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HAILE RIVERA FOR CITY COUNCIL IN '09?

A few days ago, I ran into Haile Rivera, who I noticed is a regular Room 8 blogger. As I was walking on Fordham & Jerome, I was handed a yellow flyer with the heading " Free Food for the Community" (see attached) and it was signed by Haile Rivera. I asked for him and it turned out to be him who handed me the flyer.

I went on to say that I ahve heard of him via Room 8 and other blogs and wanted to know if he was running for the City Council in 2009. As usual, I was carrying my tape recorder and he was fine with me recording our conversation.

He excused himself from his group and began to answer my question. He was very frank and said that "I am not going to stand here and lie to you or to myself. Yes, I would like to run fo the 14th Council District in 2009. Right now, I'm giving it serious consideration."



Per Student Revenues and Expenditures in FY 2002 and FY 2005: A Little Good News and Lot of Bad News for NYC

Through the 1990s, New York City’s per student public school revenues and expenditures were below the national average if adjusted for the cost of living using the modest method I prefer (see the end of the prior post). In Fiscal 2002, however, NYC’s spending per student was $10,882 in cost of living-adjusted $2005, above the national average of $10,084. Unfortunately, the city’s public school revenues per student were only $9,435 at the time, well below the national average of $9,879, as the city borrowed with abandon and kept taxes low during former Mayor Giuliani’s second term. With Mayor Bloomberg making education a top priority, by FY2005 an additional breakthrough had occurred as the city’s revenues per student, adjusted for the cost of living, reached $11,564 that year, above the national average of $10,339. That, I suppose is good news. Almost everything else I discovered about changes between FY 2002 and FY 2005, however, is bad news, with much of it based on decisions made before FY 2002, or subsequently by former Governor Pataki and the New York State legislature. Through FY 2005 Mayor Bloomberg’s fiscal imprint was, in reality modest.

PR: Sen. Adams Condemns Legislation Later Withdrawn by GOP

NEWS FROM NYS SENATOR ERIC ADAMS

For Immediate Release: June 7, 2007

Contact:
Roger L. Noyes 518.455.2723
Curtis L. Taylor 518.455.2415

Senator Adams Condemns GOP Legislation Authorizing Arrest of Individuals
Who Refuse to Identify Themselves

As support wanes, Senate Republicans withdraw controversial legislation
from consideration -- just before final vote is certified

State Senator Eric Adams today denounced a Senate Republican bill that
would have given arrest authority to law enforcement when an individual
refuses to identify him or herself during a police stop.

Shortly after Adams (D-Brooklyn) and other Senate Democrats attacked the



Nadler Lauds $50 Million for 9/11 Health in Appropriations Bill

Nadler Lauds $50 Million for 9/11 Health in Appropriations Bill

CONGRESSMAN

JERROLD NADLER

8th Congressional District of New York

Nadler Lauds $50 Million for 9/11 Health in Appropriations Bill



News from Assemblymember Bing - Bill to protect Mitchell-Lama tenants passes Assembly

Please see the attached press release from Assemblymember Jonathan L.
Bing, for immediate release.



News from Assemblymember Bing - Bill to extend protections to 9/11 workers passes Assembly

Please see the attached press release from Assemblymember Jonathan L.
Bing, for immediate release.



SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL CALL ON

News from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo
Department of Law Department of Law
120 Broadway The State Capitol
New York, NY 10271 Albany, NY 12224

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Albany Press Office / 518-473-5525
New York City Press Office / 212-416-8060

SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN AND NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL CALL
ON
TOP 20 US LENDERS TO DETAIL UNDERWRITING CRITERIA

Joint Letter Part of Expanding Student Loan Industry Investigation

Thursday, June 07, 2007 -- United States Senate Banking Committee
Chairman Chris Dodd and the New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo



Reps. Maloney and Fossella Applaud $50 Million for 9/11 Health in House Appropriations Bill

