Smith’s Nuclear Option on Mayoral Control: Skirting the Gang by Joining With Republicans

ALBANY—Even though David Paterson and legislative leaders agree with the central tenet of mayoral control of schools, it looks like holdouts in the State Senate will once again try to bring the wheels of government to a standstill, and may very well succeed in doing so.
It’s the M.T.A. bailout all over again, with one key difference: Republicans in the chamber are on the record agreeing with Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. Which means that if he’s inclined to do so, Smith has the ability to side with them over the holdouts. Or, alternately, he could use the Republicans as leverage.

Smith’s Nuclear Option on Mayoral Control: Skirting the Gang by Joining With Republicans