NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted Thursday that universal prekindergarten sites set to open next week are being thoroughly vetted for safety.
The mayor’s remarks came a day after city Comptroller Scott Stringer said the mayor’s office has submitted to him just 141 of more than 500 contracts — or about 30 percent — for pre-K providers. Stringer said failure to submit the contracts prevents his office from doing health and safety checks.
“We’ve got to make sure the classrooms are safe,” Stringer told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer. “We have to make sure that there’s integrity to this. We have to make sure that the safety violations and insurance information and bad actors are all resolved before this gets ready. That’s my job.”