De Blasio Meets with Assembly Democrats about Pre-K Proposal

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News, Transportation

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a contingent of Assembly Democrats at Silver’s annual holiday luncheon this afternoon. The topic? De Blasio’s signature policy idea: raising taxes on the wealthiest New York City residents to pay for a universal preschool and afterschool program. “It was very warmly received by the Assembly members,” de Blasio said after the meeting. “A lot of energy, a lot of willingness to help us make this a… [More]

Latimer Challenges Fellow Lawmakers to Take Common Core Test (VIDEO)

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Education, Video

State Sen. George Latimer, the ranking member of the Senate Education Committee, challenged every member of the state Legislature to take the Common Core tests for 10th graders, so they have a better appreciation of the new more stringent exams. “I bet you, I am not sure I’d pass it. I am not sure that many of my colleagues would without knowing what is on the test beforehand. Does that mean we are deficient as adults?” Latimer said in a… [More]

At Bloomberg’s CityLab Summit, Mayoral Nominees Offer Few Innovative Ideas

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab summit on “Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” was designed to get city leaders, planners, scholars, architects and artists from all over the world in one room for a symposium on urban ideas. Tuesday’s closing session showcased the two men hoping to replace Bloomberg, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, giving the candidates a platform to offer an “innovative” vision for the city. Instead, both de Blasio and Lhota largely hewed closely to the policy ideas and… [More]