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Queens teacher files suit against Mulgrew

Alleges he covered up affair at school

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Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:30 am

A Queens math teacher filed a lawsuit last week alleging United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew had sex with a guidance counselor in a Brooklyn high school classroom, and then the teachers’ union and school officials allegedly worked together to hide the affair.

Andrew Ostrowsky, an educator at the Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts in Astoria, filed the suit in Brooklyn federal court that names Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Mulgrew and the UFT, among others. The 73-page suit alleges that a custodian — who has denied this happened —found Mulgrew and Emma Camacho-Mendez having sex in a woodshop at the William Grady High School. The lawsuit does not give a date as to when this happened, though other media outlets have reported Ostrowsky’s lawyer as saying it occurred more than seven years ago — before Mulgrew was head of the UFT.

Camacho-Mendez now works part-time for the teachers’ union.

The lawsuit also alleges that the city used the scandal to pressure the union into making labor concessions.

In a letter Mulgrew sent to union members, he said the lawsuit “features false and absurd claims of a wide-ranging conspiracy and personal misconduct, without stating any actual proof of either.”

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