Savino Sponsors a Mayoral Control Bill to Keep Malcolm Smith From Being ‘Coerced’

ALBANY—Diane Savino is one of eight state senators sponsoring a bill to restructure school governance and dilute the mayor’s power.
But she has been quoted saying she supports the mayor appointing a majority of seats on the Panel for Educational Policy, which is not favored by opponents of mayoral control of schools, and which would be undone by the current bill. I called Savino to clarify.
“In the bill that we’ve introduced, there’s an expansion of the board with legislative appointments, and I think that should be amended. I don’t think we should inject ourselves into this because it becomes purely political,” she said, somewhat testily.

Savino Sponsors a Mayoral Control Bill to Keep Malcolm Smith From Being ‘Coerced’