New Rochelle Carpenter Says "No One Told Him" Could Not Take Vans Home, District Silent but Sends Letter to Employees


IMG_0352.jpgFrank Demasi of 57 John Street in New Rochelle spoke exclusively with Talk of the Sound earlier today and admitted taking New Rochelle School District vans home at night. In response to our request for comment to our story yesterday, Carpenter's Late Night Use of School District Van Questioned, Demasi told Talk of the Sound that no one in the school district authorized him to take the vans home but since no one told him he could not take the vans home he did.

Sources have told Talk of the Sound that Demasi has been taking home school district vehicles for more than a decade. Talk of the Sound obtained photographs going back to 2007-2008 that school district vehicles have regularly been parked in front of Demasi's home in New Rochelle over the past two years.

Demasi said the vehicle he has been taking home recently, Van #60, is supposed to be kept at the high school.

Demasi also told Talk of the Sound that the school district sent out a letter to district employees informing them it was school district policy that district vehicles were not allowed to be taken home. If any readers have received a copy of this letter please send us a copy.

So far, the school district has declined to our requests for information or to respond to questions. Most likely, the District will either try to ignore the issue and hope it goes away or tell their "spun" version of the story to the Journal News.

Talk of the Sound sent questions to Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Assistant Superintendent for Finance John Quinn and School Board President Cindy Babcock-Deutsch seeking comment. As it is the policy of the District to pretend this site does not exist let me share with you here the questions we believe the public is entitled to have answered:

1. Mr. Demasi admitted during our interview that he has been taking home district vehicles. Can you comment on this?

2. Mr. Demasi says no one ever told him he could not take vehicles home. Does the district have a policy on using school district vehicles for personal use or taking vehicles home at night or the weekend? What IS the district's policy in this regard?

3. What sort of system is in place to keep track of school district vehicles? Do you intend to review that system and make changes? Demasi says this vehicle was a van that was supposed to be at the high school. How can a vehicle disappear from the school night after night and no one know about it? Will you consider revising the system in light of our story on Mr. Demasi? Do you intend to investigate who knew or should have known this vehicle was not where it was supposed to be after school hours?

4. Mr. Demasi says he received a letter which he believes was sent to all school district employees about the use of district vehicles. Is there such a letter? Can I have a copy? Was the letter a reminder of an existing policy or to inform employees of a new policy.

5. Talk of the Sound has photographs going back two years. Our sources who, given Mr. Demasi's admission, we believe to be entirely reliable have told us that Demasi has been taking home district vehicles as a matter of routine going back a decade or more. Also, there is an issue with lumber and the use of school equipment. Care to comment on that?

6. Misappropriation of school property is a criminal act. Do you intend to file charges against Mr. Demasi and anyone else who might have been involved?

7. The vehicle observed in front of Mr. Demasi's house is Van #60 and is marked as a commercial vehicle. Does the use of a commercial vehicle as a personal vehicle raise any issues with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the district's insurance company? Who IS the district's insurance company and do you intend to notify them of what appears to be the misappropriation of the vehcile for personal use?

8. Our sources tell us that Mr. Demasi does not own a vehicle but has, for many years, used district vehicles as his personal vehicle. On behalf of the taxpayers who fund the school district do you intend to seek reimbursement for the use of the vehicle, oil & gas, servicing, the cost to insure the vehicle?

9. I know the district's standard response is a bunch of hogwash about this is a "private" or "personnel" matter and that the district will hide behind these claims to avoid commenting publicly on what you will seek to characterize as an internal disciplinary issue but this case does appear to warrant consideration for investigation as a felony criminal matter involving misappropriation of the vehicle, theft of fuel, insurance fraud, etc. That is clearly a public matter. In that light, will you comment on Mr. Demasi's current job status with the district and whether any sort of disciplinary proceedings are anticipated, are in process or have already taken place?

Commenting on this Blog entry is closed.

Concerned on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 15:23

I am still waiting for Mr. Demasi to be investigated!

Anonymous on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 01:50

I'm still waiting for my posts to be published

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Robert Cox on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 04:34

I am still waiting for the school district to respond to my article.

I did report the matter to the Public Integrity section of the DAs office. Lets give them time and wha they come up with.

