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Pennacchio: Paterson should cancel $5k Vegas junket

GOP Senator says city should pay for text books, not trips

By David Wildstein, September 26 2018 10:51 am

State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) says the Paterson Board of Education should cancel plans to spend $5,000 for two people to attend a conference in Las Vegas.

The four-term Republican Senator called the trip “a colossal waste of public funds.”

“How could any public servant justify spending thousands on a trip to Vegas, when the children they are supposed to be fighting for don’t even have their own textbooks?” Pennacchio asked.  “Surely, there are better ways to spend that money. This is an outrageous misuse of taxpayer dollars and every parent who hears about this should be furious.”

The trip was first reported by the Paterson Press.

Pennacchio says Paterson has set aside $40,000 for board members to attend conferences this year.

“As a former-Abbot district, Paterson has received more than their fair share of state resources over the years. The school districts that I represent receive practically nothing in comparison. It is a crying shame that this is how the Board of Education is choosing to spend state dollars,” Pennacchio said.  “Every dollar we send to our school districts should be spent wisely and used for its intended purpose – to ensure that children are getting the best education possible.  Our students, teachers, and taxpayers deserve much better.”

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