The messages surfaced not too long ago throughout discovery within the go well with, which former PS 24 assistant principal Manny Verdi filed towards Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz (D-Bronx).
In a Feb. 29, 2016, message, Dinowitz and Bronx Councilman Andrew Cohen tried to get a sit down with one of many mayor’s high aides, simply to complain about Verdi.
“PS 24 . . . There may be an AP in place who they are saying has not accomplished an excellent job. They needed to clarify the scenario to Emma [Wolfe, then a top de Blasio aide],” John Paul Lupo, director of the mayor’s Workplace of Metropolis Legislative Affairs mentioned in an e-mail to different Metropolis Corridor staffers.
The identical day, Division of Training legislative staffer John Zaccaro Jr. wrote to then-DOE legislative director Justin Brannan. “The AP in query is Manny Verdi. Dinowitz and Cohen each really feel that he together with the previous principal are liable for a part of the colleges overcrowding on account of permitting out-of-zoned college students into the college,” he wrote.
This squeezing of a comparatively low-level staffer didn’t sit nicely with faculty brass, based on one other e-mail.
“This has grow to be very political and manipulative . . . The electeds shouldn’t be so concerned with this,” Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson wrote in an April 27, 2016, e-mail.
Verdi, who has since left the college, is suing Dinowitz in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom for blaming him for the DOE’s failure to resume a lease in an annex constructing for PS 24.
Dinowitz referred questions in regards to the e-mails to his lawyer, Charles Moerdler, who insisted that Dinowitz’s sole curiosity was getting a everlasting principal assigned to the college, not ousting Verdi.
Cohen defended his actions within the matter as a part of his job.