: Was 'Revered Figure' Westchester is mourning the loss of its first African American County Legislator known as an iconic figure who fought for civil rights and equality for all.  Former Westchester County Legislator and Yonker resident Herman Keith died on Saturday, June 22 after a long illness due to complications with Alzheimer’s disease, Westchester County officials announced on Wednesday, July 3.   Keith, who Westchester officials called a "revered figure," was originally from Alabama and served in the US Army, eventually rising to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He later moved to …
Public Servant From Elmsford Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate Dies Public Servant From Elmsford Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate Dies
Public Servant From Elmsford Who Dedicated Life To Less Fortunate Dies A Westchester woman who spent decades working toward helping the less fortunate through various organizations and churches is being remembered for her effectiveness and big heart.  Lola Daniels Hunter of Elmsford died on Sunday, May 12, according to her obituary. Her age was not made public.  Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Hunter eventually moved to Westchester, where she entrenched herself in her community through various committees and organizations. This included eight years as President of the White Plains Greenburgh Chapter of the NAACP; Board Membership in the Greenbur…
Arrest Made In Birthday Trip Killing Of Virginia NAACP Leader Kent Carter Arrest Made In Birthday Trip Killing Of Virginia NAACP Leader Kent Carter
Arrest Made In Birthday Trip Killing Of Virginia NAACP Leader Kent Carter A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that killed the Virginia NAACP leader during a birthday trip to Turks and Caicos, authorities said. Andre De Souza was arrested during a traffic stop on Oct. 6, on accusations he was linked to the Sunday, Oct. 2 ambush that killed Kent Carter, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said. Carter, celebrating his 40th birthday, and five others were shot in the random gang-related attack, police tell various news reports. "Kent was a leader, a friend, a loving father to his 14-year-old daughter, a partner to …
Nearly $50K Raised After NAACP Leader's Ambush Murder On Turks And Caicos Birthday Trip Nearly $50K Raised After NAACP Leader's Ambush Murder On Turks And Caicos Birthday Trip
Nearly $50K Raised After NAACP Leader's Ambush Murder On Turks And Caicos Birthday Trip More than $45,000 has been raised just hours after news broke of a Virginia NAACP leader's murder while vacationing in the islands of Turks and Caicos for his 40th birthday, according to a GoFundMe. Kent Carter, a veteran, real estate agent, and vice president of the Arlington NAACP branch, was killed in an ambush shooting while riding back from a tour of the island he was vacationing on, on Sunday, Oct. 2, as previously reported by Daily Voice. Kent Carter was murdered while vacationing in Turks and CaicosKent Carter (Facebook) A group of gunmen opened fire on the hotel shuttle that Ca…
Virginia NAACP Leader Killed In Ambush Gang Attack During Turks And Caicos Vacation Virginia NAACP Leader Killed In Ambush Gang Attack During Turks And Caicos Vacation
Virginia NAACP Leader Killed In Ambush Gang Attack During Turks And Caicos Vacation A Virginia NAACP leader was killed in an ambush attack while vacationing in the Turks and Caicos islands over the weekend by alleged gang members, according to multiple reports. Kent Carter, the vice president of the Arlington NAACP branch, was killed in the attack on Sunday, Oct. 2 while he was taking a tour of the area, the reports continue. A suspect in the attack was also killed, and five other people including one American were injured in the violent incident as police fired back, the reports state. This morning my heart is broken to know that my friend and Brother, Past Master K…
Kamala Harris Arrives In NJ Kamala Harris Arrives In NJ
Kamala Harris Arrives In NJ US Vice President Kamala Harris has arrived in New Jersey. She arrived via a pair of Air Force Twos at the Atlantic City International Airport around 10:35 a.m. Monday, July 18, NJ Advance Media reports. Harris will discuss abortion rights at the NAACP's 113th national convention in Atlantic City, highlighting the Biden administration's work across the US. She will then meet with nearly two dozen state legislators and local officials to discuss the Roe v. Wade overturn and abortion/reproductive rights.
