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New York City pays exiled teachers to snooze as ‘rubber rooms’ return

It’s good to work under de Blasio.

NY City teacher working hard for the money

NY City teacher working hard for the money

New York City’s infamous rubber rooms have rebounded. In one of the “reassignment centers,” 16 exiled educators sit in a city Department of Education building in Long Island City, Queens, including a dozen packed into one room — where they do virtually no work. The Long Island City castoffs begin their day by reading newspapers, then turn on the radio. They get 45 minutes to leave for lunch. They chat and sometimes exercise to “relieve the stress.”

Guess what these “exiled educators” do? They listen to music, do crossword puzzles, chat — and as this exclusive NY Post photo (above) reveals, doze on the taxpayer’s dime. The rules forbid beach chairs and air mattresses, but not nap time. The teacher sprawled on the floor, pulled a wool hat over his eyes to shut out the fluorescent lights and slept.

Others prop up two chairs to recline or just lay their heads on the table. “It’s gone right back to the way it was in the old days, an old-fashioned rubber room,” one banished teacher said.

According to the Post, despite their photographic evidence and teacher testimony to the contrary, the city denies the existence of the derided holding pens. “There are no more rubber rooms,” Department of Education (DOE) officials told The Post last week, saying reassigned staffers are given “administrative duties.”

In 2010, the DOE and the teachers union trumpeted a major agreement to close the centers holding more than 700 idled educators accused of misconduct or incompetence. Many teachers settled charges by paying fines and finally returned to classrooms, while those still expelled were scattered across the five boroughs. But the rubber room deal is routinely violated. “No one pays any attention to the agreement,” said Betsy Combier, a veteran paralegal who helps defend teachers.

The DOE refused to say how many removed teachers and other tenured staffers remain in limbo, but sources estimate 200 to 400 get paid while awaiting disciplinary hearings. Their salaries total $15 million to $20 million a year.

While the city promised to keep removed educators busy, the Queens exiles say they only occasionally oblige requests to do menial tasks like stuffing folders or making copies. Others refuse to do such work, calling it “demeaning.” They mainly just kill time to get through a six-hour, 20-minute day. “I’m so exhausted from being in this place doing nothing,” one said.

Several teachers on the payroll have been benched for up to five years due to a stunning bureaucratic breakdown. The 2010 deal required the independent arbitrators who conduct termination trials to issue a decision 30 days after a hearing, so that vindicated teachers could return to work and bad ones could be axed.

But decisions still come months — or even years — late. The DOE says it can’t enforce the rule. “They’re just letting me sit here,” said a teacher removed from the classroom nearly five years ago on charges of physically abusing children, which he denies. His trial ended four years ago. He makes about $70,000 a year.

Social Studies teacher David Suker has sat in the rubber room since September 2015, even though a state Supreme Court judge overturned his termination. Suker, an Army vet who taught at-risk kids in The Bronx, was found guilty of failing to immediately report his arrest in the Occupy Wall Street protests but was finally fined just $7,000. After The Post asked why the DOE had not put Suker back to work, officials on Friday assigned him to a school as a substitute.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

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De Blasio rewards judge who went soft on cop-hating thugs

No wonder voters disapprove of de Blasio’s handling of just about everything.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

According to the NY Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio has reappointed three cut-’em-loose judgesincluding one who sparked outrage by freeing defendants accused of threatening to kill cops after the execution-style murders of two police officers.

Judge Laura Johnson

Judge Laura Johnson

De Blasio rewarded controversial Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson with a full, 10-year term on the bench, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Last year, De Blasio gave Johnson a one-year interim reappointment despite fierce opposition from law enforcement officials.

Devon Coley

Devon Coley

What makes Johnson so controversial is that she came under fire for releasing reputed gang member Devon Coley without bail following his arrest for posting an online photo that showed a gunman blasting an NYPD cruiser. The posting came just hours after NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot that way on Dec. 20, 2014. Coley also wrote “73Nextt” in apparent reference to the 73rd Precinct, where he lived at the time.

