Weekend in Review: Schumer Shows Off Federal Aid, Bloomberg Warns of ‘Riots’ Over Schools

The stimulus bill finally agreed upon by the Senate is almost 800 pages long.

Here’s what was cut out of the stimulus bill in the Senate to win the votes of a couple of Republicans.

Even the pared-down bill is good to New York.

Chuck Schumer said: “For the first time, New Yorkers can feel proud and walk tall, because the federal government is coming to our aid.”

Two private hospitals in Queens filed for bankruptcy and will close at the end of the month without new funding.

Some news outlets in the Bronx are starting a “Tear It Down” campaign, demanding the park space the community was promised in exchange for the new Yankee Stadium.

On his radio show, Michael Bloomberg said there will be “‘riots in the streets” if mayoral control of schools isn’t renewed.

Bloomberg and the Brooklyn Diocese announced an agreement to turn four Catholic schools that were going to close into public charter schools. Under the rules, “the city would lease the buildings from the diocese, but religious instruction would be banned and religious symbols in the buildings would be covered.”

Joel Klein defended mayoral control of schools under questioning from parents, teachers and Bill Thompson.

Malcolm Smith told the Human Rights Campaign he doesn’t have the votes to pass same-sex marriage this year, but he’s committed to pursuing it.

Scott Stringer is proposing a series of incentives and rules to make better food more widely available.

There’s a controversy brewing over artificial turf at city parks that may contain harmful chemicals.

A money-saving program to care for people in their homes is going to impacted by budget cuts.

Fourteen million dollars in RenSquare contracts were awarded–as far as the project has even gone before.

Broome County faces a new problem: who owns the mineral rights on foreclosed properties?

Apparently, there are “human rights report cards” for New York City Council members. Charles Barron does very well.

Marty Markowitz says he didn’t know that the controversial business Rent-a-Center donated more than $50,000 to his summer concert series.

One sector doing well in the recession: railroads.

It’s almost certain that the next Supreme Court judge will be a woman, and it’s clear that’s what Ruth Bader Ginsberg wants.

In Germany, Henry Kissinger praised Barack Obama, and Joe Biden praised Kissinger.

Hillary Clinton’s first trip abroad will include stops in Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia. North Korea is not on the agenda.

Obama will put restrictions on mercury emissions from power plants.

The president met with 9/11 families, and according to this Times‘ account, impressed them.

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a frequent subject of this sort of speculation, is reportedly a top candidate for H.H.S.

The Washington Post reports that there are questions about some of new R.N.C chair Michael Steele’s campaign spending.

Steele is outraged!

Weekend in Review: Schumer Shows Off Federal Aid, Bloomberg Warns of ‘Riots’ Over Schools