Anonymous on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 18:57

you will be sued for putting frank demasi's adress on here ! ! !

Anonymous on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 20:32

You will be sued for putting Bob Cox's address on here!!!

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Robert Cox on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 19:28

Really, sued for what?

Anonymous on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 18:54

First of all Mr Coxs, since your wife works for the Board of Ed, her name and address is entered into a directory which is public knowledge to eveyone. Since that is true you have no right to say that anyone is getting into any information they shouldnt be. Also it looks to me like this is bothering you more then it is bothering City Hall because if they knew of Mr DeMasi talking his truck home then why didnt they tell him to stop, why because the people in the higher ups are to busy doing Their Own Thing so why dont you take your little camera and notebook and start following them, you would be surpised as to what you might find.That then would give you a story to write instad of an honest man taking home a van. Come on be for real and really start doing your job.

Ilovenr2 on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 21:17

You will not stop will you!!! It does not just bother Mr. Cox, but everyone I spoke to since Mr. Cox broke this story. IT IS JUST NOT RIGHT. WE THE NEW ROCHELLE TAX PAYERS NEED TO KNOW THIS. If Mr. Demasi is so honest why didn't he use his own truck. And lets not talk about how much he owes the tax payers of New Rochelle in gas money. And last year when the rest of us were paying $4.00 in gas. Mr. Demasi was driving around happy has can be in his FREE ride. And WHAT DO you know about the rest of City Hall??? I bet we all want to know. And now I bet you just gave Mr. Cox another story to look into. Your getting City Hall into more trouble. Thanks from us the tax payers.

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Robert Cox on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 20:47

I was not aware that there is a directory providing the home addresses of district employees which is public knowledge. That sounds quite interesting. That would mean, for example, that the operator of this site (me!) could FOIL for that document and publish all of the home addresses of district employees.

As you clearly support the idea of publishing personal information about district employees on the web I am sure you will be happy to know that I will be following up on that next week. When district employees ask why their home addresses have all been made public I will be sure to be give you the credit you deserve for this inspiring idea. Of course, I do not expect this will happen because I seriously doubt that the district maintains such a "directory" and even if it did, it would not be made freely available to the public. But, I am more than happy to be wrong in this instance.

The rest of your post is even MORE interesting.

I have not written anywhere that the people at City Hall knew that Mr. Demasi was taking the van (not truck) home at night but I believe we have found a point of agreement. If the people at City Hall -- by which I take it you mean the Superintendent and his assistants - knew that Mr. Demasi was taking the truck home and allowed it then they should also be held accountable.

When I spoke with Mr. Demasi (and I did despite whatever he appears to be telling you) he told me he did not have authorization from anyone at the school district and that his supervisors did not know. If this is untrue then I would certainly agree that anyone who knew and said nothing is in the wrong. You seem to be saying that people above Mr. Demasi were aware of what he was doing. I think most readers would be very interested to hear more about this at the next school board meeting.

The highlight of your most recent comment is your suggestion that if I start following around school officials that I will find more serious wrongdoing. What is this "Their Own Thing" to which you refer? I am more than willing to believe THIS aspect of your comments

If you will tell me when and where I will be more than pleased to report anything wrongdoing to which you might direct me. I will even bring my camera.

Ilovenr2 on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 18:13

What I really want to know, who is Demasi's boss? And why didn't they notice the van missing all these years, after hours. Wouldn't someone have to account for the vans after hours. We are all on Demasi, but who is his boss?

Anonymous acts like it is ok to take the van home, after hours. Then I want to know, why don't the other city workers do the same thing. I don't see the garbage men take home trucks or the other white and yellow city trucks around town. All these cars are parked at the city yard.

New Rochelle Co... on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 20:01

You have asked one of the most critical questions at the heart of this issue and many of the problems here in New Rochelle. It seems that the millions of dollars paid in salaries by the New Rochelle taxpayers show very little return when it comes to accountability. This is yet another symptom of a much greater systemic problem within the City School District of New Rochelle. There are several layers of supervision up this particular worker's chain of command. Yet the behavior goes unnoticed for years, possibly a decade. Who are overseers and why are they not doing their job? How much of this is going on? Is this yet another “isolated incident?” Every reader should take a moment and perform a search on this site of the very phrase “isolated incident.” What one will find are examples of the roaches seen out in the open. And for every roach out in the open there are 10,000 hidden in the walls.

Ultimate responsibility rests on the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education. The reason why things like this seem to happen is simple, we allow it to happen. Conditions exist, things happen and we ask questions that fall upon deaf ears. Our voices are never heard is because regardless of how shocking the information we uncover and no matter how dissatisfied on how things are, we always say YES. We are held hostage by those who profess that it will be our children who will be hurt, if we say NO. Lets state the obvious, the voters hold the Superintendent and the Board of Education accountable via one simple mechanism. As it has been stated in previous comments and posts, this year’s school budget vote needs to be a referendum on the leadership of the City School District of New Rochelle. If things are going to improve, this community needs to stop writing the yearly blank check and with it, the implied rubber stamp of approval to the leadership of the school district.

Anonymous on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 23:16

Correct ! D. Polow must go - on the budget vote no !

Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 20:43

Dee Polow indeed must go. She is so out of touch with what is going in New Rochelle. In fact, Mrs. Redington has done her work already for New Rochelle and we thank her for this, but she really needs to retire. Her good work will go unnoticed the longer she remains. The same for Dee Polow. What purpose does she serve. And why didn't Martin Sanchez stay on the Board? I hear good things about him. That he is a vocal critic of the schools and that admistrators are always afraid when he asks for information. Sad that he had to end his term, but we in the SOuth end hope he speaks up at meetings in the future. He was the only one who asked questions in the budget hearings we saw on TV. How embarrassing is that? What ever happen to televising allof the board meetings Mr. Lacker? Is Cindy Deutsch a trip? She's like the Stepford Wife dutifully agreeing to everything nice that the schools do. Get real lady or get out. We need realist. We have to continue to keep the match lit under all of the BOE's behind. I have lived in New Rochelle for 41 years. Graduated from NRHS in 1979 and I find that the really good people don't run for office. People should really know who is being elected. David Lacker is a two face. On the one hand he thinks he's speaking for the kids and teachers and then he gives the house away through his tax abatement commission in city hall. Because of him, the schools suffer. And then he represents the realtors who benfeits from his tax abatements. What a hypocrit. I don't think this budget should be voted on positively. It should have been a zero increase with zero accross the board for everybody. I didn't see that on the tv. Vote no on May 19th and vote in new people on the Board - Get Polow out - SHE ONLY REPRESENTS THE NORTH ENDERS
Mario B.

4u2consider on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 23:12

Well said, NRCP.
When speaking to a parent the other day, our conversation turned to the school budget vote, I was surprised to hear that they believed that if they vote 'no', that it automatically means there will be 'no' full-day kindergarten in the fall. Isn't that coming from state funding?

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Robert Cox on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 20:59

They have good reason to believe this lie. Dr. Korstoff held a meeting for parents of 4-5 year old kids at the high school. Richard Organisciak and Cindy Babcock-Deutch were there but had left when Korstoff made the explicit connection between the budget passing and full-day K going forward. He then told them to tell their neighbors and that everyone should make sure they are registered to vote and otherwise spread the word.

There is video tape of this event but rest assured the district will burn it before allowing it to be made public.

Some readers of this site were present when this happened and can confirm that these "threats" were made to the parents of young children.

Meanwhile at the budget workshops, the district has been saying the opposite - that Full-Day K is something the state wants the district to do so that if the budget fails (twice) and the State takes over they would use that control to push through Full-Day K. In other words, it is going to happen whether the budget passes or not.

Just more fear-mongering of parents with young children by our school district administration. What else is new.

What few people in New Rochelle seem to grasp is just how this budget vote process works and why the district leadership is so terrified that the budget would fail. Think about it. Under NYS law, the district says that the tax increase cap under a "contingency budget" forced on New Rochelle if the budget fails (twice) is 4.1. The district claims that THEIR budget has "only" a 3.22% tax increase. So why would they give up .09% tax increase (about $2mm)? Two reasons mainly: (1) the actual tax increase under their budget is going to be more than 9.3% according a recent independent analysis based on a study of likely property tax appeals; (2) the state would come in and start looking how EVERY DIME is spent and the liars, crooks and thieves in the district know they do not want that. So they are going to do WHATEVER it takes to make sure that the state never gets a chance to get a close look at where the money is going - sweetheart deals, no show jobs, students from other districts, etc.

