In the Summer of 2009 the city's newspaper publishers along with developers and other special interests decided to clear the way for a third term for Bloomberg. A good part of the scheme was for the publishers of the city's newspapers to use their editorial pages to push that only with Bloomberg leadership can New Yorkers avoid the pain to the economic meltdown. What is becoming clear was that those special interests that the mayor made money for conspired to overturn the Term Limits Law for their own profit. Evaluating Bloomberg: "[B]eneath it all remains the resentment that many New Yorkers feel about how Bloomberg worked to overturn term limits so he could stick around at City Hall."
November 10, 2010 Daily News Editorial
Why Did the Daily News Reversing Course Urging Bloomberg to Run Again?
Black Helped Zuckerman the Daily News Owner Cash In
Back when Black was CEO of Hearst, she sold several buildings in the 55th Street area to Boston Properties and Madison Equities for $160 million, according to the Observer. Zuckerman and Madison Equities had planned to build an 850,000-square-foot office tower at 250 West 55th Street, but plans fell through in February of last year. In 2001, the News was the only big daily to endorse Bloomberg. Of course, at that time, Bloomberg held a half-million dollars in stock in Boston Properties, as reported by the Voice in 2008. In fact, Zuckerman himself has endorsed every candidate that Bloomberg has, including Reshma Saujani, who was widely criticized for her close ties to Wall Street. The relationship between Bloomberg and Zuckerman doesn't end there. The mayor signed off on air rights for Zuckerman's property on 250 West 55th, the same parcel Black's company sold to Boston Properties.* Cathie Black Gets a Free Pass from Business Pal Mort Zuckerman's Editorial Page (Village Voice)
NY Post Has A $2.5 Million With the DOE
NY Post Pushes Steiner To Make Black Chancellor
How ironic that state Education Commissioner David Steiner seems set on insisting that New York City's next schools chancellor come complete with a portfolio of meaningless "credentials." Steiner's 'standard' (NYP) * Today's NYP Editorial "We strongly supported Bloomberg's right to appoint Black. (That's what mayoral control is all about.)
News Corp Hired Joe Klein to Help Them Get Into the Billion Dollar Education MarketA Closer Look at the City’s Online Learning Contracts (NYT)
NYT Does A Puff Piece for Black When She Became Chancellor
Today's NYT Monday Morning Quarterbacking
The Times chides Bloomberg for picking Black in the first place and calls her replacement, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, a “sensible, solid choice.”
Quinn As Always Backs the Mayor's Black
Black, A Snow Storm and A Skilled Governor Sinks the SS Bloomberg
“It’s laughable,” said former Staten Island BP Guy Molinari, a onetime Bloomberg supporter. “His numbers are in the toilet. He’s trying to convince people that he’s better than they think he is. It’s outrageous. Only someone with his kind of money can do that.” * John Heilemann on Morning Joe: Bloomberg Hates Admitting Mistakes
News Analysis: Growing Image of a Stumbling Bloomberg (NYT) * Mayor Makes a U-Turn(WSJ) * Bloomberg changes course on controversial Black in the nick of time (DN) *Mayor finally realized his ship had taken a hit with Black(DN) * Story behind mayor's decision to dump flailing schools chancellor (NYP) * With abrupt departure of NYC schools chancellor, 3rd term woes deepen for Mayor Bloomberg (SI Advance)* Bloomberg changes course on Cathie Black just in time, but it's 'unclear' if he's learned from it(DN) * Bloomberg Says Time to Move On Over Schools Chief (NYT)* Today in El Diario: So Long, Cathie Black
Covering Schools: Black's departure blankets the media * Covering Schools: "I don’t feel I’ve missed much by not talking to chancellors," says the New York Times education columnist.* Education Psychology: "Black got the worst of both worlds: she was disdained for being brand new to public education, but she was also seen as the embodiment of all the things that had infuriated people about Bloomberg-Klein."
Cathie Black is 'Fine,' Bought Running Shoes, Could Head to Time Inc. or NPR (Village Voice) * Cathie Black's First After School Interview: 'I'm a Warrior' (Village Voice) * Cathie Black tells FORTUNE: "If I were a guy, would I have had the pounding that I did?" *Cathie Black Speaks: 'It Was Like Having to Learn Russian'(NYO)
Black wrote to Bloomberg, "it has become increasingly apparent that my ability to serve successfully…is not possible."
