Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’

Public school advocates protest in lobby
Public school advocates protest in lobby

Step aside, “Status Cuomo.” Hello, “Quid Pro Cuomo.”

A small crowd of public school parents and advocates stormed the lobby of midtown building where Gov. Andrew Cuomo was believed to have a meeting this afternoon. Waving “Quid Pro Cuomo” posters, the two dozen or so protesters rallied against proposed budget language that would give the state government some jurisdiction over city schools. Continue reading “Public School Advocates Protest ‘Quid Pro Cuomo’”

Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center

Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan's Family Justice Center
Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan’s Family Justice Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, shared the podium today with political heavyweights and women’s rights leaders, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, to announce the opening of Manhattan’s new Family Justice Center.

Continue reading “Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center”

De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall

Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor de Blasio took his pre-K campaign to the blogosphere this afternoon, inviting a group of parent bloggers to City Hall for  a discussion on preschool and after-school programs, which he is fighting to expand.

“We need Albany to hear concerns of parents in our city and provide the resources,” said Mr. de Blasio, who has launched a massive push to try to convince lawmakers in Albany to approve a tax on the city’s richest residents to fund the programs. Continue reading “De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall”

Video: NYPD Chief Bill Bratton Reads to Children

Bill Bratton reading to children yesterday.
Bill Bratton reading to children yesterday.

Bill Bratton believes in the power of a good book.

The city’s new police commissioner often credits a children’s book named “Your Police” with inspiring his early interest in police work. And on Wednesday, he visited the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch to share his love of reading with a new generation of New Yorkers. Continue reading “Video: NYPD Chief Bill Bratton Reads to Children”

De Blasio Budget Director Gets Praise, Muffins at First Council Hearing

Finance Chair Julissa Ferrera and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speak at budget hearing
Finance Chair Julissa Ferrera and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speak at budget hearing

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget director appeared in front of the City Council today–but instead of the usual heated grilling, was met with apologetic and thankful council members who celebrated the mayor’s agenda.

They even offered him muffins. Continue reading “De Blasio Budget Director Gets Praise, Muffins at First Council Hearing”

Melissa Mark-Viverito Joins Adriano Espaillat on the Campaign Trail

Melissa Mark-Viverito introduces Adriano Espaillat to constituents.
Melissa Mark-Viverito introducing Adriano Espaillat to constituents this morning.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hit the campaign trail with congressional hopeful State Senator Adriano Espaillat this morning, putting her weight behind the man who hopes to dethrone the dean of New York’s Congressional delegation.

Mr. Espaillat yesterday launched his campaign to unseat Congressman Charles Rangel, who is running for his 23rd term representing his uptown district. Ms. Mark-Viverito endorsed Mr. Rangel in a contest between the two back in 2012, when he won narrowly, but this time has sided with Mr. Espaillat, suggesting that he could earn significant backing from the city’s new class of elected officials. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Joins Adriano Espaillat on the Campaign Trail”

Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts

Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers
Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers

A Department of Education contract with milk providers has gone sour, the city’s new comptroller charged today.

Scott Stringer’s first major audit of city schools has revealed evidence of collusion among the dairy companies that provide milk to school children, Mr. Stringer told reporters at a press conference this morning. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts”