Murrow High School PTA unwittingly elects Providence Hogan to second vice president

EXCLUSIVE: Mom-strocity returns! Thieving PTA mom is back in office

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Get ready for “Mom-strocity: The Sequel”!

Providence Hogan, who stole close to $100,000 from a Cobble Hill elementary school parent-teacher association while she was treasurer of the volunteer group, was elected second vice president of the parent-teacher association at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood late Wednesday night in a vote that laid bare the challenges of democracy in the face of an ill-informed electorate.

No one voting at the meeting appeared to know about Hogan’s shady past — that between May 2008 and September 2010, the then-PS 29 parent-teacher association treasurer cut checks to herself ranging from $6,000 to $52,000. On the withdrawal slips, Hogan, who formerly owned the Providence Day Spa on Atlantic Avenue, claimed that the pilfered cash was for class trips to the Brooklyn–Queens Conservatory of Music and Club Getaway.

In all, she stole somewhere between the $82,000 prosecutors charged her with and the $100,000 theft to which she confessed.

Hogan said she needed the money for fertility treatments.

But at Wednesday night’s meeting at the elite Midwood high school, parents were meeting Hogan for the first time, and her introduction glossed over some important details of her record.

“The PTA I was with before raised $1 million dollars,” she said to the crowd. “I don’t wish to be involved with money at this school, but I want to be involved.”

Attendees were not given the opportunity to ask Hogan or her fellow candidates any questions before casting their votes. Hogan won the paper-ballot election, though it is unclear by what margin.

Afterwards, a parent of a freshman at the school approached the group’s leaders and informed them of Hogan’s history, citing prior Brooklyn Paper coverage. Other parents were stunned to learn that they had just elected Hogan, citing a lack of information, the foundation of democracy.

“I’m absolutely appalled that she got elected executive vice president,” said one parent who requested anonymity. “I am amazed that she has the chutzpah to even run; wouldn’t she realize that parents would figure out who she is and what she had done?”

Hogan’s victory may be short-lived, however. A member of the Murrow school leadership team wrote to the school’s principal Allen Barge “to protest this vote and hope that Providence Hogan will not be allowed to be on the PTA Board.”

“Even if she is not directly handling the PTA money, if she stays … it will be a disgrace to the school to have a thief on the PTA Board and be disrespectful to all the parents who pay their dues and contribute their hard-earned money to the PTA,” wrote Alison Rona, a former parent-teacher association vice president who remains active in the school.

It is unclear what will happen next, but one school leadership official suggested at the end of the meeting that if the reports about Hogan’s past were confirmed, a new election would be scheduled.

Hogan avoided jail time in a 2011 deal after promising to pay back all the money she stole. She did make her first payment of $50,000 in late 2011, and was scheduled to pay $4,000 every quarter-year thereafter. But she failed to make a payment in 2013 and served a brief stint in jail. It was unclear at press time if Hogan ever made full restitution.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to clarify meeting details.
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Reasonable discourse

Susan from Bay Ridge says:
The gall!
Sept. 17, 2015, 9:28 am
KS from Cobble Hill says:
Let her redeem herself so long as she doesn't have access to the money. Her punishment should be to serve on PTA boards for the rest of her life.
Sept. 17, 2015, 9:52 am
Peter Engel from downtown Brooklyn says:
Apathy always benefits the opportunistic
Sept. 17, 2015, 10:17 am
KS is Right !! from Not from Cobble Hill says:
I'd rather be at Rikers than a PTA meeting
Sept. 17, 2015, 1:01 pm
Joe from Brooklyn heights says:
This woman needs to see a therapist.
Sept. 17, 2015, 2:14 pm
jay from nyc says:
Classic!!Any wonder why NYC schools suck so much!
Sept. 17, 2015, 8:49 pm
Tom Craft from Carroll Gardens says:
Of course, "Jay from NYC" any story about education and some know-nothing has to disparage NYC schools. My two children received incredible educations the last decade in public city schools (not private, charter, or specialized) and headed off to top colleges. leading students in the country and award winners come from NYC public schools every year and this driel continues. Plus a school system is mismanaged if the PTA is counted upon as the source of the schools success,
Sept. 17, 2015, 9:54 pm
Murray Francisco from Carroll Gardens says:
Don't forget to stop by for a massage:
Sept. 17, 2015, 10:06 pm
Florence from Prospect Heights says:
I can't find my favorite earings - was this woman somehow involved?!?!
Sept. 18, 2015, 4:13 am
Providence Hogan from carroll gardens. says:
I made it clear to all that I could not and would not have anything to do other than planning. Murrow needs a good event planner.

I also told them that if this was not a good fit I would step down. My goal is to make amends for what I did in which ever way I am allowed. Whether in office or out.

However, I will point out that if more people wanted the office I would not have applied.
Sept. 18, 2015, 8:53 am
Providence Hogan from carroll gardens. says:
I resigned the post.
Sept. 18, 2015, 9:01 am
Confused from Bococa says:
By court order, she has had no contact with her daughter for 2 years, yet she wants to be involved with Murrow's PTA? I don't get it!
Sept. 18, 2015, Noon
Sarah from Carroll Gardens says:
I blame Reagan for throwing all of the mentally ill out onto the streets. She should be in an institution. It's a shame that she isn't getting the care that she needs.
Sept. 18, 2015, 2:18 pm
Emanuel Ortiz from Park Slope says:
Institution? You mean jail! Why isn't she in jail is what I'd like to know. If she wasn't white she'd not get sweetheart deals that let her bake cookies and worm her way into another PTA.
Sept. 18, 2015, 2:25 pm
Ryan from Brooklyn says:
Send her back to Rikers please. Or a psychiatrist. Or both.
Sept. 19, 2015, 11:19 am

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