Ilovenr2 on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 01:35

You are so right about the parents of New Rochelle. They think a "no" vote means less for their children. Little do they know, we are getting less each year, as our taxes keep going up. The school system keeps taking away services for our children. For an example reading teachers and resource room teachers. The taxes are there for bigger salaries. Our schools are also in need for repairs. Have you ever walked in some of these schools and the bathrooms have to go. We also have so many maintance workers, who can't fix a thing. So then the schools hire out. WHAT A WASTE. Get rid of the maintance workers and all their benfits. And just hire out to begin with.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 16:33

whoever wrote this is a f----n idiot.

Anonymous on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 23:43

I have heard that the full day kindergarten is a "done deal" whether the budget passes or not.

Concerned on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 21:57

Does the Superintendent of Schools live in new rochelle? I do not believe so, maybe if they had they would care more about what happens here. Mr. Demasi is one pebble in a pool of many is time to get turn out all the pebbles! Like the logo says "if you see something, SAY SOMETHING" Enough is enough. Lets take back control of our city...lets pay attention to what is going no around us!

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Robert Cox on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 15:03

Who is our Troll?

Shall we play a game?

How about "guess the name of the anonymous troll defending Mr. Demasi".

Before anyone starts guessing, let's start by listing what our anonymous troll has revealed about themselves so far...who wants to

1. They have spoken with Mr. Demasi.
2. They know how many years he has worked for the district.
3. They know when his work day ends and whether or not he is required to punch a time card.

What else can YOU add?

Anonymous on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 21:24

Who are you calling a troll? You fat jerkoff, let's make a few things clear, first, you have never spoken to Mr. Demasi, anybody could of called you on the phone and said they were him. He has told me that he never spoke to you and that you have been calling his house and the carpenter shop where he works.Second, your wife's adress and salary information is public information, its not confidential. Third, I was only mentioning you wife because she works for the school district, I couldn't understand why you would be knocking the District and the budget when that paysyour wife's salary.And finally, I did some research on you and I come to find out that you have been a nuicence to the board of education for years, you made a fool of yourself at a board meeting, that a security guard had to remove you from the podium, you were asked to leave school property numerous times. Well I will tell you one thing, if I ever see you on school propert during school hours you will be arrested and prosecuted. I am planning to follow you and report on your daily life over the next few months so walk the straight line buddy!!!!

iheartnewro on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 22:31

MOST of the people commenting on this site are participating in a healthy debate concerned with the best interests and well-being of our city. It seems like it is developing into an intelligent exchange of rational and well thought-out civilized discussions.
Not everyone agrees with everything, but there is no need for foul language or ‘shouting’, Mr. Anonymous. My guess is that your next post may go something like this; “...BUT...BUT, HE STARTED IT!!”

Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 22:51

Well said neighbor !

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Political Forec... on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 10:44

Mr. Cox Thank you for bringing all matters pertaining to New Rochelle good and bad to the attention of those of us who are Tax Payers. Your blog is a petry dish which allows information to grow. Some of the information has been hidden from John Q Taxpayer. Keep up your work as it is a means of clarity and will only lead to a greater protection for our City. The school district and those within it must do better. The City of New Rochelle and its employees must do better. At least the party although maybe not over will begin to wind down. Thank you......

Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 07:08

Hello Mr Troll. The citizens of this site have figured out who you are!(We actually have been talking about you in e-mails) What a surprise it will be when you step out of your house to see the News12 cameras as they ask why you've been threatening people in public. Can't wait to que up the Tivo! You should have gotten help when you had the chance.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 02:13

