Team de Blasio keeps on failing New York’s most vulnerable
It turns out that Mayor de Blasio’s Administration for Children’s Services routinely failed to vet new hires as required by state law — for years. Sadly, it’s only one more sign of how careless this mayor really is when it comes to the city’s most vulnerable.
A 2013 law required ACS to run prospective new employees by the state Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. But the agency never got around to systematizing that check under former Commissioner Gladys Carríon.
It wasn’t ’til a string of tragedies forced Carríon out early in 2017, and prompted de Blasio to bring in technocrat David Hansell to clean house at ACS, that proper vetting began. The agency is still checking to see if the failure let through anyone else like Jacques Edwards, who’d done hard time for homicide and now stands charged with assaulting a 6-year-old while on the job at ACS.
In these same years, de Blasio’s team at the Public Housing Authority was engaged in systematic coverups — lying about lead paint and following an in-house playbook deceiving federal inspectors.
Over at the city Department of Education, meanwhile, higher-ups turned a blind eye to massive grade-fixing and “credit recovery” scams until The Post forced action. They also provided the expensive “school turnaround” Renewal program that’s done more to enrich favored consultants than to transform failed schools into acceptable ones.
And the Blasio Department of Correction team oversaw a steady increase in inmate violence against guards and other inmates — even as the jail population fell.
One management scandal could be a fluke; two, bad luck. But an endless series of them tells you that the guy at the top doesn’t care, doesn’t have a clue — or, all too likely, both.
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