Mayor Bloomberg thought he had a deal with the teachers’ union bosses three years ago, when City Hall and the United Federation of Teachers agreed on plan to expedite hearings for teachers accused of criminal behavior or thought to be incompetent. The UFT seemed to be downright ashamed by revelations that teachers awaiting hearings were dispatched for months on end to so-called rubber rooms, where they sat around and did nothing while drawing fully pay. Read More
Bill de Blasio stepped into the lion’s den the other day when he spoke to the Association for a Better New York, a group of business leaders unlikely to respond to his tale of two cities. The candidate stuck to his core message: the rich need to pay more, and unions need to revive their once-vaunted power. Read More
Assemblyman Micah Kellner needs to go away. Quickly.
Last month, Mr. Kellner was defeated in bid to win the Democratic Party’s nomination for a City Council seat on the East Side. His campaign against eventual victory Ben Kallos was hard fought, but there was no question about the result. Mr. Kellner lost by 6 percentage points. Read More
On Sunday, I joined with my wife, Miriam, and my dear friend and partner in Birthright Israel, Michael Steinhardt, to welcome to Cooper Union the two people in the world most closely identified with standing up to genocide: Professor Elie Wiesel and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Seventy years ago in Europe, my people, the Read More
Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota may not agree on much, but, when it comes to universal prekindergarten programs, they’re absolutely in synch. They both say the city ought to provide access to such programs. Read More
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and many others, predicted that the end of stop and frisk would lead to an upsurge in violence as gun-toting thugs felt free to walk the streets in search of prey.
Civil libertarians and the usual police critics assailed the commissioner’s predictions. But, not surprisingly, he was correct.
Late August and Read More
Mike Bloomberg said something the other day that should have seemed pretty innocuous. It would be a “godsend,” he said, if all the billionaires on Earth decided to set up housekeeping in New York City. Read More
Subjecting 4-year-olds to a serious academic examination, the results of which could well determine their entire life’s narrative (well, at least some parents think so), may not meet the accepted definition of insanity. But it’s pretty darn close. Read More
As if New York has nothing else to worry about, a recent survey of the nation’s bridges showed that more than 400 statewide are in perilous condition. A federal study found that the spans do not have enough built-in redundancies in case a vital component fails.
Politicians and policy analysts have been wringing their hands Read More