NYC Comptroller: Some Pre-K Sites May Be Unsafe

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.