“The sex thing, it’s between them and nobody’s business”

Posted by on May 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

So was the New York City teacher’s union boss caught in the act at his former school? There sure seems to be a cover-up here.

UFT President Mike Mulgrew was caught “in flagrante delicto” with a guidance counselor at William Grady HS, where he taught before becoming the union’s boss, a bombshell lawsuit charges.

The accusation that Mulgrew was seen having sex with a co-worker in a woodshop at the vocational school, and that it was hushed up, comes in a rambling 73-page suit filed in Brooklyn federal court last week by Andrew Ostrowsky, a math teacher at Frank Sinatra HS of the Arts in Manhattan.

Ostrowsky, 35, names Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Mulgrew and the UFT, claiming the teachers union conspired with school officials to quash the scandal. It accuses the city of using the favor to “extort” labor concessions.

The suit claims that a custodian found Mulgrew and Emma Camacho-Mendez together at the Brooklyn school, and that the custodian and principal were “sworn to secrecy and denial.”

It charges the pair were shielded by then-UFT President Randi Weingarten to avoid embarrassment to the union leadership.

“Mulgrew was embroiled in a meretricious scandal for which anyone else would have been fired, ending his career as an educator,” the suit claims.

Mulgrew’s spokesman, Dick Riley, gave a curt response: “This lawsuit is a catalog of absurd, false charges which we expect the court to dismiss.”

Camacho-Mendez, now a UFT official, said, “I have no comment on that. It’s the first I’ve heard of such an allegation. I have nothing to say to you.”

The lawyer who filed the suit, Joy Hochstadt, told The Post she is seeking evidence of the alleged tryst.

“Everyone has only hearsay knowledge, but almost everyone in the school talked about it,” the suit says.

Several former staffers at Grady HS have told The Post they believed Mulgrew and Camacho-Mendez, who is married, were romantically involved, and there were rumors of an encounter on a drafting table at the time.

“The sex thing, it’s between them and nobody’s business,” one said. “The thing that upset me is the patronage job to Mendez — rewarding her with a high-paying job with my union dues.”

Well, I guess since this teacher’s pet is married, having sex at school seem logical. And amazingly, despite any qualifications she was rewarded handsomely and now has a cushy union gig. Pays to blow the boss, I guess.


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14 Responses to ““The sex thing, it’s between them and nobody’s business””

  1. Francis W. Porretto on 20/20/12 at 9:07 am

    A romantic encounter in a woodshop? Sex on a drafting table? I do believe schoolhouse nookie has reached a new low!

    It would appear that the sovereign remedy for middle-aged sexual ennui is to enter the teaching trade. But the participants should exhibit a bit more taste in their choices of setting.

  2. sabinal on 20/20/12 at 9:13 am

    the problem I have with this is that Instapundit somehow thinks this is the same as Catholic church scandal. It is bad, as Mr. Reynolds says, but this is between 2 consenting adults, not sexual abuse of children, which the Catholic Church is accused of doing.

    Unless I’ve missed a couple of scandals (it’s possible), the scandal here is some people getting away with bad behavior and others are not. This is called office politics and favoritism. And unfortunately it happens everywhere.

  3. Blue Hen on 20/20/12 at 9:31 am

    This involves two consenting adults doing something that would get people in the real world fired. It also involves this guy possibly being compromised in a way that worked against the union he represents. It may also involve a payoff in the form of a union job to miss ‘dovetail’. Poeple in positions of authority using that authority to cover up crap. Yeah, that has a direct comparison to some of what happened in the Caholic Church scandal. Except public funds weren’t used in the latter case.

  4. Tim on 20/20/12 at 9:32 am

    @sabinal – Prof. Reynolds said nothing about the Catholic abuse scandal. All he said was that an incident of this sort in a Catholic school would be treated differently by the media (as evidence of systemic rot) than would be here. Such is manifestly true.

    Also, for your information, a child was and is more likely to be sexually abused in a public school than at a Catholic school. As that fact also goes against the anti-Christian/Catholic mainstream media narrative, it too is swept under the rug.

  5. teapartydoc on 20/20/12 at 9:32 am

    Wood shop, eh? Did they straighten things out with a T-square? Was anybody drilled? Check and make sure they cleaned up after. Don’t want any scraps catching a spark and spreading a fire.

  6. fred17 on 20/20/12 at 10:13 am

    The public schools have been covering up EVERYTHING that can be seen as bad forever. This is just the latest in a long line of coverups.

  7. Mike on 20/20/12 at 1:26 pm

    I’m sorry, why does this matter? I’m generally as big a critic of the public school system as anyone, but do we really care about a couple of consenting adults getting busy at work? I own a 30-person company, and I’m pretty sure our break-room couch has been used more than once for that purpose. (Well, OK, I know it has. But I mean by people besides me.) As long as they clean up, who cares?

  8. Comanche Voter on 20/20/12 at 1:41 pm

    Well I guess the union boss and his inamarota shared a ‘woodie” in the wood shop. Gives new meaning to the term of “taking someone to the woodshed”.

  9. RS on 20/20/12 at 2:40 pm

    What, doesn’t EVERYONE have sex at work?
    During work hours?

    I mean, what good is union protection if you can’t have sex on a kids desk?

  10. Sailfish on 20/20/12 at 6:44 pm

    “The sex thing, it’s between them and nobody’s business”

    Didn’t they make it anybody’s business? After all, what part of “public” school is hard to understand?

  11. Milwaukee on 21/21/12 at 12:36 am

    If they were found having sex in a place where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy, that is usually a crime. If they were doing it where they could have been found by students, then that gets into child endangerment and child protection stuff being violated. If the woman is getting a cushy job she isn’t otherwise qualified for because of this, then that is fraud and the union dues payers have a right to complain. If the school district is hushing this up and using this to extort labor concessions, well, that’s extortion. For all the “consenting adult” supporters out there these two “consenting adults” need to pony up and pay for a motel room, and keep their private business private. Otherwise, they have made their private business public, and yes we do get to comment.

    If the union leader is violating his marriage vows by committing adultery, then that shows a lack of character which should preempt him from a position of trust…. wait, this is union and probably Democrats. Whoops, went one paragraph too long.

  12. Blue Hen on 21/21/12 at 6:00 am

    I own a 30-person company, and I’m pretty sure our break-room couch has been used more than once for that purpose. (Well, OK, I know it has. But I mean by people besides me.) As long as they clean up, who cares?

    Gee Mike. If they fall off the couch and injure themselves, do you think your 30 person company won’t be on the hook for a workman’s comp claim? If so, do you care now?