In advance of the United Federation of Teachers mayoral endorsement this afternoon, a release sent by New Yorkers for Great Public Schools slams New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson for his “hypocritical” comments in the Post, where he bashed the teachers’ union for their expected endorsement of Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.
Wolfson accused Thompson of mismanaging the Board of Education when he ran the agency, according to the Post, and added that the UFT is only endorsing Thompson because “they want to run the school system again.”
The release sent out by NYGPS reveals that Wolfson was a former top paid consultant to UFT while working for the Glover Park Group, a lobbying firm.
“He happily defended the UFT when he was a top paid consultant for them, but he gave that up to get bigger checks from Mayor Bloomberg and BloomPAC,” the release reads. “Now he is paid to trash teachers, and say what Bloomberg wants.”
Dick Riley, a spokesman for the UFT, confirmed that Wolfson did consulting with the union before joining the mayor’s office.
“He worked for Glover Park, and when he worked for Glover Park, they were under contract to the UFT,” Riley said.
Riley declined comment on Wolfson’s remarks to the Post.
“We’re not commenting on Howard Wolfson. Howard Wolfson is not the issue,” he said.