Monday, June 29, 2009

Timing is Everything

Democratic Conference Leader John Sampson is right that his view and the views of other Senate Democrats ought to be heard in the debate over mayoral control of schools. And of course, the Senate is not required to adhere to the Assembly's version of the bill. But Sampson is wrong in his timing.

The Democrats have done nothing about Mayoral Control since January, when they actually did have control of the Senate. They were relying on the same last minute, midnight politics employed by the Speaker of the Assembly. And here they failed because they lost control of the chamber. Now Sampson wants to hold New York City's education system hostage for his party's failure to reform their own House when they had a chance. To quote a famous philosopher, "that's Chutzpah."

Correction: In an earlier version of this post, we stated that the Assembly's version of the mayoral control bill was passed in an overnight session with no opportunity for public input. In fact, the mayoral control bill was passed on June 17, several days prior to the Assembly's overnight end-of-term session, and the Assembly education committee held several hearings on the issue. We apologize for any confusion our post may have caused.

1 comment:

NY Citizen said...

What are you talking about? The Assembly bill was not passed in the middle of the night but at 3:30 in the afternoon. There was a public debate in the Assembly chamber when it passed that lasted over 2 hours. And The Assembly held 5 public Hearings on this issue so how can you say there was a lack of public discussion on mayoral control of the city’s schools? I went to the Assembly website and the posted Hearing transcripts show not only were they widely attended but issues were vigorously discussed for over 42 hours. Go look yourself under Committees, Education, News as there are over 2,200 pages of Hearing transcript on the issue. You are beyond exaggerating on ‘midnight politics’ on this one and should correct yourself. You are entitled to your own opinion but not your own set of facts.