Folks have asked, " What was the ethics complaint about?" The answer...
Biancamano was brought up on ethics charges for disseminating false statements about the Hoboken School Disrict in 2013 when he ran for City Council while on the BoE.
Here's the campaign lit that got him in trouble. His campaign falsely claimed: "Hoboken schools spend about $30,000 yearly per student..." and "Hoboken Schools Cost as much as a Notre Dame Education"
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In 2013-2014, Notre Dame's undergraduate tuition alone was $44,605.
In 2013-2014, Hoboken's "actual cost per pupil" that year was $21,142 .
Of course, Biancamano knew this since voted on the 2013-2014 proposed budget ($21,171).
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Ask yourself: WHY would a sitting school board member attack his own school system with a LIE to advance his own political interests in Hoboken?
Probably for the same reason he would do this:
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|Parents United campaign shines flashlight into the eyes of BoE candidates for opposing slate. Trustee BoE Peter Biancamano was Parents United's campaign manager.|
Original post on 01/25/2017
Holy cow, that is udderly abusive of the Hoboken taxpayer!
That's what you get when you let ethically-challenged board members play with Other People's Money.
The ethics charges brought against BoE Trustee Peter Biancamano could have been defended for HALF the amount.
Why choose such a costly defense attorney? ESPECIALLY if his 2012 Letter to the Editor called "Less money to lawyers equals more money in the classroom" was TRUTHFUL...
Was even one OUNCE of this letter written in good faith? Or was it hypocritical, politically-motivated grandstanding- blaming the Reform coalition on the BoE for "excessive" legal fees?
Biancamano's "alternative facts" do not agree with the actual facts in archived audits of the Hoboken District Legal Costs. Our District's legal costs have STEADILY DECLINED since 2011:
So why did Biancamano put the Hoboken taxpayer on the hook for a $450/hour defense attorney?
Biancamano is correct; his $450/hour defense attorney fees came out of our children's classrooms....
First stop: our WALLETS.
Folks, GA has more to say on this subject, later.
But really, if YOU needed to defend yourself from Ethics Charges using OPM (other people's money)-effectively defunding a classroom- wouldn't YOU hire an attorney with a lower billing rate?
There are plenty out there.
Any Hoboken Board Trustee who really CARED about keeping money in the classroom, and protecting the District, would.