Scarsdale Schools Respond to Prostitution Bust

A former Scarsdale guidance counselor was named as an alleged john.

A 16-month NYPD investigation into a prostitution and money-laundering ring culminated with a bust Tuesday, with authorities passing down 20 indictments to individuals throughout the tri-state area.

A former Scarsdale Schools dean -- David Mendelowitz, who retired in June -- was named in the police report as one of the johns allegedly involved in the illegal, million-dollar enterprise. The criminal claim also says Mendelowitz purchased crack-cocaine.

Scarsdale School officials sent a letter to parents just hours after the news broke, sounding off on the implication.

"Law enforcement officers have told us that his alleged conduct did not involve anyone in our community," wrote superintendent Michael V. McGill.

The schools' full response is below; for Patch story on the bust, click here. 


Office of the Superintendent                                                                   November 2012    

Dear Members of the Scarsdale Schools Community:  

I regret to inform you that we have just learned that a former dean at Scarsdale High School, David Mendelowitz, who retired in June, has been arrested on charges involving prostitution and illegal substances. Law enforcement officers have told us that his alleged conduct did not involve anyone in our community.   Despite this sad and most unfortunate news, we continue hopefully on our educational journey. 

After the difficulties of the past weeks, children are learning, and the schools are abuzz with productive activity. Please know that our children's safety and well-being are constantly in the forefront of teachers' and school leaders' minds.   

We move forward, looking ahead to the reassuring warmth of family and friends this Thanksgiving Day and to positive, constructive learning in the coming months.   


Michael V. McGill, Superintendent of Schools 

Teresa Nesi November 21, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Sick, Sick, Sick. How in the hell can someone ask and conduct them self in this manner? I was in a meeting w/ this sicko in 2009 about my now 8 yr old son. My Mother and step-father drove up from D.C. and my step dad is a retired Secret Service Agent.
Theresa Orsogna November 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Would love to know who interviewed him and checked his background for this position?
Scarsdalemom November 21, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Superintendent McGill, the residents of Scarsdale need a better letter than that one. Basically you said "Yes, he's been arrested, he didn't hurt anyone in the community, but let's move on, hey, the holidays are here, enjoy your pumpkin pie!" Really? Show a little humility. You had a felon under your nose for decades and didn't notice.
Lad November 21, 2012 at 01:17 PM
As I understand it, he was involved in drug and alcohol counseling. The school was aware of this affair in May but facilitated full retirement package after hiding behind a medical leave, instead of being fired for cause. Any fair minded individual would want to claw back his pay than to set him onto the velvet glide path of retirement. The tax payers are being abused and no other private sector employer could abide by such decades long lack of accountability. McGill's letter to "move on" shows a lack of respect for the sacrifice and hard work tax payers and parents put in to pay for and want among the best paid high school educators anywhere on this planet.
Gloria Goldstein November 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
McGill's letter struck me a coming from another world. It's "nothing to see, move on!" attitude shows how detached those in charge of educating our children really are. And to find out that (if and only if proven guilty) this man is now reaping the benefits of a generous retirement package is a real slap in the face of all of us who struggle to pay very high property taxes to afford to give our kids a supposedly good education. There is true hypocrisy in in this affair from one end to the other. Just how sure are we that no local students are involved ? I should believe McGill and move on ? Ha ! More investigation is required.
Mark Walker November 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
A loser, former dean is arrested for shameful acts and most of the comments are blaming the Superintendent? Tough crowd.


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