Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean on Tuesday said representatives of the Schools Development Authority should still be prepared to answer questions about hiring practices at the embattled agency following the resignation of its CEO, Lizette Delgado Polanco.
“The resignation of Lizette Delgado-Polanco should not be viewed as a ‘get out of jail free’ card for either the SDA or the Murphy Administration,” Kean said. “The agency should be prepared to send someone to the Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday who is capable of answering the outstanding questions about patronage hires and firings and other important operational matters that Ms. Delgado-Polcanco refused to answer at previous hearings.”
Delgado-Polanco, who is also State Democratic Vice Chair, resigned Tuesday following weeks of criticism over a spate of potentially-nepotistic hires made at the authority.
During testimony she gave to the Assembly Budget Committee on April 10, Delgado-Polanco evaded questions about the hires that have led to officials on both sides of the aisle referring to the SDA as a patronage pit.
She was slated to testify before the Senate Budget Committee on April 30, when top Democrats, including Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, planned to question the now-former CEO.
Delgado-Polanco has denied any wrongdoing.
“The Murphy Administration’s lack of transparency on employment matters at the SDA and other executive branch departments and agencies is inexcusable,” Kean said. “This constant stonewalling is hindering the Legislature’s efforts to learn exactly how taxpayer dollars have been abused and delaying fixes to our broken system of government. There is simply too much at stake.”