New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is raising concerns about possible safety problems with some of the sites slated to be used for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature pre-kindergarten program.
Stringer says the mayor’s office is far behind schedule in submitting contracts with pre-k providers for review by the comptroller’s office.
He says only 141 of more than 500 contracts have been submitted though school starts in just eight days for 50,000 pre-k students.
Stringer says failure to submit the contracts prevents his office from doing safety checks.
A mayoral spokesman says it’s normal for some contracts to be submitted after school starts. And he insists that the pre-k sites and employees have been vetted.
The city’s massive pre-k expansion is the centerpiece of de Blasio’s first year in office.
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