One day after putting Coley back on the streets, Johnson also freed on bail Travis Maye following an early-morning melee in Prospect Heights, in which Maye allegedly punched one cop and threatened to find and kill others.

No surprisingly, the head of the NYPD’s sergeants union, Ed Mullins, blasted de Blasio’s ringing endorsement of Johnson on Monday, calling her “clearly not worthy of such an appointment.” “Little did I know that when the mayor speaks of criminal-justice reform, he is speaking about eroding the criminal-justice system,” Mullins told The Post.

Also reappointed were Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Miriam Cyrulnik and Bronx Criminal Court Judge Nicholas Iacovetta. In July 2014, Cyrulnik bought a junkie’s bogus sob story and freed him without bail in the violent mugging of an elderly Brighton Beach woman. Weeks later, that man, Robert DeCarlo, was busted in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 12-year-old girl, Joey Sellers, and critically injured her mom and sister.

Iacovetta faced criticism last week when The Post revealed that he was the second of three Bronx judges who all freed the same defendant without bail in separate cases during a nine-month stretch. Iacovetta cut loose Juan Reyes following Reyes’ arrest for allegedly selling crack and heroin near a school, IS 318 in Tremont.

New York City Criminal Court judges earn $159,000 a year.

Of course the mayor’s office doesn’t care what anyone thinks. From his office: De Blasio had tapped “judges who he believes will represent the best interests of New Yorkers,” a spokeswoman said.

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Voters disapprove of de Blasio’s handling of just about everything

And yet, I will not be surprised if they re-elect him.

De Blasio at NY Mermaid Parade

NY Post: A blistering poll released Friday found voters disapprove of just about everything Mayor de Blasio is doing to improve the quality of life in New York City.

In question after question on the Quinnipiac University survey, the mayor’s constituents said he isn’t getting the job done on reducing homelessness, tackling poverty and overseeing the NYPD. To underscore their dissatisfaction with his administration, voters also said they also disagreed with how the mayor has handled charter schools and carriage horses.

A majority — 53 percent — said the quality of life here is getting worse. Only 14 percent said it’s getting better. Sixty-one percent of voters gave Hizzoner a thumbs down on his handling of poverty and homelessness, while 28 percent approved. By a 59-to-32 percent margin, they objected to how he’s battling crime. Voters made it clear it was the mayor who was the target of their ire, not the cops or the man who leads them.

In contrast to de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bratton received a positive grade. Fifty-seven percent of voters said they approved of his job performance and only 35 percent disapproved.

On some issues, even black voters who form the mayor’s political base said things are getting worse. Sixty percent of New Yorkers overall said they’re seeing more homeless people on the streets, in the parks and in the subways. A majority of black voters were in that group.

Sixty-one percent of all voters supported the NYPD’s “broken windows” policy of giving summonses for low-level crimes such as drinking in public. So did 49 percent of blacks voters and 58 percent of Hispanic voters.

“From the beginning, Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to reduce homelessness. His comments about income inequality have been eloquent,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “But on deeds — not words — New Yorkers give him negative marks.”

Voters of every racial and ethnic group by a better than 2-to-1 margin called on the mayor to lay off Central Park’s carriage horses.

And 43 percent said the number of charter schools — which have had to fight de Blasio for space — should be increased, while 30% suggested keeping the number flat and 19 percent urged a fewer number.

The sobering figures were released a day after de Blasio kicked off his 2017 re-election campaign with a fund-raiser at the Sheraton Times Square that aides said pulled in $1 million.

Remember New Yorkers:

electionshaveconsequences

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City Council members rip Walmart’s charity of ‘dangerous dollars’

say what

NY Post: More than half the members of the City Council have fired off a letter to Walmart demanding that it stop making millions in charitable contributions to local groups here.

Twenty-six of the 51 members of the Council charged in the letter that the world’s biggest retailer’s support of local causes is a cynical ploy to enter the market here.

“We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here,” says the letter, obtained by The Post and addressed to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation.

“Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city,” the testy letter demands. “That’s right: this is a cease-and-desist letter.”

