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City teacher accused of inappropriate behavior should put real estate acumen to use: mayor

January 31, 2012 11:00AM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested yesterday that Alan Rosenfeld, a Queens teacher and real estate pro who hasn’t set foot in a classroom for almost a decade, put his property knowledge to good use to help the city, the New York Post reported.

The teacher, who hasn’t had any contact with children since he was accused in 2001 of making inappropriate comments to students (but not charged), continues to make $100,000 per year for making occasional photocopies and spends his days developing his $10 million real estate portfolio, including the acquisition properties in Queens, Great Neck, and Florida, the Post said.

“We could use him in the city to help us with our real estate,” Bloomberg said. “He’s a city employee, after all. He’s getting paid.”

The city would have fired Rosenfeld back in 2001 had the processes to do so not been so convoluted.

“The process to remove somebody from the payroll, totally separate from the process to remove him from the classroom, these processes over the years either were created poorly or just evolved into that,” Bloomberg said. [Post]