So i've been waiting all day to see the "troll" on News 12. I thought you were gonna unmask him to the public!! Or was that just a way to get rid of him? Are you afraid of his comment and allegations that you never spoke to Mr'Demasi? Is the TROLL THE ONE THAT HAS THE ACCURATE INFORMATION? I know someone who works at Isaac Young and they agreed with the so-called Troll, stating the there were never charges brought against the security guard and that they did indeed have a video of the incident.I am coming to believe that maybe you, Mr.Cox are a TROLL! It was alright when you started a story about Mr. Demasi and posted his name and adress but when someone posted where you live and that you have no job evrything changed, all of a sudden you said that the information about you and your wife was confidential, which is a false statement, every school employee is issued a book with names, adresses and phone numbers of fellow employees. As a employee of the school district it is your option to have this information published in the book, your wife chose to put her information in the book, therefore it makes it public information and not confidential. And by the way the book dosn't say that you live at 35 aberfoyle road it says you live at 25 Barnard Rd so the Troll got your information from somewhere else. Over the last few days I have asked numerous people in New Rochelle about you, I have not recieved one positive response pertaining to you.

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Robert Cox on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 17:00

The post on the identity of the troll is now up. You will find many similarities between the troll and Marty Daly, head of the teachers union.

I did not say that information ABOUT ME is confidential. I referred to my wife.

As for the book with names, adresses and phone numbers is NOT a book of "fellow employees". It is a book of FELLOW UNION MEMBERS.

The reason my wife's home address is not in the union directory is because in the information form distributed by the union she opted not to permit her home address to be published in the union member directory. Although she opted NOT to have her information in the union member directory, the union does have her home address on file which means that Marty Daly would have ready access to it.

Regardless, a union member directory is not a public record and therefore the information contained in that directory is NOT "public information". Now, if the union wants to take the position that all of the information contained in the union directory is public I will be more than happy to scan it and post it here. Is that what you want? I guess probably not.

This behavior is consistent with Marty Daly's past behavior where he used school district computers to communicate with a union member about a potential grievance and legal action against the district. By law, the school district has the right to read ANY emails sent or received on their computers. So, the effect of Marty Daly using the school district computers to send and receive confidential information about union members including the union member's position in possible legal action allows lawyers for the school district who would be on the other side of any litigation to read all of those email with an obviously deleterious effect on the negotiating position of the union member and/or the union.

My wife has nothing to do with running this web site. Mr. Daly's personal feelings about me should have no bearing on his fiduciary responsibilities towards my wife, a union member. Whatever one thinks about the teachers union, the district, this site or me, Mr. Daly's irresponsible and unprofessional conduct should give ALL union members pause.

If he is willing to act this way towards one union member it would seem reasonable to conclude that he would be willing to act this way towards ANY union member who, in his mind, crosses him.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 17:11

In fact mister cox, as a taxpayer the district has every right to read your wife's email. She is an accomplice to your crimes just as bernie madoff's wife is an accomplice to his. She is feeding you information along with your other lookouts everyone is well aware of. Your lookouts feel they have been wronged in some way. Your lookouts are typically poor employees of the district and probably should and will be let go. You've opened the door to the district to begin letting people go. Marty Daly is well respected by his peers and many other educators around the nation. You, cox, have the respect of no one! Of course he's going to defend himself on your website. What did you think he would do, let you say awful things about him and allow you to get away with it. Nobody give a crap about you and your website. You're just trying to stir up controversy but in the end, you will wish you never had.

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Robert Cox on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 20:15

It's good that you perceive that I have "lookouts" lurking around every corner. Things might really start to change in this school district if more people spoke and acted as if their actions and statements would be broadcast or published or otherwise put before the public.

I have no idea why you imagine that the school district has a right to view anyone's PERSONAL emails. That is a telling statement. In the case to which I refer, Marty Daly SENT emails from a school district account containing confidential information about a potential grievance to the personal account of a union member. In so doing, Daly violated that union member's reasonable expectation of privacy.

Do you believe that union members who are reporting to their union problems such as work place violations, sexual harrasment, improper or illegal conduct or matters which might form the basis for a grievance AGAINST the district want their communications with their union representative shared with the administration of the school district and the lawyers from the school district?

Again, a union member in the New Rochelle schools do not have to like me, this site or anything I have ever written about the district to have reason to be concerned that the head of the union would either carelessly or maliciously disclose information provided to him in confidence.

