WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz

Danny Dromm
Councilman Danny Dromm. (Official Photo)

The Working Families Party is ramping up its rhetoric against charter school exec Eva Moskowitz in a sharply-worded letter set to be released to more than 100,000 members this evening.

The email, titled, “Cloudy with a chance of political pandering” and written by Councilman Danny Dromm, slams Ms. Moskowitz for her decision to close all of her schools on Tuesday so that students can attend a large pro-charter rally in Albany. The event just happens to overlap with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned trip to Albany with advocates to push his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund-universal pre-K. Continue reading “WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz”

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”

De Blasio Dismisses ‘Mistaken’ Reports of Upper East Side Snow-Clearing Snub

Mayor de Blasio at this morning's storm update.
Mayor de Blasio at this morning’s storm update.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended his administration’s snow-clearing efforts, brushing aside allegations that plows skipped the Upper East Side in an act of political revenge.

“They’re just mistaken. No one was treated differently. We believe in a five-bough approach in everything we do,” he told reporters, taking questions during a storm briefing at a Brooklyn firehouse. Continue reading “De Blasio Dismisses ‘Mistaken’ Reports of Upper East Side Snow-Clearing Snub”

De Blasio Appoints Goldman’s Alicia Glen as Deputy Mayor

Alicia Glen. (Photo:
Alicia Glen. (Photo:

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has made another major hire, appointing Goldman Sachs’s Alicia Glen as his deputy mayor for housing and economic development.

Ms. Glen has spent the past 12 years heading the Urban Investment Group at Goldman Sachs, which has committed tens of millions of dollars to funding projects in low-income neighborhoods across the city. She is also widely credited with helping to negotiate the deal that brought the Citi Bike bike share program to New York. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Goldman’s Alicia Glen as Deputy Mayor”

De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’

Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)
Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a pointed critique of his predecessor today, saying Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to acknowledge the city’s growing inequality would mar his administration’s legacy.

The current mayor has spent the past week criss-crossing the five boroughs, touting his accomplishments in areas including job growth, affordable housing construction and his investments in new infrastructure projects, such as the new 7 train extension. Continue reading “De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’”

1199 Leads Effort Boosting Mark-Viverito

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

The city’s powerful healthcare workers union says they are lobbying for one City Council speaker hopeful, Melissa Mark-Viverito, without Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s urging. Continue reading “1199 Leads Effort Boosting Mark-Viverito”

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Launches Transition Efforts

Bill de Blasio and the leaders of his transition team.
Bill de Blasio and his transition team.

Bill de Blasio didn’t waste any time today launching his transition effort, announcing his new transition team leadership the morning after winning the mayor’s race.

Hours after securing one of the most decisive victories in recent history, Mr. de Blasio convened the press to introduce his new team after an hour-long conversation with the current mayor. Continue reading “Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio Launches Transition Efforts”