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

Written By: Robert Cox

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?

92 thoughts on “New Rochelle Carpenter Says “No One Told Him” Could Not Take Vans Home, District Silent but Sends Letter to Employees”

  1. What did Frank Demasi ever
    What did Frank Demasi ever do to u? Did he take your job? Did he steal your food? I hope you have cause for this or this guy is gonna sue the shit out of you!

    1. I appreciate your concern
      I appreciate your concern but you need not worry.

      Mr. Demasi has already admitted that he has been taking vehicles home without authorization. We have pictures of the same van in front of his house going back two years. We have witnesses who have stated he has been doing this for more than ten years. I went personally on numerous occasions to confirm that the vehicle was parked there at night and on weekends.

      His explanation — that he did not know he was not allowed to take vehicles home at night and that no one told him he couldn’t take them home — strikes me as a bit thin. Wouldn’t you agree?

      I would say that any public employee who misappropriates public property for personal use is stealing from all of us.

      Why am I not surprised that one of our School District Trolls wants to defend a guy who admits taking school property for his personal use? There really is no limit to what the apparatchiks will try to excuse.

  2. What gives you the right to
    What gives you the right to put someones name in an article and make accusations about someone who hasn’t been arrested or even accused of doing something wrong by city officials or law enforcement?

    1. What gives me the right is
      What gives me the right is that I am a citizen who not only the right but the obligation to report public corruption.

      What gives me the right is that I a parent with children in the public school system, children who lose out when public resources are converted to personal use.

      What gives me the right is I am a taxpayer and the money to provide vehicles and fuel and insurance comes out of my pocket just as it comes out of yours.

      What gives me the right is the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

      You should read it some time. It talks about things like freedom of speech and freedom of the press. If you are connected to the school district in anyway I am sure this is quite alien to you but if you google for it I am sure you can find some information about the First Amendment.

      You are probably further confused about how reporting works. For example, there is no law that says a newspaper cannot report wrongdoing by public officials unless the person is arrested. Similarly, there is no law that says wrongdoing cannot be reported unless a city official of law enforcement agency accuses someone of wrong doing.

      This story is based on something called “investigative reporting”. I know we have not had that in New Rochelle for a very long time — if ever — but the way it works is that a reporter follows up tips, talks to knowledgeable sources, goes out to see for themselves, does primary research and so on.

      In this, the comment by “concerned” says a lot about New Rochelle. This person says they have known about this person’s wrongdoing for 8 years but did not know what to do about it or whether they would be believed. What does that say about our school district administration and school board? What does it say about our local police department?

      Without being overly dramatic, there’s new sheriff in town. The “sheriff” is regular everyday citizens fed up with the corruption and self-dealing which has become the hallmark of New Rochelle. We now have a community web site which gives people like this guy’s neighbors on John Street a place to go when they see wrong doing. They do not have to ask anyone from City Hall for permission. They can write up and publish their own stories, with their own photos and videos. This is how “citizen journalism” works — every citizen can become a public watchdog.

      In this case it is rather simple, Mr. Demasi admits taking the van, he says he did not have authorization, I have school officials on record saying he did not have authorization, we have confirmed ourselves that the van is where our sources said it was, when they said it was, and we have several witnesses telling us this has been going on for many years. Case closed.

  3. You call a man bringing home
    You call a man bringing home his work van corruption? Those are some pretty strong words!! And you say reliable sources, who are they and how do you know that the statements your “reliable sources’ are giving you are even true? I happen to know Mr. Demasi and he said he never spoke to anyone from this “BOGUS” website. Yes, the man was bringing his van home at night but its better than leaving it in House 4 parking lot where it has been robbed on numerous occasions. Frank Demasi happens to be a very hard working guy who has been doing his job for the district for 28 yrs. Also, your “sources” tell you that he dosn’t own a personal vehicle.Well they dropped the ball on that one because the man happens to have THREE VEHICLES in his name. Now that I scroll through this site I find in almost every story you covered there are holes or mis-leading information.

