Two big-city schools chiefs are among the most recent donors to Joe Lhota's mayoral campaign, according to finance records released today.
Campaigns must file their donor records today, and Lhota's was among the first uploaded to the New York City Campaign Finance Board's website this afternoon. The records show that former city schools chancellor Cathie Black gave the Lhota campaign $175, the maximum that the city's public financing program will match, last week.
But Black, who spent three tumultuous months as chancellor in 2011 before resigning, was not the only schools chief to donate to Lhota, the city's leading Republican candidate for mayor. MaryEllen Elia, the superintendent of Florida's Hillsborough County Public Schools system, gave him $125 earlier this month, as did her husband, according to finance records.
Elia did not respond to requests for comment today. Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, is the eighth-largest school system in the country and a recipient of significant Gates Foundation funding to study teacher quality and try out changes to hiring and firing rules.