The whole point of having a union is so that labor has an effective means to balance power between workers and management. How does that balance work when the head of the union is transmitting confidential union matters using an email system that is wide open to management? Or when he is disclosing confidential information as a form of retribution against a relative of the union member. How does that work when the head of he union is also representing management? And also representing parents. For that matter, why is the head of a local with over 2,000 members also being paid by the employer of the members he represents?

There are so many conflicts of interest with Marty Daly it makes your head spin to think about - as both an employee of the district and the head of the union representing almost every employee of the district he is negotiating his own salary , he accepts an extremely generous package where he gets full salary and is eligible for full benefits for working a few hours a week (for everyone else there is a requirement of working more than half the hours in a work week to qualify for benefits), a parent who goes to the PTA council with a complaint against a teacher is confronted by the head of the teachers union, he uses district computers for union business, the list goes on and on.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 18:49

Are you confitming that the trol IS Marty Daly. Again, some friend you are !

Ilovenr2 on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 16:49

I would say on the responses you received about Mr. Cox. You have spoken to the wrong people. The people I talk to in New Rochelle, love what Mr. Cox has done for us.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 16:56

yeah, all 10 of you!!! If you dont like it here, GET OUT!!!

Ilovenr2 on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 19:49

No, you get out. I am a [New Rochellian], born and raised here. We go back many generations here in New Rochelle. We care for New Rochelle. I want New Rochelle to be like it was when my grandfathers grew up here. Not like today.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 15:04

Hello troll defender. I'm begining to wonder if the two of you are the same person. Both of you have the unique ability to completely undermine your own arguments. Do you 2 take turns sharing just 1 brain? (Here's a tip - while one of you is using the brain, the other one is going online and posting comments that sound like a 9 year old)I can't type any slower, so try to follow along and you'll see why you (and Buffalo troll) are ALWAYS wrong.
-Mr Cox said nothing about news 12 - I did
-Mr Cox did speak to Mr D - I heard Mr D complaining about it
-The website posted the chain of events as they unfolded correctly
-Mr Cox never hid behind his postings like you do
-everytime you or buffalo troll post you leave a clue
-Mr Cox does have a job you nitwit- at the very least he runs this website. you couldn't expose what a moron you are without him.(can you say"Thank you Mr.Cox?)
-If you ask any corrupt person, or criminal what they think about the DA or police, or investigative reporters, I'm sure you won't receive "one positive response" .That in itself tells me about who YOU hang around with.
-getting info about someone is easy. It's the way it is used that tells everyone about the mental issues you and/or B troll are wrestling with.
I could go on.
Anyhow, as trolls united, you should have a fundraiser, take all the money you raise and BY A CLUE you dolts

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 11:09

Regarding the address in the book:

"And by the way the book doesn't say that you live at 35 aberfoyle road it says you live at 25 Barnard Rd so the Troll got your information from somewhere else."

If the book does not have the right address, then it is outdated. This just reinforces the point that the person has access to CONFIDENTIAL information, by accessing information that is not available publicly.

I guess this is what happens when a person tries to distort the truth. They get sloppy and caught in their own words.

iheartnewro on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 16:41

The only address I'm interested in is the one that ends in 'one zero eight zero' one, four or five. And if it is being properly managed.

Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:50

Who ARE you calling a troll? I'd like to solve the puzzle. Is it

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Robert Cox on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 02:21

We hope to have an important post up tomorrow morning plus the announcement about the school board meeting tomorrow at the new wing at NRHS so I do not want to step on that but I think by Wednesday I will put up a post disclosing the identity of the troll from Buffalo and the same sort of personal information about his "family" that he posted about me.

4u2consider on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:15

Mr. Cox, ‘if I ever see you on school property’... (or anywhere else for that matter)
I will introduce myself and respectfully shake your hand :-)

iheartnewro on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:03

Tax-payers are NOT going to be interested in how Mr. Cox spends his time or his money for the simple reason that it's not OUR money or OUR time. They may be interested, however, in why a city employee (if that is who you are) would spend their day following a citizen and not working. Couldn't you find something more productive to do with your time?

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Robert Cox on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 22:28

What that you in the Mercury sedan parked in front of my house a little while ago. You need to fix the hood your car, it was not closed properly.

