Patrick Hickey, the primary owner of the house spent years orchestrating a campaign to drive his next door neighbor out of her house. Now, just three months after the final installment of a Talk of the Sound series exposing Hickey’s relentless harassment of Suzanne Ribando, it is Hickey who has been driven out of his house, and the City of New Rochelle. Hickey is looking to move to Mamaroneck, sources say.
Suzanne Ribondo, who had previously moved back into her family home to care for her ailing father, was mercilessly hounded by Hickey, Tracey Hickey, his wife, and their two children as well as members of the New Rochelle Police Department. Hickey, who made a series of false police reports intended to drive Ribando from her home, is now facing a civil lawsuit.
NRPD Detective (ret.) Jeff Wilson retired shortly after Ribondo’s lawyer filed a notice of claim against Wilson and the City of New Rochelle. Also named in what has now become a Federal RICO lawsuit is Detective (ret.) Vincent Mirabile who retired several weeks after the publication of the Talk of the Sound series.
A jury dismissed 6 of the 8 charges against Ribondo in November 2009. She is currently appealing the other two charges. Her lawyers are confident that the remaining two charges were will be overturned on appeal.
Due to roadblocks at the New Rochelle City Court, Ribondo was unable to appeal her two convictions for a year and a half as a result of unprecedented delays in sentencing. When Ribondo finally was sentenced this past July, Judge Anthony Carbone sentenced her based on a recommendation of Conditional Discharge by the Westchester County Department of Probation. Carbone described the recommendation of Conditional Discharge, a highly unusual and light sentence, “unusual”. Westchester County Department of Probation noted that despite claims to the contrary, they had delivered the recommendation in February 2010, 17 months earlier.
Carbone also vacated an unconstitutional Order of Protection imposed on Suzanne Ribando by Judge Gail Rice in 2008, lifting a ban on Ribando entering or enjoying the use of her own backyard.
Ribando had been facing up to two years in prison and three years probation as well as fines, community service and other punitive measures. Other than a mandatory New York State surcharge of $250 there was no punishment at all.
At the center of the matter has been New Rochelle City Court Clerk James Generoso who used his connection with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and the New Rochelle Police Department to provide unique assistance to Hickey who worked at Beckwithe Pointe with Generoso’s daughter. In a deposition, Generoso admitted getting involved in the matter at the request of his daughter.
Nightmare on Stephenson Boulevard is an eight part series which traces the history of a dispute among neighbors that spiraled out of control and came to consume members of the New Rochelle Police Department, the City Court of New Rochelle and the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and raised serious doubts about the justice system in the City of New Rochelle.