Archive for November, 2010

Advocates Celebrate Fracking Moratorium
November 30th, 2010

Environmental advocates are celebrating a moratorium on hydrofracking that the Assembly approved very early this morning. The bill is designed to allow the state more time to study the impact high-pressure fracking will have on the environment. The Department of Environmental Conservation is already reviewing the process. The Senate approved the legislation earlier this year. Here is an e-mail from the Working Families Party to supporters celebrating the legislation: Read the rest of this entry »

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Council Set to Expand Housing Law
November 30th, 2010

For some New Yorkers, their apartments are far from welcoming.

Their one or two-bedroom abodes actually make them sick.

Three years ago, the City Council approved legislation to target buildings with the worst housing code violations — those perennially without heat or hot water or collapsed floors and roofs. Together, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the City Council targeted 200 buildings a year and forced landlords to make the repairs.

Now, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced this morning, the council is set to consider legislation to expand the program to target larger buildings with hazardous conditions related specifically to asthma, such as vermin or mold.

“We are recognizing peoples’ homes can actually make them sick,” said Quinn, surrounded by a crowd of officials and advocates on the steps of City Hall.

Hazardous building conditions have long been connected to the city’s concentrated asthma pockets, which affect neighborhoods like Sunset Park, Corona or Bushwick. By using targeted enforcement of these violations, Quinn said the city could curtail asthma rates in these areas.

The legislation, she said, promises to more than double the amount of units in the program. The council will have its first hearing on the proposal on Dec. 14.

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Senate Democrats Lose Another Seat
November 30th, 2010

Sen. Antoine Thompson seems to have officially conceded to his Republican challenger Mark Grisanti. The Senate Democrats released this statement:

I thank the residents of the 60th Senatorial District for allowing me to serve them for four years a duty that I took very seriously and an experience for which I am extremely grateful.

I thank the many community partners who Ive had the pleasure of working with side-by-side for a better 60th District. Together, we accomplished monumental successes in the areas of economic development, education and the environment.

While Thompson did not use the word “concede” Senate Democrats say the race is over and Republicans have taken it as such.

Thompson was one of three incumbent Democrats trying to hold on to their seats after tough races. With Thompson’s concession the Democrats can only hope to deadlock the chamber by winning the recounts in the other two outstanding races. Prospects for that seem unlikely.

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Senate In and Out
November 29th, 2010

The Senate passed a few chapter amendments, approved a board to review judicial pay raises and a few of Paterson’s judicial appointments–then it adjourned. Not only did they decide not to act on Gov. David Paterson’s deficit reduction bill or the bailout for the city OTB but they also ignored education bills that included allocating federal education funds. Some senators say they expect to return in December–it isn’t clear what would be on the agenda. The Assembly is still in the building.

Senators say they didn’t act on Paterson’s deficit reduction bill because they only got to see it early today. Here is the official statement from the Senate Majority:

While Senate Democrats were prepared to take action to bring New Yorks budget into balance, the Governor failed to submit legislation in time for thoughtful consideration and review delivering a final bill two hours after the start of the extraordinary session he called two weeks ago.

Budget cuts to health care, education, and social and senior services require thorough deliberation, not a rushed process that hurts the states most vulnerable citizens.

We look forward to continuing an open dialogue about how best to resolve the extraordinary budget issues confronting New York this year and in the years to come.

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Steiner Waives
November 29th, 2010

The deal announced over the holiday weekend is now official: State Education Commissioner David Steiner has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathleen Black to be schools chancellor. In a 12-page letter Steiner reviewed the law, the agreement that made Black accept an “education deputy” and Black’s qualifications (or lack thereof) before concluding, “Despite her lack of direct experience in education, I find that Ms. Black’s exceptional record of successfully leading complex organization and achievement of excellence in her endeavors, warrants certification for service in the New York City School District, where she will have the support of a team of experienced educators, including a single person serving as senior deputy chancellor and chief academic officer.”