Last week, Walmart announced that it distributed $3 million last year to charities here, including $1 million to the New York Women’s Foundation, which offers job training, and $30,000 to Bailey House, which distributes groceries to low-income residents.

Walmart, which has been thwarted by union-backed opposition for more than a decade, said the handouts “can make a difference on big issues like hunger relief and career development.”

The retail giant said its business agenda “aligns with supporting the local organizations that are important to our customers and associates.”

But Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the donations “toxic money,” and accused Walmart of waging a “cynical public-relations campaign that disguises Walmart’s backwards anti-job agenda.” (Walmart employs over two million employees, so anti-job!)

Sources said activists will stage a demonstration Wednesday outside City Hall, tearing up giant, mocked-up, Ed McMahon-style checks from Walmart to prove their point.

A key bone of contention is the Waltons’ support of New York City charter schools. Since 2004, the Walton Family Foundation has funneled $16 million into the cause, including the DREAM Charter School, Village Academies and the Success Academy founded by Eva Moskowitz.

“We’re proud of the work they’re doing to transform the public-education landscape and proud to have played a small part in their success,” Walton Family Foundation spokeswoman Daphne Davis Moore said.

Walmart has raised eyebrows with its New York political contributions before.

As reported by The Post, former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz appeared to soften his attitude toward the company in 2011 after the retailer donated $150,000 to his summer Martin Luther King Jr. concert series.

In March, Walmart officials signaled a temporary retreat from efforts to open a New York City store after setbacks at a site in Brooklyn off the Belt Parkway.

Gee, I wonder why New York doesn’t want Walmart donating their “toxic money” to charter schools? See here (DeBlasio Starts His War on Charter Schools).

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Do The Police Have An Obligation To Protect You If They Are Witnessing You Being Assaulted?

Your not going to like this answer, but it is no. Follow with me as this gets a bit complicated. First part is part of a story telling us about Joe Lozito and what happened to him in NY. second part is the reason for the decision. all the way to scotus . Finally there is a You-Tube of Joe talking with Reporter about case. Kinda long at 9:00 Just interesting , but not NECESSARY.

"To umm and serve"

“To umm and serve”

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City says cops had no duty to protect subway hero who subdued killer

  • By KATHIANNE BONIELLO
  • Last Updated: 5:56 PM, February 1, 2013
  • Posted: 1:03 AM, January 27, 2013

He says he put his life on the line to stop a killer — and claims cops sat back and watched.

But city lawyers are arguing that the police had no legal duty to protect Joseph Lozito, the Long Island dad stabbed seven times trying to subdue madman Maksim Gelman — a courtroom maneuver the subway hero calls “disgraceful.”

A judge is currently deciding whether Lozito,

( She decided and he lost. Second Part of post will Explain )

who sued the city last year for failing to prevent the attack, will get his day in court.

The drug-fueled Gelman had fatally stabbed three people in Brooklyn and killed another with a car during a 28-hour rampage when he entered an uptown No. 3 train on Feb. 12, 2011.

Police officers Terrance Howell and Tamara Taylor were part of a massive NYPD manhunt. They were in the operator’s cab, watching the tracks between Penn Station and 42nd Street for any sign of the fugitive. Lozito was seated next to the cab.

In the official NYPD account and Howell’s own affidavit, Howell heroically tackled and subdued the killer. But Lozito tells a different story.

The 42-year-old mixed-martial-arts fan says he watched Gelman approach the cab window, barking: “Let me in!” Gelman even claimed to be a cop, but a dismissive Howell turned away, he says.

Gelman walked off. A straphanger recognizing Gelman tried to alert the cops, but was also rebuffed. A minute later, Gelman returned and set his sights on the 6-foot-2, 270-pound Lozito.

“You’re going to die,” Gelman announced — then stabbed him in the face.

Lozito leapt from his seat and lunged at the 23-year-old Gelman as the psycho sliced at him.

“Most of my wounds are in the back of my head,” Lozito said. “He got to the back of my head because my left shoulder [was] in his waist.”

In his account, Lozito pinned Gelman to the floor, disarming him. Howell then emerged from the booth, tapping Lozito’s shoulder: “You can get up now,” he said.

