Posted on

New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to investigate the hiring practices and allegations of employee file tampering at the state’s Schools Development Authority

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Parsippany NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce is applauding the reported action by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to investigate the hiring practices and recent allegations of employee file tampering at the state’s Schools Development Authority.

DeCroce was among a group of legislators last week demanding an investigation of the authority following numerous reports of mismanagement of the agency under the chief executive Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who has allegedly turned the SDA into a patronage pit by hiring political allies and dismissing experienced staff members. Besides working as the CEO of the schools authority, at a salary of $225,000, Delgado-Polanco also serves in a leadership capacity at the Democratic State Committee.

“The SDA, like other semi-autonomous agencies in New Jersey, must be held accountable for its actions,” said DeCroce. “The SDA has a specific job to do and it is spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money doing it. The SDA cannot be run as an employment agency for the politically connected.”

The SDA has come under fire for its spending practices, and some have called for its abolition. According to published reports, the SDA has exhausted nearly $12 billion in borrowed money in the past decade and needs $1 billion a year from taxpayers to cover its debt.

DeCroce said she also is concerned that, according to a published report, the SDA has hired outside counsel to represent the authority in relations to the attorney general’s investigation. DeCroce noted the SDA has a chief counsel and legal staff.

“I would like to know what prompted the SDA to hire outside counsel. I also want to know when the hiring occurred and how much the counsel will cost taxpayers,” said DeCroce. “Was the counsel hired to stonewall the investigation or to help us get at the truth?”

DeCroce, who has repeatedly called for more audits and accountability in statewide school spending, said the SDA is symptomatic of how the state’s education funding escalates annually without responsibility.

“There is no shortage of school funding in New Jersey. We spend more money on education than all but three other states. The issue that concerns me is, where is all our tax money going and is it being used responsibly,” said DeCroce.

(Visited 56 times, 56 visits today)

Comments are closed.

“>Sign up 



Newark Schools Super Leon Throws Himself a 50th Birthday Bash at Robert Treat HotelMy Friend Went to Prison for BridgeGate and I’ve Got Strong Opinions About it (Part 1)INSIDERNJ POLL: Who Would Win THIS CD7 Match-Up?NJ Republicans should Embrace Marijuana Reform Progressive Voters are Driving Change in Our Politics 

“>Press ReleasesGovernor Murphy Directs the Lowering of U.S. and New Jersey Flags in Honor of U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas DiMona IIINJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce: “Business Owner Access to Capital Event” Promotes Business Development in New JerseyU.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge Against New Jersey’s LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban; Garden State Equality, Named in the Suit, Celebrates Court’s DecisionOn Tax Day, Gottheimer Brings Coffee to H&R Block, Hears from Constituents How Gutting SALT Has Sent Their Taxes UpSweeney to Address NJBIA’s Government Affairs Policy Committee


News From Around the Web

MORE MONMOUTH MUSINGSRemembering Senator S. Thomas GaglianoPOLITICO NJHow a Trump adviser helped launch Cory Booker’s political careerNJ SPOTLIGHTEXPLAINER: HOW THE SDA WAS BUILT — AND BECAME SCANDAL-RIDDENNJ BIZNJBIZ announces 2019’s General Counsel of the Year Award finalistsNJ.COMCory Booker still a top-tier candidate in a crowded Democratic presidential field. Here’s where he stands on this new list.NORTHJERSEY.COMSDA restructuring echoes 2005 patronage caseTRENTONIANUnlike Joe Biden, I have a strict no-touching policy (JEFF EDELSTEIN)ASBURY PARK PRESSLakewood 2030: This is the future of the fastest growing NJ township


© Copyright 2018 InsiderNJ. All Rights ReservedXX

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.