GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002:The Record

The Record: September 2004

9/30

A little known commission composed of mayoral appointees has granted releases to three inmates convicted in a bribery scandal involving a former New York State senator.(NY Times)

City officials sent out 370,000 checks to homeowners across the city yesterday as part of a property tax rebate proposed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and approved by the City Council last spring. Most of the rebates are $400, though in some cases, those who pay less than that in taxes will receive less back. (NY Times) (NY Post)

Christopher Ward, the city's environmental protection commissioner, has suddenly resigned, making him the highest-ranking official to leave the Bloomberg administration. (NY Post)

With the crowd of hardhats chanting, "Build it now" and "We want the stadium," Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch headlined a rally yesterday championing the construction of a $1.4 billion arena on Manhattan's West Side. (Daily News) (NY Times)

Two City Council members called on Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to investigate whether "political shenanigans" helped shave months off the jail sentence of former state Sen. Guy Velella. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg yellow-flagged the idea of NASCAR racing on Staten Island at a community meeting last night. He said the big problem with putting a track in the borough and drawing thousands of spectators is that local roads "just can't handle the existing number of people here." (Daily News)

9/29

The Board of Elections yesterday certified Jimmy Meng, a Flushing businessman the winner over Assemblymember Barry Grodenchik in the September 14 Democratic primary. However the board said it was continuing to look at voter registrations in the district and could turn the matter over to prosecutors. A review of voter registration records shows a pattern of suspicious registrations in the district, with hundreds of voters giving home addresses that turned out to be businesses like restaurants, hair salons and a plumbing supply store. (New York Times)

City Council yesterday approved a controversial water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park and voted to ban many car alarms. (Gotham Gazette)

The City Council yesterday tried to make the city streets safer -- and less annoying. It voted to ban motorized scooters, hike penalties for drag racing and curb some car alarms. Council also passed a bill requiring Con Ed to conduct annual inspections to protect pedestrians against shocks caused by stray voltage. (Daily News) (Newsday)

City Council signed off yesterday on an agreement between city and state officials under which a $1.3 billion water filtration plant would be built in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. In return, the borough would get more than $200 million for parks projects. (New York Times)

Responding to the electrocution death of a woman walking her dog in January, City Council yesterday unanimously voted to require that Con Edison conduct annual inspections of its equipment and swift repairs of manholes on city streets. (New York Times) (New York Post)

9/28

City Councilmen Dennis Gallagher (R-Queens) and James Oddo (R-S.I.) plan to introduce a bill today establishing a curfew prohibiting anyone under 18 from being in a public place without adult supervision between midnight and 6 a.m. (NY Post)

Bloomberg, when he was on the stump in 2001, vowed to adopt provisions in a rat eradication report by the City Council. Yet now that he is in office, that rat attack has not materialized. With complaints seemingly growing, lawmakers are calling on Mr. Bloomberg to create an agency. (NY Sun)

9/27

New York University hopes the hiring campaign will put its graduate and undergraduate liberal arts programs on sounder footing. (NY Times)

Three years ago, an innovative agreement brought an end to hostilities between the Korean immigrants who ran New York's greengroceries and the thousands of Mexican immigrants who did the groceries' grunt work. (NY Times)

Local lawmakers pledged yesterday to work to reinstate the recently expired ban on assault weapons. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said he hasn't given up trying to renew the ban, which fell by the wayside two weeks ago. (Daily News)

Lugging several cases of water in his arms, Mayor Bloomberg visited a Brooklyn firehouse yesterday and urged New Yorkers to aid victims of the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean and West Indies. (Daily News)

Ground Zero developer Larry Silverstein will be back in court next month for Round 2 of his legal battle to win an additional $1.1 billion in damages for the 9/11 terror attacks that toppled the World Trade Center. (NY Post)

New York state's Independence Party yesterday nominated Ralph Nader for president, giving him a second line on the state's ballot in November that could siphon votes away from Democrat John Kerry. The ticket of Nader and Peter Camejo got 95 percent of the vote during a meeting of party delegates in suburban Albany, party spokeswoman Sarah Lyons said. (NY Post)

9/26

When Assemblyman Robert Straniere of Staten Island lost a primary for re-election, questions were raised about tensions within the Republican Party in the borough. (NY Times)

MOMA now stands for "More Of your Money for Art." The world-renowned Museum of Modern Art is going to charge a staggering $20 for admission when it reopens in November. (Daily News)

The city is trying to "fix" the tragedy of unwanted dogs and cats with $10,000 worth of free spaying and neutering for pet owners who can't afford the operation. (NY Post)

Call it sex, slaughter and the city. Nearly 40 percent of women killed in New York City die at the hands of overbearing men ó and those who leave for a new lover are in the most danger, warns the city Health Department's expert on "femicide," a recently coined term for the murder of women. (NY Post)

City election officials are expanding their probe into an allegedly tainted primary that put Queens businessman Jimmy Meng in line to become the first Asian-American elected to the state Legislature. (NY Post)

9/25

Haitian immigrants in Flatbush, Brooklyn, are raising money and food for their storm battered homeland. (NY Times)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will present a proposal to the City Council on Tuesday to sharply curtail campaign contributions from people who do business with the city. (NY Times)

As Jews observe Yom Kippur, the NYPD will tighten security at synagogues. The Day of Atonement, the most solemn in the Jewish calendar, started at sundown yesterday and will end at sundown today. (Daily News)

A new law prohibits rental-car companies in New York from using global positioning systems to keep track of their customers. (NY Post)

They may be shocked, bewildered, or even amused by the gay sexual-harassment allegations swirling around City Councilman Vincent Gentile ó but Bay Ridge residents yesterday expressed support for their beleaguered lawmaker. (NY Post)

Amtrak wants a federal court to derail its $185 million contract with New York for high-speed train service. (NY Post)

Just as he spoke of the struggle to get facts straight in emergencies, Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday fumbled at least one fact from an emergency of more than 11 years ago. (Newsday)

A foreign-born steamfitter who sued for $2 million after he was severely scalded in the New York Hilton's basement does not have to tell the hotel's lawyers whether he is an illegal alien, a Manhattan judge has ruled. (Newsday)

A Brooklyn criminal court judge is under investigation for an incident over the summer in which he allegedly stepped down from the bench and placed his hand on an attorney he was arguing with, said an attorney representing the jurist. (Newsday)

Forget about taking a bus ride up to Harlem. You would get to Philadelphia faster on the train than you would to Harlem on a city bus. (Newsday)

9/24

The Bloomberg administration announced yesterday the creation of an emergency public communication system for New York City, modeled on the federal system, to enable the mayor to get emergency information to the public quickly through television and radio stations. (NY Times) (Daily News) (NY Post)

Mayor Bloomberg yesterday defended the NYPD's personnel practices after the city settled a discrimination suit filed by Latino officers. (NY Post)

A City Council committee Thursday approved a bill to ban the sale and operation of miniature motorcycles. (NY 1)

The man accusing City Councilman Vincent Gentile of sex harassment went public yesterday with his story - detailing how he rebuffed a relentless series of overtures from his boss. (Daily News) (NY Post)

A former Mafia-busting prosecutor, Nelson Boxer became Mayor Michael Bloomberg's surrogate on the board of the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy. (NY Times)

9/23

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday announced goals for reducing the number of homeless people in city shelters and programs that he hopes will help the city meet those goals. (Newsday) (New York Times)

The male staffer who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Brooklyn City Councilmember Vincent Gentile got a promotion and an $8,000 raise just two months ago, city records show. (Daily News)

The allegation that City Councilmember Vincent Gentile harassed a male staffer has had an impact in his district, in gay political circles and in City Council. Gentile has called the charges "absurd." The Bay Ridge council member, who voted against the gay rights bill when he was a state legislator, has also dismissed as absurd previous accounts that he is gay. (Newsday)

The City Council trial of another council member, Allan Jennings of Queens, on sexual harassment charges was delayed yesterday when his lawyer said Jennings had to be rushed to the hospital. The nature of Jennings' illness was not disclosed. (News York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday said the City Council had moved too slowly to investigate the sexual harassment charges against Councilmember Allan Jennings. (New York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was stuck in a subway delay for about 45 minutes Tuesday night but says he still thinks "mass transit is the way to go." (Daily News) (New York Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday he might be open to supporting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's request for a hike in MetroCard prices but he said the agency should look at other ways to correct its budget problems first. (Newsday)