After 3 Months, Mayor Replaces Schools Leader (NYT) * The Mess at the Top of New York’s Schools * Black Eye for Bloomberg (WSJ) * Timeline: Black's Brief Tenure (WSJ) Black acted in the best interest of New York City’s schoolchildren when she stepped down as schools chancellor. (NYT Ed) * Bloomberg still has Black's back: She's 'phenomenally competent' (DN)
Black Member of the City's Protected ClassCATHIE BLACK HEAD OF THE CLASS FOR TIME INC., NPR - NYPOST. ...
Oprah and the City's Amen Political Establishment Got It (Black) Wrong
Bloomberg gets endorsements from Oprah, other heavyweights to bolster case for Cathie Black (11/18/2010)
Others who the mayor got to endorse Black for DOE chief include former Mayors Rudy Giuliani, David Dinkins and Ed Koch, state Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) and City Council Majority Leader Joel Rivera (D-Bronx). The administration circulated a letter among business leaders and late in the day 91 of them endorsed Black. (DN). Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson is helming the sales effort as City Hall solicits advice - including from Wolfson's predecessor, Kevin Sheekey, who now works for Bloomberg's media company. * Business Leaders Announce Support for Cathie Black as Schools Chancellor
Walcott is the highest-ranking African-American in Bloomberg's orbit
Schools’ New Emissary, From City Hall (NYT) * Behind-Scenes Player Will Head Schools(WSJ) * Black successor hailed as all she wasn't (DN) * A Q&A with Dennis Walcott (DN) * Dennis Walcott has the experience to be the right man for his new job as schools chancellor (DN Ed) * Hizzoner's new honcho is all class (NYP) * Education Staff: Walcott brought his grandson to school today. [CBSNewYork]* Compare and Contrast: Waiver Requests for Cathie Black and Dennis Walcott (NYO)
Education Commissioner Wants Out of This Mess Now
Departing state Education Commissioner David Steiner said his nearly two years on the job have been “exhilarating but totally exhausting,” and called the fact that his departure news coincided with Black’s a “bizarre coincidence.”
State Education Chief to Step Down (NYT) * State Education Chief Prepares to Step Down (WSJ) * . . and David Steiner, too(NYP Ed)
Albany Needs More Time Off
Layoffs: Top Cuomo aide "has begun talking with agencies to discuss where job cuts could be made, if it came to that." * Cuomo: My First 100 Days ‘Good’ For NY (YNN)
Is Carl Kruger Making A Deal? . . . His Legal Team Gave the Feds Extra Time to Indite Him
The original charges were just a criminal complaint.
Federal prosecutors added bribery charges to the laundry list of allegations against Sen. Carl Kruger et al.
UFT Endorsed Comptroller Now Will Audit Charter Schools
State set to audit charter schools for the first time Change in education law allows state comptroller to look at finances of publicly funded private schools
Has the Fat Lady Song On the City Opera?
Grannies hold bake sale to save grandparent apartments(DN)
Bronx grannies raising money 1 cake at a time to offset $300,000+ in state budget cuts http://nydn.us/hc51gf
State Health Czar Eats Up Happy Meal Toy Ban
Fatty 'Cue Closed After Low Health Grade Brooklyn hotspot(WSJ)
City Try to Keep Police Shoot Data Secret?
Law and Order Tape shows them repeatedly leaving & returning to alleged victim's apt.(NYP) * Surveillance Video Is Shown at Rape Trial of 2 Officers (NYT) * Surveillance Video Shows Police Officers With Their Supposed Rape Victim (NY1) * Not Guilty Plea After Alleged Fatal Push (WSJ) *'Cop-slay' pray mom(NYP) * Emotions running high on both sides at cop-slay hearing (DN) * Subway fare-beater who shot two cops gets 55 years(DN) * DJ's accused killers stalked him before robbery slay * Prostitutes’ Disappearances Were Noticed Only When the First Bodies Were Found (NYT) * Cops eyeing suspect in grisly LI murders (NYP) * I 'wasn't thinking': Teacher who made Columbine-style threats speaks out (DN) *School aide busted for showing showing porn pics to student(DN) * Brooklyn Teacher Allegedly Injured 10-Year-Old Student (NY1) * DOE Employee Charged With Showing Lewd Pictures To Bronx Students (DN) * Tree-climbing bandit attempting to break into home dies after branch snaps(DN) * Accused taxi hijacker declared unfit - and goes bonkers in court (DN) * Harlem church OKs bail for troubled teen Afrika Owes (DN)