8:54 am Jun. 18, 2012
A deal on teacher evaluations between Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature could be at hand.
The agreement reportedly would be to provide evaluations of individual teachers to parents but only to allow the general public to see evaluations by school and grade, not by teacher name. The deal would provide a level of anonymity that the teachers union had been calling for, and that Cuomo has signaled he'd support.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who supports a full public release of the evaluations, predicts that a partial release of teacher data will be hard to manage.
The deal isn't finalized.
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10 a.m. Michael Bloomberg joins federal housing secretary Shaun Donovan at 700 Brook Avenue in the Bronx.
10:20 a.m. NY-07 candidate Erik Dilan gets endorsed by 15 building trade unions, on the steps of City Hall.
11 a.m. Bloomberg breaks ground at Soundview Park at Metcalf and Seward Avenue in the Bronx.
1 p.m. Donovan joins state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for a major announcement at 180 Oser Avenue #800 in Hauppauge.
6 p.m. Critics of NY-08 candidate Charles Barron rally at 2915 Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn.
"Given the anemic employment numbers and the pack of billionaire GOP sugar daddies smelling blood after their Wisconsin victory, a reboot of hope and change would truly be the reelection campaign’s most self-destructive option." [Frank Rich]
Stephen P. Biddle: "Both candidates have to pretend that the U.S. presidency is far more influential over events than it really is" but " to admit this is to look weak or to seem to evade responsibility … So both candidates tacitly agree to pretend that their policies are capable of righting the American economy while their opponent’s would sink it, when the reality is that both are in thrall to foreigners’ choices to a degree that neither would acknowledge." [Peter Baker]
"[T]here are so many similarities between the Romney and Obama [health care] reforms that Romney appears to have developed selective amnesia as he panders to the conservative right." [Buffalo News]
NY-18: Richard Becker. "We are concerned about [Sean Patrick Maloney's] work with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer."
NY-13: Clyde Williams. "To represent this district, [Adriano Espaillat] would have to reach out to a wider constituency of African-Americans, whites and Asians."
NY-08: Hakeem Jeffries. "Charles Barron is an embarrassing ideologue."
NY-07: Nydia Velazaquez. "[Erik] Dilan’s close ties to the Brooklyn machine are enough to disqualify him."
NY-06: Grace Meng: "Meng knows how to build bridges, but she is also prepared to fight."
From the G.O.P. debate, Bob Turner: "I think George [Margos]’s suggestion that we school Senator Schumer in economic reality would be an interesting challenge." [Thomas Kaplan]
Charles Barron is a "shameless racial demagogue" and "By every conceivable measure, Hakeem Jeffries is the far better choice." [New York Post]
Clyde Williams want to talk to voters. [Kate Taylor]
Adriano Espaillat funded a nonprofit that later went out of business and left four people out of work. [David Seifman]
The Post endorses Espaillat. [New York Post]
The next mayor may end up having to reckon with a $1 billion budget hole, now that the taxi medallion sale was blocked. [David Chen]
Bil de Blasio, who supported a lawsuit to block the taxi medallion sale, is suing to block Bloomberg's cuts to child care programs. [Erin Durkin]
Bloomberg's ban on cell phone in schools cost city students $4.2 million, according to a New York Post study. [Pedro Oliveira Jr., Natasha Velez and Yoav Gonen]
The city and state comptroller's have pension funds invested with Al Gore's company. Greg Floyd, a NYCER trustee said Gore's connection was "under the radar." Later he had no problem with it, so long as it was financially prudent. [Chuck Bennett and Carl Campanile]
More on City Councilman Vincent Gentile's aide, Justin Brannan, whose lyrics "for those I love I will sacrifice" later became a tattoo on a soldier who lost his left arm and both legs. [Rich Calder]
Flashback: Brannan tells me "It's a lyric I wrote in my mom's house when I was 16." [Capital]
Nine people were arrested. [Antonio Antenucci, Sally Goldenberg and Beth Defalco]
Before the march, Bloomberg said he and the NYPD Commissioner could do a "better job" of managing police interactions with the public. [Pervaiz Shallwani and Alison Fox]
"As many marchers dispersed, police officers at 77th Street and Fifth Avenue began pushing a crowd that defied orders to leave the intersection, shoving some to the ground and forcing the protesters to a sidewalk, where they were corralled behind metal barricades. After protesters pushed back, the officers used an orange net to clear the sidewalk, and appeared to arrest at least three people." [John Leland and Colin Moynihan]
Cuomo may have struck a deal to raise the state legislators salaries to over $100,000. The deal will also raise salaries for agency commissioners. [Fred Dicker]
Mario Cuomo, Joe Percoco and Andrew Cuomo were unhappy with how they were treated by Bloomberg's staff at Ground Zero and now Cuomo is holding up state funds for the 9/11 memorial, according to sources. Cuomo's spokesman called the connection "a lie." City Hall declined to comment. [Josh Margolin]
In a rebuff to Bloomberg, Cuomo's deal reportedly would make teacher evaluations available to parents, not the public, in writing. The broader public would have access to the all the teacher evaluations without the teacher names. [Jacob Gershman and Lisa Fleisher]
The state legislature needs to act in order to prevent sweeping disclosure of teachers from going into effect. [Fred Dicker]
Cuomo is reportedly done negotiating on teacher evaluations. [Ken Lovett]
A deal on the Justice Center legislation bolsters outside oversight of state facilities. [Danny Hakim]
Senate Democrats say they won't let the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference push them around. [Ken Lovett]
Flashback: Don't reward flip-flopping, warned Charles Barron. [Youtube]
“'The Newsroom' gets so bad so quickly that I found my jaw dropping. The third episode is lousy (and devolves into lectures that are chopped into montages). The fourth episode is the worst. There are six to go." [Emily Nussbaum]