Public schools at risk over states’ projected budget deficits due to coronavirus


first_imgsmolaw11/iStockBy SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — States face an estimated $615 billion budget deficit over the next three years due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 — a shortfall that could rival the deficits seen after the 2008 recession and could threaten to throw the nation’s public schools into crisis, according to projections by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which were provided to lawmakers on Monday.The estimates, featured in testimony for a hearing by the congressional House Education and Labor Committee, are particularly worrisome for schools in low-income areas that more frequently rely on state funds over funding from local property taxes. “State funding typically reduces disparities between wealthy and poor school districts, so cuts in that funding magnify those disparities,” said Michael Leachman, CBPP’s vice president for state fiscal policy, in his prepared statement.The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic collapse have devastated impoverished communities and people of color — and the projected deficit could indicate more hardship ahead in areas that have already felt the brunt of the pandemic.Thousands of schools across the country, while central to states’ economic reopening plans, were already in need of critical infrastructure upgrades prior to the pandemic. Now, schools are being asked to do even more with less — from providing online instruction to buying hand sanitizer, while being forced to cut district jobs.Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said in a June 3 update to the school community that there will be “considerable extra costs for schools to implement appropriate return to school plans.”Supplies to regularly sanitize school buildings and personal protective equipment for staff and students are just some of the extra costs that schools will have to face as they look to reopen amid the pandemic.“How much money will the state provide to pay for these additional needs in schools?” he asked.Beutner said there’s no way to return to school facilities without risk.“The term ‘safely reopen’ is misleading. The risk from the virus will not be zero until there’s a vaccine or a treatment which is 100% effective,” he added.The pressure to make do comes at a time when schools are already under strain, as many education budgets never fully recovered after the economic collapse of more than a decade ago, Leachman noted in his prepared written testimony.“By 2011, 17 states had cut per-student funding by more than 10%,” Leachman said. “Local school districts responded to the loss of state aid by cutting teachers, librarians and other staff, scaling back counseling and other services and even shortening the school year. Even by 2014 — five years after the recession ended — state support for K-12 schools in most states remained below pre-recession levels.”There were 77,000 fewer education sector jobs at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to “when the Great Recession started forcing layoffs,” despite there being 1.5 million more children, Leachman said in his written testimony.The Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for example, faces a potential loss of up to $127 million in state and local revenue in the upcoming year, including $23 million in K-12, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said in his prepared opening statement.“If this worst-case scenario were to occur, I will have no choice but to make deep, devastating cuts to my district this coming winter and to implement those cuts for the second semester,” Gordon said.His school district serves nearly 38,000 students, and Cleveland has one of the highest child poverty rates in the country, he said in his statement, citing census data.The vast majority of students — 86% of them — are children of color, including 64% African American and 16% Hispanic, he said.“Those cuts, including school building closures, reductions of force at all levels of the organization, elimination of student transportation, and all extra-curricular activities, elimination of art, music, physical education, and other classes from K-8 schools and of electives from high schools, would essentially wipe out the 10 years of growth my team and I have generated in Cleveland,” he added.Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there’s also already been a severe loss in education sector jobs, according to National Education Association Vice President Becky Pringle.“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 500,000 public education jobs have already been lost because of the cuts. By comparison, 300,000 education jobs were lost due to the Great Recession,” Pringle said in her written statement Monday.She added: “In other words, COVID-19 has done more damage in three months than a recession that lasted for a year and a half. If this damage goes unchecked, nearly 2 million educators — one-fifth of the workforce — could lose their jobs over the next three years, according to NEA’s analysis. The ‘COVID-19’ recession could be six times worse for education than the 2008 financial crisis.”In addition, reopening schools in the fall will be made more complicated due to the fact that “our school buildings, on average, are more than 40 years old,” said Pringle.ABC News previously reported on a study released by the Government Accountability Office that found in a national survey, “about half (an estimated 54%) of public school districts need to update or replace multiple building systems or features in their schools,” including an estimated 36,000 schools that need to update or replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.The House Education and Labor Committee previously said if the systems are not operating correctly, they could fail to meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines for safely reopening, as ensuring ventilation works properly is part of the CDC’s K-12 guidance for reopening.Pringle said the funding provided by the CARES Act was not enough, especially considering “the huge fiscal crisis states and local governments face and their escalating COVID-related expenses.”In all the discussions about reopening schools, “it is crucial that we treat racial and social justice as an imperative, so that we don’t inflict more harm on the students and communities that can least afford to bear it,” Pringle said.Gordon, in his testimony, stressed a similar point about rampant and systemic inequality, adding that “these inequities were not caused by the coronavirus.”“A number of people have said to me over the past several weeks how sorry they are to see the inequities, like food insecurity, lack of access to the internet, housing insecurity, job insecurity, and more, that were caused by COVID-19,” Gordon said.“I want to make it absolutely clear that these inequities were not caused by the coronavirus,” he added. “Those inequities have existed in my community and in communities across the country for decades. All COVID-19 did was to starkly expose them for all to see. And the evidence is clear that these inequities are most acute in communities of color.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Southern Indiana’s Matthew Graham Selected As New Indiana State Poet Laureate


