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.
Observances that mark Jewish life-cycles will be the theme of a new adult education class at Temple Israel of New Rochelle this spring. The course will provide additional dimensions to the classes already in progress. There is no cost for any of the spring courses and all are welcome
The four week course, “Marking Transitions: Jewish Life-Cycle Observance,” is scheduled to be held on Thursday evenings, April 28 through May 19 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Taught by Cantor Erik Contzius and Rabbi Beth Nichols, the class will explore many of the details of life-cycle transitions usually taken for granted. Beginning with birth, bris and baby namings, there will be discussion of the ritual bath known as “mikvah” as well as the rites and meanings surrounding the Jewish wedding ceremony and Jewish divorce.
As Rabbi Nichols noted, “Even people who have attended a bris or been to a Jewish wedding will find that there is so much more to learn.”Read more
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
Third annual event brings together students, parents for night of learning
On Monday April 11th, New Rochelle High School will host the third annual Family University at New Rochelle High School from 6-9:30 pm
Family University is a captivating evening that promotes awareness of the challenges facing high school and middle school students and their families. The event is co- sponsored by New Rochelle FOCUS, Safe Schools/Healthy Students, the New Rochelle High School PTSA and the PTAs of Albert Leonard and Isaac E. Young middle schools.
During Family University, parents and students attend separate workshops on specific issues of interest. Topics include “Less Arguing and More Communication” and “Strategies for Social and Emotional Success” for parents and “Wacky Stress” “Police Encounters” and “Living Online” for students.Read more