Wednesday, a Richmond advocacy group called on Charlottesville school board member Alvin Edwards to resign. Advocacy group Generation Y also promised to repeat the demand at every school board meeting starting with Thursday night's meeting.
But Generation Y President Michael Pudhorodsky never showed up for the meeting at Charlottesville High School. The 700 people Pudhorodsky says are backing his effort didn't show up either.
We called Pudhorodsky and he claims he couldn't be at the meeting for personal reasons.
Wednesday, Pudhorodsky said Edwards had a greater responsibility to the children in the Charlottesville school system than as a pastor to Jonathan Spivey. Spivey, now a convicted sex offender, was a music teacher at Charlottesville High School and played music at Edwards' church.
Pudhorodsky may be calling into question Edwards' conduct, but NBC29 has uncovered that he has had his own share of run-ins with the law. Pudhorodsky is facing a felony charge of trying to sell stolen property. He's been indicted and that case is pending in Charlottesville Circuit Court and he is out of jail on a $3,500 secure bond. In 2004, he was found guilty on a petty larceny charge. In 2003, he was found guilty for writing bad checks.
He had this to say: "I've made mistakes, that you know. It is what it is. I've made those mistakes and I have to pay the consequences for those mistakes."
We've also been unable to find any records of Generation Y being registered as a lobbying group in Virginia. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office says most reputable lobbyist groups usually register with them. Pudhorodsky says his group is registered with the New York State Commission as a lobbying group. After our conversation, we checked and Generation Y was not on the lobbying list.