‘He’s a thief’: Hempstead parents want Stith off school board

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Some parents in Hempstead are calling for the resignation of Hempstead School Board member Randy Stith, who earlier this month pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, yet still remains on the school board.

Stith admitted to stealing over $4,000 from the village fire department, where he was a volunteer firefighter. Stith also admitted to submitting a forged letter of recommendation in his application to become a Hempstead Village police officer..

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On Thursday night, tempers flared at what started as a routine Hempstead School Board meeting -- until the public comment period started. Chaos broke out when Sydney Daniel demanded Stith's resignation. Several security guards descended on Daniel, pulling the microphone away from her.

Daniel says she has to stand up for what's right, as a Hempstead taxpayer and advocate for children.

The school board, including Stith, quickly left the room without addressing Daniel's concerns.

Earlier in the day, News 12 spoke with residents who said Stith cannot be trusted to sit on the school board any longer.

"He's a thief," said Diane Goins, of Hempstead.

Mary Crosson sat on the board with Stith for six months and also says it's time for him to go.

Peggy Perkins, who has three kids in the district, says leaving Stith on the board sets a terrible example for all children.

News 12 did not immediately hear back from Stith's attorney for comment.

Hempstead School Board President Lamont Johnson issued a statement saying he is "very troubled by the recent circumstances involving one of our school board members. I understand that when the public trust is broken, the tax payers have a right to respond and I want them to know that I am listening."

Many residents say they've signed a petition calling for Stith's removal, and they plan on taking their fight all the way to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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