In statement released shortly afterward, Bloomberg said, “It is now time to put politics aside and recognize that it is in the best interest of our children for Cathie Black to succeed as chancellor. The crucial work that lies ahead requires all of us to come together around our shared commitment to our children.” He also pledged that in the coming weeks and months Black will emerge from virtual hiding to meet ” with parents, teachers, elected officials and community leaders to listen and hear from them.”

After the deal developed on Friday to name educator Shael Polakow-Suransky to serve as Black’s deputy, opponents said they would consider filing suit to block Black’s appointment. Opponents also have scheduled a protest for 4 p.m. Thursday at Tweed courthouse.

Stay tuned to see how these plans develop in the coming days.

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Much Ado About Nothing
November 29th, 2010

There may have been an election in November and yes terms like “fiscal responsibility” and “decisive leadership” may have been bandied about but not much has changed in Albany. The lame duck special session called by Gov. David Paterson has so far amounted to nothing but the $50,000 it costs taxpayers to hold the legislative session. Things were supposed to get underway at three but not all of the legislators bothered to show up and it seems neither house is prepared to take action on major legislation.

Paterson called legislators back to Albany today, primarily to deal with a $350 million mid-year deficit. It seems almost certain at that point that neither the senate or assembly will deal with cutting the budget let alone a number of other issues that face them. The leadership from both sides of the legislature have indicated they aren’t pleased with the deficit reduction legislation Paterson has proposed.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he wants the Senate to pass legislation that would bail out New York City Off Track Betting but Senate Republicans are not likely to give Democrats enough votes to pass the legislation. Democrats are missing a few of their group–including Sen. Pedro Espada.

Senate Democrats want to come to a deal with the Assembly on wage theft legislation and a green jobs bill but those deals would be last minute. Senate leadership has said they only plan to take up a few of the hundreds of appointments that Paterson has asked them to consider.

Paterson told reporters that negotiations continue but seemed to basically admit defeat. He says he won’t call legislators back again before his term finally comes to an end.

Here is the agenda Paterson wanted the legislature to act on today.

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"Un-waivering' Opposition to Black
November 28th, 2010

With education commissioner David Steiner apparently set to give in to Mayor Michael Bloomberg tomorrow and grant the waiver that will allow Cathleen Black to become schools chancellor, opponents of the appointment are scrambling to try to stop the move.

Earlier today, opponents gathered at Tweed Courthouse, education department headquarters, to urge Steiner to say no to Black, even though Bloomberg agreed to appoint a chief academic officer to make up for Black’s alleged deficiencies.

Three members of the State Assembly — Marcus Crespo, Hakeem Jeffries and Vanessa Gibson– have written to Gov. David Paterson asking that he put a bill aimed at preventing the appointment on the calendar for this week’s special legislative session. The bill would require that the legislature approve any waiver approved by the education commissioner. (Appointee to certain education posts needs waivers when like Black, they lack advanced degrees and/or education experience.)

Given that Paterson last week urged Bloomberg to accept the deal that seemingly has led to the waiver, this seems, at best, a thin straw.

City Councilmember Charles Barron have said he will go to court to seek a temporary restraining order that would prevent Black from becoming chancellor, at least temporarily.
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Bloomberg Gets His Woman
November 26th, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state officials — perhaps hoping no one would notice on Thanksgiving weekend — have reportedly reached a deal that would allow publishing executive Cathleen Black to become schools chancellor. State Education commissioner David Steiner will give Black the waiver she needs to compensate for her complete lack of knowledge about or experience in the public schools and, in return, the Bloomberg administration agreed to her having an education deputy — Shael Polakow-Suransky.

Regardless of Polakow-Suransky’s qualifications — he is a career educator who currently serves as the city education department’s deputy chancellor for accountability — the key words about him are “second in command,” as the News phrased it. In other words, Black will be the boss. She will have an educator working for her, just as Joel Klein had educators working for him.

