Friday, September 9, 2011
Estelle Cooper's family runs shady day camp
From A Walk in the Park:
Ilene Balsamo, the daughter Assistant Commissioner for Queens Parks and Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator, Estelle Cooper, runs a private day camp on parks property. Arnold Diaz looked into allegations of counselors from Community Day Camp, a camp run by Balsamo, not getting paid. The unpleasant two-part report was broadcast on MY Fox.
The camp - which uses Flushing Meadows Corona Park - charges fees ranging from $ 900 dollars per child for two weeks to $ 2, 675 for eight weeks. The camp however pays the city just $ 1 dollar per child per day according to a source.
According to the report, Ilene had a mother of one of the counselors arrested for assault after they got into an altercation over her daughter not getting paid.
At one point in the footage, a person reported to be Ilene's son, lifts up his shirt, exposing his huge hairy belly and dances around calling himself a bear in an apparent attempt to block the camera from filming his mother.
More vendors have now come forward saying they too have not gotten paid.
The Parks Department did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. - Geoffrey Croft
Victims include Vallo Transportation and Terence Park!