In a transparent check for Gov. Kathy Hochul, the Legislature’s leaders are resisting her name to resume mayoral control of New York City’s public-school system as half of this month’s package deal of funds payments.
This is a large slap in the face to college students and oldsters, who deserve certainty on this entrance after two years of COVID insanity. No one can critically wish to let control lapse, because it’s set to do in June. That would restore the outdated, hyper-dysfunctional Board of Education — whereas additionally leaving a hiatus with nobody in cost.
That is, it might depart the metropolis’s colleges at the mercy of an “independent” board, as in San Francisco — the place ideologues and particular pursuits stored colleges closed far, far longer than in the metropolis.
Mayoral control provides decision-making energy to somebody who’s truly responsive to oldsters: Even Bill de Blasio largely obtained faculty reopening proper.
The stonewall can also be a blatant bid to hamstring Mayor Eric Adams — forcing him to marketing campaign for what needs to be automated, and so additional sideline his righteous push for modest fixes to the Legislature’s disastrous criminal-justice “reforms.”
Which makes it a double whammy to schoolchildren: Not solely does it throw their future schooling doubtful, it additionally provides to the dangers to their security on the streets and subways on this present crime wave.
Villain No. 1 appears to be Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, craftily delaying (at the expense of the Bronx households he supposedly represents) any confrontation over the no-bail legislation and so forth.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins would possibly plead ignorance on how outrageous this delay is, since her district is in Westchester. But her No. 2, Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris, has no excuse: Going together with the scandalous stonewall is an insult to his personal constituents — who additionally overwhelmingly help Adams on crime.
In fact, mayoral control ought to be everlasting: Forcing mayors to return crawling for its renewal each few years is only a merciless energy play by the Legislature (and, earlier than Hochul took over, the governor).
Hochul has already foolishly bowed to Heastie & Co. in heading off Adams’ requested fixes on no-bail and many others. till after the funds’s carried out. Having pocketed that concession, the speaker’s crew is now demanding extra.
The governor should say sufficient, refuse to simply accept any funds that doesn’t lengthen mayoral control — and so stand with Adams and the metropolis’s schoolchildren.
If she bends on this one, Heastie’s pirates will solely provide you with but extra outrageous calls for.