Vito Costa has a compliance hearing today in Westchester County Criminal Court before Judge John P. Colangelo.
Costa was arrested on August 14, 2009 and plead guilty on April 7, 2010 to Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree and Falsify Business Records in the 2nd Degree. Under a plea agreement, Costa received Interim Probation and will be re-sentenced on April 6, 2011 on the misdemeanor charge of Falsifying Billing Records. Costa was required to make restitution to the City School District of New Rochelle. At the time of his sentencing he had repaid $40,000 to the school district. The New Rochelle Board of Education had previously authorized litigation against Costa.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Costa held his "no show" job as an HVAC engineer for years all while routinely pilfering HVAC supplies for use by his own company. Costa worked for his own company at times when he was "on the clock" supposedly working for the City School District of New Rochelle.
Despite this, none of Costa's supervisors in the Buildings and Grounds Department have been implicated in signing phony time sheets, falsifying inventory records or filing phony purchase orders -- something the district was criticized for by the Office of State Comptroller in the most recent State audit of the district.
Costa was recently fired just days after being hired as Assistant Director of Maintenance by the SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan as a result of a story published on Talk of the Sound. Ann Warwick, a spokesperson for the college, declined to explain how or why an institution of public education in New York would hire a recently convicted felon who admitted to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from another institution of public education in New York.