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6 Inspiring Black Leaders and Executives From Westchester County

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From art and media to medical and real estate industries, Westchester County’s Black leaders make a lasting impact in the region.

After reflecting on 2020, looking at the challenges and suffering may be the first thought that comes to mind. During a time of devastation, it was also a time that put race at the center of society. The Black community, as well as many supporters, took the stage to push for racial equality. During the push for social justice, a select group of leaders among this Black community have been named to Crain’s New York Business’ Notable Black Leaders and Executives for their overall accomplishments and community involvement.

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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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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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