New Rochelle Schools Buildings & Grounds Supervisor James Bonanno last month ordered three school district employees to report to work at a house owned by his girlfriend in upstate New York over a period of several days as part of an ongoing renovation of the property, sources say. The house, owned by Bonanno's girlfriend, Heidi Reyes, is located at in Cornwall, NY near West Point, in Orange County.
New Rochelle Schools spokesperson Paul Costigliano declined to comment on the matter.
According to Orange County property records for 30 Hampton Place in Cornwall, NY, the house was built in 1997. It was purchased from the original owner, Reiger Homes, Inc. in 2004 by Ricardo Reyes who then sold the land and house to Heidi Reyes for $1.00. The estimated market value of the property in 2010 was $426,900.
Each day, workers from New Rochelle would make the hour plus drive up to Orange County while clocked in as working in New Rochelle. Talk of the Sound has obtained the names of the three district employees. Under a newly developed policy, Talk of the Sound will aim not publish the names of school district employees or municipal employees in cases where they ordered to engage in illegal or unethical behavior by their boss to keep the focus on the supervisors who are engaged in illegal or unethical conduct.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Bonanno is in the process of getting a divorce and renovating the house to prepare it as his new primary residence.
A review of Orange County records and a site visit to the property in Cornwall, NY on a recent Sunday indicates that work is going on at the location, that New Rochelle residents are working on the property and that there are no open building permits on file. The two men pictured below were working on a Sunday and neither works for the school district.
James "Jimmy" Bonanno is well-known to Talk of the Sound Readers: