De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’

Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)
Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first deputy mayor this morning provided a rosy assessment of the administration’s tenure so far, concluding that “we’re in a pretty credible place,” despite a “few bumps along the way.”

Speaking to business leaders, lobbyists and reporters at a Crain’s New York Business breakfast forum in Midtown, Mr. Shorris broke with the mayor and acknowledged the pace of appointments in the administration has been “a bit slower than some.” Continue reading “De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’”

‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools

Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mika Brzezinski, wearing a universal pre-K button. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly half an hour this morning talking education on Morning Joe, where he got an earful from the show’s hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who hammered the new mayor for his allegedly antagonistic stance toward charter schools.

“I don’t understand your positions on charters,” stated Mr. Scarborough. “The waiting list is 50,000. And it’s not a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan that want to get in there, it’s some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children of colors.” Continue reading “‘Morning Joe’ Cast Grills de Blasio Over Charter Schools”

‘Don’t Believe the Hype’: Bill de Blasio Insists He’s Not Out to Destroy Charter Schools

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing for the second time since taking office on the rollicking hip-hop station HOT 97, insisted he was not an enemy of charter schools this morning and skewered the press for its coverage of the controversy.

“I’m feeling like they’re making you look like you’re anti-charter school,” remarked one of the station’s morning show hosts, giving the mayor–whom they referred to as “our favorite mayor”–an opportunity to defend himself. Continue reading “‘Don’t Believe the Hype’: Bill de Blasio Insists He’s Not Out to Destroy Charter Schools”

Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio

Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)
Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)

Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz continued her media tour this morning, slamming “so-called progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to pull the plug on three of her schools.

“We have a mayor in the City of New York who says he’s a progressive on the one hand, but wants to deny poor kids in Harlem an opportunity, a shot at life,” said Ms. Moskowitz, speaking to a receptive audience on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Continue reading “Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio”

Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again

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With less than a month to go until the state budget deadline, Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany for the fourth time since his election to press his case to lawmakers reticent to let the city raise taxes on the wealthiest residents to fund universal pre-K.

At a rally at the Washington Armory, which several noted stood half-empty, Mr. de Blasio, joined by city lawmakers and supporters, tried yet again to make his case that the tax made moral and logical sense. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Takes His Pre-K Case to Albany Once Again”

Cuomo Joins Charter Advocates at Rally Critical of de Blasio

Andrew Cuomo speaking at the rally. (Photo: Twitter/MatthewLWing)
Andrew Cuomo speaking at the rally. (Photo: Twitter/MatthewLWing)

It was a tale of two rallies.

In another round of the political chess between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mr. Cuomo spoke today at a rally framed by Mr. de Blasio and his supporters as an attempt to undermine the mayor’s education agenda. Continue reading “Cuomo Joins Charter Advocates at Rally Critical of de Blasio”

De Blasio Dismisses Moskowitz Charter Protest as ‘Sideshow’

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio today dismissed planned protests in Albany by charter school operators and advocates next week as a “sideshow” that he insisted would not distract from his pre-K push

Success Academy Charter School head Eva Moskowitz will be shutting down all of her schools this coming Tuesday to join more than 2,000 charter school advocates from across the state in Albany to push lawmakers to support their schools. The date happens to coincide with the new mayor’s planned descent upon Albany to convince reticent state lawmakers to support his plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthy to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs. Continue reading “De Blasio Dismisses Moskowitz Charter Protest as ‘Sideshow’”