Family Of DelCo Dad Found Hanging Dead Juneteenth Weekend Wants 'The Truth' Family Of DelCo Dad Found Hanging Dead Juneteenth Weekend Wants 'The Truth'
Family Of DelCo Dad Found Hanging Dead Juneteenth Weekend Wants 'The Truth' While police maintain that the death of Donte Perez Jones was a suicide, his family believes he was hanged, and that his death may have been a homicide, they are saying on a GoFundMe campaign. Jones' body was found hanging early Friday, June 17 along a trail in Whitpain Township's Wentz Run Park, Whitpain Township police said, citing no evidence of foul play.  His family feels confident there is more to the story. "His death was automatically ruled a closed case of suicide," reads a fundraiser launched by his mom, Latina Dean. "Donte lived in Delaware county which is about an hour from B…
CT State Trooper Charged For 2020 Fatal Shooting In West Haven CT State Trooper Charged For 2020 Fatal Shooting In West Haven
CT State Trooper Charged For 2020 Fatal Shooting In West Haven The Connecticut state trooper who allegedly fatally shot a 19-year-old after a high-speed chase has been arrested on a manslaughter charge. Brian D. North turned himself in at the New Haven County Troop I barracks in Bethany at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, the Inspector General Robert J. Devlin Jr. said Wednesday, April 20. North was charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm in connection with the Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, shooting death of Mubarak Soulemane, age 19, in West Haven, Devlin said. He was released on a $50,000 bond and is expected to appear in Milford…
'Beacon Of Hope': Philly Community Mourns Death Of Longtime Teacher 'Beacon Of Hope': Philly Community Mourns Death Of Longtime Teacher
'Beacon Of Hope': Philly Community Mourns Death Of Longtime Teacher Joyce Gibbons' loved ones say she was a leader and beacon of hope to so many.  Gibbons died on Sept. 19, following battles with numerous ailments. Gibbons was a longtime Philadelphia teacher, dedicating 43 years of her life to the Philadelphia school system. "She committed her life to helping students succeed," GoFundMe organizer, Rene Brinkley, wrote. "But she was more than a teacher, she was an educator in and out of the classroom. She lived out her most important teachings and left a lasting impact on those who were fortunate to have crossed her path." All money raised will …
Cuomo's Clemency Grant Of Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver In Hudson Valley Sparks Outrage Cuomo's Clemency Grant Of Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver In Hudson Valley Sparks Outrage
Cuomo's Clemency Grant Of Brinks Robbery Getaway Driver In Hudson Valley Sparks Outrage Now-former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo granted clemency to six people on his way out of office in Albany, drawing a backlash. Cuomo, whose resignation officially took effect as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, commuted the sentences of four people, referred one case to the parole board, and gave another a full pardon during his final hours in office. One of the commutations included David Gilbert, age 76, the getaway driver in the fatal 1981 Brinks Robbery in Rockland County heist after spending nearly 40 years in prison.  He had appealed to Cuomo for an early release from a life sent…
Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant
Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant A 33-year-old security guard whose K9 officer bit a man outside of a New Jersey restaurant has been charged with aggravated assault, authorities said. Steven T. Rudy was working as a private guard during the incident involving a 26-year-old man outside of Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford on July 29, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said. The man, Khalif Hunter, of Burlington City, began yelling at Rudy and other guards after getting up from a curb, authorities said. Hunter can be seen in a 15-second clip posted to Facebook walking off as someone calls Rudy a "white p****y," at…
Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant
Security Guard Charged In Dog Attack At NJ Restaurant A 33-year-old security guard whose K9 officer bit a man outside of a New Jersey restaurant has been charged with aggravated assault, authorities said. Steven T. Rudy was working as a private guard during the incident involving a 26-year-old man outside of Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford on July 29, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office said. The man, Khalif Hunter, of Burlington City, began yelling at Rudy and other guards after getting up from a curb.  Hunter can be seeing in a 15-second clip posted to Facebook walking off as someone calls Rudy a "white p****y," at which poi…
