WNY M.A.T.H. team responds to charter school criticism and much more

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The M.A.T.H. team, an abbreviation drawn from the first names of all four West New York board of education candidates, spoke with Hudson County View about some recent criticisms about advocating for a charter school, if there are any true independent candidates in the November 4 election and why they are the best options available to sit on the school board. 

The group addressed complaints about advocating for a charter school, if there are any true independent candidates in this election and why they are the best options available to sit on the school board. 

“We need a school. Everyone in West New York knows we need schools,” Thomas Leung told Hudson County View at the Marinero Grill on Friday. “Everybody, not just the waterfront, everyone.”

Ana M. Cerqueira seconded that idea, stating that building a school – whether it’s a charter school or not – in the waterfront area makes sense from a logistics standpoint.

“We need to discuss any possibility to have a school in the area of West New York that does not have a school close to their residences,” she said.

When asked if his team was truly independent, Henry Song scoffed at the notion politics were influencing the M.A.T.H. team’s campaign.

“First of all, I don’t think there really is a true independent candidate. An endorsement is an endorsement, that’s all it is,” he explained.

“When a politician endorses a group: that is a politician endorse us, we are not endorsing the politician,” Song said regarding mayoral hopeful Carlos “Chucky” Betancourt’s endorsement of the M.A.T.H. faction back in August.