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Gov. Hochul signed mayoral control into law in quite literally the 11th hour as it was set to expire at midnight. 

It grants the expected two-year extension of public schools control to Mayor Adams but includes a tweak: The legislation pushes off the expansion of the Panel for Educational Policy, which serves as the governing body of the Department of Education, until January of 2023. 

Students at PS 143 in Corona certainly did not eat lunch alone last week. In fact, they had some high-profile guests to enjoy Vegan Friday lunch with in honor of national No One Eats Alone Day, a curriculum and campaign to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging.

Schools Chancellor David Banks visited the school with state Sen. Jessica Ramos (D-Jackson Heights), Queens Borough President Donovan Richards and Councilmembers Francisco Moya (D-Corona) and Rita Joseph (D-Brooklyn), who is chair of the City Council Committee on Education.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is temporarily ceasing preparatory work on the controversial $2.1 billion LaGuardia Airport AirTrain project.

“At Governor Hochul’s request, the Port Authority is undertaking a thorough review of potential alternative mass transit options to LaGuardia Airport,” the agency said in a press release Tuesday afternoon. “The agency will work in close consultation with independent experts and stakeholders, and will complete its work as expeditiously as possible, consistent with the need for the review to be thorough and rigorous. During the review, the Port Authority will pause further action with respect to the LaGuardia AirTrain project.”

Just prior to a well-publicized outdoor press conference on Monday featuring opponents of the LaGuardia AirTrain, Gov. Hochul announced that she directed the Port Authority to examine alternatives that get more people to and from the airport while also getting them out of their cars and onto mass transit.

But many of the participants were just as interested in what Hochul’s statement did not say as what it did.


Gov. Cuomo announced Tuesday that he will step down from being New York’s chief executive amid an ongoing sexual harassment scandal, setting in motion a cascade of relief among the majority of Queens Democratic legislators who had been calling for his resignation.