9:07 am Jun. 22, 2012
The New York Post calls the teacher evaluation bill that passed Albany yesterday a "diss" to the public. They also said the Republicans in the State Senate suddenly dropped their opposition to it in order to avoid the wrath of the teachers union in the upcoming election, and specifically to help Republican Marty Golden of Brooklyn.
Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday said the legislation was a compromise and included "important points" raised by the teachers union and "reflects much of [Bloomberg's] perspective."
Bloomberg yesterday said in a statement, "I believe that parents have a right to full disclosure when it comes to information about their child’s education, and I am disappointed that this bill falls short of that goal."
It's another victory for the Cuomo Method: He introduced the bill just before the legislative deadline earlier this week, refused to negotiate it, and got it passed. It's also a blow to Bloomberg, who has spent millions of dollars to help the Senate Republicans, but only saw one of the members in that conference, Andrew Lanza of Staten Island, vote against the bill.
amNew York's front page headline: "Teachers Win."
Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has no public schedule.
9:45 a.m. The City Council's Committee on Standards and Ethics meets to discuss Councilman Ruben Wills' behavior in the A.G. investigation, on the 16th Floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan. [Capital]
10 a.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer tours P.S. 75 with Princess Letizia of Spain at 735 West End Avenue in Manhattan.
10:45 a.m. Brewer greets students, parents and faculty at the HS 541: Manhattan/Hunter High School of Science graduation ceremony at 695 Park Avenue in Manhattan
6:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg presents a key to the city to Mets pitcher Johan Santana at Citi Field.
A video of what happens when President Obama visits New York City. [Zena Barakat, Doug Mills, Jamie Williams]
Wendy Long "has a long record of involvement on the national level"; Bob Turner "has failed thus far to gain any real traction in the intra-party race" and Long's "national connections" could help her fund-raise against Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. [New York Post]
"Buyers from China and Hong Kong accounted for $9 billion of U.S. home sales in the 12 months ending in March, up 89% from 2010." [Lauren Schuker]
"Can Pro-Equality Hakeem Jeffries Hold Off Late Surge by Charles Barron?" [Paul Schindler]
Rep. Charlie Rangle danced at his fund-raiser. [Kate Taylor]
"Profiling works," said Republican consultant John Doherty, who said the program may "need to be a little tweaked." [RNN]
Rep. Eliot Engel is not disclosing the details of the "personal loan" he received from a longtime friend and campaign contributor, but a spokesman said it was cleared by the House Ethics Committee. The committee doesn't comment on such matters. [Benjamin Lesser and Alison Gendar]
Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wants the New York City Housing Authority to account for the results of a federally funded study. [Greg Smith]
Republicans in the State Senate backed Cuomo's bill to avoid the teachers union's wrath in the elections. [Erik Kriss]
"The Legislature got behind Cuomo’s version of public disclosure only because Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch made clear that she had no choice but to release the ratings when they are next prepared in August. That’s why the teachers unions surrendered as well." [Daily News]
Bloomberg said he was "disappointed" in the teacher evaluation bill. [Lisa Fleisher]
Flashback: Cuomo said the bill "reflects much of his [Bloomberg's] perspective." [Capital]
"The bill is a coup for teachers unions." [Pam Allen]
State Senator Andrew Lanza, a Staten Island Republican and Bloomberg ally, voted against the bill. [Joseph Spector]
Education Fight: Eva Moskowitz defends the colocation of one of her schools in Harlem. [Daily News]
The Senate's Republican majority leader, Dean Skelos, stands behind his conference's decision to block Cuomo's bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. [Glenn Blain]
"The Grinches of Gastronomy" [Ross Kaminsky]
"Attempts at bike sharing trace back to utopian experiments in mid-1960s Amsterdam." [Jon Gertner]
Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman David Greenfield want the state to require teachers applying to work at private schools to submit fingerprints for background checks. [Sally Goldenberg]
A plan to limit store front sizes to 40 feet for most businesses, and 25 feet for banks, passed the Land Use Committee. [Sally Goldenberg]
Councilman Larry Seabrook's wife showed up to his trial and "sat stone-faced" as a witness discussed another woman Seabrook frequently saw. [Bruce Golding]
"We're all about immigration," Cuomo said in finally endorsing Obama's immigration plan a week after it was announced. [Dana Rubinstein]
"If [David] Duke really wanted to help Barron, he might consider a donation. Barron reported just $11,000 in cash on hand." [Reid Pillifant]
Christine Quinn got top billing in a speech by a Bloomberg deputy about business-friendliness. [Dana Rubinstein]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a massive cut to a program he called vital back in 2005. [Azi Paybarah]