Reps. Maloney and Fossella Applaud $50 Million for 9/11 Health in House Appropriations Bill

For Immediate Release                   Contact: Joe Soldevere (Maloney), 212-860-0606

June 7, 2007                                         Craig Donner (Fossella), 718-356-5039



***MEDIA ADVISORY***A PUBLIC CASE FOR A PUBLIC SPACE

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

CITY HALL
NEW YORK, NY 10007
(212) 788-7116
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

Contact: Andrew Doba
(212) 788-7120 or (646) 263-1877

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

A Public Case for a Public Space

Too often, discussions on redevelopment devolve into fights between community leaders and developers. But what if everyone affected * local residents, developers and government agencies * came together to forge a common vision?

Setting a precedent in the City's approach to creating public space along the waterfront, stakeholders on the East Side of Manhattan have brought together six of the world's leading landscape architects to draw a new plan for open access to the East River. These designers will spend a weekend on-site, drafting a workable vision for the future of this neighborhood.



Education Chair Jackson, Parents, Advocates Pushe for Real Parent Engagement in Schools

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

JUNE 7, 2007 ***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Contact: Joe McNearney, 917.495.7705

EDUCATION CHAIR ROBERT JACKSON, PARENTS AND EDUCATION ADVOCATES
PUSH FOR REAL PARENT ENGAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS

Parent and Community-Based Groups Organize Citywide in Response to Major Changes

City Hall, NY*Councilmember Robert Jackson, Chair of the Council's Education Committee and Co-Chair of the Council's Black, Latino & Asian Caucus, today announced the Parent Engagement Initiative, a budget proposal aimed at both significantly increasing the participation of numerous parent constituencies Citywide in their children's educational experience and navigating the complex system resulting from numerous restructurings.



Rep. Nadler Holds First House Oversight Hearing on NSA Wiretappin g

Rep. Nadler Holds First House Oversight Hearing on NSA Wiretapping

CONGRESSMAN

JERROLD NADLER

8th Congressional District of New York

Nadler Holds First House Oversight Hearing on NSA Wiretapping



COUNCIL HEARS BILL TO END PARKING RULE DISCREPANCY

THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
OFFICE OF COUNCIL MEMBER MENDEZ

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kate Mikuliak
212-677-1077

City Council Hears Bill to End Parking Rule Discrepancy
Could Save Commercial Vehicle Owners Thousands in Unjust Parking Tickets

CITY HALL * According to New York State's Passenger and Commercial Registration rules, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may issue commercial plates to vehicles regardless of seating capacity if their primary purpose is commercial use. Until recently, the City's rules and regulations stated that a vehicle must be permanently altered by having all seats and seat fittings, except the front seats, removed in order to be considered a commercial vehicle for the purposes of parking, standing, and stopping in a commercially designated area.



What Happened to George Pataki?

Wasn't former New York Governor George Pataki supposed to be running for president (possibly to be the actual nominee's Veep running mate)? I remember reading about all his trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, setting up campaign HQs, etc. Then there was his coming out in support of Ethanol, his veto of the "morning-after pill" being sold over-the-counter after being pro-choice, etc.

The debates have begun, but no George Pataki. And then there's the list of "not running yets" such as Newt Gingrich and Fred Thompson; again, no Gov. Pataki.  

Did I miss the his announcement that he wasn't running? It's not in his Wikipedia entry if he made one.



Molinaro's Grandson: "Menacing a Boy"?

via the New York Post

The grandson of Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro was driving the official's car when he allegedly violated his probation by menacing a boy, a witness testified yesterday.

Steven Molinaro, 18, drove past the home of Nopelia Barbosa in Staten Island and stared at her son from a blue BMW on May 22, Barbosa said.

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PRESS RELEASE: Felder to DEP: Update Your Records.

Please see the attached and embedded press release from Council Member Felder regarding legislation requiring DEP to automatically update billing information when property is transferred.Thanks,Mike

Contact:  Michael Casertano

(718)
419-5881 



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