first_imgThe Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today the selection of Matthew Graham, Evansville, Indiana, as the new Indiana State Poet Laureate by a selection committee comprised of representatives from Indiana’s major institutions of higher education, a requirement of the post’s enabling legislation.During his 35 years in southern Indiana, Matthew has been a respected and recognized writer, teacher, and advocate for poetry and the arts. Having recently retired from the University of Southern Indiana (USI), he has taught all levels of creative writing, contemporary literature, and worked with multicultural and international students in freshman composition. Among other community services, Graham has worked with diverse writing groups such as high school students and community writing groups.Matthew Graham is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Geography of Home (Galileo Press, 2018). His work has earned numerous national, regional and local honors and awards, including a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poets Award, two grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Artist of the Year Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.While at USI, Matthew co-founded and co-directed (with Thomas Wilhelmus) The Ropewalk Writers’ Retreat, a summer program that brought national and international writers to New Harmony, Indiana for 22 years, and the Ropewalk Visiting Writers Series, which brought prominent fiction and non-fiction writers and poets to the USI campus for free public readings. The list of participating writers includes the present U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.Graham will begin his two-year term as Indiana Poet Laureate, January 1, 2020, and will continue serving through December 31, 2021. He succeeds current Poet Laureate, Adrian Matejka. For more information about the Poet Laureate visit https://www.in.gov/arts/.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Volunteers Needed for Annual ‘Fall Fix It Week’ At cMoe


first_imgVolunteers Needed for Annual ‘Fall Fix It Week’ at cMoeAUGUST 30TH, 2017  BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANA The Children’s Museum of Evansville is looking for volunteers for its annual Fall Fix It Week coming up on Tuesday, September 5th through Saturday, September 9th.During that time, the museum will close to the public to make repairs and clean the nearly 46,000-square-foot facility.Organizers say they count on volunteers chipping in and helping out to make cMoe so successful throughout the year.Volunteer are needed each of the days the museum is closed.For more information about ‘Fall Fix It Week,’ call 812.464.2663 or email Ashley McReynolds, Director of Marketing and Outreach at [email protected] will reopen on Sunday, September 10th at 12 p.m. for regular business, hosting several activities for families. It is located at the corner of 5th and Locust Streets in Downtown Evansville.For more information, cMoe Kids, or call (812) 464-cMoe (2663).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brian Wilson Shares New Original “Run James Run” From Forthcoming Anthology