    1. Taking public property and
      Taking public property and making personal use of it is misappropriation, a crime that is no different than theft.

      Mr. Demasi has admitted taking home the van. Even you seeking to defend him are saying he took the van home. I left messages at Mr. Demasi’s home and work before the story ran. The following day he called me – twice. The second time was to confirm the name and address of this web site. So, Mr. Demasi is well aware of who he called and who he spoke to when he return my call.

      I have no comment on this term of service or his work ethic but no one is entitled to take public property for personal use regardless of how hard they work.

      1. Did you or any of your
        Did you or any of your “reliable sources” ever see Mr.Demasi driving the van after 3:30? Parking a van in front of his home is not a crime, past practices allowed him to take the van home until a jerkoff like you with nothing better to do came along! Like I said in my previous post MR.DEMASI NEVER SPOKE TO YOU!!!!! Every article concerning one of our schools your information is wrong, I don’t know who your sources are but their giving you mis-leading information.You slandered the women security guard at Isaac Young saying she slapped the student, meanwhile there was a video camera that had the whole incident on video tape that showed the security guard doing no wrong also there were never any charges against her.

        1. I did not write the story
          I did not write the story about the security guard at Isaac so you need to direct your concerns elsewhere. I stand by my stories.

          Mr. Demasi called me twice, returning my calls to him. We did speak but I am not sure of your point because the facts are not in dispute – he did take the van home at night and he did not have permission to do that.

          You wrote:”past practices allowed him to take the van home”.

          I have no idea what “past practices” are you talking about. Perhaps you can clarify these practices you mention.

          As for starting a blog about me, please be my guest.

          1. The blog about you is
            The blog about you is underway and all your movements and lies will be recorded and posted. The blog is going to destroy you. New Rochelle doesn’t want you here anymore. You are attempting to destroy our community so you can buy a house for cheap prices. We will not allow our homes and lives to be destroyed by a piece of trash like yourself.

          2. blogs don’t destroy
            blogs don’t destroy people,they make them famous you nitwit. Now that you destroyed Mr D, your going to go on and give Mr Cox more publicity. The more you write about him, the more people will go to his site to read what he has to say. This site will only get bigger, thanks to you. If a website can destroy a city then the city is pretty far gone already. I give New Rochelle more credit than that. This city IS strong enough to clean out the corruption and termites like you and be a better city for it. Everything you’ve done has had the exact opposite effect you intended. With all your anger and vehemence I’m beginning to wonder if you’re a danger to society. I hope you’re not around any children. Please, turn yourself in and tell the authorities what you know about the wrongdoings within the school system. You’ll be a better person for it. Help is available at or

        2. I live on JOHN STREET and
          I live on JOHN STREET and have seen him not only drive that van after 3:30 he uses it on weekends too!

        3. I’t is a crime, when it’s
          I’t is a crime, when it’s tax payers money. Why does Mr. Demasi use the school van any way? Why not his own car? I JUST LOVE THIS SITE!!!!! The people of New Rochelle have a voice. We need this site!!!!

        4. If he didn’t drive the van
          If he didn’t drive the van after 3:30, and it was parked at his house, doesn’t that mean he’s leaving work early every single day he is on the job? Did he falsify his time cards? That is punishable by dismissal, isn’t it? I hope your not his lawyer. Somewhere a village is being deprived.

          1. Mr.Demasi’s work day ends at
            Mr.Demasi’s work day ends at 3:30!and He dosn’t punch a time card. You people have all the answers!

          2. You’ve proven Mr Demasi’s
            You’ve proven Mr Demasi’s guilt. Some friend you are. Again you prove the inpropriety to be true. As I asked, if he is not driving the van after 3:30, and it is at his house, then he left work early every day the van is at his house. If he’s paid until 3:30 that doesn’t mean be home at 3:30. Not punching a time card only makes it easier to cheat the taxpayers. With friends like you who needs enemies? Thank you for providing more proof and helping to convict your friend. Your village is still looking for you.

