Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Charter press conference rescheduled so Cuomo could make appearance on behalf of big $ contributors

Leonie Haimson reports:

See below; charter school presser hurriedly rescheduled today in the Bronx so the Governor could make an appearance and call for expansion of charters.  When has Cuomo ever appeared at a public school to call attention to the need for more funding, to alleviate overcrowding or fix "crumbling schools"?  Never.

Could his  appearance on behalf of Girls Prep Charter in the Bronx be related to the fact that the head of the charter school's board, Boykin Curry,  gave him more than $98,000 between 2009-2012 according to

Or the fact that in the last election cycle, Curry gave Cuomo an additional $60,800 (the limit) according the spreadsheet compiled by Capital NY here: 

Not to mention his wife Cecilia Kemble (sometimes known as Celerie) who gave Cuomo $56,200, in the last election, according to the same spreadsheet?   Or Bruce Kovner, on the advisory board and a supporter of Girls Prep Charter,  who  gave him $45,000? 



From: Ruben Diaz <>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 8:57 PM
Subject: ***Wednesday Morning Press Bronx Conference Rescheduled to 12:00 noon***
To: Ruben Diaz <>

 ***Wednesday Morning Press Bronx Conference Rescheduled to 12:00 noon***

Press conference demonstrating support for bold action to fix failing schools crisis
Since Governor Andrew Cuomo will be in the Bronx in the morning of February 18, 2015, this Bronx Press Conference has been rescheduled to 12:00 noon at the Girls Prep Bronx Elementary 681 Kelly Street, Bronx, NY 10455.

Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Mark Gjonaj, and Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner Stand with Prominent Clergy and Parents to Call for Bold Change to Fix Failing Schools Crisis.

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