8:10 am Apr. 25, 2012
An NY1-Marist poll of New Yorkers showed a majority want the next mayor to make changes in education. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who abolished the old, unbeloved model of school governance to achieve mayoral control of education policy, billed himself as the "education mayor" when first elected in 2001.
The poll didn't ask about specific policies, but rather, overall impressions. Sixty-five percent of households with a child in public school "want the next mayor to change the direction of education policy."
32 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of Republicans approve of Bloomberg's handling of schools. When asked if they wanted the next mayor to "continue with Mayor Bloomberg's education policy," only 25 percent of city said yes.
Randi Weingarten, who led the New York City's teachers' union before taking the helm of the national union, said part of the problem is that teachers are vilified by an administration that sees the union as a massive obstacle to its goals, rather than supported. Speaking on WOR710 this morning, she said teachers are blamed during budget fights, which she said doesn't happen in Asian countries which outperform the United States in school performance.
Ray Kelly said he "still needs challenges" once leaving his current job. [Mike Lupica]
Republican state senator Marty Golden said Kelly would probably be "the odds-on favorite" if he ran. [Celste Katz]
Stringer supporter Scarlett Johansson has an "I [heart] NY" tattoo. [Page Six]
Among the invitees to Quinn's May 19 wedding are Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and county leaders Rep. Joe Crowley and Assemblyman Vito Lopez. [Kate Taylor]
"Mayor Bloomberg has appointed a new technology czar as his administration grapples with overbudget and delayed projects." [Sally Goldenberg]
Staffer Paul Rivera is getting a $50,000 raise, restoring his $130,000 salary. State Senator Diane Savino said, "He aint worth the $80,000 he was earning." [Diane Savino]
"Gov. Cuomo is not a straphanger." [Carl Campanile]
62 percent of New Yorkers want the next mayor "to move in a new direction" on education compared to Bloomberg. [Aidan Gardiner]
56 percent of city voters disapprove of Blomberg's handling of education. "Bloomberg's numbers have not been that low nice Cathie Black was at the helm of the Education Department." [NY1]
The uptick in justified homicides since Stand Your Ground laws were passed is "just a trick of numbers; it occurs because the laws have reclassified what is considered 'self-defense,' not because more people are being shot," says an opponent of gun control. [John Lott]
A critic says putting Paterson on the M.T.A. board is a signal from Cuomo to the M.T.A. and Transportation Workers Union to do "business as usual." [Nicole Gelinas]
Paterson is "very well suited to serve" on the MTA board because he dealt with budgets, "uses transit himself," understands what disabled riders face and he "gets the politics." [Newsday]
"Thank you for restoring the dignity of the House and properly managing your Twitter account," Fox host Andrea Tantaros said, when introducing Rep. Bob Turner. [Page Six]