Brentwood school chief steps down cit...

Brentwood school chief steps down citing 'racist' campaign

There are 150 comments on the Newsday story from May 16, 2007, titled Brentwood school chief steps down citing 'racist' campaign. In it, Newsday reports that:

Brentwood Superintendent Michael Cohen resigned Wednesday in protest over what he called a school board election campaign "tinged with racism." Cohen, 57, who is white, accused re-elected board member George ...

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Back in the hood

Huntington, NY

#155 May 20, 2007
truth wrote:
1 - what i said about brentwood is a valid theory.
2 - i live in a middle class town, and i am blue collar on nights, weekends, and summers.
3 - sour grapes it is not, its called logical thought.
4 - Moss in effect recieved extra pay because he did not have to teach a full compliment of classes but did get full salary
5 - Nepotism will always exist, as Mrs Moss and Talley BOTH have proven. Let us not forget that the real ass here is Cohen because he:
a) decried nepotism upon entering, as the old supes was bought out for that reason
b) pulled in two amityville colleagues for a principalship and an asst. superintendency shortly thereafter
c) resigned after the budget failed, knowing full well that it is his responsibility directly to put forth a new budget for the board to consider.
d) he attacked Talley for racism, and ALSO (if you saw the full Ch 12 interview) attacked a black principal in district.
Racism exists as long as some one says it does. Myself and my colleagues teach PEOPLE to be smart and well thought out PEOPLE. Brentwood sends kids to MIT and Harvard, but makes the news for crime and stupidity. 75% of my kids are on subsidized lunch. My afterschool program (for kids kicked out for various criminal activities) contains nearly 100 students of which a full quarter are without parents. I think they and we do pretty well all things considered.
The true fault here lies in the undying idea that a black, white, and latino can't exist in the same room without prejudicial thought.
If anyone wants to come see how the school really is, stop by.
Re:5- Mr Moss was a teacher in the district a long time before Helen was elected to the board. And Mr. Cohen did not attack a black principal in ther district, but was instrumental in the hiring of said principal.(I did see the entire interview)
And btw, The budget failed, in part, because of Talley's literature saying that he could "get the budget down to 3%" , after voting in the affirmative for the budget as stated. Any school official or BOE member would tell you that after a vote has been taken, regardless of your own opinion, they must support the decision of the entire board. Mr. Talley chose to disregard this, the result being that, if the BOE decides to put the budget up for a revote, It will wind up costing the district something on the order of 30 to 40 THOUSAND dollars. Personally, I think that Talley shoud pay part of that, as it was his literature that "done the deed". As a lifetime resident, I hope that the BOE says "yeah, let's put it up again", but only if Talley will play ball. Otherwise, let it go to contingency, the district still gets 3.8% or so, and Talley can't give all those people the jobs he promised.
Tired of the drama

Bronx, NY

#156 May 20, 2007
Back in the hood wrote:
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Re:5- Mr Moss was a teacher in the district a long time before Helen was elected to the board. And Mr. Cohen did not attack a black principal in ther district, but was instrumental in the hiring of said principal.(I did see the entire interview)
And btw, The budget failed, in part, because of Talley's literature saying that he could "get the budget down to 3%" , after voting in the affirmative for the budget as stated. Any school official or BOE member would tell you that after a vote has been taken, regardless of your own opinion, they must support the decision of the entire board. Mr. Talley chose to disregard this, the result being that, if the BOE decides to put the budget up for a revote, It will wind up costing the district something on the order of 30 to 40 THOUSAND dollars. Personally, I think that Talley shoud pay part of that, as it was his literature that "done the deed". As a lifetime resident, I hope that the BOE says "yeah, let's put it up again", but only if Talley will play ball. Otherwise, let it go to contingency, the district still gets 3.8% or so, and Talley can't give all those people the jobs he promised.
You should re-read your comments. There is definitely way to much anger in them to be good for your health. What's done is done. Get over it and move on!
Back in the hood

Huntington, NY

#157 May 21, 2007
Don't need to re-read my comments, I'm really not hat angry. I'm a bit put off at the waste of money caused by a person that accused the "other side" of wasting money, that's all. If Talley and co. can put aside all of the petty BS, maybe the business of education will continue. Too many good people will either resign or be fired because of this man. You're right, whats's done is done, but now we all have to work together for the kids
sugaree

United States

#159 May 21, 2007
my god, this is sad ... what about the children?
truth

Keyport, NJ

#160 May 23, 2007
if only they were the main focus. our time is better spent helping them. let us all do the same. it has been enlightening.
Claudius

Bradenton, FL

#161 May 28, 2007
George Talley is a true partriot. Cohen is a good for nothing dual loyalist.
Schoolwatcher

Huntington, NY

#162 Jun 28, 2007
The only thing Talley is for is HIS children.

Since: Mar 07

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#163 Jun 28, 2007
Raise the taxes in Brentwood and let them support the illegals that go to that school! The taxpayers of other towns should not have to support illegals and their spanish speaking offspring!
JRB

Largo, FL

#164 Nov 16, 2010
I have known George Talley for over 20 years, The racist sewage that spills out of his mouth is endless, he ran his used car business like a little dictator and has a history of abusing emmployee's, the complaints about Talley the used car salesman are endless, since getting on the school board he has been known as a thug and a bully,Since becomming Board president Talley has used the posistion to obtain high paying jobs for his family,his friends and friends of his wife. Well George, you finaly pushed to hard and now the Fed's have stepped in, they could care less about small town politic's and you cant bully the Fed's, the civil rights and racism charges you brought upon yourself is going to bring your house of cards down and all of your nepotism and cronies getting jobs will be exposed and you have only brought all of this upon yourself, The most obscene part of this is now the taxpayers will have to pay for your soon to be failed defense, enjoy your future convicture, couldnt happen to a nicer guy.
JRB

Largo, FL

#166 Nov 16, 2010
Rangers 4 life wrote:
The wrong person stepped down. It should of been Talley. He has been on the board for a few years now with NO PROGRESS, he constantly backstabbed other board members as well as running the dirtiest campaign I have ever witnessed.
I have known George Talley for over 20 years, The racist sewage that spills out of his mouth is endless, he ran his used car business like a little dictator and has a history of abusing emmployee's, the complaints about Talley the used car salesman are endless, since getting on the school board he has been known as a thug and a bully,Since becomming Board president Talley has used the posistion to obtain high paying jobs for his family,his friends and friends of his wife. Well George, you finaly pushed to hard and now the Fed's have stepped in, they could care less about small town politic's and you cant bully the Fed's, the civil rights and racism charges you brought upon yourself is going to bring your house of cards down and all of your nepotism and cronies getting jobs will be exposed and you have only brought all of this upon yourself, The most obscene part of this is now the taxpayers will have to pay for your soon to be failed defense, enjoy your future convicture, couldnt happen to a nicer guy.

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