Two days ago, a group called Generation Y claimed it spoke for sexual abuse victims in Charlottesville city schools. The group called on Alvin Edwards to resign from the city school board. Thursday, an NBC29 investigation revealed serious questions about that group and the man who runs it.
Friday, Generation Y is abandoning its push to force Edwards off the board. Because of the story we aired Thursday night, the self-proclaimed president of Generation Y said he will stop his campaign to call for Alvin Edwards to step down.
Michael Pudhorodsky said his group, Generation Y, would be at every school board meeting calling for Edwards to resign. Thursday night, he and Generation Y, were a no-how. He says personal matters kept him away from the meeting and questions raised about his organization and Pudhorodky's own criminal record are ending his campaign against Edwards.
His record goes back for years and includes a current felony charge for trying to sell stolen property. In a statement, Pudhorodsky said he genuinely wanted to turn his life around and felt that starting a group that deals with social justice issues was the way to do it.
Pudhorodsky also offered up an apology, though he wasn't specific as to why or what the apology was for.
We've been unable to find any records of Generation Y being registered as a lobby group in Virginia.
Calls into Edwards' attorney Friday afternoon for comment have not been returned.