first_imgBrian Wilson is on track to release Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, a new 18-track compilation of over 30 years of The Beach Boys‘ work, due out September 22. In celebration of Playback, the 75-year-old songwriter shares “Run James Run,” a song recorded in 2017 specifically for the upcoming release. The new original comes after the release of “Some Sweet Day,” another previously-unreleased song, that was written with Andy Paley in the 1990s.Brian Wilson Shares Reflections On 50th Anniversary Of ‘Pet Sounds’In addition to the release of Playback, Brian Wilson is currently on tour in celebration of Pet Sounds‘ 50th anniversary. For more information on the ongoing “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances Tour,” head to Wilson’s website. You can see a full list of the newly-added shows below. Listen to the newly penned original from Brian Wilson below, as well as the previously released “Some Sweet Day”: PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY // Track Listing1.    “Love And Mercy”2.    “Surf’s Up”3.    “Heroes And Villains”4.    “Melt Away”5.    “Let It Shine”6.    “Some Sweet Day” *7.    “Rio Grande”8.    “Cry”9.    “Lay Down Burden”10.    “The First Time”11.    “This Isn’t Love”12.    “Soul Searchin’”13.    “Gettin’ In Over My Head”14.    “The Like In I Love You”15.    “Midnight’s Another Day”16.    “Colors Of The Wind”17.    “One Kind Of Love”18.    “Run James Run” ** previously unreleasedBrian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances 2017 Tour Extension:May 9 — BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, ALMay 12 — Revention Music Center, Houston, TXMay 13 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 14 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 16 — Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OKMay 18 — NM Kiva Auditorium, AlbuquerqueMay 19 — Centennial Hall @ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZMay 20 — Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista, Laughlin, NVMay 22 — Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZMay 24 — San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego, CAMay 26 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 27 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 28 — Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CAJune 15 — Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HIJune 29 — Odeon, Odense, DKJune 30 — Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DKJuly 3 — Carre, Amsterdam, NLJuly 4 — Kursaal Oostend, Oostende, BEJuly 5 — Grote Zaal, Utrecht, NLJuly 8 — BBK Live, Bilbao, SPJuly 9 — Montreux Jazz Fest w/ Bryan Ferry, Montreux, CHJuly 13 — Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, FinlandJuly 15 — Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, ITJuly 17 — Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, FRJuly 19 — Jahrhunterthalle, Frankfurt, DEJuly 20 — Konzerthaus, Vienna, ATJuly 23 — Galway Arts Festival, Galway, IREJuly 25 — Bord Gais Energy, Dublin, IREJuly 28 — Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, UKJuly 29 — Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, UKJuly 30 — Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, UKAug. 1 — Hammersmith Apollo, London, EnglandAug. 2 — Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, EnglandAug. 3 — Kelingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, UKAug. 5 — Glastonbury Extravana, Glastonbury, EnglandAug. 6 — Times Square Newcastle, Newcastle, EnglandSept. 15 — Molson Canadian Centre, Moncton, NBSept. 16 — Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NSSept. 18 — Centre in The Square, Kitchener, ONSept. 19 — Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NYSept. 21 — Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CTSept. 22 — Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MASept. 23 — Radio City Music Hall, New York, NYSept. 25 — American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PASept. 26 — Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJSept. 29 — Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MASept. 30 — Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJOct. 1 — Crouse Hinds Theatre, Syracuse, NYOct. 3 — Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, INOct. 4 — Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OHOct. 6 — Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, ILOct. 7 — Belterra Casino, Florence, INOct. 8 — Civic Center Theater, Peoria, ILOct. 12 — The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CAOct. 13 — The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CAOct. 14 — Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CAlast_img read more

The myriad moments of Commencement


first_imgOne of the many things Harvard knows — and that it proves unfailingly each spring — is how to put on a show.The weeklong buildup to Commencement Day’s ancient and scripted rites is a feast for the eyes, the ears, the palate, but mostly the heart. There are reunions and receptions, prayers offered and advice given. There are long years of toil complete and lingering fears of failure vanquished. And parents’ once hopeful pride is now openly worn.It is indeed both graduation (the closing of a chapter, the relinquishing of a heart’s once fondest dream) and commencement (the beginning of what comes next) in the many graduates’ thousands of variations.Harvard’s 367th Commencement Day was about last laughs, wistful goodbyes, about family, friends, and pride in work well, and finally, done.last_img read more

