9:30 am Mar. 15, 20131
The United Federation of Teachers is proposing a dramatic reduction in the powers mayors have over the New York City public school system.
The union's president Michael Mulgrew refused to call it an end to mayoral control of schools, which Michael Bloomberg won and which none of his major would-be successors have expressed support for overturning, but instead described the proposal as a "check" on the mayor's power.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn quicly aid, through a spokesman, that she opposed the union's plan.
Her rivals, so far, have sounded less decisive.
City Comptroller John Liu released a statement largely embracing the plan, which would reduce the number of appointments made by the mayor to a decision-making panel, among other measures: "We are reviewing the UFT plan, which at first look bears much resemblance to the governance proposal we released earlier this year."
A spokesman for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said he'd release his own plan, without stating his opinion on what the UFT was proposing. His spokesman said: "Bill appreciates reform ideas, and will be laying out his own vision for educational reform."
Former Councilman Sal Albanese said some of the union's suggestions were good, but others in the recommendation were just "nonsense."
Bill Thompson, a former head of the Board of Education who has been vocally criticial of the administration's latest round of school closures, hasn't commented on the UFT's proposal.
"I don’t condone any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police officers." — Carol Gray
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman brokered a deal to ensure criminal and mental health background checks will be performed at about 80 percent of the gun shows in the state. [Thomas Kaplan]
Councilman Jumaane Williams said outsiders are coming into East Flatbush and inflaming the tensions between residents and the police in the wake of Kimani Gray's death. [J. David Goodman]
"[T]he reaction to [Cuomo's] presence illustrated the political challenges he faces upstate." [Erica Orden]
New York City Board of Election officials fear their employees would steal iPads if the Board gave them out to use during elections. [Erin Durkin]
The first person arrested under New York State's new gun control law is a 32-year-old upstate man who allegedly sold now outlawed firearms to an undercover agent. [Tom Precious]
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.'s former chief of staff testified, in detail, about an alleged bribery scheme she said he orchestrated. [Mitchel Maddux]
There are 105,000 registered Muslim voters in New York City, according to the newly launched Muslim Democratic Club of New York. [instagram]
"I do not want to go out there and inflame things," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg when asked about the violence in East Flatbush following the police shooting death of 16-year-old Kimani Gray. [Dana Rubinstein]
A critic of Andrew Cuomo gets bumped up to primetime on MSNBC. [Reid Pillifant]
2013: The year of the mayoral candidate forums. [Azi Paybarah]
City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu said nobody could have stopped an undercover agent "intent on deceiving" a campaign. [Azi Paybarah]
UFT president Michael Mulgrew defended his plan to restructure mayoral control of public schools, saying in an interview "These are things that are done in other cities that have mayoral control" and "We were the only school system without a check, without a check and balance." [Azi Paybarah]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review, discusses the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference (CPAC) and the future of the Republican Party. [WNYC] @BrianLherer @RichLowry #CPAC
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: experts discuss franking, it's impact on Pennsylvania and its implication for Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York. [Talk1300] @FUD31
10 a.m. Vernoica White, commissioner of the New York City Parks Department, testifies at a budget hearing hosted by the New York City Council Committee on Parks and Recreation, on the 16th Floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. @NYCParks @mmViverito @ElizCrowleyNYC @JulissaFerreras @Dromm25 @JimmyVanBramer #NYCparks #NYCbudget
10:30 a.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends a ribbon cutting ceremony at Community Health Academy of the Heights, 504 West 158th Street, Manhattan. @NYCschools
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg launches Time Square recycling, at the pedestrian plaza at Broadway and 46th Street, in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #RecycleNYC
11 a.m. NYCHA's plan to allow private development on some of their property is the topic that will be examined at an oversight hearing, hosted by the New York State Assembly Committee on Housing, in Room 1923 on the 19th Floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. @Wright4Harlem @AlecBrookKrasny @KarimCamara @VanessaLGibson @CarlHeastie @BrianKavanaghNY @wtMosleyiii @DanQuartNY @LindaRosenthal #NYCHA #NYhousing
Noon. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio calls for the "immediate passage" of Paid Sick Leave bill, at his office, 15th Floor of 1 Centre Street, Manhattan. @BilldeBlasio #PaidSick
Noon. New York City Comptroller John Liu joins constituents from State Senator Jeff Klein's districts join religious leaders in calling for the state lawmakers to pass a bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour and indexed for future increases, at Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse (161st Street), Bronx. #MinWage #RaiseTheWage
1 p.m. Rose Gill Hearn, commissioner for the Department of Investigation, testifies at a budget hearing hosted by the New York City Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations, on the 14th Floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. @JumaaneWilliams @cmDebiRose @MarkWeprin @PeterKoo2009 #NYCprobe #NYCbudget
6 p.m. Assemblyman Jose Rivera has a fund-raiser, at Sea Shore Restaurant, 591 City Island Avenue, Bronx. [Facebook] @RevolutionJR
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall:" Ali Nahmi and Linda Sarsour, founding members of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York; a tour of Leroy Comrie's district; and the Reporters Roundtable. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @Ali_Najmi @Lsarsour @MDCny #MuslimVote #NYC2013 @LeroyComrie #CD27
More on George Pataki's endorsement of John Catsimatidis, and the $260,000 Catsimatidis spent on the campaign so far. [Michael Grynbaum]
The endorsement was announced in a press release. [Celeste Katz]
Pataki's endorsement of Catsimatidis puts him "in conflict with a good chunk of his gubernatorial administration." [Carl Campanile]
Christine Quinn and John Catsimatidis both spent about a quarter of a million dollars during this filing period. [Michael Howard Saul]
Quinn and Lhota oppose the UFT's plan to dramatically restructure mayoral control of public schools. [Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile]
A New York City Board of Elections official again warned they are unable to hold a runoff election two weeks after the primary this fall. [Andrew Grossman]
A roundup of the endorsements in the Queens borough president's race. [Joe Anuta]
City Hall / City Council
Quinn's "spokesman said the council could override the speaker and force a vote [on Paid Sick Days] by getting signatures from seven members." [CBS New York]
The number of residents receiving food stamps more than doubled over the last 10 years, according to City Hall figures released yesterday. [Carl Campanile]
City officials fear they'll have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to a Republican plan in Albany to expand bus services for yeshivas. [Glenn Blain and Ken Lovett]
A chart about New York City's population trends. [WSJ]
How Ed Koch started a tradition at the St. Patrick's Day parade. [Sam Roberts]
Kimani Gray's mother said, "I don't condone any riots, any looting, any shooting, anything against any police." [Tamer el-Ghaobashy and Mary Cuddehe]
Women who report domestic abuse allegations are themselves subject to a criminal check by NYPD officials. [Jamie Schram and Dan Mangan]
State officials are considering whether to extend, again, the temporary millionaire's tax. [AP]
The extension of that millionaire's tax is worth about $2 billion. [Tom Precious]
The fate of the minimum wage hike and proposed casinos are unclear. [Erik Kriss]
Schneiderman said five more gun show operators may also sign onto the plan. [Erik Kriss]
City Councilwoman Letitia James wants Schneiderman to investigate whether some charter schools are unfairly harsh with disciplining some of their students. [Lorena Mongelli]
Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell wants to ban schools from sharing students' personal info with private companies. [Tina Moore, Ben Chapman and Corinne Lestch]
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will speak at CPAC. [Tom Wrobleski]
Andrew and Mario Cuomo have different opinions about the new pope. [Sharon Otterman and Danny Hakim]