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Friday, February 24, 2017

UPDATE on NYC DOE HR Manager Peter Ianniello's Worst Mistake Ever - Sending Out 400 Social Security Numbers

Below is the latest email from Peter Ianniello to the 400 paraprofessionals whose identities and private information (social security numbers) were sent out on February 15, 2017 to all 400 paraprofessionals who are taking courses from various educational institutions as part of the Career Training Program.

Mr. Ianniello insists that the social security numbers of the 400 paraprofessionals were sent only to the 437 paras, and were not posted on any website.


I think you should find another job. Private sector maybe. There must be some entry level or middle management employment opportunity you would be qualified for. Or, you can retire and make cabaret shows your full-time gig.

Betsy Combier

From: "Career Training Program" <<>>
Date: Thu, Feb 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM -0500
To: "Career Training Program" <<>>

[Division of Human Resources  HR School Support  Scholarship Incentives and Speech Programs  65 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201][cid:image003.jpg@01D28DE7.392518E0]

Dear Colleague,

As you are aware, due to a clerical error, your personal information may have been shared with other paraprofessionals enrolled in the Career Training Program. We notified you of this issue last week, and indicated that we were working to ensure that your personal information was not compromised.  Please note the following:

  *   The information was not published anywhere in the DOE or publicly on any website.
  *   The information was shared within the context of the email sent to a little more than 400 paraprofessionals in the program, and not all paraprofessionals.
  *   We have attempted to contain this information as much as possible from our end.

As discussed in the previous email, the NYCDOE has partnered with  LegalShield, an identity theft protection service, to offer you identify theft protection (IDShield Individual).  We have enrolled you into this program with an effective date of February 15, 2017, the date of the incident at no cost to you.  Any issues relating to credit or identity theft which occur on or after that date will be serviced by LegalShield.   LegalShield has a great reputation of providing quality service that we can depend on to ensure that your personal information is not misused or compromised.

The NYCDOE has provided LegalShield with a limited amount of your personal information – enough to enroll you in their IDShield program.  The program includes a variety of services such as: Identity Theft Protection, Identity Restoration, Privacy Monitoring, and a $5 Million protection guarantee. Additionally,  you will receive another email from LegalShield, to your  DOE email address, which will ask you to complete the full registration process by activating your IDShield account.  This will activate additional program functionality such as: Credit Monitoring, Credit Inquiry Alerts, and a Quarterly Credit Score Tracker. Furthermore, as part of the program, you can benefit from LegalShield’s Member Perks program offering you a number of discounts from a variety of major products and services.  It is imperative that you take the necessary steps to complete this process as soon as possible after you receive the email from LegalShield.  It is expected that you will receive this email by the middle to the end of next week.  However, please be assured that you are already enrolled and protected retroactively.

To view details on the IDShield protection package that the NYCDOE is purchasing on your behalf, please visit:

Please feel free to contact the Scholarship Incentives and Speech programs office via telephone at (718) 935-2449 with any additional questions or concerns regarding this matter.  Thank you for your patience as we resolve this issue, and on behalf of the NYCDOE, please accept our most sincere apology.

Yours truly,
Peter Ianniello, PhD
Executive Director
HR School Support

posted on February 19, 2017

NYC Department of Education Human Resources Manager Peter Ianniello Sent 400 Names, Social Security Numbers and Other Private Information Via Email on February 15, 2017

re-posted from

I believe it is time for Peter Ianniello to retire or be fired.

Betsy Combier
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Peter Ianniello
Mr. Ianniello, a cabaret singer wanna be, may pay dearly for his office error., sending out via email 90 pages with the names, social security numbers, and other private information of 400 paraprofessionals who are currently matriculated at various colleges in the New York City area . All the people whose private information was sent out are students in a Career Training Program (CTP) to help them improve their skills.

NYC Department of Education Human Resources Manager Peter Ianniello Sent 400 Names, Social Security Numbers and Other Private Information Via Email on February 15, 2017 to each of the 400 paraprofessionals listed.

He made a big mistake.

We know that the NYC Department of Education is not very good at keeping private information, private. The way they treat any information is random. If they decide they want to keep something secret, they will. If someone files a Freedom of Information request for public records at a school, like a personnel file, number of students who graduate, etc., the requester of this information will most probably wait two or more years to get the data. Personal whims matter, evidently.

On February 18, 2017, I received a call from a paraprofessional in the DOE Career Training Program at 65 Court Street in Brooklyn. Peter Ianniello is in charge, a man who really wants to be a cabaret singer. Paraprofessionals who work for the Department must, according to new rules in place since September 2016, matriculate into a degree bearing program after completing 60 credits as part of the Career Training Program. (CTP).

The problem is, a para told me, the rules keep changing all the time, and many are disgusted. Paras must do 100 hours in 5 years, and pay $30 for each two hours., I was told.

This para was very upset that she and 400 other paras had received an email with 90 pages of names, social security numbers, matriculation information with course work, money paid, and schools at which the matriculation occurred. 
What they were supposed to receive were the new rules for the Career Training Program. Below is the email sent by Adrienne L. Gilyard at the NYC DOE Scholarship, Incentives and Special Programs. The attachment does not have the 90 pages, only the first page, broken into 3 parts, with the names and social security numbers redacted:

From: Gilyard Adrienne 
Date: Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Letters of Matriculation

Please see attached correspondence and respond as indicated.

Kindest regards,
Adrienne L. Gilyard, MSA
Tuition/Default Coordinator
Scholarship, Incentives and Special Programs
NYC Department of Education
65 Court Street, Room 508
Brooklyn, New York 11201
Office 718-935-4272
Fax 718-935-4262


Peter ianniello realized the huge mistake and sent out a letter telling the 400 paras to kindly delete the email containing personal information, and "sorry that this may have caused you some concern". He added that he has set up all 400 paras with Legal Shield to protect their identities. Do you hear desperation? I do. Paras that believed him, called Legal Shield and were told that no information has been received and they should call some other time.

Adrienne Gilyard also sent an email urging everyone to delete the email sent in error.

Here is the email Ms. Gilyard SHOULD have sent:
CTP Matriculation Letter

Then there are the hiring practices at the have to know someone, or have to prove your worth by keeping any wrong-doing secret. Managers and principals are required to keep their schools and underlings "doing well". failure means your job. Yet hiring practices often use the same managers, even if they have proven themselves to be unethical or worse. Take NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina, for instance. In 2000 I asked her where the $225,000 was that the children at PS 6 (where my youngest daughter was a student) and PS 198 were supposed to get from the Annenberg Challenge For the Arts. She verbally attacked me (I wish I had taped it!) , I reported her, and she was removed as principal in 2001. She then became Superintendent of District 15 in Brooklyn, where she made people angry, then she was moved to Deputy Chancellor of the Department, when she was exposed as part of two scandals. She was told to retire or be fired. She retired. Then Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor, brought her back and appointed her Chancellor. What the heck?

So, most administrators and managers fudge the data. A class has bad grades? After the teacher is sent to a rubber room on his/her way to a 3020-a trial, grades are changed in order to reflect "improvement" and/or excellent work. The people who know that this goes on but say nothing, stay in their jobs, and get promoted up the ladder. They are the "in" crowd. Until, that is, they whisper the truth to someone, and then they are whisked away to a rubber room.

That is exactly where Peter Ianniello belongs.

The paras are preparing Notices of Claim. Stay tuned, DOE!