Possibly $1 Million Or More Stolen In Port Chester Parking Meter Scam

And Worst Part Is Some Think It May Have Been Inside Job

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. (CBS 2) — Did someone get their paws on the parking meter money?

On Friday a Westchester County town was investigating whether the “missing money” totals in the thousands — or maybe even in the millions!

As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports, the parking meter scandal is the talk of Port Chester.

“A lot of people are mad, yes. Everybody’s talking about it,” resident Raymond Rodriguez said.

Everybody, that is, but the guys from the Department of Public Works, who dismissed CBS 2 pretty quickly on Friday.

“Don’t even talk to us! No comment!” one official said.

The DPW is at the center of an investigation into an apparent scheme to skim parking meter money.

“It’s disgusting, that somebody could do that. And if they live in the town and they work in the town, it’s a shame, it really is,” resident Anthony Salvatore said.

For year the DPW collected meter money, counted it at the garage and then brought it over to Village Hall. It’s not clear why village officials grew suspicious, but they did, and took action.

Port Chester fired its own DPW from collecting meter money and hired an outside firm to do the job. The difference was immediate, and dramatic.

The village said the DPW collected about $10,000 a week in meter money last year. Since the private firm took over the weekly collection has soared to almost $18,000.

That raises the possibility the village was being ripped off $5,000 to $7,000 a week.

“If they did it for three years, you’re talking a million dollars!” Salvatore said.

“Yes, absolutely, it could go to some of the kids programs,” resident Nicole Jones said of the missing funds.

Police said security was compromised on 140 of the village’s 750 meters, and that recordkeeping was virtually non-existent, creating a roadblock for the investigation.

“Angry. Everybody’s angry about it,” resident Rodriguez said.

Meter money now is being counted in a secure room at Village Hall.

Everyone hopes time has expired on what appears to be an expensive scam.

CBS 2 has learned the Westchester County district attorney’s “Public Integrity Bureau” has joined the investigation.

  • Anonymous

    Try looking at Jay DiLeo. He’s been taking quarters for over 15 years. He’s an employee of Port Chester DPW and is certified to fix the meters in town. When a meter was broken, he felt that he can pocket all the quarters in that meter. He sneaks bags of quarters before they would reach the counting room.

    • Anonymous

      Try looking at Jay’s mother and sister. I’m sure they’re the ones rolling the quarters and cashing them in. Or most likeley they’re taking the quarters and using them for small purchases, ie-cup of coffee and bagel at the deli.

      I believe a few people had their hands in the pot. But he’s one of the contributors.

  • A.Nona Moose

    $7000 a week is closer to 10 million dollars over three years. Ask the bank which city employee comes in with $7000 in quarters every week.

  • Annoymous

    Port Chester’s DOWNTOWN Captain John Telesa with his wife Marisa put this plan
    together. It smells like them. Look in their GARAGE.

    • annoymous

      where do they live?

      • annoymous

        Elmont Place, off Irving
        They own 2 houses.
        1 is for sale

  • P.O. Citizen

    Why does this come as a surprise? Its happened many times before here in NYC and, I’d venture to say, every municipality that places trust in people without meaningful internal controls. Its a joke. Same thing with 95% or more of LIRR employees retiring with disability benefits. In this case, internal watchdogs feasted too. What a joke. It’s no different when elected officials give away the retirement store to public employees in contract negotiations and allow incredible unlimited overtime in the last years of a public employees tenure. And now there’s Bell, CA. Yet another fine example of misplaced trust.

  • Annonymous

    This has been going on for years but hasn’t been noticed. I know this for a fact.

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