Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is on the road again. He’ll present a version of his 2012-13 budget address in the Rochester area at 10:30 a.m. at the Lyndon B Johnson Building, Panara Theater in Henrietta. (I believe this is his first time in the city in over six months).
The 41st annual caucus weekend hosted by the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators kicks off tonight with numerous meetings and receptions in Albany.
All Cuomo’s 30-day budget amendments can be found here.
After yesterday’s big announcement, the teacher evaluation focus now turns to local school districts and their respective unions.
Said NYSUT’s Dick Iannuzzi: “The ingredient you can’t write in law is the ingredient of collaboration and trust” between unions and management.”
Things are not quiet settled between the UFT and the Bloomberg administration, despite Cuomo’s optimistic words.
Mayor Bloomberg said the agreement resolved “the lion’s share of issues,” between himself and the UFT, but the union isn’t happy he’s pushing forward with plans to close and reopen NYC 33 schools while firing half their teachers.
Cuomo has decided the fight over the closures isn’t his to handle.
The appeals process portion of the agreement, which had been a major sticking point between the UFT and Bloomberg, is modeled after one in New Haven, CT.
New Haven has become “ground zero” for school reform in the US because it is transforming it school system with the assistance of the teachers union.
The final deal was reached at 5:30 a.m. Bloomberg, who was under the weather, was asleep at the time. Cuomo hammered out the final details via phone calls and email.
US Education Secretary Arne Duncan said New York’s new plan could be a national model and puts the state in “great shape” to receive the $700 million in Race to the Top cash he threatened to withhold.
Ken Lovett says Cuomo acted like a “daddy” to the “bickering children” (UFT President Mulgrew and Bloomberg), essentially “locking them in their rooms until they relented and reached and agreement.”
Joe Williams, president of Democrats for Education Reform, thinks Cuomo is now “officially the education governor.”
Tim Kremer, with the New York State School Boards Association, attended the Red Room announcement , but was not part of the talks. He said what he hard “sounded positive,” but a lot of questions remain.
The NYT calls the agreement “sound.”
The Post is skeptical the UFT will negotiate in good faith.
The DN grudgingly gives everyone – even Mulgrew – credit for brokering this deal.
Newsday says the deal “is actually where then-Gov. David A. Paterson and those unions pretended to be two years ago.”
A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney said Rep. Michael Grimm is “not an official surrogate” for the former Massachusetts governor’s presidential campaign.
Rep. Paul Ryan can’t remember Rep. Kathy Hochul’s name, but he does admit her upset win in NY-26, which hinged on his Medicare reform proposal, was a “wake up call” for the GOP.
Sens. Tim Kennedy and Michael Nozzolio got into a heated exchange at LATFOR’s final public hearing in Buffalo.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s SUV was towed at La Guardia Airport due to what officials said was a “lack of insurance” despite his raising holy hell to prevent it. (Sharpton says he needs a driver because he doesn’t have a license).
Sen. George Maziarz believes Nik Wallenda’s Niagara Falls tightrope walk will be “one of the most highly anticipated events in the world in 2012.”
Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan thinks the church should use social media to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold.
A penal on pension reform drew union protestors in Albany.
Seneca Nation President Robert Odawi Porter chastised the downstate news media for its stereotypical portrayal of Indians while covering the Sen. Mark Grisanti casino fight.
New York’s racinos generated about $2 billion in economic activity last year and pumped $1 billion in revenues into the state’s coffers, including $830 million for education, according to an analysis released by the New York Gaming Association.
Organic milk farmers are having a hard time keeping up with demand.
The New Jersey Assembly has followed the Senate’s lead and approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, setting up a confrontation with Gov. Chris Christie, who promised a swift veto and defied the Legislature to put the issue before voters instead.
Cornell tapped Daniel Huttenlocher, currently dean of computing and information science, to oversee the development of its 2 million-square-foot tech campus on Roosevelt Island in NYC.
Rep. Paul Tonko will be New York’s only member on the House Natural Resources Committee.
Former Sen. Nick Spano, who pleaded guilty last week to federal tax evasion, is on the list of potential witnesses in a Yonkers corruption trial.
NYC Comptroller John Liu made no reference to his fundraising scandal during his State of the City address, and later told a report that no one in his campaign has done anything wrong.
Members of Occupy New Paltz have found a new home.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos now has the support of his home GOP and the Suffolk County party in his quest to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand this fall.
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