Vito Costa, a former employees of the Buildings and Grounds department of the City School District of New Rochelle, was sentenced Wednesday to three years probation after keeping his nose clean over the past year and paying $30,000 in restitution at sentencing. Costa had been on interim probation for the past year. Under terms of his guilty plea last fall he was sentenced just on the misdemeanor charge of falsifying business records.
Last year Talk of the Sound reported on Costa's guilty plea.
Costa plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and received Interim Probation. Costa will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records, according to Westchester District Attorney Director of Communications Lucian Chalfen. Costa's conduct over the next year will play a large role in the sentencing.Read more
Talk of the Sound has learned that a garbage truck, the only red garbage truck in the City or School District fleet, was never registered by the School District and was driven for years without proper registration, license plates or insurance.
The registration and plates on the vehicle were registered to the Village of Pelham Manor, NY. Sources tell Talk of the Sound that the truck was purchased five years ago from Pelham Manor. For reasons that are unclear the transfer of ownership of the truck was never done.
New Rochelle Board of Education officials declined to comment on the matter.
The same truck first came to the attention of Talk of the Sound last February. On the night of the "sleep with the fish" death threat, the red garbage truck was parked on Cliff Street in an area at the end of the street adjacent to the school district yard. There has been no explanation from school or city officials as to how or why the district was permitted to fence off a public street for their own use.Read more
Martin Daly, President of New Rochelle FUSE, has informed union members that FUSE and the school district concluded contract negotiations for a successor agreement to our current agreement which expires on June 30, 2011.
I think the agreement we reached is fair and is in line with other agreements reached by school employees' unions throughout the region," said Daly. "The agreement will help preserve positions and programs that benefit our students and reflects the spirit of cooperation of collaboration that between the district and the union."
Further details will be made available to F.U.S.E. members in the coming days.
The proposed agreement would supersede the current extension of the 2005-2008 contract which was modified through an addendum in 2009.Read more
As is becoming common practice in New Rochelle, Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak and Board of Education President Sara Richmond again harassed, threatened and insulted your humble correspondent while in the midst of making remarks during the public comment period. The normal practice at Board of Education meetings is that the public is invited to comment for five minutes, the Board remains silent and if there is any follow up required there is written communication after the meeting. This applies to everyone in New Rochelle except me.Read more
Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a key statement by Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak in the wake of the arrest of Jose Martinez was false. Martinez was arrested by New Rochelle police for sexual molestation of a 14-year old student at Isaac E. Young Middle School on March 24th. The following day, Organisciak issued the following statement.
Statement from Richard Organisciak, Superintendent of Schools
March 25, 2011
We are deeply concerned about the allegations that have been made against Assistant Principal, Jose Martinez. The safety and welfare of our students remains our priority.
Mr. Martinez was hired by the district in 2007 as Administrative Dean at Isaac E. Young Middle School. He was provided with clearance to work in the school district after passing the normal State criminal fingerprinting check. There had been no record of complaints from students or staff about Mr. Martinez.
Superintendent Richard Organisciak, New Rochelle Board of Education and Officials within the New Rochelle Educational System are allegedly involved in the Jose Martinez shell game more then they wants parents to know.
Mr. Martinez isn’t the only alleged sexual predator that is employed by the New Rochelle School District that was awarded a promotion with pay raise. Do you recall Donna Henry ?Read more
It is shaping up as another banner week for the New Rochelle school district, one of the most crime-laden school districts in Westchester County.
Former New Rochelle District Employee Vito Costa will be sentenced today in White Plains as part of his guilty plea last April on charges related to working a no-show job for the Buildings and Grounds Department. Despite pleading guilty to working a no-show job, after investigators from the District Attorney's office followed him around for a month watching him do everything but show up for work in New Rochelle, no supervisors were ever charged by the DA or terminated by the District.Read more
At the parent meeting last Wednesday at the Isaac E. Young School, Larraine Karl, a New Rochelle resident went to the podium to ask Mr. Bongo about his qualifications to be the Principal of the school. Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak interrupted the speaker, refusing to let Bongo answer the question, and responded saying that Bongo met the same qualifications of any other principal in New York State and in the district.
Not satisfied with that answer, Bongo, who has largely been kept under wraps by Organisciak since the Jose Martinez scandal was first reported here on Talk of the Sound, gave an answer anyway. He would have better off taking Organisciak's lead and clamming up.Read more