Albert Leonard Middle School in New Rochelle, NY has been operating without power from Con Edison over the past two days. Con Edison tells Talk of the Sound they expect to have full restoration of power by 5:00 PM Wednesday. According to a Con Ed spokesperson, there were defective cables at the school.
Two Con Edison trucks have been on the scene since yesterday, one in the parking lot and one near the main entrance to the school. The school has been promised a generator truck to run the building tomorrow in the event power is not fully restored, say school officials.
Orientation meetings for Albert Leonard staff was moved to New Rochelle High School yesterday. No students or staff were put at risk due to the electrical problems at the school.
"There was no safety issue today as today was strictly for orientation", said New Rochelle schools spokesman Paul Costigliano. "Students came in at their assigned time to get their schedules, buy metro cards and agenda books and that is pretty much it."Read more
New Rochelle Police are investigating allegations that four current and former school district employees -- a janitor and three security guards -- were having sex with students while employed by the New Rochelle Board of Education. This is in addition to Jose Martinez, the former Assistant Principal at Jefferson Elementary School who admitted recently to having a course of oral and/or anal sex with a 14-year old boy at Isaac E. Young Middle School in 2010. The matter has been referred to the Westchester County District Attorney's office, sources say.
During my campaign for school board last year I related to Naomi Brickell, in what was intended to be a private conversation, that Jose Martinez was not the only case of a school district employee having sex with students that I had heard about. I told her that there were five names, including Martinez, that had come from multiple sources.
Talk of the Sound broke the Martinez story -- and the subsequent story of his arrest --because I had multiple, independent sources and I had additional sources saying that he had abruptly resigned and that he did not return my phone calls and messages I left for him.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education met last night in their last meeting before the start of the school year. Here are a few highlights with some commentary:
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak said that harassment in the schools has gotten to the point where the district needs to go beyond what they have in terms of bullying prevention and sexual harassment.Read more
Talk of the Sound has learned that Operations Manager Anthony Maraglino has been "unexpectedly resigned" by the New Rochelle Public Library. His last day was Friday.
Maraglino's departure comes in the wake of the recent disclosure of financial mismanagement at the library, first reported by Talk of the Sound. Library officials are still not entirely sure what happened and continue to investigate but have acknowledged that several hundred thousand dollars thought to be in the library's fund balance is not there. They have described the problem as an error in calculation and provided assurances that no money was stolen. Board members have been somewhat mystified about the source of the problem because as recently as June 9th, the library director Thomas Geoffino had reported to the board that the library spending was under budget, having expended 81% of its 2010-11 budget with 92% of the fiscal year lapsed.Read more
The New Rochelle Public Library Board of Trustees has recently become aware of lower than expected cash balance for the library due to a series of accounting errors. These accounting errors reflect the need for increased internal controls for the library’s accounting process. The lower cash balance is not expected to result in any change in Library services for the public.
At the time of the development of the New Rochelle Public Library budget, the Board of Trustees believed that the Library had over $500,000 in cash in the bank, mostly from the result of bonding expenditures not spent the previous fiscal year. A portion of this cash was thought to reflect the $77,500 in fund balance from the previous year’s unspent funds.
In June 2011, the Board of Trustees was notified by the School District that our cash flow was low and that we needed to monitor spending until the receipt of the regularly schedule Temporary Anticipation Note (TAN) funding. The Board of Trustees immediately hired a CPA and began researching the nature of these differences.Read more
Several weeks ago, on June 28th, Talk of the Sound reported on the latest example of how public officials in New Rochelle manipulate the municipal civil service commission to cut deals and reward members of the “friends and family” network.
To get caught up and fully follow this story open up the previous story in a new window/tab in your browser by clicking this link: How Municipal Corruption Works in New Rochelle: A Case Study from the New Rochelle Board of Education’s Painter-Working Foreman PositionRead more