City Comptroller William Thompson Jr. yesterday called on the city to sue Con Edison for the $300,000 cost of cleaning up a water main break in Washington Heights in October. (Newsday)

9/22

The City Council has received a sexual harassment claim against a second member. Council sources have identified him as Vincent Gentile of Brooklyn, who has been accused by a male aide of harassment. Gentile said he was not aware of the claim against him and denied the charges. The council yesterday held closed-door hearing on allegations filed last year against Councilmember Allan Jennings of Queens. (New York Times) (Daily News) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Allan Jennings has subpoenaed eight of his City Council colleagues to testify at his misconduct hearing. Many expressed mystification as to why they were called. (New York Post)

Clarence Norman, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, yesterday nominated Justice Louis J. Marrero, for a second 14-year-term in State Supreme Court, virtually assuring him of election in November. Norman did this even though a panel formed to screen potential judicial candidates found Marrero "unqualified." (New York Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has met with President George W. Bush privately on several occasions and who was listed as a host of Monday's fundraiser for the president, seems to be avoiding appearing publicly with Bush. Bloomberg attributes this to scheduling conflicts. (New York Times)

Before a small Staten Island group yesterday, Bloomberg took the president's side with a bit more zest than usual. "I'm voting for George W. Bush and it's mainly because I think we have to strike back at terrorists," Bloomberg said before dedicating a new park along Bloomingdale Road. "To argue that Saddam Hussein wasn't a terrorist is ridiculous. ... He used mustard gas or some kind of gas against his own people." (Newsday)

As he ate a sausage hero, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pronounced the San Gennaro festival free of mob taint. (New York Post) (Daily News)

9/21

In the case of the prosecutor who was demoted because he infuriated his boss, a federal judge ruled yesterday that a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney can collect a $30,000 jury award against District Attorney Charles J. Hynes.

The former prosecutor, Robert C. Reuland, who has become a novelist, won the award in July after a short but bitter trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. The jury found that Mr. Hynes demoted Mr. Reuland over a comment he had made in a magazine interview. (New York Times)

Closed-door hearings into sexual-harassment charges against City Councilman Allan Jennings began yesterday with tearful testimony from two of his alleged victims. (New York Post)  http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/30644.htm (Newsday)

If terrorists detonate a nuclear bomb in the city, as many as 1 million people will have to be tested and treated for radiation and officials will confront mass hysteria that could cause as many casualties as the device, experts say. But more than three years after the 9/11 attacks, the city Health Department only now is creating a plan to deal with a doomsday scenario. The department says it will award a $150,000 contract later this year — funded by the federal Department of Homeland Security — for a step-by-step blueprint detailing the city's reaction to a nuclear disaster. (New York Post)

9/20

New Yorkers are healthier than they were just a decade ago, according to figures released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office (NY Times)

There is not "one shred of evidence" that protesters arrested during the Republican National Convention were locked up for long periods to keep them from joining other demonstrations, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. (Daily News) (NY Post)

After the second rainstorm in a month flooded subways over the weekend, Mayor Bloomberg said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority should spend more money on pumps for the 100-year- old system. (NY Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday tried to put a positive spin on a report which shows subway crime went up in four of the city's five boroughs during the Republican National Convention earlier this month. (NY1)

9/19

Those who live or own businesses in the far West Side of Manhattan have begun to resist the city's redevelopment plan for the area, fearing that it will dislodge them from there. (NY Times)

Last year, about 50 percent of the 15,800 homeless children living in New York City shelters transferred to a new school, and some transferred more than once. (NY Times)

Roberto Donaire was excited to start high school this year. But the second week of school starts tomorrow and the Brooklyn freshman still has no high school to call home. (Daily News)

Demonstrators gathered outside the Pier 57 yesterday to protest conditions at the former bus depot that was used to house detainees during the GOP Convention. (Daily News) (NY Post)

Central Brooklyn, its political might rooted decades ago in the civil rights era, is on the cusp of change that promises to usher in leaders with different agendas but a similar need to forge alliances across racial and ethnic lines, insiders say. (Newsday)

The city plans to spend up to $8 million to fund full-time nurses in more than 100 private and parochial schools. (Newsday)