Group discusses ‘green’ gowns


first_imgStudent Senate discussed the option of an environmentally-friendly commencement gown and a potential human rights event series at its meeting Wednesday night. Interim University Registrar Chuck Hurley said Balfour, the University’s commencement gown vendor, now offers an environmentally-friendly gown made of 23 plastic bottles. Students could purchase the new gowns for $45, which is approximately the same price as renting the current gowns for two days, Hurley said. The new gowns would not be available for rent.  “You can take [the new gowns] home with you to take pictures,” Hurley said. “If you want, after the ceremony, we’d have recycling bins that you can put them in. You also can put them in a recycling bin back home, and it would go right through and become plastic.” The Notre Dame emblem could be added to the black gowns, but Hurley said he does not recommend this option. “It’s an additional $6 charge if you add a crest to it,” he said. “I would like to not add the crest just because of that extra price.” Hurley said seven of the eight Ivy League schools currently use these “green” gowns. “It’s what most institutions have switched to or are switching to right now,” Hurley said.  For every gown sold, Hurley said Balfour would donate 25 cents to a University sustainability initiative. This would amount to approximately $600 to $700 per year. “If this is something you’re interested in, then I would take it forward with the University [Office of] Business Operations,” Hurley said. Student body president Pat McCormick said collaboration between the Athletic Department and the student body is an ongoing conversation. “We might be exploring some combination of an advisory council to the Athletic Department and also striving to solidify relationships with student government in the halls so athletics can know how to engage [with students] more actively,” he said. McCormick said student government is also engaged in an ongoing effort to host a human rights series at Notre Dame this spring. The event would have a Saint Patrick’s Day theme. “Our proposal would involve an internationally recognized event consultant who has done events of this type before, and our hope is that the University would find this proposal worth pursuing,” McCormick said. “This is part of the effort that we’re trying to advance this year in terms of this argument that students can serve as partners in the project of advancing the Notre Dame mission and that student government can work simultaneously on both issues of convenience and issues of consequence.”last_img read more

Professors share impact of work


Ten of Notre Dame’s most exciting and engaging professors shared the impact of their work in the first “ND Thinks Big” event Thursday evening in the Mendoza College of Business. The event was co-sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) and The Hub, a student-run website which promotes academic engagement online about issues in the Notre Dame community. Paul Barany, co-chair of “ND Thinks Big,” said students chose the nine professors and one administrator who spoke at the discussion. Mike Collins, the distinct voice of Notre Dame Stadium, served as host and moderator for the event as well. “The editors of The Hub got together and picked the different speakers to invite,” Baranay said. “We knew we wanted someone from each of the five colleges and one from the administration; we knew we wanted older and younger people who are experienced and people who are up-and-coming.” Lou Nanni, Vice President of University Relations, opened the presentation with a speech titled “To Dream Big, Remember Where You Came From.” The talk reflected on the history of the founding of Notre Dame. Jessica Hellmann, professor of the biological sciences, said the need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere was imperative in combating climate change. She also said students should each reevaluate their view of nature and their interactions with it. Economics professor Michael Mogavero addressed the 10 major mistakes universities make in implementing strategic plans. The most important mistake to fix was the failure to build a campus community with fundamental trust between faculty, students and staff, he said. Corey Angst, assistant professor in the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business, said the pilot program for Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab use in classes was highly successful. The program was introduced to certain Notre Dame courses in the fall of 2011. Angst said his entire class was completely paperless and promoted environmental-friendly education. All books, tests and homework were completed electronically, he said. Aaron Striegel, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, discussed the benefits of video games in rehabilitation. The ability to measure rehabilitative progress in patients is often limited by the high cost of effective medical instruments, he said. As a solution, medical trainers can monitor the recovery of their patients by having them play gaming systems such as the Wii and the “Cloud” virtual computing system. Peter Garnavich, professor of physics, delivered his speech, “The Revolution Continues,” which traced the history of human understanding of Earth’s location in the universe through the discoveries of Copernicus and Edwin Hubble. “Earth is located in the suburbs,” Garnavich said. “We are the South Bend to the Chicago in the galactic universe.” The event was recorded and will be made available online at The Hub website. read more