Teen Accused Of Making Racist Online Post Targeting Fellow Fairfield Warde Student Teen Accused Of Making Racist Online Post Targeting Fellow Fairfield Warde Student
Teen Accused Of Making Racist Online Post Targeting Fellow Fairfield Warde Student A teenager in Fairfield County is facing a lengthy suspension and possible expulsion after allegedly making a racist online post that targeted another student. Police in the Town of Fairfield and the NAACP were called in to investigate allegations that the student at Fairfield Warde High School shared the racist online post. According to reports, the student - whose name has not been released - posted a picture of the victim along with a racist comment that states he “should be in chains.” It is unclear why the student shared the message. “I am writing to inform you of a racist incident …
Police Probe Alleged Hate Crime Against Muslim Student At North Penn High School Police Probe Alleged Hate Crime Against Muslim Student At North Penn High School
Police Probe Alleged Hate Crime Against Muslim Student At North Penn High School Police are investigating an alleged hate crime incident against a Muslim student that occurred at North Penn High School Tuesday, as originally reported by NorthPennNow. A video uploaded to Instagram by No Gun Zone Philly on Wednesday shows a security officer breaking up a fight between three girls. The video was submitted to the advocacy group by the mother of a Black female student, who said that her daughter was attacked on Tuesday afternoon in the cafeteria by two White students who had been threatening to "beat her up" on Snapchat prior to the incident, Towamencin police said. The pa…
NJ Congresswoman Sues Trump, Giuliani Over Capitol Riot NJ Congresswoman Sues Trump, Giuliani Over Capitol Riot
NJ Congresswoman Sues Trump, Giuliani Over Capitol Riot U.S. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey, who had to shelter when Donald Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, joined a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing the former president of inciting the deadly riot. The lawsuit claims that Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and two white supremacist organizations, Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by preventing Congress from carrying out its constitutional duties and certifying Electoral College votes to make Democrat Joe Biden the next president. “We have to stand up for our democracy and o…
Teens Hope Their Signs With Anti-Racism Messages Around Westchester Bring Changes Teens Hope Their Signs With Anti-Racism Messages Around Westchester Bring Changes
Teens Hope Their Signs With Anti-Racism Messages Around Westchester Bring Changes A fundraiser and public relations effort among a handful of Westchester teenagers is bringing their anti-racism ideals and messages right to the front door of community members.  Called signs4change it is a grassroots campaign that calls upon artists who support the Black Lives Matter movement and make their feelings known on social media to create signs that carry such messages as "United We Stand" and "This House Supports Black Lives Matter."  Shivi Jain, one of the five Edgemont High School rising juniors speaking for the teens leading the cause said as of this past weekend, 40…
COVID-19: CVS Health Extends Hartford Rapid Result Testing Site Until September COVID-19: CVS Health Extends Hartford Rapid Result Testing Site Until September
Covid-19: CVS Health Extends Hartford Rapid Result Testing Site Until September Operation of the Hartford-CVS COVID-19 “rapid result” testing site will be extended through September. The testing site at the Arroyo Recreation Center, 30 Pope Park Dr., was slated to stop services next Friday, July 31. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced the news July 23 during a press conference with members from CVS Health, the Connecticut chapter of the NAACP, Hartford’s health director and fire chief, according to NBC Connecticut. The NAACP was present to highlight the importance of black people - a community that has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus - get tested if they…
High School In Northern Westchester Picks New Nickname To Replace Indians High School In Northern Westchester Picks New Nickname To Replace Indians
High School In Northern Westchester Picks New Nickname To Replace Indians The Indians are out and the Wolves are in at a large school district in Northern Westchester. After weeks of discussion, the votes have been counted and the new mascot at John Jay High School in the hamlet of Cross River in the town of Lewisboro will be the Wolves, replacing the former Indian mascot after it was deemed insensitive. The initial vote was between the John Jay Wolfpack and John Jay Ravens. The Katonah-Lewisboro School Board settled on the John Jay Wolves. “Wolves and Wolfpack were overwhelmingly the top suggestions to our selection committee when the community was first sur…
