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Local Democrats practically begging Hillary to run for NYC mayor

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The most qualified womyn…

What are they putting in the NYC water supply system?

From NY Post: Run, Hillary, run — for mayor. Local Democratic activists said they would rally to Clinton’s side if she decided to take on Mayor de Blasio in a ­primary this year.

If Hillary entered the race, she would be the best candidate. I would support her because we need a change in New York City,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237. Floyd, who represents school safety officers and Housing Authority workers, has clashed repeatedly with City Hall over policy. “Hillary would be a better mayor than de Blasio. Every week we hear about investigations about fund-raising and city property being given away to real estate developers,” he said.

Clinton captured 79 percent of the vote in the five boroughs during her failed November presidential run.

The Rev. Patrick Young, pastor of First Baptist Church in East Elmhurst, Queens, said Clinton could make history by shattering the mayoral glass ceiling in Gotham. “Hillary would have been the first female president. She would be the first woman mayor in the history of New York City,” he said. “She would be better at working with people and engaging people. She would be a breath of fresh air. We have a cloud over our leadership right now.”

The Rev. Johnny Green, pastor of Harlem’s Mount Neboh Baptist Church, said Clinton would have his vote. “Hillary over de Blasio. Anybody against de Blasio. De Blasio is a repeat offender when it comes to stupidity,” Green said.

One de Blasio critic claimed de Blasio would be toast if Clinton runs. “I’m not sure she would have an opponent. De Blasio would have to drop out if she ran,” said former Mike Bloomberg campaign manager Bradley Tusk, who is hunting for a viable foe against the mayor.

The Clinton-for-mayor rumors lit up social media. “Ummm, this may be the BEST news of 2017 yet!!! I’m fine with a pantsuit city,” ­Ladychampagneb posted on Instagram.

Clinton allies are pushing talk of her possibly running for mayor to “torture” de Blasio for waiting so long to back Clinton in the presidential race, according to one Democratic Party official. “Trust me. People don’t forget,” said a Clinton Democratic National Committee delegate from New York.

A source said Clinton did not discourage her backers from discussing a City Hall bid. “She wants to remain relevant,” the source said.

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In just 3 months, 10 kids died on NYC child services’ watch

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Via NY Post: Ten kids died despite each being the subject of at least four abuse or maltreatment complaints to the city’s troubled child welfare agency in the weeks leading up to the slaying of little Zymere Perkins, a probe by Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office has found.

Comptroller Scott Stringer

Comptroller Scott Stringer

The tragedies were among 38 deaths involving vulnerable children flagged for high-priority investigations by the Administration for Children’s Services, Stringer found in the report, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion

ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion

In a letter to outgoing ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrion — who announced she was stepping down last week amid scrutiny of her handling of the agency — Stringer said his findings “starkly illustrate ACS’ persistent lack of progress in meeting its own targets for how those investigations are conducted, supervised and managed.”

Without reform, Stringer warned, the bungling “will continue to prove fatal for an unknown number of children who will foreseeably need to rely on ACS for protection from abusive individuals in their own households.”

Carrion’s abrupt retirement came one day before the state ordered the appointment of an outside monitor to oversee ACS due to shocking lapses in the handling of Zymere’s case.

Stringer’s report, which will be made public Thursday, said his office looked into 3,692 high-priority ACS probes opened between July 1 and Sept. 25 — one day before Zymere, 6, was beaten to death in Harlem following five ACS investigations into abuse allegations against his family.

Zymere’s mom, Geraldine Perkins, and her boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Authorities suspect Smith fatally bludgeoned the child with a broomstick.

The comptroller’s probe found that 53 high-priority cases involving four or more complaints against a household were closed without any agency employees having “face-to-face contact” with the children in question.

Stringer also uncovered multiple instances in which ACS failed to follow official protocol in handling the investigations. The lapses included 22.4 percent of the 3,692 cases in which there was no “face-to-face contact” with the child within 24 hours, and 25.9 percent that were closed without the “requisite number of face-to-face contacts with the child” every other week. In addition, 31.9 percent of the cases were closed without first being reviewed by a supervisor five times, as required, and 72.5 percent were closed without being reviewed by a manager even three times.

Those failures occurred despite ACS being so top-heavy with management that supervisors actually outnumber the caseworkers assigned to deal with kids at risk, as revealed by The Post on Monday. ACS also failed to produce a risk-assessment profile within 40 days, as required, in 68 percent of the cases, according to Stringer’s preliminary findings.

