School Board Member Naomi Brickel announced today that she is endorsing Jeffrey Hastie for another term on the New Rochelle Board of Education.
In a statement issued earlier today, Brickel expressed her strong support for Hastie.
"He is the one member of this BOE that acts solely in the interests of the kids, the community, and his election platform ideals," said Brickel.
"I can relate to the frustration with a process that seems more guided by friends and political connections rather than what's in the best interest of our students in NR and our BOE fiscal, policy, and oversight responsibility," said Brickel. "I don't exactly know what the community truly wants at this point, if it is smiling faces and consistent agreement. Jeffrey is not your man."
Brickel went on to express her disappointment with fellow board members for failing to hold School Board President David Lacher accountable for what she has described as an "abuse of power" and subsequent criticism of Hastie when he sought to refer the matter to the New York State Education Department for investigation which she characterized as a "preplanned distraction tactic to avoid accountability for another colleague's grossly negligent behavior".
Lacher used taxpayer dollars to fund his medical insurance premiums for almost two years in what amounted to an interest-free, taxpayer financed, loan for up to $13,500.