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District

Borough

Name

Elected

Can't Run

Can Run

1

Manhattan

Freed

1991

2001

2003

2

Manhattan

Lopez

1997

2003

2005

3

Manhattan

Quinn

1999

2009

2013

4

Manhattan

Moskowitz

1999

2009

2013

5

Manhattan

Miller

1996

2003

2005

6

Manhattan

Eldridge

1989

2001

2003

7

Manhattan

Michels

1977

2001

2003

8

Manhattan/Bronx

Reed

1997

2003

2005

9

Manhattan

Perkins

1997

2003

2005

10

Manhattan

Linares

1991

2001

2003

11

Bronx

Eisland

1979

2001

2003

12

Bronx

Warden

1991

2001

2003

13

Bronx

Provenzano

1997

2003

2005

14

Bronx

Carrion Jr.

1997

2003

2005

15

Bronx

Rivera

1987

2001

2003

16

Bronx

Foster

1977

2001

2003

17

Bronx

Espada

1997

2003

2005

18

Bronx

Cruz

1991

2001

2003

19

Queens

Abel

1991

2001

2003

20

Queens

Harrison

1985

2001

2003

21

Queens

Marshall

1991

2001

2003

22

Queens

Vallone

1973

2001

2003

23

Queens

Leffler

1977

2001

2003

24

Queens

Povman

1971

2001

2003

25

Queens

Sabini

1991

2001

2003

26

Queens

McCaffrey

1985

2001

2003

27

Queens

Spigner

1973

2001

2003

28

Queens

White, Jr.

1991

2001

2003

29

Queens

Koslowitz

1991

2001

2003

30

Queens

Ognibene

1991

2001

2003

31

Queens

Watkins

1991

2001

2003

32

Queens

Stabile

1993

2001

2003

33

Brooklyn

Fisher

1991

2001

2003

34

Brooklyn

Robles

1985

2001

2003

35

Brooklyn

Pinkett

1973

2001

2003

36

Brooklyn

Robinson

1991

2001

2003

37

Brooklyn

Malave-Dilan

1991

2001

2003

38

Brooklyn

Rodriguez

1997

2003

2005

39

Brooklyn

Dibrienza

1985

2001

2003

40

Brooklyn

Clarke

1991

2001

2003

41

Brooklyn

Boyland

1997

2003

2005

42

Brooklyn

Wooten

1981

2001

2003

43

Brooklyn

Golden

1997

2003

2005

44

Brooklyn

Dear

1981

2001

2003

45

Brooklyn

Henry

1993

2001

2003

46

Brooklyn

Berman

1975

2001

2003

47

Brooklyn

Lasher

1993

2001

2003

48

Brooklyn

Nelson

1999

2009

2013

49

Staten Island

O'Donovan

1981

2001

2003

50

S/Brooklyn

Oddo

1999

2009

2013

51

Staten Island

Fiala

1997

2003

2005

State of the State


Governor George E. Pataki surprised New York City schools advocates with a series of education proposals in his January 2000 State of the State address aimed at expanding the State's public school teaching force. The measures put education at the center of his annual address for the first time in the five years he's been in office. New initiatives include college scholarships for 5,000 undergraduates a year who pledge to teach in designated areas, and $2,000 for teachers with temporary licenses to help them achieve permanent certification. Citing famous New Yorkers Colin Powell and Billy Joel, who, theoretically, are barred from teaching under current certification rules, the Governor also proposed creating an alternate credentialing route for people who have established themselves in other fields.

Public school advocates reacted with a mixture of enthusiasm and skepticism. Jill Chaifetz, director of Advocates for Children, said, "We think these are terrific ideas. The only thing is, just a year ago the governor vetoed a slew of proposals just like these." State Assemblyman Steven Sanders, Democrat of Manhattan, chair of the Education Committee, said, "This is the same Governor who vetoed out of existence a teacher mentoring program that had been in the budget for years. So I can't help but be a little bit skeptical of his sincerity. Maybe the latest poll results influenced him but whatever the reason, I'm pleased."

Farber Sounds Off:

The New York City public school system has a huge staffing problem ahead. Of the 75,000 teachers currently in the system, 50,000 will become eligible for retirement within the next few years. In other words, the governor's initiatives, if they are funded fully, a big if -- don't go far enough. Jill Chaifetz, director of Advocates for Children, says, "There was this huge influx of teachers sort of as part of the baby boom and now they're all hitting retirement age. The Governor's proposal is so much better than what we have now. But 5000 is only beginning to touch the shortage." Governor Pataki and the legislature are going to have to work together a lot harder to expand New York City's teaching staff, or City kids will never meet the state's tough, welcome, new academic standards.

Peggy J. Farber is freelance journalist specializing in children's issues. Her reporting on conditions of NYC children has appeared in City Limits Magazine as well as on National Public Radio.

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