It's The Final Contdown
Outgoing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott began his final day on the job this morning with an early stop at City Hall, where he took one last look at the mayor’s famous countdown clock, which today notes zero days left on his administration’s watch.
High School drama
In choosing a police commissioner, Bill de Blasio put aside his campaign pose as the Park Slope progressive alternative to the Giuliani-Bloomberg years. His selection of Bill Bratton as the city’s top cop was a signal that the incoming mayor understood the difference between campaigning and governing.
Every month, there’s some new scandal over at the uber-prestigious Stuyvesant High School. Last month, the young ladies of the math and science public school held a “Slutty Wednesday” to protest the dress code that denied them the right to wear booty shorts and mini-skirts to home room.
Later that month, over 50 students were implicated in a ring that cheated on the state’s Regents exams, using their cell phones to pass around a photocopied version of the test and swapping answers. Today, justice was served…at least partially…on a radio program announcing the possible punishment of these 2.0 sneaks.
The union representing school bus drivers may, or may not, be preparing to go on strike. City Hall is taking no chances. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott unveiled a well-thought-out contingency plan last week to accommodate the needs of more than 150,000 public school students who rely on buses to get to and from class.
Leaders of Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union won’t say whether or not—or when—they will walk off the jobs. The local’s president, Michael Cordiello, won’t rule out the possibility, but insisted that the union has no plans for such an action. City Hall has made it clear that it cannot offer the job guarantees that the union is seeking.
Obama at the White House Correspondence Dinner, makes fun of Donald Trump.
The New Boss
2012: GOP Establishment wants Mitch Daniels and others to enter the race, thanks to unimpressive field. [Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg]
White House Correspondence Dinner: Full video of Obama and Seth Meyers. [C-SPAN]
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State education commissioner David Steiner has granted Dennis Walcott the waiver that he needed to officially assume the post of New York City schools chancellor.
The waiver allows Walcott to take the job despite the fact that he is not a licensed superintendant. Cathie Black received the same waiver before she stepped up to the Read More
2012: Corzine, Orin Kramer raising for Obama. [Page Six]
1964: Bill Clinton visited Times Square, saw “a hooker approach a man in a gray flannel suit.” [Politico]
The Lede: “You can’t find a hooker in Times Square anymore, former President Bill Clinton lamented Wednesday.” [Adam Lisberg]
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
After a meeting in Queens on Saturday, I asked Dennis Walcott about possibly running for mayor in 2013, as has been floated.
“That’s ridiculous. Give me a break,” he said. “That is just so absurd,” and “something I am not interested in.” Read More
2012: Former Giuliani booster may back Mitt Romney. [Carl Campanile]
2012: “There is zero chance that Donald Trump would ever be hired by the American people,” said Plouffe. Trump’s response: “They are very concerned because I am challenging him as to whether or not he was born in this country where Read More