    2. three vehicles that he
      three vehicles that he doesnt have to use because he uses the city van on our dime! Tell me why he doesn’t use his nice pickup to load in the construction materials that he gets for the projects that he does on his homes? A year ago he was working on his bayard street garage on a SUNDAY unloading materials from the CITY VAN. Were they materials taken from the school district?

      1. we are not allowed tio use
        we are not allowed tio use our personal vehicles when were at work!!

    3. Anonymous why are you so
      Anonymous why are you so mad? You must be his wife. I lived on Drake Ave. 15 years ago, and I always drove down John Street.(And still do from time to time) I must say I remember a New Rochelle school van being on that street. Day, night and weekends. And I thought it was funny that a van was always there. I just think the other writers want the best for New Rochelle. We pay such high SCHOOL TAXES. The waste has to stop. And very little step helps. Now Mr. Demasi, will have to spend his own money on gas, not the tax payers. Anonymous just get over it. What is right is right!!!

    4. Is it ok that a year ago Mr.
      Is it ok that a year ago Mr. Demasi used the work van on a Saturday and Sunday to work on the garage he owns on Bayard? I personally watched as he unloaded building material as he working on taking down the cracked concrete and replaced it. I believe it was his grandson who was helping him at the time…this is ok with city officials? THis isnt stealing from taxpayers? I want a city job then and access to a van loaded with tools and equipent to use for my personal use! WHERE DO I SIGN UP!!!

      1. not to mention….were the
        not to mention….were the materials used on this project and one currently taking place at Mr. Demasi’s house paid for by him or is it material taken from the school district? Since no one is watching the van come and go who is to say they are accountable for materials meant for school projects?? Is anyone one really working in the district or does everyone have their eyes closed!

    5. Yes. I call it corruption.
      Yes. I call it corruption. What would you call it? Entitlement? Even if no one told him he couldn’t, he could at the very least had asked if he was allowed to take it home. Did he? He must of known or felt that it was somehow taking advantage of the situation. Being employed since 1983, how long has this gone on?

      What other employee ‘perks’ are being taken by others who work for the district that I and my fellow tax-payers are footing the bill for?

      Let’s put an end to wasting New Rochelle tax-payer money on May 19th.

  4. Who is our Troll?
    Shall we

    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?

    1. They had access to
      They had access to surveillance video at Isaac Young Middle School.

      1. correct. any thing else we
        correct. any thing else we know from their comments here?

        1. Who would be the one to know
          Who would be the one to know who’s name the three ‘personal’ vehicles are registered in? That’s #5 and,
          (#6) they also know of numerous thefts that occurred at the NRHS House 4 parking lot where the van should presumably be left after work.

          Oh, and they also don’t think that there’s anything wrong with bringing the van home. That’s not considered corrupt, it’s considered a fringe benefit or a job perk! (#7).

          1. Our troll has now added his
            Our troll has now added his version of the list for identifying me – except that my identify is clearly disclosed. BTW, I despite this troll’s constant obsession with this notion that I do not pay taxes or have a job I do, in fact, have a job and pay taxes.

            What we learn, however, is that this person feels that it is “fair game” to go after someone’s significant other, disclose information about there they live, and otherwise share person information about me. Of course, two can play that game so I suppose this person will not mind if we start publishing similar information about them.

            What else do we now know?

            They know what my wife does for a living (she is a special education teacher working for the City School District of New Rochelle).

            He knows where I live although I have never provided this person that information — but this information IS on file with the City School District of New Rochelle (and is CONFIDENTIAL information).

            So I would #8, this person has access to personal information about employees of the City School District of New Rochelle.

            What else? Go back and read their comments. I am sure there is more information there.

