Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations

Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

The gloves are coming off in the City Council.

Brooklyn City Councilmen Vincent Gentile, David Greenfield and Mark Treyger blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education today for failing to halt a slew of co-locations in their districts.

The Department of Education announced earlier today that they would be pulling the plug on nine previously approved school co-locations, including three charter schools–drawing praise from the teachers’ union and fire from charter advocates, who charge the decision will leave thousands of children fighting for alternate space come September. Continue reading “Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations”

Bill Bratton Will March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

Bill Bratton will march in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a decision that will separate the police commissioner from Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council, which is officially boycotting the Irish-American celebration.

Parade organizers have drawn fire because they do not allow groups with signs or banners identifying themselves as LGBT to march. Continue reading “Bill Bratton Will March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Farina.
Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step today to reverse the previous administration’s schools agenda, withdrawing nine co-locations approved last year, including three for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies.

“If there is one thing school communities should know, it’s this: we’re going to do things differently,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. “Today, we are turning the page on the approach of the past. We are going to listen and be responsive like never before, and that will be reflected in everything we do.” Continue reading “Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations”

Espaillat Launches Bid for Congress: ‘We’re Very Optimistic We Will Win’

Adriano Espaillat's kickoff rally.
Adriano Espaillat’s kickoff rally.

State Senator Adriano Espaillat kicked off his rematch campaign against Congressman Charlie Rangel this afternoon, vowing to unify the district as he attempts to defeat the state’s longest-serving congressman once again.

Standing in front of dozens of supporters at the gilded United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, Mr. Espaillat promised “a big tent approach to politics. As big as this room, if not bigger.” Continue reading “Espaillat Launches Bid for Congress: ‘We’re Very Optimistic We Will Win’”

De Blasio Rallies Troops for Final Pre-K Push

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio joined by labor leaders who support his signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed about 200 supporters to Gracie Mansion last night to urge them to do all they can to push his plan to raise taxes on the city’s richest residents to fund universal pre-K.

Members of the crowd, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent clergy members, as well as labor leaders, developers, education activists and administration officials, were asked to get their friends and colleagues involved in pushing the “UPKNYC” plan to reticent Albany lawmakers, according to those in attendance. Continue reading “De Blasio Rallies Troops for Final Pre-K Push”

Annabel Palma Will Not Run for Congress

annabel palma photo lg Annabel Palma Will Not Run for Congress
Councilwoman Annabel Palma. (Photo: NYC Council)

Bronx Councilwoman Annabel Palma will not run for Congress, despite a flurry of recent media reports suggesting that she would challenge longtime Congressman José Serrano.

A source close to Ms. Palma confirmed to Politicker that Ms. Palma would not launch the challenge. News of her dropped bid was first reported by the Bronx TimesContinue reading “Annabel Palma Will Not Run for Congress”

Liam Neeson Is a ‘Little Bit Pissed Off’ at Bill de Blasio

Liam Neeson on The Daily Show.
Liam Neeson on The Daily Show last night.

Mayor Bill de Blasio may have a seemingly endless parade of celebrity backers, but actor Liam Neeson will likely never be one of them.

The Irish star denounced Mr. de Blasio on The Daily Show last night, once again taking the mayor to task for his vow to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city. Continue reading “Liam Neeson Is a ‘Little Bit Pissed Off’ at Bill de Blasio”