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While Mayor de Blasio has been criticized for his rescinding of several co-locations for new charter schools last week, some, including Public Advocate Letitia James, believe he hasn’t gone far enough.
But the charter school group affected by the decision said it would fight the city in court to have the co-locations reinstated.
In his preliminary budget for next year, Mayor de Blasio is looking to increase city spending by more than $4 billion.
But Borough President Melinda Katz wants more.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a unveiled new proposed principal regulations that would require more experience for potential principals and assistant principals at city schools.
According to the changes, candidates for principal and interim acting principal positions must have at least seven years of prior full-time teaching or related experience to be eligible for selection and appointment, which includes any teaching-related position contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the principals union and the city Department of Education. Assistant principals must have at least five years of similar experience.
Build it Back, the city program established after Hurricane Sandy to help people who lost their homes to the storm, has so far done anything but.
The numbers tell the story of complete and utter failure. Approximately $1.5 billion has been allocated for the program, and so far less than 2 percent of that money has actually been released. Nearly 20,000 people have applied for assistance, and the number of homes rebuilt is zero.
City agencies’ defense of Industrial Business Zones — areas set aside to promote industrial growth — has become somewhat of an affectation as more and more pieces break off of the IBZs to accommodate residential and commercial uses.
Almost one year ago, a plan to erect a 90,000-square-foot residential building was presented at a Citizens for a Better Ridgewood meeting. Many were thrilled at having a new residence on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Starr Street but urban planning and IBZ advocates said the building is a blatant contradiction of City Planning’s “iron-clad commitment” to preserving manufacturers and industrial businesses.
In the last two weeks, Mayor de Blasio has taken two giant steps toward fulfilling his campaign promise to change the makeup of and the culture at the beleaguered New York City Housing Authority.
Two weeks ago it was the appointment of new managers in three key housing positions, the most prominent being Shola Olatoye, tapped to replace the embattled former NYCHA Chairman John Rhea.
Last year was the seventh busiest in the Fire Department’s 149-year history, in terms of the number of civilian emergencies members responded to, according to statistics recently released by the Uniformed Firefighters Association.
The FDNY answered 479,228 emergency calls in 2013, according to the union. The busiest year in its history was 2010, when it responded to 507,017.
Mayor de Blasio delivered his first preliminary budget on Wednesday with few surprises but far more detail than before on how he expects to pair his governing agenda with challenges that include uncertain state and federal economies and more than 150 unsettled municipal labor contracts.
“This is a progressive administration,” he said “Our budget will be a progressive budget, one that will put us on the road to giving hardworking New Yorkers a fair shot. There’s nothing mutually exclusive about being both fiscally responsible and economically progressive.”
A lawsuit claiming that the shopping mall proposed for the Citi Field parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is illegal under state law was filed today.
The suit charges that the mall, approved by the City Council near the end of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg's last term, cannot be built without the approval of the state Legislature because the location is parkland.
A lawsuit will be filed tomorrow, Feb. 7, in an attempt to prevent the construction of a shopping mall in the Citi Field parking lot, which is technically part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Queens Chronicle has learned.
The suit will be brought by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Whitestone), City Club, NYC Park Advocates and a number of Corona businesses and residents, according to a source who has seen the papers that will be filed.
Richmond Hill is one of the older communities in Queens, and got its own high school in 1899, when there were only a few in the borough.
The school was unusual in that it had an astronomy observatory and telescope, built at a cost of $6,000. The first principal was not an administrator but respected mathematician and astronomer Issac Newton Failor (1851-1925). The RHHS yearbook and newsletters were dubbed “The Dome.”
Mayor de Blasio fired his opening salvo in the war on charter schools last week, cutting $210 million that was slated for their expansion and redirecting it to his prekindergarten program, as well as the addition of more space to traditional schools.
While we support full-day pre-K for all 4-year-olds, we do not want to see it established by undercutting charter schools, which are largely providing an excellent education to the children they serve.
Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) took the oath of office Sunday before a packed auditorium of jubilant and optimistic community members and politicians at Long Island City High School.
A native of the district where he lives with his wife, Laurie, and son, Niko, Constantinides is the first Greek-Cypriot American to hold elected office and is the first councilman who is not of the Vallone family to hold the position in more than 30 years.
Mayor de Blasio announced last week his first five picks for the Panel for Educational Policy, the city Department of Education’s policy-making body.
T. Elzora Cleveland, Norm Fruchter, Vanessa Leung, Lori Podvesker and Robert Reffkin were named as de Blasio’s appointees on Jan. 22.
Mayor de Blasio may or may not receive an extended honeymoon period with the voters, but the city’s new chief executive has received a brief respite in the race to turn in his first executive budget recommendation.
The City Charter calls for the mayor to submit his first budget proposal to the Council and to have it published on or before Jan. 16.
Activists and city officials, including new Public Advocate Letitia James, announced last Friday that advocates will take legal action against police union efforts to overturn a new law meant to stop police frisks of people due to their appearance.
The move is the latest in a series of legal maneuvers taken by both sides in the controversy over police stops and frisks.
Mayor de Blasio and a newly configured City Council rode progressive platforms to victory in November.
De Blasio did so in a landslide, running as the anti-Bloomberg, and Southeast Queens supported him overwhelmingly while electing or re-electing a solid bloc of Democrats to the Council.
2013 proved to be a very busy year for area civic groups.
Quality-of-life issues such as the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave. in Glendale and the trash-carrying trains roaring through southwestern Queens neighborhoods dominated many an agenda.
The key to coping with expensive real estate in Manhattan? Expand to Queens. In a New York Magazine opinion piece, writer Christopher Bonanos suggested ways to improve housing in Queens where, he wrote, there’s more buildable land that’s less expensive.
But according to members of the Queens community, while cost-effective suggestions are made, such as replacing the Javits Center with apartment buildings, or relocating 115,000 public housing residents to the outer boroughs, there are already enough Queens residents struggling to find affordable housing.
Parents object to the Bloomberg administration’s plans to close the Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship High School in Queens Village at a hearing in March. The protests fell on deaf ears, as they did across the city.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
You can make the argument that putting a titan of business at the head of a government is a risky proposition, with all the opportunities for cronyism and undue influence that person would have at his disposal.
Or you could make the argument that an extremely wealthy individual is a good choice for a position of political power because he could hardly be bought off by interest groups whose resources pale in comparison to his own. And that someone who rose to the very top of the private sector would do well in the public sector too.
With less than 48 hours to go before taking office, new Mayor Bill de Blasio chose one of his most important advisors to lead the nation’s largest school system.
Carmen Farina, a former teacher, principal, deputy mayor and superintendent, was announced as his pick for schools chancellor on Monday at the Brooklyn junior high school de Blasio’s two children attended.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.