Operation Ostium Reduces Illegal Air Traffic on Brazil’s Borders


first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo August 08, 2017 Operation Ostium, conducted by the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) since March, has reduced suspect air traffic on Brazil’s borders with Bolivia and Paraguay by 80 percent. The operation has reinforced surveillance of the region’s air space with the temporary installation of mobile radar stations in towns near border areas such as Chapecó in Santa Catarina, and Corumbá in Mato Grosso do Sul. Aerial operations from FAB bases have also been enhanced, and military aircraft have been deployed to towns and cities such as Cascavel and Foz do Iguaçu in Paraná, and Dourados in Mato Grosso do Sul, the main base of operations, located 100 kilometers from Paraguay’s border. At the beginning of July, during a visit to the town of Vilhena in Rondônia (northern Brazil), Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann told the press that Ostium had mobilized 800 military personnel and more than 30 aircraft. A-29 Super Tucano fighter aircraft, E-99 airborne early warning and control aircraft, and R-35A and RA-1 reconnaissance aircraft, as well as AH-2 Sabre and H-60 Black Hawk combat helicopters, among other models, are being deployed in this operation. The operation is coordinated by the Airspace Operations Command (COMAE, per its Portuguese acronym), located in Brasília. Monitoring also involves the TPS-B34 radar system, capable of 360-degree scanning, and of tracking several targets simultaneously. FAB considers Ostium to be one of its most important operations against illegal aerial activity in the border regions. According to the Air Force Social Communications Center (CECOMSAER, per its Portuguese acronym), 150 suspect aircraft have been intercepted since the operation began on March 24th. General Gerson Nogueira Machado de Oliveira, the commander of the FAB Airspace Operations Command, explained that Ostium is intensifying control of the airspace in the border regions. “This operation is part of the federal government’s Integrated Border Protection Program under which the Air Force is responsible for controlling national airspace. This is an interagency initiative, mainly in conjunction with the Federal Police. We have an intelligence database which we use to monitor a number of aircraft in Brazilian airspace,” he said. Intercepting unlawful aircraft One such interception took place on June 25th. A FAB A-29 Super Tucano forced a twin-engine aircraft to land in the region of Aragarças, Goiás in the midwestern region of Brazil. The aircraft, carrying 500 kilograms of cocaine, defied all orders to land. On this occasion, the pilots of the fighter fired “warning shots,” as dictated by the protocol for airspace policing measures, pursuant to the Aerial Detention Law. According to information from the Air Force Press Agency, warning shots were required after two route-modification orders went unheeded. The intention is not to hit the suspect aircraft but to demonstrate the fighter’s firepower and enforce standards. FAB also used the E-99 airborne early warning and control aircraft to aid in detecting and intercepting the twin-engine aircraft, as well as intelligence work in conjunction with the Federal Police. Aerial Detention Law Since the decree was signed in 2004, FAB has intercepted more than 2,000 suspect aircraft in Brazilian airspace. According to Gen. Machado, interception is part of the air force’s daily activities. The law stipulates that before being classified as hostile and therefore subject to forced detention measures, aircraft will be considered suspect if they enter Brazilian airspace without an approved flight plan, coming from regions that are known to be sources of production or distribution of narcotics. Another situation is when aircraft omit information necessary for air traffic control authorities to identify them, or if they fail to comply with orders from the latter, especially when on a route presumably used for the distribution of narcotics. The four phases of interception The Aerial Detention Law stipulates four phases of interception: verification, intervention, persuasion, and detention. “FAB conducts coercive measures in a progressive manner, whenever a measure is not heeded and the target is considered hostile, stronger measures will be implemented, up to forced detention of the suspect aircraft,” CECOMSAER explained to Diálogo. Once called in by COMAE, FAB interceptors can undertake verification measures, which involve, among other things, long-distance identification, confirmation of the aircraft registration, and crew interrogation via the international emergency channel, as well as visual signs, according to internationally established rules for the mandatory identification of all aircraft. If the pilot of a suspect aircraft fails to respond properly, intervention measures will be employed. In this case, according to CECOMSAER, suspect aircraft are obliged to change their routes or to land. If these orders are not obeyed, the fighter pilot moves to the persuasion phase, where warning shots may be fired, as was the case involving the twin-engine aircraft in June. The last phase of the interception procedure occurs when the aircraft is considered hostile. In this case, shots are fired to damage the suspect aircraft, a process that must follow a strict protocol. According to FAB, all radar and aircraft involved in interception must be under Brazilian Air Defense authority control, and the entire operation must be recorded in audio or video. Furthermore, interceptions may only be conducted by qualified pilots and air defense controllers, according to standards set forth by COMAE. The procedure has to be conducted over sparsely populated areas that are related to routes presumably used for drug trafficking.last_img read more

