8:55 am Aug. 23, 2012
In recent days, labor-backed education advocates have been targeting StudentsFirstNY, an organization set up to keep Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policies in place after he leaves office next year.
This morning, some of those advocates are gathering for a protest outside home of Dan Loeb at 10 am and later in front of corporations run by, Ken Langone and Paul Tudor Jones,two of the organization's wealthy private supporters [times and locations fixed].
The pro-union critics have tried distilling the substance of the debate (charter schools, teacher tenure, standardized tests, teacher evaluations) into a process question, which is whether politicians are accepting direct donations or other support from StudentsFirstNY.
Organized under the name New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, the critics have noted that StudentsFirstNY shares some donors with Mitt Romney. (StudentsFirstNY notes that they have supporters affiliated with both major parties.)
StudentsFirstNY is in a position to put real resources behind the candidates of its choice. The unions are trying to see to it, even at this early stage, that the support comes at a price.
"You're in my district, so when you leave, try and be quiet. I don't want any complaints at the district office tomorrow"--City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at the Manhattan Young Democrats' Getting it Done awards party.
10:30 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo attends the opening of the New York State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., in Syracuse.
11am: Union-backed education advocates, students and others protest StudentsFirstNY supporter Ken Langone, at 980 3rd Ave., in Manhattan.
11:30 am: Union-backed education advocates, students and others protest StudentsFirstNY supporter Paul Tudor Jones at 265 E. 66th St, and 2nd Ave. in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after he joins Google, Mashable, and Tumblr to announce new tool kit to help online companies grow,at the Queens Business Solutions Center, 168-25 Jamaica Avd., 2nd flr., in Queens.
11:30 a.m. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer joins Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and local children for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Neufeld Playground, Riverside Park at W. 76 St., in Manhattan.
Noon. Brewer receives and packs farm-fresh produce for her Westside Senior Supported Agriculture Food Bag Program at Goddard Riverside Senior Center, 593 Columbus Ave. at West 88 St., in Manhattan.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give the closing prayer at the Republican National Convention. [Sharon Otterman]
Supporters of the Paid Sick Leave bill fear Council Speaker Christine will get behind a watered-down version of the bill like the one in Connecticut. [Sally Goldenberg]
"Supporters of sick-leave bill say Council Speaker Christine Quinn is partially to blame for death of Brooklyn grocery store worker." [Tina Moore]
Some people listed on campaign material as supporting incumbent Democratic state senator Shirley Huntley are actually staying neutral. [Irving DeJohn]
"Bloomberg never made a serious attempt to get a taxi bill through the City Council." [New York Post]
The NYPD disciplined about 20 employees for racists posts they published about the West Indian Day parade. [Joseph Goldsetin]
The City Council voted to ask scientists to come up with plans to deal with the effects of climate change. [Erin Durkin]
Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke glowingly about the power of government. [Carl Campanile]
"Cuomo insisted, however, that the forum was about moving New York forward, not advancing his presidential aspirations." [Erin Durkin and Ken Lovett]
Hydrofracking was not discussed at Cuomo's event. [Jacob Gershman]
Campaign finance reform will be a major priority for Cuomo for the remainder of his term, according to John Podesta. [Thoams Kaplan]
How the state's fancy online voter registration works: "When someone fills out a registration form, the DMV will print out the document and snail-mail the paper to the proper board, where clerks will type in the data by hand." [Daily News]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was criticized for not disciplining Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, who is under at least two investigations for alleged misuse of public funds. [New York Post]
The F.B.I. is now investing Rivera too. [Candice Giove, Jeane Macintosh and Eric Kriss]
"Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera is in one hot mess." [Roberto Perez]
For the fifth time, a judge ruled a tax to help the M.T.A. raise money was unconstitutional. Similar rulings have been overturned four times already. [Michael Schwirtz]
More on State Senator Malcolm Smith and Lil Wayne. [James Barron]
Bill Clinton cut a "keep going" ad for Obama. [Reid Pillifant]
Former governor Bill Richardson, who ran for president in 2008, jokes about Cuomo and Iowa. [Reid Pillifant]
As Quinn is pelted with questions about the mayor's stalled five-borough taxi plan, it's worth noting that she and Bloomberg's staff "negotiated for months" on it without striking a deal. [Dana Rubinstein]
One solution, proposed by Councilman Lew Fidler: "hail zones." [Sally Goldenberg]
Voters in Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo's district in Queens started getting mailers criticizing him, from a little-known PAC. [Azi Paybarah]