The mayor of New York does not usually take time from his schedule to mingle with academic deans from Finland. Continue reading
This spring, a potential minor disaster loomed in the otherwise charmed life of Mike Bloomberg’s administration. A top official at NYC-TV was arrested and charged with siphoning tens of thousands of dollars out of his agency’s coffers and into his pocket.
The new city television network was created with much ado by Bloomberg, a media mogul and the station’s leading champion. The mayor has hailed its hip new shows, like Secrets of New York, which stars a glamorous model in a form-fitting black vinyl trench coat darting about the city. Continue reading
A small plane and a tour helicopter carrying five Italian tourists collided and fell into the Hudson River and onto the New Jersey waterfront Saturday, and authorities believed all nine people aboard the two aircraft were killed.
The accident, which Mayor Michael Bloomberg called “not survivable,” happened just after noon and was seen by hundreds and maybe even thousands of people out enjoying a crystal clear summer day.
The law that gave Mayor Bloomberg control of city schools expired at midnight. That means the Board of Education is back. Earlier this morning, the five borough presidents gathered at Gracie Mansion to determine their appointees; the mayor also makes two appointments. The newly reconstituted board’s first meeting is expected to take place at noon today. Their first order of business will be a vote on whether to keep Chancellor Joel Klein on the job. So far, most of the borough presidents have said they want to keep the system stable, but Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz would not commit. The seven-member board includes:
First Deputy Mayor Patricia E. Harris (Mayoral appointee)
Deputy Mayor for Operations Edward Skyler (Mayoral appointee)
Dr. Dolores Fernandez (Bronx Borough President appointee)
Carlo Scissura (Brooklyn Borough President appointee)
Jimmy Yan (Manhattan Borough President appointee)
Deputy Borough President Edward Burke (Staten Island Borough President appointee)
Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development Dennis M. Walcott (Queens Borough President appointee)
The mayor, the governor, two borough presidents and union leaders all warned yesterday that “chaos” is coming to the public schools if the deadlocked state Senate doesn’t extend mayoral control of city schools.
Unless paralyzed lawmakers act by tomorrow night, power over schools will shift from the city Education Department to a defunct Board of Education.
“As of July 1st, It will spiral New York’s public school system and education process into chaos,” Gov. Paterson said. Continue reading
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s popularity has started to drop, as he’s tripped up by the ongoing economic crisis as well as proposed budget cuts, battles with the city council, the term limits fiasco.
Here’s what Erik Engquist had to say inCrains New York.
Mayor Bloomberg showered cash on key City Council members with the power to kill a term-limits extension bill in the last year.
Members of the council’s Government Operations Committee have received millions from Hizzoner’s slush fund, a once-secret pot of taxpayer money the mayor doles out to favored lawmakers for their pet causes.
All the members are Democrats who will decide whether the change in term limits - which the mayor needs in order to run for a third term – goes before the council for a full vote. Continue reading