Gary Vitta

February 9, 2015


Honorable Stanley R. Chesler, U.S.D.J.

United States District Court

Frank R. Lautenberg U.S. Post Office & Courthouse

2 Federal Square

Newark, New Jersey 07102


Re: United States v. Gary Vitta

Crim. No. 15-01


Dear Judge Chesler,

My name is Ciro Violante and I am a retired supervisor of World Languages and ESL with the Nutley School District.  I am writing this letter on behalf of Dr. Gary Vitta whom I have known for more than 25 years as an educator and as a close family friend.  We became friends when my wife and Gary were both hired in the West Essex School District as administrators.  Due to Gary’s outgoing, vivacious, lively, and caring personality and as well as our commonality, we soon became best friends.  Our families went on vacations together and confided in each other’s educational and financial matters.  To be specific, when Dr. Vitta was about to purchase the house in which he presently lives in Denville, he asked for my opinion if he was making the right decision.  Our children grew up together and became so close that they felt they were siblings.   Because Gary inspired and motivated my children to excel in school as well as work, they considered him as their second father.

Dr. Vitta has such a jubilant and friendly characteristic personality that he tends to trust everyone he meets and within minutes he creates lasting relationships. To give an example, a few years ago we went away on vacation together to Hawaii, and while we were at the pool relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather, he met a couple.  He started talking to them, and soon after he invited them to have dinner with us.  From that, a lasting relationship evolved in which Gary kept in touch with these people for many years.  To put things into perspective, if he had met your honor under different circumstances and you had spent 30 minutes together, he would have considered you a friend and next he would have invited you to his house at the next family gathering.  This is the kind of man that Gary Vitta is.

Dr. Vitta has led an exemplary life in every aspect.  He is well liked and respected by many. He is a model husband, father, son, brother, colleague, mentor and friend.    He is very personable and warm and he is always inclined to helping people in need in any way he can.  He is so understanding   and compassionate that he always has people’s best interests at heart.

Throughout the 25 years that I have known Dr. Vitta as an educator, he always had in mind the success and betterment of the students and the districts that he served. Even now that he has retired from education, he continues to influence young minds by volunteering in a tutorial program in Morristown to less fortunate students.

When I heard Gary had been charged for attempted witness tampering, I could not believe what I was hearing.  He told me personally that he made a big mistake in judgment and was so emotionally distraught over his ridiculous actions.  Your Honor, you need to know that Gary is a compassionate, caring and selfless person.  Ever since this nightmare began, it has taken an emotional toll on my dear friend Gary and his family. 

Throughout this ordeal, Dr. Vitta has been on an immense emotional roller-coaster.   I am afraid that it will take a toll on his physical health and that it will be irreversible both emotionally and physically.  I beg the court to be lenient with him and take into consideration all the wonderful and caring things that he has done in life rather than a mistake that he readily admitted through lack of better judgment and stupidity.

I firmly believe in the legal system and trust that he will be given a second chance.   He always taught my own children right from wrong and to this day he continues to do that by accepting responsibility readily for his error and telling everyone around him that he made a terrible mistake.  I truly appreciate the opportunity to tell the Court that, even knowing what I do, I continue to trust and believe in Gary.  I will stand by Gary in any way I can and humbly implore Your Honor for leniency and mercy.

Respectfully yours,


Ciro Violante,

Retired Supervisor of World Languages & ESL

Nutley Public Schools