Aronow’s Bad Behavior Costs NYS $90,000
by Buck Quigley - posted 12:21 pm, October 7, 2012
New York State taxpayers will pony up to pay for the sexually-harassing behavior the former director of government relations for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership (BNP), Glenn Aronow, the Buffalo News reports.
Aronow drew the attention of Artvoice in April, 2009, when a shadowy group called Buffalo Students First became involved in sending out mailers supporting school board candidates in the city of Buffalo. The mailers were sent from the same address as the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. At the same time, he notarized signature challenges brought against candidates who happened to be running against the status quo.
At the time, he explained BNP’s relationship to Buffalo Students First this way:
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is a supporter of Buffalo Students First, which is a coalition of businesses, community organizations and stakeholders, and school choice advocates that support progressive reforms and policies in educating Buffalo school children. Buffalo Students First advocates for and supports programs and policies that improve how education is provided in Buffalo’s Public Schools. Buffalo Students First is supporting candidates in this year’s school board election that share the coalition’s vision for education and putting Buffalo school children first.
Which translates to: Squash teacher unions, push for charter schools. And remember, folks, we’re doing it all for the children.
According to the Buffalo News story, here’s what Aronow was up to when he wasn’t “doing it for the kids”:
A 48-year-old Lancaster woman accused Glenn Aronow, a former Niagara County legislator, of making unwelcome and crude comments about her personal appearance beginning in October 2007 when she worked at the Senate office in downtown Buffalo.
She also accused him of “sexually oriented physical contact, gestures, threats and unwanted exposure to pornographic materials,” according to her 2009 lawsuit in State Supreme Court.
Under the settlement, the woman will receive $75,000, and her lawyer, Steven M. Cohen, will receive $15,000, according to court records.
Under the settlement, Aronow and the state admitted no wrongdoing but approved the settlement for the convenience of all parties.
Oh my, yes. Very convenient, indeed.