NYC the Next Detroit? Will Bad Government and Leaders Drain the State of the Next Generation
It Not Only Upstate
Escape from New York A new poll last week showed that more than one of every four New Yorkers is headed for the exits. Detroit lost a quarter of its population between 2000 and 2011; absolutely, it could happen here. (NYP) * Dozens Camp Out In Queens For Shot At Mechanic Apprenticeship (WCBS) * Hundreds Camp Out For Job Applications: There were only 150 applications for 12 jobs at a hiring fair in Long Is... *Empire State manufacturing index falls sharply to 11.9 in May, shows slower growth (NYP)
Lawmakers should not be allowed to show their faces if they fail to pass serious ethics reform legislation to end Albany’s corrupt pay-to-play culture
"Have You No Sense of Decency?" Welch
Governor Cuomo’s List Some essential dos — and one clear don’t — for the New York Legislature. Ethics reform, same-sex marriage and, unfortunately, his misguided cap on property taxes.(NYT Ed) * The Post counters with a pledge to help Cuomo get his property tax and ethics reform, too. * Sheldon Silver to Gov. Cuomo: Less talk, more action “still campaigning” when he should be back in Albany “making deals.” (NYDN) * Gov. Andrew Cuomo is bringing his “People First” tour to Hofstra University today. An emailed invite to the 11 a.m. event went out shortly after 7 p.m. last night. * Gov. Cuomo's reform agenda is getting runaround from legislative leaders Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos (NYDN Ed) * Skelos dummies up on law-cash ethics “Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, over a four-day period, repeatedly ducked and dodged after The Post asked the simple question of whether he’s representing legal clients who have business before state government.”(Dicker, NYP) * Cuomo’s Tactics: Governor insults legislative body, but not individuals. Will tactic work? “Questionable” says Assembly Majority Leader Canestrari. * Cuomo aides are taking pains to explain how his “prod-the-Legislature” tour is not Spitzeresque.* Cuomo uses harsh words to prod Legislature: Cuomo, a Democrat, is pushing members of the Assembly and Senate to ... (Albany News) * Cuomo calls on lawmakers to take action * Cuomo Willing To Bet On Tax Cap Passage(YNN) * Group Spent Nearly $5 Million Backing Cuomo Budget (NYT) * Sen. Marty Golden: "Rent Stabilization Is Staying"(NYDN)
“It’s irrelevant,” Silver told reporters when asked about the effectiveness of Cuomo’s people's campaign.
"I think the people are relevant and that's why I'm talking to them to bring them into the process"
GOP Cuts Senate Staff to Hurt Dems Ability To Win Reelection and the Majority
Cut another million in staff that is used by senators to build their political base and win elections State Senate Dems facing significant GOP-imposed cutbacks - again(NYDN)
Dems Answer Back
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Bloomberg’s Budget: Council members ask which 20 firehouses will close. * Which FDNY Companies Will Close? City Mum (NYDN)
Next Court Cut Limiting Argument?
State budget cuts are causing the already sluggish court system to slow even further, perhaps even to a halt
Cuts Could Stall Sluggish Courts at Every Turn Weekend arraignment courts will be reduced, presenting the possibility that prisoners will not see a judge within 24 hours, as required by law. (NYT) * Legal Services for Poor Face Growing Need and Less Funding
Board of Elections: Top slot for NYC agency is vacant for six months
Inmates' hometowns key to election district Thousands of New York prisoners are being set free - from being counted in upstate districts. (NYDN) * The GOP President of the NYC Board of Elections, J.C. Polanco, predicted “disastrous” results for the Senate Republicans if their prisoner counting lawsuit fails to produce the result their need before the next round of redistricting.
John Liu Flunks DOE on School Closing
Standards vary drastically from year to year, says city comptroller
Audit Gives Limited Nod to Reports on Schools The finding by John C. Liu, the New York City comptroller, says the system for ranking schools confuses teachers and students. (NYT) *Shady grading of schools: Liu(NYP) * NYC Comptroller Flunks High School Report Cards (WCBS) More Education News * Bronx Charter Makes Last-Ditch Effort to Avoid Shutdown (WNYC) * It's a do-over for Staten Island CEC elections (SI Advance) * The Board of Regents votes on the Cuomo-approved new stricter teacher evaluation system this afternoon. Rick Karlin has a preview.* SUNY will release its first report card tomorrow.* Comptroller: DOE School Report Cards Need Improvement (NY1) * Board Of Regents Votes In John King As New State Education Commissioner (NY1) * Ex-charter school leader picked for state education's top spot *New York Names New State Education Commissioner(NYT) * @DianeRavitch This is why China is moving away from our style of education. They want to create innovators, not bubble fillers. * Teacher Evaluations: NYSUT considers legal option to block Cuomos’ plan. * Committee To Save NY Spent $4.8M Lobbying (YNN) * Spitzer Analogy: Cuomo’s lieutenant governor says it’s a stretch.
Mayor @mikebloomberg says there "aren't many panhandlers left" on subways.
The Rev. Diaz Gay Rights Family Feud
Senator and Granddaughter on Two Sides, but One Stage, in Debate on Gay Marriage (NYT) * Marriage Fight Turns to Religion (WSJ) * Pol rallies against same-sex marriage, but his lesbian granddaughter fights back (NYDN) * Thousands Attend Annual AIDS Walk In Central Park (NY1) * Bronx Senator Leads Rally Against Gay Marriage(NY1) * NYC's AIDS walk raises $6 million to fight disease(WABC) * Diaz, Granddaughter Feud Over Gay Marriage (NBC) * Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. said he loves his granddaughter, but would not attend her wedding if she marries her lesbian lover. * “I am a Diaz; my family is very political,” said Ms. Diaz, who crashed her grandfather’s anti-gay marriage rally. “It is in my blood to stand up for what I believe in – regardless of who I am up against. * A.M. Roundup: Dueling marriage rallies, dueling Diazes
Closing Arguments To Continue In Police Rape Trial * Lawyer calls alleged victim 'gold-digger' (NYDN)
BREAKING: NYC judge: IMF head to be jailed without bail until next court date in sex assault case
IMF Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault Held Without Bail (NY1) * UPDATE Judge orders IMF chief, leading French prez candidate Strauss-Kahn to remain in custody until May 20 hearing(NYDN)
The Manhattan ADA won the no bail argument once they pointed out the Roman Polanski fled to France and never came back after being charged with a sexual assault of a 13 year old girl.