YONKERS, NY — Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo said, “As usual Mayor Amicone has his facts wrong. The teachers union had little to nothing to do with the recent court ruling; the issue was between Office of Inspector General Dan Schorr and the YFT Welfare Fund. The Welfare Fund is a totally separate entity from the union. The YFT Welfare Fund is comprised of teacher representatives, administrator representatives, and a representative of the Yonkers Board of Education Trustee. [Editor’s Note: The Yonkers Board of Education Trustee is an appointment made by Mayor Phil Amicone.]
The Welfare Fund was delighted to see Judge William J. Giacomo’s ruling ordering the Inspector General of Yonkers not to use or disclose to any third party or make public disclosure of the health information provided by the Welfare Fund to the IG. He went on to say, “…use the information only for the audit for which such information was requested.” “The issue was always about the proper use of people’s private health information,” continued Ms Puleo.
“The Mayor of Yonkers went on in his statement to malign the leadership of the union, when the fact is, he can thank his poor handling of this year’s entire budget process for the school district’s financial problems.,” said Ms. Puleo. “He and only he stopped the Transitional Finance Authority (TFA) from going to the state in a timely manner. It was his decision to pull the application for the TFA after the state returned the application requiring changes to be made. The teachers of Yonkers assisted the district by agreeing to concessions worth more than $5 million for this coming school year. At the same time they face a wage freeze this coming school year. Yet no teachers have been rehired,” continued Ms. Puleo. “The students suffer because of the mayor’s management style,” concluded YFT President Puleo.