Talk of the Sound has confirmed that a school district employee has been taking a school district vehicle home and parking it in front of his house at night and on weekends going back as far as 2007, possibly much longer. The employee, Frank Demasi of 57 John Street, works in the carpentry shop in the environmental services department of the City School District of New Rochelle. According to well-placed sources within the school district, employees are not permitted to take school district vehicle homes at night without specific authorization.
Through a combination of old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting and the latest in high-tech image mapping from Google, Talk of the Sound was able to observe the van parked in front of Demasi’s house on numerous occasions, the first instance having been documented by Google using their new Street View service.
According to Wikipedia, Google Maps Street View is a feature of Google Maps and Google Earth that provides for many streets in the world 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views from a row of positions along the street. It was launched on May 25, 2007, and has gradually expanded to include more cities, and in these cities more streets, and also some rural areas.
To get a panoramic view of the van parked in front of Demasi’s residence at 57 John Street Click the arrows in the image below:
Superintendent Richard Organisciak is the only district employee specifically authorized to take home a district vehicle and make personal use of it when not on school business. One source tells Talk of the Sound that Organisciak returned the car assigned to him sometime around the end of his first year as Superintendent and now uses his own car for which he is reimbursed by the District. Another source says that Organisciak switched cars and is still using a District car.
Sources have told Talk of the Sound that Demasi has parked a green City School District of New Rochelle van in front of his house “for years”. These sources also claim that Mr. Demasi does not own his own vehicle and routinely uses the van for personal use.
Calls to Demasi’s residence and workplace at the City School District of New Rochelle seeking comment were not returned. Emails and phone calls to school officials seeking explanation were likewise not returned.
Talk of the Sound’s investigation over the past several weeks have confirmed that the vehicle is regularly parked in front of 57 John Street late at night. The vehicle has been observed during the day and at night, during the work week and on weekends.