For readers of this site, I approved this comment because it shows how pathetic the District can be. This is a "fake" comment:

It is real only in that it is a comment but this is not the troll that has been defending Frank Demasi. The voice, spelling, punctuation and grammar are different. This is someone far less educated than the actual troll. What it is, is an attempt to the actual troll to get someone else to help him cover his tracks now that he has realized that we can easily track people like our troll from Buffalo.

I am not sure why Fake Troll and Buffalo Troll keep harping on a rather insipid point - that they spoke to Demasi and he says he never called me. I called and left a message for Mr. Demasi. I got a call back responding to the message I left. Are you proposing that someone broke into Mr. Demasi's home, listened to his messages and called me back pretending to be Mr. Demasi. While I suppose that's POSSIBLE, I would consider it highly likely. The message I left at the carpentry shop where he works was brief and did not contain a description of why I was calling so it seems reasonable to conclude that Demasi was responding to the message I left at home. Regardless, no one is disputing what I reported about that call - that Mr. Demasi did take home the van at night and that he did not have authorization - which is the point is insipid.

My wife's home address is NOT public information. We have cablevision phone service so our number is not listed. As a public employee, her salary is, public information and was published by the Journal News a few weeks ago but the REAL troll would know that there has been no discussion on this thread about my wife's SALARY. Little tidbits like this show this to be a fake.

This person is now trying to justify brining my wife into this because it suddenly dawned on the troll that he has now opened the door to my posting about HIS "partner".

As for why I am knocking the district, you are sadly confused. Holding up a bright light to the corruption of the few is not "knocking" everyone who works for the district. There are many excellent employees working for the district. My kids have had many excellent teachers, there are some great psychologists, special educators, security guards, nurses, librarians and other staff. As you and our Buffalo Troll have now both noted, my wife works for the district. You are seeking to conflate two distinct issues - the liars, cheats and thieves who enrich themselves at the public trough and the many hard-working, dedicated professionals employed by the district. Those GOOD people are the VICTIMS of people like you who seek to serve as apologists for wrongdoers. The problem with the district is the people at the top and any of the corrupt people who feather their own next at public expense. We have a dysfunctional school district where parents and good teachers are too afraid or too fed up to deal with the nefarious activities of the few people who have managed to wheedle their way into power. The best way to help parents, students and staff is to throw the bums out and take back the schools for the decent, hardworking people.

The way to support the families of New Rochelle and the many excellent employees at the school is to root out the corruption - get rid of the hundreds of kids who do not belong, bring transparency and accountability to the school district by getting rid of at-large elections, absurdly long-term school board terms, serial board members who serve 3 or 4 or even 5 five year terms. This town does not need people sitting on the school board for 15, 20, 30 years at a clip. We need fresh blood, news ideas, and real accountability.

Your interest Mr. Fake Troll appears to nothing more than defending behavior that cannot be defended. If Talk of the Sound is so wrong in its reporting then please explain why there is fleet of school vans prominently parked alongside the new wing of the high school? Why a letter was sent out to district employees about bringing home school vehicles? Why has this supposed "past practice" been discontinued.

I was never been on school property and asked to leave. I have no idea on what basis you imagine you can have me or anyone else arrested for being on PUBLIC school property and even less of an idea of how YOU are going to prosecute me or anyone else. You have, however, served to illustrate the Stalinist mindset which permeated the school district administration and its apparachniks.

You are undercounting how many times the school sought to prevent me from speaking at a school board meeting. It was TWICE not once but the person who made a fool of herself was Cindy Babcock-Deutsche who gaveled two meetings to a close while I was in the middle of reading a statement to the school board during the public comment period. I have no doubt that you would heartily approve of a school board bringing in security guards to seek to prevent an American citizen from addressing elected officials in a public meeting held in a public building during their allotted three minutes of the public comment period but for anyone who cares about our Republic it is something to be rightly condemned. When a school board operates like a kangaroo court in North Korea or Cuba it is time to clean house.

If I have been a nuisance for the derelict group of clowns who run our school board then I must be doing something right. Thanks for the encouragement. If these people are not going to engage in the sort of oversight this school district needs they should resign and get some people in there who will make sure our money and our school vans are where they are supposed to be at night.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 15:40

You're a complete loser cox and you're very lucky the times are tough right now. The only thing you do is make it harder and more difficult for everyone in New Rochelle! Eventually you will slip up and you'll make a mistake and you'll be put behind bars and realize then what you lost.

