Council members call for removal of Yonkers teachers union officials

Republicans on the Yonkers City Council are calling for teachers union officials to resign following the release of a controversial video by a conservative journalist.

Republicans on the Yonkers City Council are calling for teachers union officials to resign following the release of a controversial video by a conservative journalist.

Republicans on the Yonkers City Council are calling for teachers union officials to resign following the release of a controversial video by a conservative journalist. (6/9/16)

YONKERS - Republicans on the Yonkers City Council are calling for teachers union officials to resign following the release of a controversial video by a conservative journalist.

The video was secretly recorded by conservative journalist James O'Keefe, who posed as a Yonkers teacher. O'Keefe spoke to two top officials with the Yonkers Federation of Teachers union, including President Pat Puleo, and suggested that he used racial slurs and assaulted a student.

"I watched the video and saw very clearly the leadership of the YFT counseling corruption and cover-up of child abuse," says Yonkers City Council President Liam McLaughlin. "It can't be tolerated."

On Thursday, McLaughlin and three other Republicans called for the two union leaders to be fired. They are also calling on the inspector general to launch an investigation.

News 12 has learned the American Federation of Teachers, the top teachers union in the nation, is launching its own investigation into the matter.

 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Dozens of lawmakers say they are planning to 1 Dozens of lawmakers plan to boycott inauguration
Kristina's Korner tracks the 2 Trending: "White House Dog Bites"
Fabiola Lara created the privilege cards in light 3 The Buzz: Privilege cards
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Chinese President 4 A look back at Michelle Obama's fashion
Click PLAY for the latest weather forecast. 5 Westchester Weather Forecast

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Journalist James O'Keefe released a 17-minute video involving Conservative journalist targets Yonkers teachers union

A journalist says he went undercover to expose problems in the Yonkers Federation of Teachers

Journalist James O'Keefe went undercover and posed as Spano questions union’s tactics after controversial video release

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano is questioning the tactics of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers union

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE