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.
Tale of Two Snowplows
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.”
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.
changing of the guard
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.
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.
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.
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.
we are family
If Joe Lhota is bummed about the expected outcome tonight, he isn’t showing in.
While most are predicting a blowout victory for Democrat Bill de Blasio, Mr. Lhota repeatedly insisted this morning he still thinks he can win, despite trailing by more than 40 points in the final public polls.
Mayoral front-runner Bil de Blasio assured this evening that his family has “no delusions of grandeur” despite being plastered all over the city’s television sets and newspapers.
In an interview with NY1, the Democrat spent some time reflecting on the media hype surrounding his family.
Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota dismissed a new poll out this morning that shows him being creamed by his Democratic challenger and brushed off criticism that he doesn’t have the fire in his belly to win.
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows Mr. Lhota trailing Bill de Blasio by 50 points, 71 to 21 percent. But Mr. Lhota wasn’t letting the bad news get him down during a Fox 5 interview shortly after the numbers were released.