Local Pols React to Bloomberg’s Stop-And-Frisk Apology

By Bernadette DeVito, Kings County Politics It ain’t good enough for us. That was much of the local reaction to former mayor and now presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s apology for instituting one of his most notable policies during his 12-year tenure. Under the policy remembered as stop-and-frisk, police officers embraced their authority to stop, ask […]Read More

On the Bloomberg-Murdoch Trail Part 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part Two of an ongoing investigation of the symbiotic relationship between Rupert Murdoch, his company News Corporation, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his privately held company Bloomberg LP. When the New York State Education Department last month awarded a $27 million no-bid contract to News Corporation’s Wireless Generation to install a […]Read More

On the BLOOMBERG-MURDOCH trail

 EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Part One of an investigation of the symbiotic relationship between Rupert Murdoch, his company News Corporation, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his privately held company Bloomberg LP. As the English Parliament and enforcement officials in that country continue to investigate how Rupert Murdoch and his company (News Corporation) illegally hacked private […]Read More

Unions Intensify Pressure against Bloomberg Budget Cuts

New York City’s July 1 budget deadline looms.  Mayor Bloomberg has proposed cutting 4,000 teachers, day care closures, and the elimination of 22 fire houses. Week after week, municipal workers have been staging large protests, joined by hundreds of city residents who will be impacted by the cuts. Last week, DC 37 became one of […]Read More

Elections Matter

By now, it has become a familiar theme: weekly protests against some aspect of Mayor Michael  Bloomberg’s draconian schools policy and his suddenly austere budget proposals. Community groups, school advocates, parents, students, blogs, newspaper editorial boards and local politicians host rallies throughout the city to protest school closings, charter school placements in public school buildings, […]Read More

Devastating Cuts to Day Care Services

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed FY 2012 budget paints a grim picture for all of New York City, especially for poor working parents and their children. ­Among many cuts proposed by the Mayor, the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) will eliminate 16,624 subsidized child care slots due to insufficient federal funding. Nearly 4,000 of those slots, or […]Read More

Teachers, parents and students increasingly oppose mayoral control

When he was elected in 2001, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised a new era of accountability and student achievement. Through direct mayoral control, Bloomberg sought to implement the core principals of the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act by restructuring the city’s schools on a massive scale. In New York City, NCLB […]Read More