Democrats are criticizing the naming of a Queens public school complex for a Republican state senator, calling it a political stunt intended to tip the scales to the incumbent.
Democrats decry school being renamed after Republican politician
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is expected to rename the Glen Oaks Campus in Bellerose the Frank Padavan Campus, the senator confirmed Sunday. Padavan is being challenged for a 19th term by City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens), who slammed the name change, saying it amounts to using a public school to "make an in-kind contribution to the Padavan campaign."
"This is outrageous," he said. "This is a new low in the annals of political desperation. If his [poll] numbers don't go up after this, I guess they will be renaming the Statue of Liberty after him next."
But Padavan said the renaming ceremony will be attended by a host of officials, including several Democrats.
"It's a bipartisan event," said Padavan, contending no effort is being made to boost his reelection bid.