8:37 am Sep. 24, 2012
Sometimes, in public schools, consent is assumed.
That's the case in a more than a dozen city high schools in which a program was launched making contraceptives and the morning-after pill available to students. Relatively few parents have objected to the program, according to the Times. The ones who did had to sign and return an "opt-out" letter sent home with their kids. If the letter was not returned, the student was eligible to receive the contraceptives and morning-after pills.
Former assemblyman MIchael Benjamin argues that presumptive approval doesn't apply to many other school activities, like going on field trips or getting aspirin from the school nurse.
But the administration says that if students don't get the medical attention in school, they could get it just as easily from privately run health facilities, making parental consent more or less meaningless.
According to the Times, the new program is an expansion of a similar one that has existed for several years, which put privately run health centers in certain city schools.
Jill Desrosiers, a longtime City Council aide, is leaving for a job with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Here's how Margaret McGuinness, an assistant to Quinn's chief of staff Chuck Meara put it in an email on Friday: "After 7 years, 8 months and 29 days with Speaker Quinn’s office, along with 4 years with Speaker Gifford Miller and 2 years with Councilmember Eva Moskowitz, Jill Desrosiers is leaving the Council to take a position with Governor Cuomo … Her wisdom and patience will be a huge loss. There is very little that has happened here that doesn’t have Jill’s fingerprint on it."
She helped launch CouncilStat and organize countless events. The going away party is on Thursday at 43 Murray Street (downstairs).
"I thought we were in charge of the hope and you were in charge of the change … You want us to fix it? Look, if you make a Facebook page, we'll like it. It's the least we can do. But it's also the most we can do."--Seth Meyers responding to Obama saying you can't change Washington from the inside
"Campaigning is just too hard … I ask myself, 'Is it worth it?'"--Bill Clinton
8:15 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after he makes an announcement the New York Public Library, at 42nd St. and Fifth Ave., in Manhattan.
9 a.m. The Council's Mental Health and Disability Services Committee considers legislation about signage for accessible facilities and a resolution making September 'Suicide Awareness Month' on the 14th Floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.
9:30 a.m. The Council's Housing and Buildings Committee considers Intro 730, dealing with salary reporting requirements for some companies building affordable housing units, in the Committee Room in City Hall.
10:30 a.m. The Council's Rules, Privileges and Elections Committee considers Paula Berry and Henry Wan's appointments to the Waterfront Management Advisory Board, and Susan Grossman's appointment to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, in the Committee Room in City Hall.
11 a.m. Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others speak at the Jewish Community Relations Council press conference announcing their "Most Unwelcome" campaign, 343 E. 43rd St., in Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. Quinn holds a pre-stated press conference in the Red Room of City Hall.
1 p.m. The City Council will override a mayoral veto, and consider other bills, in the Council Chambers, at City Hall.
1 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement in the Red Room of the Capitol, in Albany.
6:15 p.m. Stringer hosts a Hispanic Heritage event, at Raymi Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar, at 43 W. 24th St., in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Councilman Brad Lander hosts a participatory budget meeting at the Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton St., in Brooklyn.
7 p.m. Councilman Jumaane Williams joins Brooklyn Young Democrats as talk with students, in the State Room on the 5th Floor of SUBO, on the Brooklyn College campus, 2990 Bedford Ave., in Brooklyn. [time fixed]
7:15 p.m. Stringer speaks at the NYC Hospitality Alliance launch event, at Catch Roof, 21 Ninth Ave., in Manhattan.
8 p.m. Stringer speaks at Trivia Night with Pat Kiernan, at Highline Ballroom, at 431 W. 16th St., in Manhattan.
"The flood of spending doesn't appear to have significantly influenced voter opinion in key states in the presidential contest or in top congressional races." [Neil King Jr.]