With the news coming on Black Friday, response is lowly slipping in. Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew expressed supported. “We’ve worked well with Mr. Polakow-Suransky in the past, and we look forward to working with him and Ms. Black in the future on the critical issues the school system faces — including reducing the focus on test prep and on better academic intervention for students who are falling behind,” he said in a statement.

Others who had opposed Black expressed disappointment.

The whole drama — where an advisory panel voted against giving Black a waiver, deputy or not — “was all Kabuki theater,” Schools Matter said.

“I thought the whole idea is that the person would be autonomous and not report to Black,” State Sen.-elect Tony Avella, a frequent Bloomberg critic, said. “I don’t think it’s much of a compromise. The mayor still gets his way and we still have somebody who is not an educator running the ship.”

City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, a sponsor of a resolution opposing Black’s appointment, told the Times, ” I understand the mayor is used to getting his way and will do anything to prevent egg on his face Still this is about the 1.1 million kids, who are not just numbers to be managed. I was hoping that Commissioner Steiner would be brave enough to listen to the people.”

As the lasting effects, if any, of the mayor’s top secret pick of someone whose major qualification seemed to be being in his social circles, Doug Muzzio, a professor of politics at Baruch College, told the Wall Street Journal, the mayor “still has a black eye — he looks imperious. He looks like he doesn’t care about what people think. His attitude is ‘my way or the highway.’ Now, in this case, he confronted a situation that he just couldn’t ignore and wisely bowed to it but essentially he still got his way.”

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Next for Black
November 24th, 2010

Yesterday’s decision by a state advisory panel against giving Cathleen Black the waiver she needs to become schools chancellor does not doom her appointment — but it does create a huge barrier. The situation for Black — and for Mayor Michael Bloomberg who named her — is made even grimmer by reports that State Education Commissioner David Steiner — the decider in this instance — would be unlikely to approve the waiver unless Bloomberg also appoints an education chief to run the school system with Black.

Bloomberg and his minions have remained mum on their next move — and many believe are unlikely to make any announcement over the weekend. But there’s no shortage of opinion out there on what he, Steiner and Black should do.

The News and the Post, both fervent supporter of mayoral control and Bloomberg’s handling of it, urged Steiner to approve the waiver anyway, the panels and Black’s lack of education experience be damned.

Even though Black never attended or taught in a public school, The Post says the panel’s decision had nothing to do with qualifications. Rather it opined, “It is about the teachers’ union and other special interests attempting to take back from Bloomberg what they see as their school system.”

The News did call for Bloomberg and Black to make some, albeit, small concessions. “The city would be well served by hearing from Black on the question of how she intends to lead the schools and her vision for the top talent she needs at her side. A statement, sincere, graciously offered and undoubtedly true, that she plans – and has always planned – to work with recognized, respected experts in teaching and learning should put Steiner’s mind at ease,” the editorial said.

Many who initially opposed Black’s appointment see used yesterday’s vote to reiterate their opposition. State Assemblymember Marcus Crespo of the Bronx, called on Black to reconsider taking the job and said, “The very suggestion that since Ms. Blacks experience does not qualify her to serve, an alternative waiver could permit her to serve with a qualified co-chair does not seem to be within the scope of the law … I respectfully suggest that the mayor give himself more choice and select someone who qualifies for the position of school chancellor and has the experience to serve as required by law.

Much of the debate centered on the dual leadership idea.
Gov. David Paterson said the concepts had had merits, calling it “very fair.” Speaking on the radio, he said, ” I dont think it will cost Ms. Black anything to comply with their request and we can move on.”

More reaction after the jump.
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By on November 24, 2010, 2:51 pm
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Paterson Sets Agenda For Special Session
November 23rd, 2010

Gov. David Paterson has set the agenda for the special session he called for Monday. A lot of the agenda has to do with cutting the state’s budget deficit but one of the more interesting pieces of legislation would eliminate the notification required to close state facilities.

Today Andrew Cuomo toured the Tryon Residential Center for Boys. The facility is no longer home to any boys but is still has 30 staffers. Currently the state must give notice of a year before closing such facilities and prisons. A number of unions are steadfastly opposed to revoking the current rule as they say shutting facilities without notice will devastate upstate communities. Paterson in a sense will be doing prep work for Cuomo.