“It’s so alarming and concerning,” Stringer told The Post. “The sheer number of kids who have tragically slipped through the cracks makes your heart break.”

Jaden Jordan

Jaden Jordan

Since Zymere’s death, another child, 3-year-old Jaden Jordan, died from a beating, allegedly administered by his mother’s boyfriend, Salvatore Lucchesse. That abuse was uncovered on Nov. 28, three days after ACS workers investigated a tip that mistakenly gave the wrong address for the family’s home in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.

In his letter, Stringer said the probe was a follow-up to a June 15 report that “found significant deficiencies in ACS’s processes.”

In addition to Stringer’s findings, ACS is bracing for the release of a report by the city Department of Investigation early next year. Last week, DOI Commissioner Mark Peters said his probe would reveal “failures at the highest level” of ACS.

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Both ACS and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office disputed Stringer’s findings, saying 21 of the 38 deaths Stringer cited had no prior history with ACS. They also said seven other deaths stemmed from unsafe sleeping conditions, two were illness-related, one was determined to be accidental, and the official cause of two others remained pending.

The existence of five other child death cases cited by Stringer is being disputed by the de Blasio administration. “It’s no surprise that ACS’s data was cherry-picked to support a simplified and largely inaccurate conclusion,” mayoral spokesperson Aja Worthy-Davis said. “This report contains many inaccuracies — such as a base misunderstanding of child-protective review protocols and legal rules regarding risk assessment. Our focus remains on aggressive reform meant to protect every child that we interact with.

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NYC offering workers therapy to cope with Trump-induced stress

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Via NY Post: New York City is offering its municipal workforce counseling services and other support for dealing with election-year stress brought on by Donald Trump’s election.

In a Dec. 1 email, the de Blasio administration pointed to mental health resources that are available to workers who are “feeling distressed or vulnerable following the election results.”

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“We have seen the concerns expressed on social media and we are monitoring them closely,” the email reads.

The half-dozen agencies involved include the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Education, as well as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policies Richard Buery, who is overseeing the city’s mental health initiative known as Thrive NYC.

Since the election, Mayor de Blasio has been reassuring New Yorkers that his administration will work to protect them from potentially harmful polices that have been proposed by Trump over the past year — particularly on immigration.

Asked about the email, City Hall press secretary Eric Phillips said it was a show of care for employees’ well-being.

“The post-election period has been anxiety-producing for many people, understandably,” he said. “When you throw the holidays into that, it can be a very difficult time for those coping with mental health challenges.”

Nearly 80 percent of city votes cast in the 2016 presidential election went to former Secretary of State and former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Trump got less than 20 percent of the votes and lost to Clinton in every borough except Staten Island.

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Mayor de Blasio claims hot dog carts are causing global warming

This guy is full of hot air.

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Via NY Post: The de Blasio administration is trying to limit the number of food trucks in the city by claiming that each hot-dog and kabob cart causes more pollution than a truck ride to Los Angeles.

Deputy Health Commissioner Corinne Schiff made the claim at a City Council hearing Wednesday, in an apparent effort to sink a bill that would nearly double the number of food-vendor permits in the city by 2023.

“Meat grilling is a significant source of air pollution in the city,” Schiff said. “One additional vendor grilling meat emits an amount of particle pollution in one day equivalent to what a diesel truck emits driving 3,500 miles.”

The new bill would boost the number of permits to 8,000 by 2023 and also create an enforcement team to sniff out violations.

Since 1983, the number of street-food vending permits has remained steady at 4,235. But there are likely more carts than that on the streets, as some vendors simply open shop without a license and work until they are caught.

Schiff argued any increase in the number of food carts needs to come with regulations stipulating that the carts operate in a more environmentally friendly manner.

City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), who is sponsoring the bill to increase the permits, wondered if this was already the case. “We have laws in the city about air quality that currently stipulate that any food establishment has got to have a hood over a grill,” Levine said. “Is that not currently the law?”

Schiff, however, said there are no such laws regulating the carts as she suggested the proposals be delayed to ensure better pollution safeguards.

“We really see this as an opportunity to work with the council to think through how we might use this modernization act to improve air quality,” she said. “The current laws don’t actually control the emissions that we’re concerned about.”

Business-improvement districts and residents throughout the city also pushed for delays on increasing vendor permits, saying there are too many already in some neighborhoods, but welcomed increased enforcement.