9/18

Two days after his surprising primary defeat of an incumbent assemblyman, Jimmy K. Meng sat in his campaign office in Flushing, Queens, greeting a stream of well-wishers and reflecting on a victory that places him on the path to be the first Asian-American member of the State Legislature. (NY Times)

This week's Democratic primaries for five seats on Civil Court in Brooklyn were notable because the Kings County Democratic Party, stung by corruption scandals, refused to endorse any candidates. And the results showed a tight race that seemed to reflect the absence of any dominant voice in Brooklyn Democratic politics. (NY Times)

More than 300 bicyclists were arrested during the demonstrations against the Republican National Convention. While the riders were released within days, many of their bikes have been locked up for three weeks. (NY Times) (Daily News)

The Education Department has impressive emergency plans but does a poor job of "informing parents about school plans, conducting drills... and maintaining emergency supplies." (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday the city is "going in the right direction" in combating school violence, despite a 12 percent jump in major crimes on campuses last school year. (NY Post)

Under heavy pressure from the Archdiocese of New York, Mayor Bloomberg agreed yesterday to spend $8 million to restore taxpayer-funded nurses to many private schools. (Daily News)

Investigators were checking fingerprints taken from an Upper East Side dry cleaner where Mayor Bloomberg's gal pal's fur coat was snatched along with other furs and several hundred dollars. (NY Post)

A top-level bargaining session has been scheduled for Monday to avoid a strike the following day by 2,500 home health care workers, officials said Friday. (Newsday)

Citing the high number of construction jobs the West Side stadium is expected to create, a coalition of unions yesterday announced it would fight Cablevision's campaign to kill the project. (Newsday)

The city and state are helping to speed delivery of aid to Grenada and Jamaica in the wake of Hurricane Ivan's destruction. (Newsday)

Rep. Anthony Weiner, a potential New York City mayoral candidate in 2005, has been fined $47,000 to settle fundraising violations in his 2000 campaign for Congress. (Newsday)

9/17

Raising the pressure as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg prepares to release his 20-year waste management plan, city lawmakers and community advocates said yesterday that the city should use barges rather than trucks to move commercial trash to out-of-state landfills. (NY Times

New evidence suggests Mayor Bloom-berg is quietly pulling the plug on the controversial bilingual education program, education watchdogs said yesterday. (Daily News)

A showdown is looming between the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg over the hot-button issue of taxpayer-funded nurses in private and parochial schools across the city. (Daily News)

9/16

The complex, often contradictory, nature of the data found in the Mayor's Management Report, an annual compendium of municipal performance measures, illustrates the difficulty of using the report to draw sweeping conclusions about the state of the city. Such limitations, however, rarely stop the mayor's office from trying. (NY Times)

With the intention of grading the Bloomberg administration and the Department of Education on how well they are managing the city's public school system, City Councilwoman Eva S. Moskowitz issued her version of a learning plan yesterday, detailing what it would take to pass her tests with high marks. (NY Times)

City Council leaders yesterday sought more public scrutiny of the mass arrests of protesters during the Republican National Convention, and one councilman angrily threatened to seek a subpoena to compel Bloomberg administration officials to answer their questions. (NY Times) (NY Post)

Agents blanketed the city with almost 10 million parking tickets last fiscal year - a blizzard of orange that netted City Hall a record $537 million. (Daily News)

The Bloomberg administration is quietly intensifying its campaign to severely limit the amount that can be donated to political candidates by people who do business with New York City. But at the same time, the City Council is cobbling together its own legislation to increase the legal limits on campaign contributions. (NY Times)

9/15

City Councilmember Bill Perkins said yesterday that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's response to the arrest of bystanders during the Republican National Convention was "disdainful" and "irresponsible." The City Council is slated to hold hearings today on the arrests but mayoral aides say they will not testify because the arrests are the subject of continuing litigation. Perkins said a refusal to testify would be a slap in the face of the people of the city. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that he was not convinced that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority really needs its proposed fare increase and criticized the agency's plan to hold just one public hearing on the increase in the city. The MTA plan would leave the base subway and bus fare at $2, but would raise the price of 30 and 7 day unlimited ride MetroCards. (Daily News) (Newsday) (New York Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a rare criticism of President George W. Bush yesterday saying the president could have done more to keep the ban on assault weapons from expiring on Monday. "These guns are designed to kill people," he said. "And they have no business, under any part of the Constitution, of being on the streets of our cities and even in the countryside." (Newsday) (Daily News)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Governor George Pataki, are honorary chairs of a multimillion dollar fundraiser for George Bush next week. It will cost thousands of dollars to attend the exclusive dinner with the president. (New York Post)