Here are some of the highlights according to the release: Read the rest of this entry »

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Panel Rejects Waiver for Black
November 23rd, 2010

The panel appointed to review Cathie Black’s waiver has voted against granting the waiver, according to Gotham Schools. The site quotes Teachers College president Susan Fuhrman, a member, as saying four members voted against the waiver that would allow Black to become city schools chancellor, two voted for it and two voted “not at this time.” Furhman would not specify which members cast what votes.

The vote is advisory; the final decision lies with state Education Commissioner David Steiner. While staying publicly silent on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointment of Black, a publishing executive with no education experience, Steiner apparently has his doubts too. The New York Times is reporting that a person “familiar with the discussions”” said Steiner will reject Blacks’ appointment unless she comes paired with an educator “to help her run the system.”

While Bloomberg could accede to that request (assuming the report is correct, of course), “the decision to impose conditions on the waiver request is a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has worked feverishly to rally support for Ms. Black,” Javier Hernandez writes in the Times.

If Bloomberg did name an educator, it could be interesting to see whether that person would have any real clout

In a statement, Steiner thanked the panel and said he would “weigh their advice and insight as I consider the decision before me.” Steiner has not said when he will make his decision, but the current chancellor, Joel Klein, plans to leave Tweed at the end of the year.

The panel had previously been under sharp attack for its members’ close ties to Bloomberg, three worked for organizations that have received money from the mayor or his administration, and three once worked for the Department of Education.

Bloomberg has not wavered in his support of Black, reiterating it today in the wake of a poll showing 47 percent of New Yorkers — and 62 percent of public school parents — opposed the appointment. And also today, the education department released a list of people it identified as “prominent women leaders,” including Gloria Steinem and Whoopi Goldberg, who said they supported Black.

By on November 23, 2010, 6:23 pm
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CCRB Slims Down Prosecution Unit (UPDATE)
November 23rd, 2010

Thanks to a $300,000 budget cut, the Civilian Complaint Review Board will drastically downsize its newly minted prosecution unit — part of a pilot program that allows the board to prosecute cases of police misconduct for the first time.

When first announced in February, the unit was set to have two attorneys, an investigator and a clerical worker. Now that the city faces a $3.3 billion budget deficit next year, the “unit” has been cut down to one attorney, said a board spokesperson. The decrease is part of $1.6 billion in cuts the mayor announced last week.

Despite the obvious setback, the board has pledged to move forward with the experiment.

“One attorney is going to be handling this start up phase,” said Linda Sachs, the board’s spokesperson. “She is a former federal prosecutor, and she is really good.”

While the board currently investigates complaints of police misconduct, it has never had the power to prosecute the claims it substantiates — only the Police Department has. For years, advocates and officials have pushed to bolster the board’s power as, some say, the police fail to prosecute its officers.

Even so, when the city announced the pilot earlier this year some were skeptical, claiming budget cuts could setback the program.

As part of the pilot, the board’s prosecution “unit” will not select cases to prosecute. Selection will be done randomly — one in every five cases set to go to trial will go to the CCRB. It will amount to approximately five cases a year, Sachs said.

UPDATE: The CCRB called in to reiterate its support for the program this morning, contending it will eventually come up with the money to fund it.
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Cuomo Tours Tryon
November 23rd, 2010

Andrew Cuomo toured the Tryon Residential Center for Boys in Johnstown yesterday and didn’t like what he saw. The facility has no residents in its care but still has 30 paid staffers. “With a $9 billion deficit, we are paying 30 staff people to babysit an empty building,” Cuomo said. The facility is still staffed because of a law that requires a year notice before such a facility can be closed. Prison closings are also covered by the law.

