Yonkers officials said that charges were brought against Yonkers Federation of Teachers president Pat Puleo and vice-president Paul Diamond for trying to hide alleged child abuse.
The Yonkers Public Schools has filed disciplinary charges against two teacher union leaders caught on video offering advice on covering up alleged child abuse, city officials said.
Mayor Mike Spano and corporation counsel Michael Curti said charges under New York’s Education Law 3020 were brought against Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Puleo and Vice-president Paul Diamond. Earlier this year, the two were tricked by an activist for the Mamaroneck-based Project Veritas.
Neither Spano nor Curti, who both attended a Journal News editorial board meeting Tuesday, would offer any details on the charges other than saying they were “recently” filed.
“You can’t serve someone when school’s out,” Spano said about the timing of the charges.
The 17-minute video shot by Project Veritas, a nonprofit that investigates corruption, has two of its representatives — impersonating a teacher and a friend — seeking advice from Diamond and Puleo on avoiding disciplinary charges for allegedly hitting a child at an unnamed school.