POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Lawmakers call for investigation into Schools Development Authority employment practices

A series of controversial firings at the Schools Development Authority has led two lawmakers to call for an investigation.

Last summer, 26 state workers were fired without cause or warning from the authority. Its CEO, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, then hired family members and others she had ties with, leading to allegations of patronage.

Sens. Kristin Corrado and Steve Oroho sent a letter Wednesday to the co-chairs of the Legislative Select Oversight Committee calling for an investigation into hiring and firing practices at the authority.

The committee has focused its investigation on the employment of former Schools Development Authority Chief of Staff Al Alvarez, who Murphy staffer Katie Brennan accused of sexual assault.