“If the law is hard and fast, then it needs to be changed,” Cuomo said. The facility is scheduled to finally close in January. Cuomo’s visit to the facility is a triumph for organizations like the Correctional Association that want to see the prison system reduced. As we reported yesterday, there is concern over Cuomo’s criminal justice agenda because of the people he selected to be part of his public safety transition team.

Advocates worry that Cuomo did not select enough people who support reducing the prison system, looking for alternative sentencing and want to increase reentry programs for inmates.

Cuomo visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility shortly after he was elected and indicated that he thinks more prisons need to be closed because the population of inmates is shrinking. Both the Sing Sing and Tryon visit give hope to the Correctional Association. The visit to Tryon likely irked the CSEA– a union representing staffers at the juvenile center. The CSEA says that closing the juvenile facilities is sending dangerous offenders back to their communities and new rules and reduced staffing at still open centers is putting guards at risk.

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CCRB Considers Cutting Pilot Prosecution Program
November 22nd, 2010

Just nine months after the Civilian Complaint Review Board announced a pilot program to independently prosecute some cases of police misconduct, they are considering cutting it.

Faced with a budget deficit and a mandate from the Bloomberg adminsitration to cut costs, Ernest Hart, the chair of the board, told Gotham Gazette that nothing was off the chopping block, including the highly anticipated program.

“The final decision as to how we would implement the budget cut has not been made,” said Hart. “When we look at the budget, we look at all the programs. I wouldn’t say that it was not under consideration with everything else. Everything is under consideration.”

The pilot program, which was revealed in February, would give the civilian board the power to prosecute a handful of cases independently for the first time. Currently, the board investigates and substantiates complaints of police misconduct across the city, but the prosecution is left up to the Police Department. For years, critics have been calling for independent prosecution by the board, claiming the police department has increasingly failed to prosecute cases referred to it.

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed nearly $1.6 billion in cuts to help close a $3.3 billion budget gap in the next fiscal year. Under the proposal, the city’s work force could shrink by more than 10,000 employees, including 6,166 teachers. The adminsitration proposed about 6,200 layoffs.

The board faces a $300,000 cut in this fiscal year and a $157,000 cut in the next. According to a City Council report from June, the new prosecution unit would cost $366,000.

Should the board decide to slash the program, it would not be the first time a similar proposal fell through. The Giuliani administration promised to give the board independent power to prosecute cases in 2001, but the proposal was later abandoned.

The board is working with the Office of Management and Budget to determine the final cuts, which should be made shortly, Hart said.

The NYPD remains “fully supportive” of the prosecution program, Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said in an e-mailed statement.

By on November 22, 2010, 7:42 pm
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Advising on Black
November 19th, 2010

At least three of the eight people named to advise state education commissioner David Steiner on whether Cathleen Black should get the waiver she needs to become schools chancellor held senior positions in the city Department of Education under Joel Klein.

They are

–Andres Alonso, now CEO of the Baltimore school system , who was New York’s chief of staff for learning from 2003 2006 and then began deputy chancellor. Not long after being promoted, Alonso took the top job in Baltimore.

Interestingly, some people — in Baltimore anyway — have presented Alonso as a kind of antidote to Washington D.C. school superintendent Michele Rhee, who is lionized by the many fans of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and outgoing school chancellor Joel Klein. Although they have many of the same beliefs, Alonso is thought to be “less alienating” figure than Rhee.

— Rochester School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard taught junior high and high school in New York City and as a regional high school superintendent.

–Michele Cahill, now with the Carnegie Corp., was a member of the Children First leadership team that helped draft and implement the changes to the city school system and was a senior counsel to the chancellor.

As far as one can tell, all of these people generally support Bloomberg’s education effort. Also, like the other five panelists, they have extensive experience in education and advanced degrees, which Black conspicuously lacks.

Steiner does not have to follow the panel’s advice.

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As the Senate Turns
November 19th, 2010

Sen. Darrel Aubertine conceded to his Republican challenger Patrica Ritchie yesterday. It wasn’t surprising to most observers as Aubertine was far behind in the count. Aubertine won a special election in 2008 that helped put Democrats closer to gaining the majority that they now seem very close to losing. Here is Aubertine’s statement:

“I am extremely grateful for the support Ive received over the years and the opportunities Ive been given to serve the people of the North Country for eight years and Central New York for the past two and a half years.