Ilovenr2 on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 16:43

How is Mr. Cox making it harder and more difficult for everyone in New Rochelle? It seems to me, we the New Rochelle tax payers have a voice now.

Anonymous on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 14:34

Basically you are the arab clerics telling their people the Jews are horrible people and the Jews are the reason why the arabs are so poor. For many years New Rochelle has grown with unskilled labor and illegals. The problem is, the voters know the truth. They know smart good and just people run this city. Generally the city administrators are doing an excellent job with what they have to work with. The more you rant the more you show the citizens of New Rochelle what an excellent job city officials have been doing

iheartnewro on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 17:21

'with what they have to work with.'

Boy, that doesn't sound very encouraging! It sounds like you are insulting a lot of 'hard-working' folks. Your claim that 'city administrators are generally doing an excellent job with what they have to work with', just highlights that OVERALL they could and should be doing a much better job.

What they have to work with is hard-earned taxpayer money! "The more you rant the more you show the citizens of New Rochelle what an excellent job" this site is doing.

Anonymous on Thu, 05/07/2009 - 18:01

Our nation's economy is destroyed, and fiscal responsibility is 100% most public official's goal. Fiscal responsibility is necessary to help maintain a city's character. You have begun your website at an opportune time and you're attempting to gain public opinion at a time when it's beneficial for your gain. People who follow you are few and far between and use you only for their gain, just as you use them. There have been many who've come and gone like yourself. Most of them usually end up behind bars or in some rehab facility for either drugs (prescription) or narcotics. This website you've created is a "Johnny come lately" idea and eventually will backfire on you and the 10 people who follow you. Just as you feel you and your family have been wronged in some way by the city of New Rochelle, you eventually will come upon some poor bastard who has nothing left to lose (sound familiar). You see cox, when you feel you were wronged by our great city, you became so irate, you started your own blog. You had nothing to lose cause you already lost your house, lost your job. Its almost as if your followers feel sorry for you. When I write I notice you often leave out many of the details about yourself which your readers don't know about. See, if they knew those FACTS, they would most certainly alienate you. Your following is diminishing because you're running out of things to write about, things the citizens of New Rochelle really care about. I've noticed you don't make any comments on your blog before 10:30am. I bet it's hard getting out of bed in the morning with so much depression on your shoulders. Your family thinks your a failure, you know you're a failure, and to justify your own failures, you start a blog to show your family what a horrific job the city is doing and why it's not your fault life hasn't gone your way. This is how hitler was successful in building up german confidence and blaming the jews for the unfortunate situation for the germans. You're just like hitler, actually probably worse. The great thing is, you're going to read every bit of this, wonder who it is and not post any of it. It's so hurtful inside of you right now. There's so much anger building up inside of you it almost makes you wanna burst. The people in New Rochelle who make things happen and support the good and what's just and right know what kind of person you are. Remember cox, good always prevails over evil, and you cox, are evil in every form.

4u2consider on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:27

'about our Republic’ -

the last sentence of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address says it all:

"...and that government:
of the people,
by the people,
for the people,
shall not perish from the earth."

Anonymous on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 19:36

1. you have no job
2. your wife works at city hall
3. you live on aberfoyle rd
4. you have nothing better to do than harass and make false statements about people.
5. and all the information about Mr.Demasi that I have knowledge of is public information.

Anonymous on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 00:41

Results speak for themselves.

Let’s play-
guess the name of the blog that New Rochelle’s citizens turn to for answers.

List the things we know were brought to our attention and resolved since the appearance of this site:

1. Book censorship revealed and resolved at the High school
2. Pledge restored on Elementary school’s morning announcements
3. Personal use of City vehicle(s) discontinued

What else can WE add?

Concerned on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 16:00

What does Mr. Cox's private life have to do with Mr. Demasi STEALING from the city and TAXPAYERS! NOTHING! I think a major investigation of Mr Demasi and his wrong doings is definitely in order. HE IS STEALING FROM US ALL!