9/14

Two years after it appeared to largely abandon recycling, the Bloomberg administration is expected to announce today that it is signing a 20-year contract with one of the nation's largest recycling companies. The most ambitious component of the plan is the construction of a $45 million plant on the Brooklyn waterfront to recycle all the city's residential metal, glass and plastic, officials said yesterday. (New York Times)

Two former prosecutors will represent Mayor Bloomberg on the board of the embattled San Gennaro Feast committee, officials announced yesterday. (Daily News) (New York Post)

9/13

While dissatisfaction with Albany has yet to translate into a widespread, throw-the-rascals-out movement, in a handful of races from Buffalo to the Bronx, insurgent candidates are taking on Albany's ways and its legislative leaders this year. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg warned yesterday there will be no Olympics in New York come 2012 unless plans to build a new Jets stadium on Manhattan's West Side hit the fast track. (Daily News) (NY Post)

9/12

More than 600 people have filed a class-action lawsuit contending they suffered health problems from the cleanup of the World Trade Center, officials said yesterday. (Daily News)

The city Department of Education has chosen to spend more than $100 million in new state funding on pet programs such as math and English "coaches," teacher mentors and opening new schools - even as dozens of schools are being forced to slash their budgets. (NY Post)

State election officials are looking into a political action committee set up by Mark Green after the former mayoral contender used more than $7,000 from the fund for travel, hotels, restaurant meals and other expenses, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

9/11

As chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee, David I. Weprin received donations to his re-election campaign from the New York Jets. (NY Times)

The city faces possible fines for failing to release protesters who had been held for longer than 24 hours without being arraigned. (NY Times) (Newsday)

News of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's plan to hold fifth graders to the same promotional standards he introduced for third graders crept through the New York City public school parental grapevine yesterday, a day after he announced it. (NY Times)

It has become increasingly common in recent years for the children of New York City politicians to seek elective office themselves. But nowhere has that been more pronounced than in the Bronx, where several members of the City Council and the legislature have followed their parents' footsteps into politics. (NY Times)

A majority of New Yorkers who responded to a recent poll said they did not think it was a good idea for New York City to play host to the Republican National Convention last week. (NY Times) (Daily News)

A small group of Democratic state lawmakers called Friday for amending the State Constitution to eliminate one house of the State Legislature, abolish the state's public authorities, overhaul a budget process that has produced 20 late budgets in a row and put an end to the gerrymandering of legislative districts. (NY Times)

Gov. Pataki was among a dozen state leaders around the nation who have been mailed booby-trapped envelopes rigged to burst into flames, authorities said yesterday. (Daily News)

The Port Authority and scores of firms hurt by the 9/11 attacks filed lawsuits yesterday in an 11th-hour bid to recover billions of dollars in damages. (NY Post)

Support for bringing the 2012 Olympics here declined after the Republican National Convention, but most New Yorkers are still wild about the Summer Games, according to a poll released yesterday. (NY Post)

Dashing Democratic hopes for pre-election overrides of Gov. Pataki's state budget vetoes, the Republican leader of the state Senate has told colleagues not to return to Albany until mid-November. (Newsday)

9/10

Proclaiming that the city's new effort to hold back failing third graders has been a success, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that he would expand the policy to fifth graders. (NY Times) (Daily News) (NY Post) (Newsday)

After implementing massive school reforms the past two years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has the next 10 months to prove that the changes made a difference. The mayor asked to be judged on his education record, and what happens in the schools this year could determine whether voters return him to City Hall next fall. (Daily News)

The City Council struck back at bullies yesterday, passing a law that requires city schools to crack down on the punks over Mayor Bloomberg's veto. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg has gotten serious about negotiating a new teachers contract, taking the city's demands for an eight-page contract off the table, union officials said yesterday. (Daily News)