Pressure Grows For State Attorney General To Probe Police-Involved Westchester Shooting Pressure Grows For State Attorney General To Probe Police-Involved Westchester Shooting
Pressure Grows For State Attorney General To Probe Police-Involved Westchester Shooting Pressure is mounting on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James to launch an outside investigation into a fatal police-involved shooting in Westchester. Earlier story - Video Released Of Police-Involved Shooting In Westchester Police in New Rochelle attempted to stop a vehicle in which 24-year-old city resident Kamal Flowers shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday, June 5. When the vehicle stopped, Flowers took off on foot fleeing at the intersection of Potter Avenue and Pierce Street. It is alleged that after a struggle with officers, Flowers displayed a handgun and attempt…
COVID-19: Stamford Schedules Mask Distribution Sites For Public COVID-19: Stamford Schedules Mask Distribution Sites For Public
Covid-19: Stamford Schedules Mask Distribution Sites For Public In an effort to help residents stay safe from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the City of Stamford will be handing out face masks to residents for the next few days. Stamford’s Emergency Response Management team will hold mask distributions for residents every day for the next three days as part of the city’s ongoing initiative to provide more masks to staff and residents in Stamford. “Stamford’s initial priority has been to provide emergency response providers with personal protective equipment, but the goal has always been to get the public access to these supplies to stop the spread of…
Students To Meet With UConn President Over Racism Concerns Students To Meet With UConn President Over Racism Concerns
Students To Meet With UConn President Over Racism Concerns UConn President Thomas Katsouleas will meet with students and members of the community following recent racist incidents on campus. Two white students were arrested this week after a video of them went viral shouting the n-word toward African American students, then laughing on Friday, Oct. 11 in the parking lot near the Charter Oak Apartments. Several other similar incidents have been reported at UConn in recent months, leading to students expressing the desire for change on campus. The private meeting will be held at the African American Cultural Center, where Katsouleas will take questi…
Spitting Incident Not Racially Motivated, School Principal Says Spitting Incident Not Racially Motivated, School Principal Says
Spitting Incident Not Racially Motivated, School Principal Says A group of students in a Fairfield County school were thrown out of the Smithsonian’s African American History Museum in Washington, D.C. after a white student spit on a black visitor. A student from the Shelton Intermediate School reportedly spit over a balcony during a visit on Friday, Oct. 11, hitting an African American visitor below. The incident is not believed to be racially motivated, according to school officials. Shelton Schools Superintendent Chris Clouet issued a public apology after the group of students was kicked out of the museum during their annual trip. 
“A student, a whi…
Bayonne NAACP, Hudson Prosecutor Hosting Talk On Hate Crimes Bayonne NAACP, Hudson Prosecutor Hosting Talk On Hate Crimes
Bayonne NAACP, Hudson Prosecutor Hosting Talk On Hate Crimes The Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, the Friendship Baptist Church and the Bayonne chapter of the NAACP are hosting a free seminar on hate crimes Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bayonne Public Library, 697 Ave. C in Bayonne.  The event is open to all Hudson County residents.  The discussion, "Hate Crimes and Bias Incidents," will be presented by Assistant Prosecutor Angela Gingerelli, who will explain the legalities involving hate crimes and bias incidents, how to know whether you're a victim and what to do if you or someone you know becomes one.  The meeting will be he…
Police Investigate Apparent Noose Found In Northern Westchester Park Police Investigate Apparent Noose Found In Northern Westchester Park
Police Investigate Apparent Noose Found In Northern Westchester Park The Ossining Police Department is investigating an apparent noose that was found at a popular local park. The village issued an update at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 after becoming aware of a string hanging from a tree in Louis Engel Waterfront Park that appeared to be tied in a noose. Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity said that police immediately began an investigation and the chief has met with members of the local clergy and NAACP. They are currently questioning people who may have been witnesses at the park. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are seeking the public…
