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The Record: April 2005

4/15

The city will partly reopen Park Row near City Hall and Police Headquarters, a busy thoroughfare that has been closed to pedestrians and traffic since the Sept. 11 attack next month, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday. (NY Times)

The Department of Homeless Services has proposed guidelines that would change the requirements for homeless families seeking temporary shelter while their applications for long-term housing are processed. (NY Times)

City Council leaders proposed a budget yesterday that would continue to tax the rich at a higher rate to pay for reducing class sizes for 650,000 children. (Daily News) (NY Post)

4/14

The City Council wants to hire 1,000 more police officers, reduce taxes on most businesses and restore millions of dollars that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposes to cut from cultural programs and social services next year, according to an alternative budget plan being put forward by the Council. (NY Times) (Daily News)

Irate City Council officials want Mayor Bloomberg to visit the Queens school where an assistant principal allegedly punished 13 Haitian children by forcing them to eat lunch with their hands while seated on the floor. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg's quest for Olympic gold will take him to a major sports conference in Berlin this weekend, where he will make one of the city's last pitches to bring the 2012 Summer Games to New York. (Daily News)

Demonstrating the power of incumbency, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday delivered good news to two important voting blocs - Orthodox Jews and blacks - before heading to a civic meeting in Queens, another key constituency. (NY Post)

City Councilman Allan Jennings is "a hard-core harasser" who would have been fired from a private-sector job for his sleazy conduct, top corporate experts said yesterday. (NY Post)

4/13

Mayor Bloomberg journeyed to the Capitol yesterday to press for funding for terror protection, transportation and health care for New York City. (Daily News) (NY Post)

Critic of Mayor's G.O.P. Jump Made His Own Switch, More Recently Steve Shaw, a Brooklyn investment banker seeking the Republican nomination for mayor, likes to knock Michael R. Bloomberg, a former Democrat, for being an opportunistic latecomer to the party. (NY Times)

Facing a rare censure, Queens City Councilman Allan Jennings vowed yesterday to fight a finding he acted unethically in harassing and firing two female staffers. (Daily News) (NY Post) (Newsday)

4/12

Under the veiled threat of a restraining order, attorneys for the Jets have agreed to wait until at least May 10 to finalize the team's agreement with the MTA to purchase the West Side railyards. New York State Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn warned yesterday that he would be inclined to issue a temporary restraining order prohibiting the Jets from closing the deal with the MTA after the team's attorneys told him they hoped to sign the papers next week, a source said. (Daily News)

New York City will lose the 2010 Super Bowl if the Jets don't win final approval for their West Side stadium plan by the end of May, team president Jay Cross will tell the Empire State Development Corporation today. (New York Post)

The city has reached a contract agreement with some 8,000 employees who belong to the Teamsters Union. (Newsday) (Daily News)

The Bloomberg administration and some conservative watchdog groups yesterday criticized a report recommending that the city use some of any increase in state education aid to raise teacher salaries. The critics faulted the commission, which was appointed by City Council, for not tying the pay hikes to improvements in student performance (New York Post)

Councilmember Allan Jennings of Queens will remain on the City Council but will be stripped of all committee assignments, must agree to outside supervision of his staff, and faces a public censure as punishment for misconduct against female staffers, a City Council source said last night. (Newsday)

The City Council committee investigating sexual harassment charges against City Councilmember Alan Jennings has decided to fine him $5,000 and censure him. (New York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will go to Washington today to make his case for more federal money for homeland security, housing and lower Manhattan reconstruction. (Newsday)

4/11

A City Council report set to be released today do will recommend using part of any increase in state aid for schools to boost teachers salaries and to cut class size. (New York Times) (Daily News)

With recent studies showing minorities often are left out of municipal jobs and contracts, City Councilmember Bill Perkins has proposed a bill that would require every city agency to detail what percentage of its jobs and contracts go to women and minorities. (Daily News)

4/10

The City Council has become increasingly active, proposing some laws that seem silly and others, such as resolutions on Iraq, that extend far beyond the city's borders. Some say this indicates a council out of control with term-limited members eager to attract attention before it's too late. But many civic leaders say the silly bills are neither new nor unusual and that the newly energized Council is doing exactly what it was elected to do: address subjects that are important to is constituents, the city, and sometimes even the world. (New York Times)

Employees of the scandal-scarred New York City Employee Retirement System say a "surprising" number of co-workers have relatives on the payroll. Even after Executive Director John Murphy was forced to retire from his $171,000 post because he promoted his married lover, Niki Browne, to a $96,400 director's job, employees say preferential treatment is rampant. (New York Post)

4/9

The city's Water Board Friday proposed a 3 percent increase in water rates to go in to effect in July. The hike -- from $1.60 to $1.65 per 748 gallons -- would add $17 to the average annual bill for a single-family homeowner. Public hearings on the proposed hike -- the smallest since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office -- will be held next month. (Daily News) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Robert E. Knowling Jr. announced his resignation yesterday as chief executive of the New York City Leadership Academy, the Department of Educationís costly and controversial program to recruit and train public school principals. (New York Times)

4/8

City Hall won't tear asunder same-sex marriages performed in Canada or Massachusetts, according to a new city directive that has gay activists cheering. (Newsday) (Daily News)

