Cuomo speech outrages Pine Bush School District

Pine Bush school officials are 'appalled' they were mentioned in Gov. Cuomo's speech yesterday. (1/9/14)

PINE BUSH - An Orange County school district came out swinging Thursday after being singled out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address Wednesday.

Pine Bush School District officials are expressing outrage that their district, and allegations of anti-Semitism, were mentioned during Cuomo's important speech.

The governor brought up a lawsuit against the Pine Bush School District, claiming children had been victims of anti-Semitic remarks and that swastikas were drawn in the school. Cuomo says the volatile situation was never reported to the state education department and now he is proposing legislation requiring school officials to report racial or religious discrimination to the state.

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School officials, however, vehemently denied the accusations. "We are appalled that our school district was named in the State of the State address. These are allegations that have not been tried in court and I want to clarify to everybody that these are allegations," says Superintendent of Schools Joan Carbone.

Carbone says she is very hopeful the district will be vindicated in the lawsuit and says they are in compliance with all state regulations for reporting.

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