Cathie's Black 'n' Blue After SUV Smash in East Hampton

Cathie Black (Patrick McMullan)

Cathie Black (Patrick McMullan)

The New York Post this morning reports that former city schools chief Cathie Black, like Lizzie Grubman and Jay Gatsby before her, had a crack-up in the Hamptons this weekend, smashing her SUV into a tree while leaving a party. Her publicist tells The Post that Ms. Black was not inebriated; nor was Ms. Black injured after denting her car on trees in the driveway of developer Ben Krupinski.

We recently spotted Ms. Black at a society luncheon for Nelson Mandela, during which she told us that she was taking the summer off before deciding what her “next-next,” as she called it, would be. “I’m not dealing with any of it in the summer!,” she told us, without revealing that “it” extended not merely to job prospects but also safety behind the wheel.

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