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Letter: Starapoli's Union Ties Relevant In Bedford School Board Election

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BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor up to 350 words. To submit a letter, e-mail .

Beth Starapoli is a candidate for Bedford Central School Board and a member of the Bedford Teachers Union. But she has failed to inform voters about her possible conflicts of interest if she is elected.

Staropoli should provide the following basic resume information ASAP: Her current union affiliation; length of time as a union member; whether she paid or withheld the portion of union dues attributable to union political activity; whether she supports the Triborough Amendment or any full or partial amendment/repeal of Triborough; whether she supports existing New York State first in-last out seniority rules; her position on the BCSD legislative advocacy agenda; her position on the BTA legislative agenda; her relationship to Fox Lane High School Teacher Dana Starapoli who just received tenure; whether she supports tying union compensation to the tax cap rate of increase; and whether, if elected, she will disqualify herself from all Board negotiations and internal discussions about the teachers union.

The biggest cost driver for the district is its union contracts. The district currently is negotiating the contract with BTA. Voters need more information to consider how Starapoli’s history with the union might influence her decision making if she became a board member and moved from the employee to the employer side of the negotiating table.

I am a former board member of Bedford Central School District. I can assure voters private discussions among board members and the board’s labor attorney will be much more difficult with a board member with union loyalties.

Camillo Santomero

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