ALBANY—There were no major surprises, nothing was defeated, and the tweaked version of mayoral school control voted through the State Senate after two hours.
The main Assembly bill passed by a vote of 47 to 8; all four chapter amendments were approved by varying margins, with 15 senators opposing Read More
ALBANY—State Senator Shirley Huntley is making a floor speech against a bill re-authorizing mayoral control of schools, and just laid quite the smack on fellow Democrat Daniel Squadron, who is a co-sponsor of the bill and had spoken moments earlier.
"He seems to know a lot about schools and children, and it's amazing Read More
ALBANY—Apparently, in addition to the Assembly's school-control bill and the four chapter amendments to increase parental involvement, the State Senate passed a resolution today by a voice vote that will create a panel to oversee the public schools.
Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos and Senator Frank Padvan, a Republican from Queens Read More
ALBANY—It's looking like a bare-bones agenda for the State Senate on Thursday.
The Democratic leaders met last night, sources said, and talked about items could be considered during a session Thursday that is expected to be brief. (It's not known if all 62 senators will even show up.)
Legislators will take up Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate is returning next month.
Travis Proulx, a spokesman for the chamber's Democratic majority said that a session has been called for 10 a.m. on August 6. Senators will take up a bill which cleared the Assembly authorizing mayoral control of schools, as well as four chapter amendments agreed Read More
ALBANY—The State Senate's chapter amendments to the school governance bill will get a fair–if firm–shake in the Assembly, several members said.
"In my crystal ball, none of the rubric of what they have suggested, I wouldn't expect, will be a problem with my colleagues," said Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell, a Manhattan Democrat. Read More
Democratic members in the State Senate are meeting now at 250 Broadway to discuss the "framework" of a deal on school governance, sources said.
As The Times reported, the deal would mirror proposals the conference put on the table last week. Senators would pass a bill that has already cleared the Read More
ALBANY—So now that the Senate is nominallly a functioning body, who’s running it?
It’s not an easy question to answer.
“It’s not a clear, bipartisan operating agreement, but it’s not as though the Democrats have established clear control over the Legislature again and are consistently moving their agenda,” Justin Phillips, a political science Read More
ALBANY—Here’s the final roll call on State Senator Kevin Parker’s “better schools act,” which failed last night by a margin of 40-15.
Acting on the bill was basically a shot at Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Here’s what Bloomberg had to say this morning on his weekly radio show on WOR:
There were 15 people last Read More
ALBANY—Here's the final roll call on State Senator Kevin Parker's "better schools act," which failed last night by a margin of 40-15.
Acting on the bill was basically a shot at Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Here's what Bloomberg had to say this morning on his weekly radio show on WOR:
There were Read More