Paula Rollins, Deputy Commissioner, Clerk In Westchester, Dies At 63 Paula Rollins, Deputy Commissioner, Clerk In Westchester, Dies At 63
Paula Rollins, Deputy Commissioner, Clerk In Westchester, Dies At 63 Paula Rollins, whose political career includes service to Westchester County as both a deputy commissioner and deputy county clerk, died Tuesday, July 9 at age 63. Rollins, of Harbor Island, was a lifelong Democrat. She was appointed Deputy County Clerk of Westchester County by then County Clerk Andrew J. Spano and served through the end of his term.  She next served as Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Elections for Westchester County and then as Westchester County Commissioner of Human Resources.  Rollins was the Commissioner of Human Resources for the City of Yonkers before …
HS Football Coach Resigns After Facebook Post With Racist, Sexist Slurs HS Football Coach Resigns After Facebook Post With Racist, Sexist Slurs
HS Football Coach Resigns After Facebook Post With Racist, Sexist Slurs An assistant high school football coach in Fairfield County has resigned after he reportedly posted a racist and sexist image on Facebook describing two female celebrities. Mark Kovacs, who coached at Shelton High School, is out of a job following the post - which has not been disclosed - according to a WTNH report. The nature of the post has not been disclosed. According to reports, Kovacs was informed he was to be suspended, and resigned later in the day. The now-former coach has not released any statements or information regarding his departure. "After becoming aware of some social medi…
Bergen Sheriff Donates Toys Gathered At His Election Victory Bash Bergen Sheriff Donates Toys Gathered At His Election Victory Bash
Bergen Sheriff Donates Toys Gathered At His Election Victory Bash Paying it forward, newly-elected Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton collected nearly 125 toys from attendees at his victory party that he delivered this week to the county Office for Children. Nearly six dozen attendees brought the Christmas gifts to the Pinnacle in Lodi to celebrate Cureton’s victory in a special election on Nov. 6, which was called following former Sheriff Michael Saudino’s resignation. “The greatest joy in winning the election is having the opportunity to give back to the community, especially the children,” Cureton told Daily Voice. “I have been blessed to have the …
'Sheriff For All': Cureton Immediately Gets Out Among Bergenites 'Sheriff For All': Cureton Immediately Gets Out Among Bergenites
'Sheriff For All': Cureton Immediately Gets Out Among Bergenites New Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton jumped into his new position even both before and after he was sworn in, helping deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to families in need. Cureton – a 28-year law enforcement veteran and former president of the NAACP’s Bergen chapter -- joined members of his office’s PBA Local 134 and the Community Policing Unit in buying and distributing 1,000 or so turkeys with trimmings, including more than 700 to the Center for Food Action, over several days. The county’s first-ever African-American sheriff, Cureton was sworn in on the steps of the Bergen County Courth…
Bergen's New Sheriff Is Anthony Cureton Bergen's New Sheriff Is Anthony Cureton
Bergen's New Sheriff Is Anthony Cureton Bergen County's new sheriff will be Anthony Cureton, who had garnered more than 52 percent of votes (123,744) as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. Cureton -- the Bergen County Democratic Committee's selection -- retired as a detective sergeant from the Englewood Police Department in 2014 and heads the Bergen County chapter of the NAACP.  Cureton leads the race for Bergen County Sheriff.Bergen County Clerk He will replace former Sheriff Michael Saudino, who resigned in disgrace on Sept. 21 following publication of secretly recorded racist and homophobic remarks that drew fire all the way up to the gov…
Activist Grandmother From Danbury To Challenge For State Senate Seat Activist Grandmother From Danbury To Challenge For State Senate Seat
Activist Grandmother From Danbury To Challenge For State Senate Seat DANBURY, Conn. – Longtime Danbury activist, mother, and grandmother Julie Kushner is throwing her hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for District 24 in the Connecticut State Senate. “I am delighted to declare today that I am running for State Senate to represent Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, and Sherman," Julie Kushner said. "Our district deserves someone devoted to fighting for fairness and progress for our hard-working families." The Senate seat is currently held by Michael McLachlan, a Republican from Danbury. "I’ve spent my whole life fighting to improve pe…