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 Read More
“My second favorite film of all time is Shawshank Redemption,” raved Star Jones, wearing a striped hat and cream dress to Monday’s Mandela Day luncheon at the Pool Room at the Four Seasons, “but I want you to know that I watched The Sum of All Fears for the 14th time last night.” Which is Read More
The Lunch CROWD
A group led by Brooklyn district leader Chris Owens announced today that they are suing Mayor Mike Bloomberg for $100 million or his appointment of Cathie Black as city schools chancellor last year.
The class action suit, filed on behalf of the city’s public school parents, alleges that by appointing Black as schools Read More
On Monday night we had an intimate dinner and wine-tasting with Francis Ford Coppola–you know he’s now the Godfather of oenophilia–and we tried all of his best varietals, except for the 1959 Inglenook, which we were all waiting for but which Mr. Coppola must have lost on the way to the Four Seasons. We were Read More
She’s gone, but she is not forgotten.
Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz released today the content of a Freedom of Information Law request for information regarding the salary, benefits and other compensation that Cathie Black received during her time as chancellor of the New York City public schools, including any benefits or compensation she Read More
Well, that was close. The government almost shut down Friday night, but then didn’t, putting an end to weeks of speculation as to which crucial federal operations (disease control? Toxic waste cleanup?? Passport processing?!?) would be suspended while Speaker of the House John Boehner continued to be paid for providing writers across the country with Read More
While strange things have been known to happen in New York politics, one thing seems absolutely certain: The Dennis Walcott era at the Department of Education will be longer and better than the Cathie Black era.
Of course, that’s not saying much. Ms. Black managed to make a terrible mess of things in a short Read More
Education: 10th best middle school in NYC is in the Bronx and it’s not a charter school. [Jonathan Mahler]
Mario on Andrew: “I asked Cuomo whether Andrew was a different kind of Democrat from his father. He paused for a long moment. ‘I think . . .,’ he began, then stopped. Read More
2012: Rubio has had enough of Trump’s birther conspiracies. [Kyle Munzenreider]
2004: Nader filed a lawsuit against Democrats, in Maine. [Ballot-Access.org]
Shutdown: Rep. Slaughter makes an unfortunate analogy. [Liz Benjamin]
Albany Ethics: Skelos explains his nuanced position. [Rick Karlin]
Cathie Black: “If I were a Read More
Cathie Black doesn’t sound particularly upset about not being schools chancellor, one day after her surprise ouster by Mayor Bloomberg.
“I feel fine,” she told Fortune magazine in her first remarks since a brief interview outside her apartment building yesterday. Black said she received a standing ovation when she got up to leave Read More