April 2009

What do we know about Anthony Piliero? FBI Says He Tried to Hire A Mob Hitman

April 30, 2009 - 21:59

Anthony Piliero.jpgThe Journal News is reporting that Anthony Piliero of New Rochelle was arrested at his home this morning and charged in a murder-for-hire scheme.

A quick Google search for "Anthony Piliero New Rochelle" turned up several hits (pardon the pun) which would mean, unfortunately, that he and I went to school together.

Anthony Piliero
Iona Preparatory
New rochelle, NY
Class of 1978

There was a Facebook page which has been recently deleted.

Anna and Anthony Piliero were interviewed by a local television station in Tampa last summer after Piliero's wife ran an ad on Craiglist complaining about a condo management company in Florida.

How angry is Anna Piliero at Brett and Jenny Hawker? So angry that the New York resident posted a message for all the world to see on "Craig's List" in which she warned people about the Hawkers' company, "Condo Management Solutions."

New Rochelle Carpenter Says "No One Told Him" Could Not Take Vans Home, District Silent but Sends Letter to Employees

April 30, 2009 - 15:11

IMG_0352.jpgFrank Demasi of 57 John Street in New Rochelle spoke exclusively with Talk of the Sound earlier today and admitted taking New Rochelle School District vans home at night. In response to our request for comment to our story yesterday, Carpenter's Late Night Use of School District Van Questioned, Demasi told Talk of the Sound that no one in the school district authorized him to take the vans home but since no one told him he could not take the vans home he did.

Sources have told Talk of the Sound that Demasi has been taking home school district vehicles for more than a decade. Talk of the Sound obtained photographs going back to 2007-2008 that school district vehicles have regularly been parked in front of Demasi's home in New Rochelle over the past two years.

Demasi said the vehicle he has been taking home recently, Van #60, is supposed to be kept at the high school.

Demasi also told Talk of the Sound that the school district sent out a letter to district employees informing them it was school district policy that district vehicles were not allowed to be taken home. If any readers have received a copy of this letter please send us a copy.

New Rochelle School Board Spends 600% More Than Yonkers School Board

April 30, 2009 - 11:33

In the Journal News' School boards rack up expenses Ernie Garcia reports on School Board expense reports. He compares Mount Vernon, New Rochelle and Yonkers. Why were these the only three districts compared? Why were other districts not included? How does Syracuse fit in?

Mr. Garcia reports:

Despite their smaller districts, school board members in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle file more expense reports than their Yonkers counterparts.

Members of New Rochelle's Board of Education racked up $28,312.24 in expenses in the period from July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2008, compared with Yonkers' Board of Education expenses of $4,804.71.

Where is the money being spent?

School officials in Mount Vernon and New Rochelle defended their board members' expenditures, which are predominantly related to travel and conference attendance. They said travel to conferences is critical to school districts because board members receive training and bring back useful ideas.

New Rochelle Assistant Superintendent John Quinn said that not attending conferences can be costlier.


April 29, 2009 - 19:20


It starts with music on Main Street Friday nite - Jim Malloy and the Music Masters will marvel you with more machinations of melodies to make your heart moan......7-10pm at Habitat headquarters (591 Main Street in New Rochelle)…also AOC wines donates their tastings to the event as well! The event is free, though donations accepted and needed.

Cinco de Mayo weekend finds May sales UP, fun and food UP...and a lot of life on Main in you know this is where Main Street started in America...that’s right..why else would Norman Rockwell paint his Main Street pictures here, why would baseball player Lou Gehrig live here...why else would Ken Chenault CEO of American Express live here...and Tim Riordan, famous furniture craftsman, have his business here, restoring and loving life...!!!!!!


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EXCLUSIVE: Carpenter's Late Night Use of School District Van Questioned

April 29, 2009 - 19:10

57 John Street 2.jpgTalk of the Sound has confirmed that a school district employee has been taking a school district vehicle home and parking it in front of his house at night and on weekends going back as far as 2007, possibly much longer. The employee, Frank Demasi of 57 John Street, works in the carpentry shop in the environmental services department of the City School District of New Rochelle. According to well-placed sources within the school district, employees are not permitted to take school district vehicle homes at night without specific authorization.

Through a combination of old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting and the latest in high-tech image mapping from Google, Talk of the Sound was able to observe the van parked in front of Demasi's house on numerous occasions, the first instance having been documented by Google using their new Street View service.


There are NO gangs in New Rochelle (Part 3)

April 29, 2009 - 12:30

IMG_0314.jpgAnother misguided reader sends along these photos purporting to show evidence of gang activity in New Rochelle. These are simply signs between New Roc City and North Avenue which contain notations made by civic minded youths to help pedestrians and motorists safely navigate downtown New Rochelle. New Rochelle residents know that there are NO GANGS in New Rochelle because the leadership of our City and our School District tell us so. So, please stop sending these sorts of photos as they are clearly either fake photos or some sort of attempt to portray and act of civic altruism as an effort by local youths to "stake out" territory in New Rochelle. I think we can all agree that if our Mayor, our Schools Superintendent and our City Manager can agree that there are no gangs in New Rochelle then the matter should be considered settled.

Jefferson Elementary School Principal Deceives District With Skewed Test Scores

April 29, 2009 - 04:38

According to a reliable school administrator within Jefferson Elementary School, NY State Testing scores are being falsely reported. Cindy Slotkin, the principle at the school, intentionally did not forward tests of children that are known to have low grade averages. This illegal trickery has been going on since she was appointed the position of principle over 5 years ago.

This practice is highly used in under performing schools in order to unfairly mislead the districts residential community into thinking that the school is performing better than it really is. According to this source, Cindy Slotkin is also aware of a large number of students that are attending Jefferson Elementary School who do not reside in any of the New Rochelle Districts.

Do not be misled. Cindy Slotkin isn’t alone in this manipulation. The New Rochelle City School Board along with all the Superintendents are very much aware of these infractions and are just as much to blame as Cindy Slotkin.

I for one would like to see resignation letters drawn up by Cindy Slotkin as well as Richard Organisciak and their termination made effective immediately for this illegal deception to provide false information.

I’m sure that the Mayor’s and City Manager’s hands are involved with this deception as well, but I don’t have a reliable source, at this time, to confirm their involvement.

Trinity Elementary School Reverse Course: Pledge of Allegiance No Longer "Optional"

April 28, 2009 - 23:10

74ED5C8E-F6E2-4BD6-AE1C-A64A0D962DFE.jpgTrinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY has reversed course on its decision to give teachers the option whether or not to have their classes recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each school day. For as long as anyone can remember, reciting the Pledge was part of the "morning announcements" over the school's public address system. Teachers and students in every classroom stood and recited the pledge together. Under the guise of "efficiency" the school changed the morning announcement routine, doing away with the Pledge of Allegiance, and leaving it up to teachers to decide whether or not to recite the pledge. Reports from the school indicate that some teachers opted not to recite the pledge in their class while some did so intermittently. After an outcry from some parents and residents, including here on Talk of the Sound, the school district beat a hasty retreat and reinstated the traditional policy within 24 hours of the story surfacing on Talk of the Sound.

Must Read: Westchester Magazine Rates High Schools, County is Highest Taxed in USA

April 28, 2009 - 22:38

70ECDFD3-80BB-40CC-BC93-E9CF464F11AD.jpgWestchester Magazine is a must read this month. Pick up a copy at your grocery store or local news stand.

High School Report Card

Do not expect to see the New Rochelle school board or administration touting these recent reports cards from U.S. News & World Report, Westchester magazine and the State of New York. Westchester magazine has New Rochelle ranked below Yonkers!