"60 Minutes" gets that Romney interview Steve Kroft was wondering about. [Capital]
The "60 Minutes" interview foreshadows the debates. Obama: "So, if Governor Romney is suggesting that we should start another war… he should say so." [John Broder]
Obama and Romney are "holding more fund-raisers than public campaign events" and speaking more candidly there, too. [Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker]
Mitt Romney packed the Univision forum. [Andrea Tartar]
"Romney's team was allowed to bus in rowdy activists from around southern Florida in order to fill the extra seats at their town hall." [McKay Coppins]
"Largely unreported, however, was the applause Mr. Ryan received [at the AARP event]." [Wall Street Journal]
Barack Obama's new 47 percent ad comes as Romney hits Ohio. [Maggie Haberman]
Robert Morgenthau: "For every soldier killed in combat, 25 veterans are dying by suicide." [Wall Street Journal]
The Chicago Teachers strike, as a revolt against standardized tests, school closings and funding cuts. [Karen Lewis an Randi Weingarten]
Rep. Michael Grimm's office was vandalized. [Gerry Shields]
Grimm: "I do believe this is a politically motivated crime …" [Jill Colvin]
"Police said they had found no evidence of forced entry at [Rep. Michael Grimm's] campaign headquarters." [Shane Dixon Kavanaugh]
House Majority PAC hits Republican challenger Randy Altschuler over outstourcing. [Youtube]
More anxiousness from the business community about replacing Bloomberg at City Hall. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bloomberg is encouraging hospitals to replace junk food with healthy food in their vending machines. [Simon Weichselbaum and Tracy Connor]
City Council Speaker Quinn and Council finance chairman Domenic Recchia co-wrote an op-ed about why the Council is overriding the mayor's veto on a bill to require more transparency in the city's affordable housing programs. [New York Post]
Quinn, Recchia, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and councilmembers Melissa Mark-Viverito and Julissa Ferreras held a press conference at Hudson River Park where a 21-year-old woman was raped. [Joseph Goldstein and Alex Vadukul]
In light of recent attacks in city parks, Quinn said "Now is not the time to consider cutting the vital services we need to keep New Yorkers safe." [Julie Shapiro]
The New York City Board of Elections isn't included in the Mayor's management report, but Councilman Brad Lander's bill would change that. [Brigid Bergin]
The mayor's management report shows it takes too long to get a response from some city agencies. [David Seifman]
A follow-up to the Post's scoop about the morning-after pill and other contraceptive given to some high school students notes that parents aren't objecting, and students could get this stuff at privately run clinics. [Anemona Hartocollis]
The original story said parents had to return an "opt-out" form sent home with their kids if they objected to the program. [Susan Edelman and Cynthia Fagen]
Ironically, few other school functions rely on that "presumptively enrolled" strategy, a former Democratic assemblyman writes.[Michael Benjamin]
Arguments for scrapping the slogan "If you see something, say something." [Dwyer Gunn]
Cuomo hiked in the Adirondacks with his commissioners and reporters.
And: "In New York City, you walk around, you’re not a big shot,” Cesar A. Perales, New York’s secretary of state, said. “But you walk around in a place like Waterloo in Seneca County and people are so glad to see you." [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo will seek private bidders to run the state's horse race tracks. [Fred Dicker]
The scandal over the payout to sexual harrassment victims of Assemblyman Vito Lopez is B.S. [Rex Smith]
A once-supportive editorial board sours on Cuomo changing Albany. [New York Post]
A woman who wrote comments online defending Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is really a man who works for him. [Carl Campanile and Reuven Fenton]
The new Brooklyn Democratic County Leader, Frank Seddio, not unlike the old boss. [New York Post]
Politics at the Emmys
Homeland: Best Drama Series
Damian Lewis, Homeland: Best Lead Actor, Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland: Best Lead Actress, Drama
Game Change: Best Miniseries or Movie
Julianne Moore, Game Change: Best Lead Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Jay Roach, Game Change: Best Directing, Miniseries or Movie
Danny Strong, Game Change: Best Writing, Miniseries or Movie
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Best Variety, Comedy or Musical Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep: Best Lead Actress, Comedy
Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife: Best Guest Actress, Drama
The 60 Minutes interview starts off with questions about Romney's inconsistencies. [CBS News]
In light of Obama's gaffe about not being able to change Washington from the inside, Seth Meyers asks "What are you doing?" [Saturday Night Live]
The undecided voters have some important questions. "And be specific." [Saturday Night Live]
Great quotes on Bill Clinton from longtime friends. [Erica and Edwin Yoder]