Will He Now Be Removed from County Job?
By Dan Murphy
The Port Chester School Board, after months of pressure from the community at large, voted 3-1 at a special meeting on April 14 to remove President Tom Corbia from his position of leadership and power. Corbia, who has served for 10 years on the PC School Board, had defied the Superintendent, Mayor of Port Chester, and other officials and leaders in Village by not explaining racist, bigoted and insensitive Facebook posts attributed to his account, nor complying with his own vow to prove that his social media account had been hacked.
The post in question, on September 16, 2020, appeared on Facebook. “I’m selling my white privilege card. It’s just over 77 years old and it hasn’t done a damn thing for me. No inheritance, no free college, no free food, no free housing, etc. I may even be willing to do an even trade for a race card. Those seem way more useful and more widely accepted. Interested? Contact me on my non-obama (sic) cell phone that I have to pay for every month. Serious inquiries only.”
Underneath this post came a response from the Facebook account of Tom Corbia which read, “You are the f******* best and whoever doesn’t like that post, well they know what they can do.”
The special meeting to remove Corbia took less than 10 minutes, with BOE Trustees Chrissie Onofrio, Luigi Russo and Christopher Wolff voted yes to remove, while BOE Vice President Anne Capeci voted no.
Capeci briefly commented, explaining her vote by saying, “I don’t disagree with everything in the findings, but it certainly doesn’t warrant removal from this board. When you compare Mr. Corbia’s past record in the district as a teacher, as coach, as a community activist and member working with children, I cannot vote for this resolution”
There was no other comment by Board members regarding Corbia’s removal, only a statement from the Board attorneys. “This was a difficult process for the Board of Education and the Port Chester community. The board appreciates your patience. We understand that not everyone in the community will…