Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an unusually animated speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning, at one point borrowing a phrase from the once controversial civil rights leader.

“The reverend used a new term … ‘agitation freaks.’ I love that one, I love that. Albany has a lot of agitation freaks,” the governor told the audience at the House of Justice in Harlem, using the term Mr. Sharpton had coined to describe people who are angry all the time just for the sake of being angry. Continue reading “Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’”

Erick Salgado Compares His Struggle for Legitimacy to MLK

Erick Salgado V. Discrimination
Erick Salgado at today’s press confernece

Rev. Erick Salgado has a dream.

That dream is to be included in Quinnipiac University polls of the mayor’s race, like his fellow, better-known, Democratic candidates.

To make his point known, Mr. Salgado held a press conference on the City Hall steps this morning and accused the polling firm, as well as debate organizers and the media, of discriminating against his campaign based on his socioeconomic status and his ethnicity.

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Parents Union: Cuomo ‘Violated the Memory’ of MLK With Education Remarks [Updated]

 Parents Union: Cuomo Violated the Memory of MLK With Education Remarks [Updated]
Andrew Cuomo (Photo: Wikimedia)

NYC Parents Union, a public-education advocacy organization strongly, condemned Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education remarks that invoked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memory.

“Yesterday, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo violated the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by exploiting and manipulating Dr. King’s legacy of empowerment to promote a cynical political agenda that victimizes public school students, their parents and the teachers who are the foundation of public education,” the Parents Union’s statement began, calling on the Governor immediately change course on the issue.

Governor Cuomo announced at an event commemorating Dr. King’s legacy that he’d force the creation of a teacher evaluation systems in order to secure $700 million in federal aid from the Race to the Top program. He also said before the largely African-American audience that current public education policies have become “the great discriminator.”

The statement employed charged language against Governor Cuomo on charter schools in particular, saying that “Dr. King would never support bamboozling parents,” and that “Dr. King would never support pitting African-American and Latino parents against teachers and other unionized workers in the public education system.”

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