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Editorial: Betty Cross' sad bid to regain control in Hempstead

Longtime Hempstead school board president Betty Cross, who

Longtime Hempstead school board president Betty Cross, who is embroiled in controversy over her contested re-election, looks to her fellow board members in confusion during a public meeting that erupted into chaos Thursday, June 18, 2014. Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Like a bad dream that you just can't shake, Betty Cross is coming back. She's running again for a seat on Hempstead's school board. That's bad news for anyone concerned about the education offered to the children of Hempstead.

Cross, a board fixture and until recently its president, exacerbated the district's problems with her imperious history of backroom deals, nepotistic hires, hostility to parents and teachers, and lack of concern about poor relations between black and Latino students. State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. threw out her six-vote victory over challenger Maribel Touré and ordered a special election for Oct. 28 because he found compelling numerous allegations of voter fraud and voter intimidation by Cross and her supporters in May's election.

Cross seems not to have been shamed by King's ruling. Her campaign flier offers the fiction that King "undermined the will of the People" by removing her from office. She ignores that her win was achieved via scores of disputed absentee ballots.

Her slogan is "Revolt by Re-Vote." But the only revolting part is the prospect of Cross returning to the board she misled for years.