Headline of the Day: “‘THE RESPONSE TIMES ARE TOO HIGH:’ Longer 911 ambulance times stir City Council.”
Runner-Up: “Woman charged with torturing animals after running over neighbor’s hen.”
Charter schools “will be big winners in the new state budget under a tentative deal” hammered out late Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders, the New York Post reported last night. Under the deal, the city would be forced to reimburse charters up to $40 million if they have to lease space in private buildings, according to the paper.
The paper also reported that, as part of the deal, the city would be barred from charging rent to charters co-located in traditional public school buildings–a major slap against Mayor Bill de Blasio, if it comes to pass. “There is a complete ban on rent,” one source was quoted saying. (That proposal was not mentioned by other major outlets that reported on the deal.)
The mayor spoke with former President Bill Clinton before delivering his conciliatory speech on charter schools last Sunday, according to Capital New York. Per the outlet, Mr. Clinton “told the mayor he understood his perspective on charters, but cautioned him to be careful not to give the impression that a substantive debate was becoming personal.”
Meanwhile, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito “is facing her first widespread fight with members” over her appointments to the body’s new “budget negotiating team,” according to Capital. “Several members … are furious they were left out of the group, and recently held a conference call to air their concerns,” sources told the outlet. Others are angry about how they found out.
Queens Public Library chief Thomas Galante has reportedly been double-dipping, billing the Elmont School District an average of 26 hours a week over a recent stretch while collecting $392,000 from the library, where he claims to put in 70 to 80 hours a week, the News reports. “It seems Mr. Galante either does not sleep or eat — which is hard to believe,” Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley said.
And despite going as far as drafting a letter calling for Assemblyman Karim Camara’s resignation as chair of the state’s minority caucus, Assemblyman Keith Wright insists his beef over Mr. Camara’s endorsement of State Senator Adriano Espaillat over Congressman Charles Rangel “is now yesterday’s news” according to City & State. “We’re good, we’re good,” he told the paper. “You know, at the end of the day we all serve the same communities … Everything’s fine.”
And here’s footage of Mr. de Blasio’s roundtable yesterday with ethnic and foreign language media, which seemed to stick largely to pre-screened questions: