N.Y. school board president under fire for calling parent ‘chubby wubby’

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A school board president in Putnam County, N.Y., is facing calls for resignation after he was caught on a hot mic calling a parent “chubby wubby.”

Embarrassing video taken during a meeting with the Mahopac Central School District shows President Raymond Cote insulting a parent, and the entire exchange was broadcast on a local cable access station and live-streamed on the Internet, The Journal News reported.

The exchange begins when Trustee Lucy Massafra approaches Mr. Cote and says, “What do you think is going on, because these people aren’t showing up.”

To which, Mr. Cote replies: “Oh, I know, I know. This one here, ‘Chubby wubby.’ She gets fatter and fatter at every meeting. She really does.”

Irony has it that Mr. Cote is part of a diversity and sensitivity team called “PRIDE,” which was created in response to a scandal back in March when Mahopac students tweeted racist comments during a basketball game.

The woman Mr. Cote is referring to in the video is reportedly a mother of six who has volunteered with the district for 10 years.

Parents said they were planning to speak out and call for Mr. Cote’s resignation at Tuesday’s board meeting at Mahopac Falls Elementary School.

“I’ve contacted the State Education department. We’re filing a formal complaint. I’m waiting to take their lead, but we’ll file a formal complaint and ask to have him removed,” former school board Trustee John Molloy told a local ABC affiliate.

Schools Superintendent Thomas Manko did not speak to the paper, but reportedly told Mr. Malloy and another parent that he was conducting his own investigation into the incident.

Mr. Cote is one of three uncontested board members seeking re-election next week.

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