It's getting so you need a scorecard this Spring to keep track of all of the criminal proceedings involving New Rochelle school district students and employees. See if you can match the mug shot with the criminal case against these former students, administrators and buildings and grounds employees. Extra points if you can name the crime! In the past month, New Rochelle managed a murder conviction, child rape, attempted armed robbery and an old chestnut for the Huguenots, the classic "no show job" conviction. Way to go, purple!
And faster than you can say "Mary Kay Laterno", we are going to have more fun and games to come. You are going to want to sharpen those pencils as New Rochelle gets ready to play "staff having sex with students" bingo, with your host, Richard Organisciak. Coming soon to a web site near you!Read more
Two New Rochelle High School students, Jermaine McCRead more
Rasool Hassan Williams, 33, was found guilty of murder and weapons charges by a jury in Stuebenville, OH and sentenced to life in prison by Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.
Williams was found guilty on March 18, 2011. He is currently incarcerated at the Lorain Correctional Institution. Williams will be eligible for parole after 20 years.
Williams worked as a a motor equipment operator for the New Rochelle school system from July 2008 until March 2010. His last day working for the district was March 23, 2010. Less than three weeks after leaving the employment of the district, April 20, 2010 he shot to death Charles King Jr., 29, of Steubenville, OH.Read more
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.