Cracking down on unruly students, expanding the number of charter schools and pressing for more state funding are among the top priorities for the upcoming school year, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said yesterday. (NY Post)

A day after a lightning-fast downpour brought hours of unexpected transit chaos, several elected officials said better storm drain and pump maintenance, and clearer communication, might have eased the problems. (Newsday)

9/9

Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein said yesterday that in the coming school year he hoped to expand efforts to address disciplinary problems in the city's schools, one of the hottest issues last year. (NY Times)

Con Ed would have to inspect its equipment annually to safeguard against electrocutions under a bill passed by a City Council committee yesterday. (Daily News)

9/8

The City Council will hold a hearing next week on the police handling of protests during last weeks Republican National Convention. The hearing will focus on the use of Pier 57, a former bus garage on the West Side, to hold arrested protesters. (Daily News)

Several City Council members, as well as civil liberties advocates, charged yesterday that the city violated the rights of protesters during the Republican National Convention by holding the arrested demonstrators for longer than 24 hours. (Newsday)

Owners of landmarks who neglect the properties could face stiff new fines under a bill now being considered by City Council. (New York Times)

9/7

The city won $1 million in lawsuits last year against people who damaged municipal property — nearly twice as much as in the previous two years, according the City Comptroller's Office. (NY Post)

9/6

Despite Outflow, City Schools Administration Is Said to Remain Solid By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN The management team of New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein has been in constant flux, with important posts changing hands virtually every month. (NY Times)

A Queens city councilman wants the city to snuff out sales of increasingly popular novelty cigarette lighters that could be mistaken for toys by kids. (Daily News)

9/5

Ever since State Senator Olga A. Mendez changed her registration from Democrat to Republican, other Democrats have been hoping to capture her seat. (NY Times)

Although Rudolph W. Giuliani is an abortion rights supporter, his name will grace a new $25 million trauma center at a Catholic hospital in Manhattan. (NY Times)

The New York Yankees' plan for a new $750 million, open-air stadium in the Bronx, which they hope to announce publicly at the end of the month, is winning generally positive reviews so far in meetings with elected officials and city agencies. (NY Times)

THE chicest protest against the GOP conven tion took place in the Hamptons Thursday afternoon when City Council Speaker Gifford Miller held his Bush-Bloomberg-bashing party to raise money for his own 2005 mayoral run. (NY Post)

9/4

By 7 a.m. yesterday, the police had reopened all the exits of Pennsylvania Station. By 10 a.m., workers had taken down a billboard wrapped around the Condé Nast building in Times Square that read "Democracy is best taught by example, not war." By 1 p.m., Capt. Danny Mulligan of the New York Police Department was telling drivers on Eighth Avenue that they would soon be able to make that left turn onto West 31st Street. (NY Times)

In his attempt to carefully position himself between his Republican guests and his reluctant host city, Michael R. Bloomberg showed New York City two mayors this week. (NY Times)

The number of failing city schools dropped this year, but a quarter of New York's 1,200 schools are still so bad that kids have the right to an immediate transfer. (Daily News)

Almost all of the city's 5,500 new teachers are on the payroll for September - a vast improvement over last year, when scores of rookies weren't paid until months after school started. (Daily News)

Al Qaeda plans to use fuel-laden trucks to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and one of the tunnels to New Jersey between Sept. 24 and Oct. 10, an anonymous tipster recently warned federal authorities. (NY Post)

FDNY brass had a sobering message for emerging leaders of the scandal-rocked department yesterday: They are responsible for the moral conduct of the men under their watch. (NY Post)

9/3

Shrugging off the surprise star-status of one of his bitterest local critics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday said he was glad the Uniformed Firefighters Association endorsed President George W. Bush. (Newsday)

9/3

Shrugging off the surprise star-status of one of his bitterest local critics, Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday said he was glad the Uniformed Firefighters Association endorsed President George W. Bush. (Newsday)

9/2

Chancellor Joel Klein is daring ivory tower eggheads to take onthe tough task of running some of the worst schools in the city. (Daily News)

9/1

John B. Mattingly, New York City's new commissioner of children's services, says his first days in office have been demanding and intense. (NY Times)

Richard T. Roberts, former chairman of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to one count of making false statements to investigators about a vehicle bought with $38,000 in city funds that he used for personal purposes. (NY Times)

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