Can someone fill me in as to why the nice, new, white Dodge Hemi that Jimmy Bonanno is driving around in does not have any BOE insignias on it clearly marking it as a BOE "work" vehicle? Can someone fill me in as to why Jimmy Bonanno is allowed to use this vehicle for personal reasons? Is this a BOE owned/leased vehicle? Is the proper mileage being recorded to differentiate between business/pleasure?Why wouldn't a less expensive vehicle suffice? Please don't tell me that this type of vehicle is needed for work reasons. We all know Jimmy Bonanno does nothing! I see him driving around New Rochelle 7days a week in this vehicle. This vehicle is ALWAYS parked at his house. Did he not receive the letter(ha ha)John Gallagher sent out after the Demasi incident forbidding the use of BOE vehicles for personal reasons?
Lets see....$96,000 base pay, + $35,000 in OVERTIME = $131,000 a year AND the use of a $50,000 vehicle. Yes, when I grow up I want a job with the BOE.
CORRECTION: The vehicle was initially reported to be a Hummer worth $70,000; the article has been corrected. The vehicle is a Dodge Hemi worth $50,000.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 29th, a Talk of the Sound investigative report revealed that another BOE employee was using another District vehicle as his personal vehicle -
EXCLUSIVE: Carpenter's Late Night Use of School District Van Questioned
On May 25th, Aman Ali of the Journal News revealed that Bonano was among the
top 3 recipients of overtime pay, somehow earning the exact same amount of overtime in 2008 and 2007.
In 2007, maintenance worker Vincent Bonanno collected $32,000 in overtime. In 2008, he collected the same amount, boosting his annual salary to $135,123.
Asked to explain the increase in OT (after telling the Journal News the year before the District was seeking to reduce OT), Finance Chief John Quinn blamed OT for maintenance workers and tradesmen on work such as "plowing snow". That might possibly make sense except that meteorological records for New York show that the average snowfall for New York is about 26 inches a year and that snowfall in 2007 and 2008 has been below average. In fact, except for a freak snowstorm on February 11-12, 2006, annual snowfalls totals have been down for many years (over a period of two days in February 2006, there was a recorded snowfall in central park of 26.9 inches which was one of the heaviest snowfalls on record for New York.)