MINEOLA, N.Y. — Before an angry judge and a courtroom packed with residents and students, former Roslyn schools Supt. Frank Tassone on Tuesday apologized to the school district he fleeced of more than $2 million, called his crimes "shameful" and was sent to state prison for four to 12 years.
"My actions are shameful, deplorable," Tassone said, his voice breaking. "I am deeply sorry to the people of Roslyn, to the youngsters of Roslyn. I hope that my days in prison are spent trying to do some good working in the ministry of teaching, so perhaps I can make up to society in that way."
Tassone, who dressed in expensive suits during his tenure as schools chief, arrived in the Nassau County, Long Island, courtroom for his sentencing handcuffed and wearing an orange jailhouse jumpsuit.
Except for when he spoke to the court, Tassone, looking pale and disheveled, stared straight ahead or down at the defense table, even when he was addressed directly by a school official reading a victim impact statement.