The NYC teachers-union chief, Michael Mulgrew, reportedly accepted over $8,000 worth of US Open Tennis tickets from a law firm.
According to the New York Post, Mulgrew received these tickets five years in a row from 2012 to 2016 from the law firm Stroock & Lavan. During that time, the firm collected $15.5 million in fees from the UFT. In 2016, Mulgrew received $334,737 in UFT salary and benefits, filings show.
While the city doesn’t allow its employees to receive gifts from any firm or business more than $50, Mulgrew accepted more than $8,000 worth of tickets. In 2012, he took two tickets totaling $1,250, two tickets worth $1,300 in 2013, and $2,700 worth in 2014, along with $1,500 worth of tickets in 2015 and 2016, filings with the US Labor Department show.
A UFT spokeswoman would not answer questions regarding the gifts, but said they were “publicly reported” on the Labor Department’s website. Additionally, Charles Moerdler, who handles UFT lawsuits, said he was unaware Mulgrew received these gifts, but said the firm has season tickets to multiple events and “we give them to clients who ask for them.”
However, teachers within the system are speaking out. A retired social studies teacher described that the situation “didn’t pass the smell test.”
“Your average teacher isn’t getting these kinds of perks – and nor should our union leaders,” James Eterno told The Post.