I am proud of what weve accomplished working together across political divisions and I wish Senator-elect Patty Ritchie well in serving the people of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties.

Meanwhile, Sen. John Sampson is insisting that the Democrats will still control the majority and lashed out against Gov. David Paterson who said he thinks the Republican control of the senate is a foregone conclusion. But things don’t look wonderful for Democrats. Sen. Craig Johnson trails Republican challenger Jack Martins by 403 votes with all undisputed ballots counted. There are still 879 dispute ballots that must be ruled on by a judge.

Andrew Cuomo got his wish this week and Appeals Court Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman has set an expedited schedule for legal proceedings regarding the three contested senate seats.

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Cuts Coming Today
November 18th, 2010

Brace yourselves.

The adminsitration is set to reveal those cuts Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered at the end of September — which equates to the ninth round of budget cuts within the last three fiscal years. (But who’s counting?)

We hear they won’t be pretty. The nightly closure of fire companies are on the chopping block in addition to thousands of jobs across city agencies. In total, the mayor is looking to lose $1.5 billion from the budget over the next two fiscal years. In September, the city ordered uniformed forces and education to expect 2.7 percent cuts, while all other agencies were urged to prepare for 5.4 percent cuts.

Even before we know the details, there is a backlash.

Earlier this week, Lillian Roberts, the executive director of DC37, the city’s largest municipal employees union, sent the mayor a letter, urging him to consider revenue generating proposals instead of just cuts.

The letter is below.

Stay tuned.


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Black and Business
November 17th, 2010

The merits of the case aside, this may not have been the ideal press release to put out about Cathie Black:

Form the Department of Education this afternoon:


Urge State Education Commissioner to grant waiver

Ninety-one business leaders including Kenneth Chenault of American Express, Jeff Kindler of Pfizer, and Terry Lundgren of Macys today announced their support for Cathie Black to serve as the next schools chancellor of New York City.

(And, no, the release does not mention how many of the business leaders would even think of sending their kids to a public school — with or with out Cathie Black.)

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An Eyesore Growns in Brooklyn
November 17th, 2010

Barclays Center may never host an NBA champion but it already has a distinction: novelist and urban expert James Howard Kunstler has named it the eyesore of the month (for October; sorry we caught up with this a bit late).

In his “award proclamation” — under a pretty scary picture of the future home of the Nets — Kunstler writes, “This basketball arena, designed to look like a Little Debbie Peanut Butter and Coconut Snack Cake, was designed by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects. But the cherry-on-top of the whole deal is the so-called “plaza” in the foreground — a leftover triangular scrap of undevelopable real estate that [developer Bruce] Ratner threw to the people of Brooklyn as a bone to dogs. Lovely spot, huh, sandwiched, as it is, between about eleven lanes of traffic.”

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Quinn on Cathie Black and Council Resolution
November 17th, 2010

New Yorkers shouldn’t be surprised of the mayor’s decision to select Cathie Black as schools chancellor — at least that is what Council Speaker Christine Quinn says.

“This is an example of how mayoral control works,” said Quinn this afternoon before the council’s stated meeting. It’s the mayor’s choice, she argued.

Her comments come after the speaker released a statement last week following Black’s selection, saying she “looked forward” to working with her.

They also come as opposition against Black’s appointment continues to mount. That opposition includes several members of the City Council, who are set to introduce a resolution (seen below) today that asks the state to deny Black the necessary waiver for her to serve as chancellor. The resolution states: “The people of New York City want a chancellor with experience, character and qualifications that are well suited for the education of children and not merely the management of a corporation.”

Quinn declined to take a position on the resolution this afternoon.

Reso Calling for Nys Ed Commssioner to Deny Waiver for Cathie Black[1]

By on November 17, 2010, 3:30 pm
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