“By the time he got there, the dirty work was already done,” Lozito said.

Gelman was convicted in the spree — which left his girlfriend, her mother, his stepfather and a pedestrian dead, and five others injured.

Lozito says a grand-jury member later told him Howell admitted on the stand that he hid during the attack because he thought Gelman had a gun.

did we get that part. Cop was afraid because he thought psycho had a gun.

Rest of this story HERE!!

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OK, now for the Decision. Chilling.

Joe Lozito, New York City, the Supreme Court, and Martial Law

 March 12, 2013

On February 12, 2011, Joe Lozito was stabbed seven times by serial killer Maksim Gelman and successfully halted Gelman’s killing spree.  Two New York City police officers initially watched the scuffle without intervening.  Now, the connection between Joe Lozito, New York City, the Supreme Court, and martial law is in the spotlight.

Last year, Joe Lozito filed a civil suit against the New York City Police Department, alleging that the police officers failed to come to his aid. The City of New York countered, saying that the police have no duty to protect citizensand has filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Supreme Court Says NYPD Not Obligated

Before you join the outraged buzzing going on in social media, you should know that the City of New York is right.

That each person is responsible for his own defense against criminals has long been the law in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court implied this in 1856, when it decided South v. Maryland, and held that a sheriff did not have a duty to protect an ordinary person, but only had a duty generally to uphold the Law. More recently, in Castle Rock vs. Gonzales, the Court reaffirmed that the government has no duty to protect the average person.

In these cases, and the others like them, the Supreme Court has indirectly upheld and re-affirmed Americans’ private and personal right to keep and to bear arms for self-defense purposes in accordance with recognition of citizens’ inalienable right so protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  For all practical purposes, the Constitution and existing case law implies that Americans are tasked with protecting and defending themselves, as the only duty of law enforcement is to keep the peace by upholding the law.

Will the Police Protect YOU?

Given the rampant speculation that the United States government may be in the process of declaring martial law, the relationship between Joe Lozito, New York City, the Supreme Court, and martial law may push those who have maintained trust in the Federal government finally into “conspiracy mode.” The police have no duty to protect American citizens, and may even now be training in preparation to disarm us.

We cannot reasonably expect to be protected or defended by law enforcement.  We can, however, expect police and other law enforcement agencies to “uphold the law.” If suppression of civil liberties becomes the “law,” will you uphold your duty?

http://americanlivewire.com/joe-lozito-new-york-city-martial-law/

So let’s sum this up shall we. Basically as always when seconds count, a cop is always minutes away. And now he just may watch. Do you need anymore reasons to take your own safety into your own hands?   Thought not.

~Steve~

Joe Lozito

Joe Lozito

Officially The NYPD Has No Duty to Protect & Serve

 

Borscht Belt Funnies.

Remember the old-time Jewish comedians of Vaudeville days – Shecky
Green, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Milton Berle, Henny Youngman, and
others? You may have only heard of them, but don’t we all miss their
kind of humor? Not a single swear word in their comic routines:

 Ironic. This was not racist in the Catskills or on TV.

* A car hit an elderly Jewish man. The paramedic says, “Are you
comfortable? ” The man says, “I make a good living.”

* I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the
airport.

* I’ve been in love with the same woman for 49 years. If my wife finds
out, she’ll kill me!

* What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she’s making
love? “Honey, I’m home.”

* Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won’t be reporting it. The
thief spends less than my wife did.

* We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

* My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife calls
it the Dead Sea .

* My wife and I revisited the hotel where we spent our wedding night.
This time I was the one who stayed in the bathroom and cried.

* My Wife was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the
estimate.

* She got a mudpack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell
off.

* The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his
bill, so the doctor gave him another six months.

* The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, “Mrs. Cohen, your check came
back.” Mrs. Cohen replied, “So did my arthritis!”

* Doctor: “You’ll live to be 60!” Patient: “I AM 60!” Doctor: “See!
What did I tell you?”

* A doctor held a stethoscope up to a man’s chest. The man asks, “Doc,
how do I stand? ” The doctor says, “That’s what puzzles me!”

