|Eric and Bernard Adams|
We read every day in NYC how our new Mayor hires his friends and family to work with him. After the appointment of Bernard Adams as deputy police commissioner hit the news, Adams "demoted" his brother to head of security. As if this makes a difference. You decide how a change in title changes the implementation of the rules and law. (VERY little).
Adams did not check with the Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB). The public outcry was immediate.
Then he appointed David C. Banks as Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. Banks' brother Philip Banks III resigned from the NYPD in 2014.
David C. Banks, now Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, has been, according to sources, very close to Adams for many years while he was President/CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation and founding Principal of the Eagle Academy for Young Men, an all-boys public school. As David C Banks is now Chancellor of the head of the NYC Department of Education which is under Mayoral control, we could say that whatever Adams wants, Banks will do. Add to this mix that parent voices have been silenced since Mayor Bloomberg took the elected school board out and replaced it with the Panel For Educational Policy where members are appointed by politicians. The PEP members vote on allocations of public money according to what the politician who appointed them want, not what parents and stakeholders want.
Since day one, we have opposed this move - has anyone ever heard of the slogan "No taxation without representation"?
The problem that we see here is that public funds, raised by taxpayers, are spent in a random manner by politicians who see the public money pot as theirs to spend...not ours to tell them how to spend it. Our voices - that of private citizens - are ignored unless you "know" someone or have contributed time/money to their campaigns or office.
Yet speak out we must, despite all challenges.
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