Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations

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

The gloves are coming off in the City Council.

Brooklyn City Councilmen Vincent Gentile, David Greenfield and Mark Treyger blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education today for failing to halt a slew of co-locations in their districts.

The Department of Education announced earlier today that they would be pulling the plug on nine previously approved school co-locations, including three charter schools–drawing praise from the teachers’ union and fire from charter advocates, who charge the decision will leave thousands of children fighting for alternate space come September. Continue reading “Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations”

Brooklyn Councilman Decries ‘Tale of Two Boroughs’ in Bridge Tolling Plan

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, seen from Brooklyn. (Photo: Wikipedia)
The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, seen from Brooklyn. (Photo: Wikimedia)

First, there was the “tale of two cities.” Now, according to one Brooklyn councilman, there’s a “tale of two boroughs.”

Councilman Vincent Gentile raged yesterday against a new tolling plan for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that will slash prices for Staten Island residents and truck drivers but leaves everyone else, including his Brooklyn constituents on the other side of the bridge, without the discount.  Continue reading “Brooklyn Councilman Decries ‘Tale of Two Boroughs’ in Bridge Tolling Plan”

Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs

Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers earlier this month. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will preside over the first full meeting of her tenure tomorrow, doling out prized committee assignments to early backers while trying to appease those who fought her in the hours leading up to her election as speaker.  Continue reading “Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs”

Brooklyn Councilman to the Oxygen Network: ‘Take This Show Off the Air!’

brooklyn 11223 Brooklyn Councilman to the Oxygen Network: Take This Show Off the Air!
(Photo: Oxygen)

Bay Ridge Councilman Vinnie Gentile is calling for the Oxygen network to take off the air a new program called, “Brooklyn 11223,” a show that has been called “as trashy as “Jersey Shore.”

Oxygen’s announcement of “Brooklyn 11223” said the series will offer “a voyeuristic look into the lives of a group of twentysomething friends whose once rock-solid friendships have been torn apart by betrayal.”

The exact nature of the betrayal isn’t completely clear, but Oxygen teases that it will involve “one friend [who] may have betrayed another by seducing a boyfriend.”

Continue reading “Brooklyn Councilman to the Oxygen Network: ‘Take This Show Off the Air!’”

Vinnie Gentile Has ‘Challenging Conversation’ With DCCC

img 8819 Vinnie Gentile Has Challenging Conversation With DCCCBrooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile is forging ahead with plans to challenge incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm.

Mr. Gentile  told The Politicker that he had a long conversation with officials from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week.

“They set the parameters for me,” he said. “It was a challenging conversation.” Continue reading “Vinnie Gentile Has ‘Challenging Conversation’ With DCCC”