Jersey City (N.J.) school board VP Waterman faces ethics hearing

Monday, August 19, 2013

A Jersey City school board member accused of using his influence to benefit himself and his child will be the subject of an ethics hearing in Newark this week.

Sterling Waterman, the board’s vice president, is charged with attempting to involve himself in the day-to-day operations of School 16, on Sussex Street, which his son attended until June. Waterman, elected to the board in 2010, has called the accusations “frivolous.”

Terry Watkins-Williams, the school’s principal, is Waterman’s accuser. The state School Ethics Commission, which heard Watkins-Williams’ complaints, found last September that two of her four complaints were not frivolous and forwarded them to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) for a hearing.

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