John A Caldararo, 50, a Senior Buildings Inspector for the City of New Rochelle plead guilty Tuesday to DWI. Caldararo is required to pay fines, fees and surcharges totaling $895 and undertake court-mandated treatment for convicted drinking drivers. As part his sentence, Caldararo's drivers license was revoked.
Caldararo was arrested on the Southern State Parkway in Suffolk County on Saturday July 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts -- Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level Above .08 Of 1%, Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated and an infraction -- equipment violation for not having required safety glass on the vehicle.
Court records indicate that Caldararo had a blood alcohol content of 0.40 -- five times the legal limit of 0.08 to be considered "intoxicated" in New York State.
Caldararo appeared in Suffolk County District Court on August 6th, requested a continuance which was granted and released on his recognizance. Caldararo returned to court on August 10th at which time he plead guilty to the top charge, Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Level Above .08 Of 1%, 1st offense.
Caldararo was sentenced to a fine of $500, Conditional Discharge of 1 Year, a CVA Fee of $25, Drinking Driver Referral, License Revoked (can reapply in six months), and an unspecified surcharge of $370
He is due back in court on October 14, 2010 to show he paid his fines, fees and surcharges.
Caldararo, who worked for the building department for many years as an inspector was recently given a promotion and raise that was conditional on his passing a required civil service exam, sources say. Caldararo failed the test and, as a result, lost the position. In order for him to perform his current duties as building inspector -- responding to complaints and violations throughout New Rochelle -- the City has assigned another municipal employee as his driver.
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