4/7

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg expressed confidence yesterday that state officials would approve his proposal for a West Side stadium despite a lawsuit threatening to block it. (NY Times)

Enmeshed in a high-stakes game of beat the clock, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday called on state leaders to ignore a lawsuit by Cablevision and quickly approve the hotly disputed plan for a West Side stadium. (NY Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday criticized the disclosure of deliveryman Ming Kung Chen's immigration status, and a city councilman said Chen was "overwhelmed" after days in an elevator and "doesn't want any more media attention." (Newsday)

New Yorkers looking for the perfect volunteer project to fit their busy schedules now have a matchmaker. VolunteerNYC provides links to more than 500 volunteer opportunities in the five boroughs. The mayor urged New Yorkers to take advantage of the new service, which can be accessed at the city's Web site, www.nyc.gov. (Daily News)

4/6

Cablevision yesterday filed suit in an effort to block the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's acceptance of the bid by the Jets for the West Side railyards. (New York Times) (Daily News) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Department of Education officials yesterday repeatedly told a City Council committee that they will not implement a new law intended to reduce bullying in schools because they believe it is superseded by state law. (New York Post)

Several black city leaders, including City Councilmember Yvette Clarke, are pushing for the return of a controversial Fire Department cadet training program they say had helped the department's effort to become more diverse. Clarke recently introduced legislation to re-establish the Fire Safety Cadet Corp. (Newsday)

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta yesterday told a City Council committee that he opposed a council proposal for police and firefighters to do joint training on hazardous materials. (New York Post)

4/5

City Council members threatened yesterday to scuttle an ambitious proposal to rezone an enormous swath of northwest Brooklyn unless Bloomberg administration officials rewrite the plan to include more low-cost housing. (NY Times)

Moody's raised its rating on the city's general obligation bonds yesterday, and Mayor Bloomberg said the move validated his administration's policies. (NY Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will go to Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, whom the mayor called "a quintessential New Yorker in many senses." (Newsday)

4/4

Over the past four years, in a series of increasingly urgent reports, the New York State Commission of Correction has excoriated Prison Health Services for mistakes in the care of 23 inmates who died in city and upstate jails. The commission, which is appointed by the governor to oversee jail and prison standards, has repeatedly condemned Prison Health for flouting state medical standards, hiring poorly qualified doctors and nurses and failing to properly treat several of its sickest patients, who eventually committed suicide - the leading cause of death in American jails.(New York Times)

A group of lawmakers said yesterday that legal residents who hold green cards should be allowed to apply for police officer and firefighter jobs in the city. Currently, only U.S. citizens can become firefighters and police officers. "If you are here in the United States legally, you can serve in the military," said City Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn), who sponsored the bill to change the law. "But that same person would not be eligible to be a firefighter or a police officer." (Daily News)

4/3

City bridges are not aging well, and maintenance isn't able to keep up with the decay, a Post review of federal highway data reveals. Of the city's 1,431 bridges - everything from highway overpasses to East River landmarks - 77 percent are considered either "structurally deficient" or "functionally obsolete," meaning they can't accommodate today's traffic load, compared with only 38 percent statewide and 26 percent nationally. The federal data, along with statistics from the state and city departments of transportation, show the number of bad city bridges increased in 2004 for the first time in a decade. (New York Post)

More than $1 million has been stolen from the city's largest retirement system in a check-skimming scheme that involved at least one insider (New York Post)

4/2

Despite gripes from parents who can't contact their kids, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday cellphones in the classroom are a distraction, despite Schools Chancellor Joel Klein's reviewing the city's mobile-phone ban in public schools after getting tons of complaints from parents who could not reach their kids. (New York Post)

4/1

The board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted unanimously yesterday to sell control of its West Side railyards to the Jets for about $210 million, after several members said the long-term gains from having a football stadium and convention center on the site outweighed a rival bid that offered nearly twice as much money up front. (NY Times) (Daily News) (Newsday)

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's decision yesterday to sell the Jets the rights to build a football stadium on the West Side waterfront may be one of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's greatest victories since he took office three years ago. But it could become his most costly. (NY Times)

The MTA handed Mayor Bloomberg a big personal victory yesterday by approving the West Side stadium plan - but they also gave him a major political headache. (Daily News)

The proposed West Side stadium sailed over a huge hurdle yesterday when the MTA accepted the Jets' bid for the West Side railyards. But there are other barriers to be cleared before the stadium can be built. Here's a look at the next steps in the process and some possible pitfalls. (Daily News)

Fresh off a victory in his battle to build a West Side stadium, Mayor Bloomberg yesterday urged powerhouse senator-turned-lobbyist Alfonse D'Amato to tell his clients at Madison Square Garden to give up their fight against the project. (NY Post)

West Side residents and business owners yesterday were as sharply split as fans for the home and visiting teams after the MTA approved a football stadium for the Jets in their neighborhood. (NY Post)

With the New York Jets' plan to build a 75,000-seat domed stadium approved on a unanimous vote yesterday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the quest to develop the West Side rail yards moved north to Albany, where it faced an uncertain future at the Public Authorities Control Board. (NY Sun) (NY Post)

Three days after filling a pothole in Queens, Mayor Bloomberg returned to the borough yesterday to announce a $3.4 million program for repairing sidewalks cracked by tree roots. (Newsday) (NY Post)

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