Success Charter Network, one of Mayor Bloomberg’s favorite charter school operators, hopes to expand rapidly in Brooklyn in the coming months. The charter’s founder, former Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz, argues that her schools can improve the quality of primary education in neighborhoods with struggling public schools. But many parents say Success schools — and other charters — will undermine public schools in their neighborhoods and lessen parental influence over education citywide. We asked two major players in the controversy to chime in. Comment.
Political watchdog groups say Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) shouldn’t take donations from two companies that will grow rich off a natural gas pipeline he’s proposing, but the embattled pol doesn’t have a problem taking their cash, claiming that this is the way government is supposed to work. Comments (4).
The New York Daily News reports that Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) asked a judge to be lenient when sentencing Thomas Kontogiannis, a convicted criminal the congressman had dealings with during his time in the FBI. It’s one of many questionable decisions the embattled pol has been accused of making this month. Check it out! Comment.
The Politcker reports that Councilman Lew Fidler, who is facing a nasty state senate race against GOP challenger David Storobin, was admitted to the hospital after suffering a severe allergic reaction to his gout medication. Check it out! Comment.