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January 25, 2021
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PS 29 Embezzlement

By Lisa M. Collins

You could see this coming a mile away–the New York Times published a story today on the alleged embezzlement of funds from the PS 29 PTA, which raises about $450,000 a year to fund such extra-curriculars as Mandarin language, yoga, African dance from BAM, opera from the MET, writing programs from Teacher’s College, etc. The story was too irresistible for the Times to pass up.

As we wrote here yesterday, as a community it’s important for us to think about the fifth grader involved, and make sure the facts are proven before we jump to conclusions.

In case you didn’t hear, on Monday news broke that the former treasurer of Cobble Hill’s PS 29 PTA, a local mom, is under investigation by the NYPD for embezzling money. The missing money was discovered while the PTA was doing its taxes. The Daily News reported the amount at $100,000 stolen, while parents connected to the PTA said the known amount taken is more like $5,500.

The school held an emergency meeting last night at about 7 p.m. Parents said about 100 people showed up.

“We are cooperating with the authorities,” said PS 29 Principal Melanie Woods. “This is upsetting to everyone.”

The accusations put forth in Monda’s New York Daily News are “hurtful and horrible,” this parent says.

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