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Crain’s 2021 Notable Black Leaders And Executives

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For a year destined to go down in infamy, 2020 was not without glimmers of goodness.

As matters of race took center stage during the summer, we witnessed a remarkable outpouring of support for the Black community, even as the nation looked inward and found itself wanting. In a movement that not even a pandemic could overshadow, Americans flooded streets from coast to coast and, in the tradition of the civil rights greats before them, demanded justice.

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Flowers family wants grand jury minutes released in fatal police shooting

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Relatives of a New Rochelle man fatally shot by police last year want the transcript and evidence of the grand jury case that cleared the officer released to the public.

A lawyer for Kamal Flowers’ family has asked Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah for the grand jury proceedings to be unsealed. Rocah would have to seek a judicial ruling for that, as was done recently in the case of Daniel Prude, who died in Rochester after he was restrained by police.

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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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