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Calls to Abolish NJ’s School Development Authority in Wake of Staffing Scandal

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Parsippany NJ, Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-26) demanded the Legislature take action on her bill to abolish the School Development Authority (SDA) and place school construction responsibilities under the Department of Treasury, after the state was forced this week to fire 30 SDA employees whose hiring violated state ethics guidelines

A-5330, introduced by the Assemblywoman after the SDA staffing scandal broke in April, will transfer all school construction responsibilities now handled by the troubled agency to the Division of Property Management and Construction in the Department of Treasury. Assemblywoman DeCroce noted that her legislation will provide the Governor and Legislature more direct authority to control school construction activities, while allowing the state Economic Development Authority (EDA) to retain its responsibility for the financing of school construction projects.

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NJ Schools Development Authority (SDA) Terminates 30 SDA employees

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Trenton NJ, The interim director of the state Schools Development Authority (SDA) today notified around 30 unqualified SDA employees that they no longer work at the embattled state authority.

Those dismissed in the aftermath of the era of former director Lizette Delgado, included many whom she hired, including the director of personnel,  projects manager, deputy chief of staff and press secretary.

The firings comes in conjunction with new findings related to two outside legal reviews of the SDA.

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Republican Lawmaker Says Move SDA To Treasury’s Division Of Property Management And Construction

Parsippany NJ, A new proposal by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce would eliminate the Schools Development Authority and transfer its responsibilities to the Department of Treasury’s Division of Property Management & Construction.

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

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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.

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Rooney seeks answers to questionable Murphy hires at Schools Development Authority

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WAYNE NJ, Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has filed an Open Public Records request seeking answers to the questions about the qualifications of new hires at the Schools Development Authority.

A NorthJersey.com report this week outlined how the chief executive officer of the Schools Development Authority hired 38 new people since August, some for higher salaries than the workers who were replaced even though they were inexperienced.

“The Murphy administration’s hiring practices continue to be problematic and need to be fully vetted,” said Rooney (R-Bergen).  “Governor Murphy has tried to represent himself as an outsider in a state notorious for its corruption.  But he hasn’t done a good job keeping good company.  He surrounds himself with cronies who have their own cronies.”

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