|TEAM: Campaign manager of HoLa- backed slate, "Parents United" Peter Biancmano, HoLa Executive Director Jen Sargent, Freeholder Anthony Romano, "Parents United" Treasurer and HoLa Trustee Susan Costimiris|
Just as GA suspected, the "ethics complaint" ["EC"] against 3 sitting Hoboken Board of Education members who donated their own funds to the District was filed by persons who do not use Hoboken district schools.
Sources confirm the EC filer is an unidentified HoLa "stakeholder."
Isn't that nice.
When can District "stakeholders" file ethics complaints against HoLa's dishonest propagandist, Anthony Petrosino for his years of defaming our District?
Well, it appears this EC-filing HoLa stakeholder couldn't give two sh*ts about hobbling 3 honest, productive, decent, hard-working Board members with their frivolous ethics complaint. Nor does the HoLa EC-filer care about the financial impact on District children; the legal defense fees will be tapped from District classrooms while his/her spawn will be unaffected.
Yes, it is frivolous.
Our Board attorney vetted the legality of the donations before the Board Members gave them. One hopes the EC filer is sanctioned. Yes, the NJDOE School Ethics Commission imposes sanctions for the filing of frivolous complaints:
Sanctions for Filing a Frivolous ComplaintAt this time, there is no existing vehicle for District "stakeholders" to file ethics complaints against HoLa Trustees.
The Commission may find, by majority vote, that a complaint was frivolous and may impose sanctions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-29(e). A “frivolous complaint” means a complaint determined by the Commission to be either (1) commenced, used or continued in bad faith, solely for the purpose of harassment, delay or malicious injury; or (2) one which the complainant knew, or should have known, was without any reasonable basis in law or equity and could not be supported by a good faith argument for an extension, modification or reversal of existing law. The Commission may fine a complainant up to $500
If only. HoLa's unelected Board has shown malice by its silent consent of Trustee Anthony Petrosino's years of unrelenting attacks on the Hoboken District. In 2016, HoLa Trustees unsuccessfully tried to 'take over' the BoE majority with a slate of candidates managed by co-conspirator BoE Trustee Peter Biancamano, HoLa Trustee Susan Costimiris as Treasurer, and donor HoLa Trustee Frank Raia to make policy beneficial for HoLa- not the District.
And Hoboken District "stakeholders" can't file a complaint against their Board members, while they can falsely accuse our Board of "ethics" violations for doing their job and protecting our schools and our students. We have an exemplary Board. Six of them, anyway.
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