          2. It is a terrible thought
            It is a terrible thought that a person associated with the City School of New Rochelle District who has access to this type of CONFIDENTIAL personnel information, would use this access in retaliation against a family member of an employee. Is this what you are suggesting Mr Cox? Furthermore, to do it in an on Anonymous basis is egregious. Nobody associated with the City School District would be safe. No employees’ CONFIDENTIAL information would not be safe. By extension, this person (or people) with access to personnel files would presumably also have access to children files and their families. What other information would they be sharing and with whom? It would be reasonable to conclude why so many people who comment choose to do it anonymously, due to fear that they might experience this type of retaliation. It is not only unprofessional, unethical but possibly criminal in nature.

          3. OK. I will help out a
            OK. I will help out a little but this is really starting to give it away.

            #9. our troll uses the term “past practices” to defend Mr. Demasi.

            The USDA has a nice little blurb that explains this term. Please note that it is used to indicate a practice which was known by both labor AND management so by using this term our troll is not only outing themselves but indicting the administration of the school district (and saying that Demasi lied to me).

            Past Pracitices

            “Union officials often try to use “past practice” as a reason for preventing changes in working conditions from being implemented. A “past practice” is nothing more than the way things have always been done. Such practice does not have to be written down in the labor agreement, but can arise on the basis of regular, repeated action, or inaction, on your part.

            Generally, the existence of the four following factors will indicate that a “past practice” exists:

            1. The practice was clear and applied consistently.
            2. The practice was not a special, one-time benefit or meant at the time as an exception to a general rule.
            3. Both the union and management knew the practice existed and management and/or the union agreed with the practice or, at least, allowed it to occur.
            4. The practice existed for a substantial period of time and occurred repeatedly.

            Normally, you cannot stop an established and accepted “past practice” unilaterally. Rather, you must give notice to the union of your intent to do so and, if the union so requests, engage in negotiations to try to resolve any differences.”

          4. The way things have always
            The way things have always been done!!!
            A “past practice” is nothing more than the way things have always been done.
            Are they for real? In these difficult times everyone is looking at ways to improve their way of doing business. People who still have jobs, have been made to take week-long furloughs. Even if times were good, New Rochelle tax-payers should expect more diligence from our ‘elected’ officials. Money is hard-earned by citizens.

          5. Past practices have been
            Past practices have been around forever. I remember first experiencing it back in the 80’s when the NYC school board tried to end the custodial staff from having bottled water delivered to them (for drinking, making coffee). This represented hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings per year. Teachers and administration members used the bathrooms and water fountains for their water. Courts ruled that, by allowing this practice to continue for so long it falls under the guise of “past practices” and must be considered as an article to be bargained during contract negotiations. Managment could not arbitrarilly end the water service. Strange but true.

          6. Troll ID #10 Buffalo, NY

            Troll ID #10 Buffalo, NY

            We use the different programs to track information about site traffic. They are all looking at the “log files” for this which are generated by our web server software.

            One of them is traditionally used by bloggers and made public. It is called sitemeter. You may have seen the badges which show our traffic in the right rail and the bottom left rail.

            You can see it here:


            Our troll posts from within New Rochelle but has, from time to time, posted comments from a Verizon account in Buffalo, NY. So, while the average reader might not have known to check the log files, we did and so I can tell you that our troll was in Buffalo this weekend and has been in Buffalo on more than one occasion over the past couple of months.

            So, your next clue is that we know from our troll’s comments that they were in Buffalo this weekend and have some personal or professional reason to be in/out of Buffalo.

          7. stop lying.. You have no
            stop lying.. You have no job and you pay 0 taxes to the city of New Rochelle or the federal government. Your information is in the phone book you stupid dummy. Maybe you ate the phone book in one of your fits of rage? You are a fat disgusting liar so why would anyone believe you.

