Educational Support staff union president accused of stealing thousands

By Conor Mooney

Educational Support staff union president accused of stealing thousands

February 12, 2014 Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The president of the Educational Support Professionals union allegedly stole thousands of dollars from the union, according to Ithaca Police.

On Jan. 17, police received a complaint involving stolen funds from the Ithaca City School District Teacher’s Union.

On Feb. 3, police arrested the union president, Laureen Hamilton, 52, of Cayuta.

Hamilton admitted to making several unauthorized transactions as president, allegedly stealing about $7,000 in 2013.

The Educational Support Professionals includes district paraprofessionals such as teacher's aides and classroom assistants.

Police charged her with grand larceny in the third degree, a felony.

A judge arraigned her in city court. She was released on the recommendation of the Tompkins County District Attorney.