Can you trust your credit union tellers?


first_imgThat is the implicit question raised by NY”s Attorney General  Eric T. Schneiderman.  The WSJ is reporting this morning that the man who holds the position known for  its unofficial title,” Aspiring Governor”, sent a  letter to large banks on Friday  warning them that their customers are at  risk from insider identity theft and urging them to be more alert to  employee conduct.. (http://www.wsj.com/articles/bank-tellers-draw-scrutiny-1433720000).The AG’s letter is the latest in a series of steps taken  by his office highlighting the access tellers have to personal information.  For example, earlier this year his office secured a guilty plea from  a teller at a JP Morgan Chase branch in White Plains.  According to a press release,   she would target customers with common names and over $50,000 in their accounts. She would copy this customer data and smuggle it out to  co-conspirators who used it to create fraudulent checks and identification documents. These fake documents were then used to impersonate account holders and to withdraw money at bank branches in Westchester County, New York City and Long Island, as well as Connecticut and Massachusetts.The AG’s letter is a reminder that, even as the financial industry gets swamped by increasingly sophisticated and well-funded cyber  thieves,  the core of your data security still must be based on knowledgeable employees who not only know the rules but are willing to follow them. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Nassau Exec Ed Mangano Blames Hacker For Sexting Scandal


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Timothy Bolger and Christopher TwarowskiNassau County Executive Ed Mangano said investigators are looking for a hacker that he said created sexually explicit text messages sent from his cell phone to several women.WCBS-TV New York reported Saturday night that they obtained copies of the sexts, but Mangano later said a hacker had used his cell phone number to fake the messages. Hours after the report aired, police issued a news release early Sunday morning saying Mangano requested a probe into what authorities described as a “spoofing attack” 10 days ago.“I am outraged at this smear attempt and will take legal action against the sick individual who has sought to assassinate my character and hurt my family,” the married Bethpage Republican said in a statement. “While elected officials are used to being confronted with falsehoods, whoever fabricated this outrageous social media attack committed a crime.”The New York Daily News posed the question: “Is he the suburban Carlos Danger?” That was the pseudonym used by disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens), who resigned in 2011 after being caught sexting women and claiming he was a hacking victim before later coming clean.CBS didn’t name any of the women who received the messages, but police identified one of them as Karin Caro, founder of Blue Chip Marketing, a local public relations consulting firm. Police said that Mangano first learned of the situation from Caro, who investigators also described as a victim, after one of the messages was publicly shared on her Twitter page.“Caro has stated that she never had such communication with the County Executive nor does she have his cell phone number,” police said in the news release. “Both parties have no record of such text or tweet.”CBS reported that some of the sexts were too explicit to report. But they did broadcast some of the messages, including one in which the county exec appears to tell a woman: “I miss being alone with you.”In another, the woman wrote: “I want you to (blank) my brains out even if it’s in my car again,” according to CBS, which said Mangano’s apparent reply was: “Sorry left early. Something came up.”“This is totally fabricated,” Mangano tells the Press on Valentine’s Day. “It’s a lie. I’ve made a complaint with the police department.“This is absolutely outrageous,” he continues. “It’s ridiculous. It’s so hurtful.”Intelligence Unit and Electronics Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more