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Queens PEP member advising mayor-elect

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:36 am, Thu Dec 26, 2013.

Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who has represented Queens on the Department of Education’s policy-making body, the Panel for Educational Policy, is now serving on the subcommittee dealing with education on the transition team of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.

Fedkowskyj, who lives in Middle Village, was appointed by Borough President Helen Marshall to the PEP in 2011. He acknowledged that he had been chosen to serve on a subcommittee.

“I’m honored to serve Mayor-Elect de Blasio with other members of the transition team to help shape the next administration,” Fedkowskyj said on Tuesday.

A source said the panel is involved in the search for a new schools chancellor, one of the still-unfilled positions in the incoming de Blasio administration.

Fedkowskyj has often been a vocal critic of Mayor Bloomberg’s education policy during his time on the PEP. Last year, he proposed a moratorium on school closures when the DOE sought to close seven borough high schools and reopen them under new names and new administrations.

As Queens’ representative on the PEP, he also advised Marshall on education policy and regularly held meetings at Borough Hall with parents and members of the borough’s community education councils.

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