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Parent files ethics complaint against East Ramapo attorney
The mother of a student who was the subject of some harsh words from East Ramapo School Board attorney Albert D'Agostino filed a complaint with the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District on Thursday.
Charlene Williams-Pulakos asked the committee to investigate an incident Tuesday in which D'Agostino allegedly called her 17-year-old son, Nicholas, a profane name after a School Board meeting. Williams-Pulakos is the supervising court attorney for Bronx criminal court.
The student was attending a board meeting in Spring Valley to rally with his peers against proposed changes to graduation at the district's high schools. Williams-Pulakos told Newdsay on Thursday that her son is an AP and honor roll student who "believes in speaking up for what he thinks is right."
After the meeting, resident Steve White told Newsday he was approached by D'Agostino as he stood outside the administrative building. White said D'Agostino had harsh words for him that were unprovoked. White has filed several petitions with the state against the board and organizes an activist group called The Power of Ten.
Nicholas Pulakos said he stood up for White, asking the attorney if he was threatening White. During the interaction, D'Agostino loudly screamed a profane name at the student, which was overheard by several outside the building, including a Newsday Westchester reporter.
Williams-Pulakos claims in her complaint that the incident was discourteous and offensive conduct toward a client that violates the state's Rules of Professional Conduct.
She also cited previous instances of what she calls discourtesy, captured on video, including this exchange with a student.
Williams-Pulakos requested that the grievance committee conduct an investigation into the incident.
White reported the incident at the school administration building to police.
D'Agostino did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.