CASE CLOSED: Westchester County District Attorney Rejects Harassment Claim Filed by James Bonanno Against Talk of the Sound Repo

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James "Little Jimmy" Bonanno filed a harassment complaint against your intrepid reporter last week which was rejected by the Westchester County District Attorney because the actions described in the complaint were not illegal.

Doh!

On April 2nd, New Rochelle police responded at 7 a.m. to 51 Cliff Street based on a complaint made against Robert Cox by Jimmy Bonanno. They might have added that Bonanno lied in the statement he gave to police but the case is closed so there is no need to make an issue out it.

According to police records obtained by Talk of the Sound, Bonanno told police that Cox was following him around in a car last week, video taping all his movements. Bonanno claimed he remembered Cox following him from work on Tuesday March 27th, to Sickles Avenue and to Grove Avenue, all while video taping in between. Bonanno said that he was most upset about his privacy being violated when Cox video taped him, and other patients, entering a private doctors office on Sickles Avenue and May Street. According to the incident report, Bonanno said that "this institution which considers the privacy of their patients critical matter will also be filing a complaint with NRPD."

The Detective notes "I viewed the video that [Bonanno]o was referring to on Cox's web site, Talk of the Sound, located at www.newrochelletalk.com, and the posting was headlined "Should New Rochelle District Employees Be Allowed to Drive District Vehicles While on Synthetic Opiates Like Methadone?". On the video you do see [Bonanno] entering the building, and moments later existing the building. The video continues to follow [Bonanno] to where he parks his van and exits it.

Detective Gregory Herring filed a supplemental narrative report dated April 10, 2012.

On the above date and time this Detective spoke to Robert Cox in regards to the Harassment that was reported against him by James Bonanno on 02 April 2012. Cox was advised that after investigating the allegation of Harassment and discussing the incident with the District Attorney's Office it was deemed that the actions of Robert Cox was not illegal. Cox advised that he did not think his actions were illegal and advised that he would attempt to pick up a copy of the report. With the incident not being illegal this Detective will close the case at this time.

What Detective Herring did not note is my laughing aloud, saying "I should hope so", when told the DA had determined that my actions were not illegal.

For the uninitiated, in order for their to be a privacy violation there has to be an "expectation of privacy". There is no such expectation when a person walks or drives in public. There is no law against taking photographs or shooting video in public. The supposed "harassment" was nothing more than traditional investigative reporting where I was gathering information for purposes of informing the public which I did by publishing my report along with the video. The location on Sickles Avenue is a community center open to the public which houses the Westchester County's Methadone Maintenance Program in New Rochelle

Bonanno is lying about "remembering" that I followed him "from work to Sickles Avenue" and then on to Grove Avenue. I did not follow him to Sickles Avenue I was waiting there when he arrived. I had been parked in the area from about 6:30 a.m. based on information that Bonanno was a daily visitor to the County Methadone program (I have commented on his heroin addiction problem in the past). Bonanno arrived at about 7:15 a.m. and left about 7:30 a.m. I filmed him from across the street as he pulled in, parked (in a fire lane, I might note), and went inside. A few minutes later I picked him up again coming out of the building and then video taped back on Sickles Avenue and turning onto North Avenue. I did not follow Bonanno further. Instead I simply went to Grove Street where I picked him again and watched him between 8:00 a.m and 8:15 a.m. until he went into the school district office at Grove Street.

My favorite part of this is that Bonanno is filling a false complaint in which he admits his work day started before he got to Sickles Avenue and perjures himself while asking police to watch video of himself misappropriating public property - the van, parking illegally; and committing theft by stealing 75 minutes of paid regular time from the district.

For those who missed the original story, in the above video, Bonanno is seen driving a school district van to the Westchester County methadone clinic on Sickles Avenue in New Rochelle. After leaving the methadone clinic he drives onto North Avenue, then Lockwood and on to the buildings and grounds offices on Grove Street near Webster Avenue…Bonanno is doing all of this between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. during a workday which begins at 7 a.m.

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rickyrat on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 13:16
Title: bobby

My team has been following you.....a word of advice...stop eating donuts at 2:30 in the afternoon your fat enough....you will.slip.up and be by yourself soon enough hopefully you'll be hand and hand with your partner in crime and we can get two rats with one stone....Stay alert fatboy

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Robert Cox on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 16:28
Title: your team?

Jimmy,

You mean the two guys rather conspicuously driving behind me on North Avenue taking photos? Yeah, I hardly noticed them.

Maybe your Dad can explain to you that there is a difference between a private citizen driving from their house to a coffee shop on their own time and a public school employee driving around in a public school van on public school time all being paid for with taxpayer money while doing personal errands. Oh wait, I forgot. You Dad doesn't know the difference either.

In any case, keep making my point that you are not a stable individual and have no business working in a job that places you in proximity to school children in New Rochelle.

rickyrat on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 01:49

Your a sick person Bobby....is what your doing really worth it in the long run....Get a real job instead of eating donuts and following people all day you lowlife.....

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Robert Cox on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 20:42

Jimmy,

All difference aside, I have to admit you are a funny guy.

Being told to "get a real job" by a guy who spends most of the work day goofing off, sleeping, getting high, driving around in his pal's private vehicle, getting dosed with methadone or delivering stolen school supplies to various bars and restaurants, is hilarious. Even better is when the guy who gave him the job, his Dad, works even less than his son so as to free up his time to run private businesses on the side using school district vehicles, equipment, tools and personnel at taxpayer expense all while misappropriating school district property for his personal use. Priceless.

Thanks for a good laugh.

jason rosenthal on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 00:53

Bob Cox,

Which rat/rats made a deal with you so they can supply you with information and keep their own names out of your mouth and off your site? Since you couldn't get big Bonanno now you are going to use false accusations against the son. It looks like you are just pulling at strings here.Haven't you been in New Rochelle long enough to realize who runs its? It's not what you know but who you know...
p.s. How is your buddy at Barnard doing these days?

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Robert Cox on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 03:40

You think Gallagher, Rigos, Bonanno, et al are somehow in the clear?

Heh! Another amusing guy.

Let me just say that you have some big surprises coming. Stay tuned.

Mike New Roc on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 22:53

Bob, Keep up the great work and expose what the crooks want to keep secret... I enjoyed your report on Mr. Fevang...

rickyrat on Mon, 04/16/2012 - 15:02
Title: marathon?

Your right it is a marathon and your fat ass has no business being in a marathon....as for your big suprises....lol your website means nothing and is all.a bunch of fabrications and lies.....nobody but the 10 regulars,Ricky and Tony Costa listen to what you say...this website is amusement for the feeble minded...you will get yours soon enough I promise.... Lucky there were 20 cops on north ave Friday night when u decided to.stop and take pictures of the head on collision...ill ask u one more time and think about it before you write....is it all worth it in the end?

John Imburgia on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 01:13

Why does the school district put up with this nonsense?

Above you all on Sat, 04/14/2012 - 03:56

Simple over 70% to 80% are hire through friend or family. Hiring from inside your own city is a problem.

John Imburgia on Fri, 04/13/2012 - 09:44

I remember watching Bonanza on TV. Is Jimmy related to that TV show?