Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Apply for Garfield BOE Seat

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Five Apply for Garfield BOE Seat

Article excerpt

GARFIELD - Five residents have applied for a vacant board of education seat that was created last month when a board member resigned after discovering that his job as a city police officer presented a conflict of interest.

Elaine Benanti, Richard Derrig, Allan B. Focarino, Cassita Massiah and Matthew Spatarohave applied for the one-year unexpired term. Interview dates have not been scheduled yet, according to officials at the Superintendent's office.

Jeffrey Stewart resigned after his attorney advised him that his employment as a Garfield police officer in the Community Affairs Division could present a problem with New Jersey School Ethics Commission rules.

Stewart was serving his seventh consecutive year on the board. His term expires in May 2018.

Stewart's resignation letter was received by Superintendent Nicholas Perrapato on May 22 and was accepted by the board at a meeting that night.

In his resignation letter, Stewart explained he was consulting an attorney after his residency status was questioned, and it was then that the conflict was brought to his attention. …

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