          8. I believe Bob and you are
            I believe Bob and you are seriuosly disturbed. You are projecting all of your “traits” onto him. It’s your rage we see. So, here’s more clues – Troll is fat, disgusting and a liar. Where do you work Troll (oops, I mean Bob)?

          9. IF there was nothing wrong
            IF there was nothing wrong with taking the van home why is it no longer being taken home at this point?

          10. Everyday for three years,
            Everyday for three years, I’ve picked up my teenager at that particular side of the high school. Today at 3:35 was the first time I have EVER seen 9 green vans/trucks all parked together in the corner of the lot. Usually there’s only one or two.
            What does that mean?

          11. Because of this site, New
            Because of this site, New Rochelle tax-payers finally have a vehicle (no pun intended) to be heard. Thank you Mr. Cox.

          12. The ‘jig’ is up. That’s what
            The ‘jig’ is up. That’s what it means. It takes discussions by the citizens of New Rochelle on a community blog to make things happen quickly in the quagmire of bureaucracy that is the NR School District.

    2. 1. you have no job
      2. your

      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.

      1. You are going crazy!!!!!!
        You are going crazy!!!!!! Get a life. Mr. Cox is not the one stealing from the tax payers of New Rochelle!!!!! What does it matter, what Mr. Cox does for a living. And how do you really know? And I think Mr. Cox is doing a wonderful thing for New Rochelle, with this web site. For TOO long New Rochelle goverment has been abusing the tax payers. As a tax payer I feel I have a right to know who is abusing the system. Are you mad because now Mr. Demasi has to use his own gas and car to get to work, like the rest of us. And another point, if I had a work van I would not want to park it on John Street. That is not such a safe street, for a work van with lots of expensive tools. I think the High School would be safer to park the school van. Mr. Cox I’m on your side. Who cares what anonymous says. They are just mad, that their game is over. Thanks for the web site!!!!

        1. This person is revealing
          This person is revealing quite about themselves with each visit to this web site.

          I am sure if we all put on our thinking caps and assembling what he can know from this person’s comments we can unmask our troll.

          Come on folks! Take a moment to read through the comments section and see what else our troll is revealing about themselves.

      2. What does Mr. Cox’s private
        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!

      3. Results speak for

        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?

    3. Who are you calling a troll?
      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!!!!

      1. What that you in the Mercury
        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.

        1. ‘about our Republic’ –
          ‘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.”

        2. Basically you are the arab
          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

          1. ‘with what they have to work
            ‘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.

          2. Our nation’s economy is
            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.

        3. You’re a complete loser cox
          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.

          1. How is Mr. Cox making it
            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.

      2. Tax-payers are NOT going to
        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?

      3. Mr. Cox, ‘if I ever see
        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 🙂

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

        1. We hope to have an important
          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.

      5. Hello Mr Troll. The citizens
        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.

        1. So i’ve been waiting all day
          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.

          1. Regarding the address in the
            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.

          2. The only address I’m
            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.

          3. Hello troll defender. I’m
            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

          4. I would say on the responses
            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.

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

          6. No, you get out. I am a
            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.

          7. The post on the identity of
            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.

          8. In fact mister cox, as a
            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.

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

          10. It’s good that you perceive
            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.

      6. Mr. Cox Thank you for
        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……

      7. MOST of the people
        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!!”

  5. What I really want to know,
    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.

    1. You have asked one of the
      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.

      1. Does the Superintendent of
        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 pebbles…it 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!

      2. Well said, NRCP.

        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?

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

        2. You are so right about the
          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.

        3. They have good reason to
          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.

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

        1. Dee Polow indeed must go.
          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.

  6. First of all Mr Coxs, since
    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.

    1. I was not aware that there
      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.

    2. You will not stop will
      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.

  7. you will be sued for putting
    you will be sued for putting frank demasi’s adress on here ! ! !

    1. You will be sued for putting
      You will be sued for putting Bob Cox’s address on here!!!

      1. I am still waiting for the
        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.

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