* Patient: “I have a ringing in my ears. ” Doctor: “Don’t answer!”

* A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, “You’ve been brought
here for drinking. ” The drunk says, “Okay, let’s get started.”

* Why do Jewish divorces cost so much? They’re worth it.

* Why do Jewish men die before their wives? They want to.

*The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like
Chinese food so much. The study revealed that the reason for this is
because Won Ton spelled backward is Not Now.

*There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins. In
Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates
from law school.

Q : Why don’t Jewish mothers drink?
A : Alcohol interferes with their suffering.

Q : Have you seen the newest Jewish-American-Princess horror movie?
A : It’s called, “Debbie Does Dishes.”

Q : Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers?
A : They never let anyone finish a sentence.

Q : What’s a Jewish American Princess’s favorite position?
A : Facing Bloomingdale’s.

A man called his mother in Florida . “Mom, how are you?” Not too good,”
said the mother. “I’ve been very weak. ” The son said, “Why are you so
weak?” She said, “Because I haven’t eaten in 38 days.” The son said,
“That’s terrible. Why haven’t you eaten in 38 days? ” The mother
answered, “Because, I didn’t want my mouth to be full in case you
should call.”

A Jewish man said that when he was growing up, they always had two
choices for dinner – Take it or leave it.

A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part
in the play. She asks, “What part is it?” The boy says, “I play the
part of the Jewish husband. ” The mother scowls and says, “Go back and
tell the teacher you want a speaking part.”

Q : Where does a Jewish husband hide money from his wife?
A : Under the vacuum cleaner.

Q : How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?
A : (Sigh) “Don’t bother. I’ll sit in the dark. I don’t want to be a
nuisance to anybody.”

Short summary of every Jewish holiday: They tried to kill us, we won,
let’s eat.

A Jewish mother gives her son a blue shirt and a brown shirt for his
birthday. On the next visit, he wears the brown one. The mother says,
“What’s the matter already? Didn’t you like the blue one?”

Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the
street and said, “Lady I haven’t eaten in three days.” “Force
yourself,” she replied.

Q : What’s the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother?
A : Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.

Q : Why are Jewish Men circumcised?
A : Because Jewish women don’t like anything that isn’t 20% off

 ~ Steve ~                                   H/T    Miss May

PS An extra H/T to reader  Matt who has pointed out that these jokes probably came from

http://www.haruth.com/jhumor/

I say probably because there are about 7 million Jewish jokes.   :lol

I’m sure they are there.

It took 12 years, Workers finally completed spire on One World Trade Center

It is inspiring, and may I just add those Ironworkers are completely   stark raving MAD!

~ Steve~                              H/T      The I_Man

PS. Click pics to enlarge.

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These amazing photos of the 1776 foot tall new trade center have now been published, and boy are they exciting! This new tower is certainly beautiful, and will be a source of pride no doubt to people of New York City, who have lost so much 12 years ago.  See the stunning views and the enormous amount of construction this project entails!

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

Working above 1,700 feet in the air! Ironworkers install final sections on top of One WTC, May 2013

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

“Iron workers and engineers prepare the beacon that will sit on top of One WTC’s spire.”

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

Incredible view of the city and its new tower

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”

“From on top of One WTC, you can see the East River Bridges, Brooklyn and Queens.”

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“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

“Window installers walk along beams at dizzying heights from the 102nd Floor of One WTC to install curtain wall panels.”

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

Final 2 pieces of #One WTC spire sit next to previously installed sections. When connected, One WTC will stand 1776 ft.

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Ironworkers courageously guide spire sections 17 and 18 into place.”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

“Spire Gang From left to right: Kevin Boyle, Richie Christy, Brett Davis, Kevin Sabbagh, Mark Donnelly, Arthur Peart”

Looking way, way down. The Original footprints.

Looking way, way down.
The Original footprints.

The WTC site

The WTC site

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

Ironworkers at #One WTC look on as the final flag-draped section of spire is hoisted to the top of the building.

And That I call Amazing!

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