“The enforcement idea is a great idea,” said Ellen Baer, co-chair of the NYC BID Association. “Let’s see if this works, let’s see how it works, let’s see if it’s sufficiently funded, let’s see how many resources they need — before we start adding to the chaos.”

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But street vendors argued they’ve waited too long for reforms that would allow them to transition from operating illegally to legally.

Sean Basinski, director of the Street Vendor Project, described the bills as “far from our dream,” but said he supports most of what they call for.  “It is a reasonable compromise,” he said. “Vendors have been waiting 35 years for this change . . . We certainly welcome a study being done, but we don’t think that should delay the progress that needs to be made. The time for reform is now.”

Before the hearing, some vendors rallied outside, demanding that city officials and police stop harassing them and treating them like criminals. The bill will remain before the committee while members discuss possible changes.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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New York City has scandalous bureaucrats overseeing its struggling schools

Shocker, not. If the kids in schools can get away with doing bad things (See the new discipline code launched by Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education) then why shouldn’t the teachers?

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Via NY Post: The city Department of Education has stocked the office that oversees the city’s lowest-performing schools with bureaucrats who were ineffective and tainted by scandal in previous school jobs.

Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched the Renewal program two years ago to boost 94 struggling schools. Independent Budget Office figures show they plan to spend $887 million through 2019. But some of the 114 educrats who oversee the 86 schools now in the program were reprimanded by courts, oversight boards and parents, a Post review found.

Parents charge that the program has become a place to reward cronies and dump the unfit. “The DOE has many former principals still working who should have been fired,” said a member of the Brooklyn Community Education Council. “The bad news is that they are now the ones in positions telling others how to teach, and that’s not right.”

Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center education professor David Bloomfield said the city must make better personnel decisions. “These schools are behind the eight ball,” Bloomfield said. “The de Blasio administration has to make the case that these are the best people for these jobs — and they haven’t.”

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Among the questionable hires was Elif Gure, an executive director and second in command to Renewal Executive Superintendent Aimee Horowitz. Gure created a “hostile, race-based work environment” as principal of PS 316 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and called a parent coordinator the N-word, a federal judge ruled in March 2014. A jury awarded the coordinator $110,000.  Gure makes a $171,601 salary in the Renewal program.

Eileen Coppola, executive director of Renewal high schools, left her post as principal at the Secondary School for Journalism in Park Slope, Brooklyn, awash in problems. The school’s PTA president said students failed Regents exams despite getting A’s and B’s in class. A petition by 24 kids complained they didn’t get most of the earth-science labs required by the state. Coppola makes $144,824 in her new job.

Joelle Mcken, a Renewal director in District 17 making $141,765, was principal at PS 73 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, a school later phased out for abysmal performance. In 2003, the city Conflicts of Interest Board fined her $900 for having an employee chauffeur her kids.

Mary Nelson, who earns $134,994 as Renewal director in District 14, was principal at PS 236 in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, where parents said that she failed to report violent incidents. Then-Councilman Lew Fidler joined a drive to push her out.

Lisa Lauritzen was an assistant principal at Science Skills Center HS in Downtown Brooklyn before being appointed a Renewal “instructional coach.” A DOE investigation found she urged teachers to re-score failing Regents exams. She now makes $136,010.

DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye defended the hires. “Turning around a struggling school does not happen overnight, and it requires dedicated, experienced administrators who know how to work with and support school staff,” she said.

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NY Assemblyman demands elections official resign for linking minorities to voter fraud

Demorats don’t like it when you call out their shenanigans…

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From NY Post: A Bronx lawmaker demanded the resignation of a city Board of Elections official for linking minorities to voter fraud.

Alan Schulkin

Alan Schulkin

Manhattan Board of Elections Commissioner Alan Schulkin was secretly recorded claiming Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID program was contributing to “all kinds of fraud” while also endorsing a stricter voter ID program in New York to deter voter fraud.

During a discussion with an undercover videographer from the conservative group Project Veritas last December, Schulkin also said busloads of people in minority neighborhoods are taken from “poll site to poll site.”

When the undercover videotaper asked if this happened in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, the commissioner answered, “Yeah . . . and Chinese, too,” according to the video tape. He also talked about how Muslims can hide their identify in burkas.

Luis Sepulveda

Luis Sepulveda

Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda said Schulkin said the comments make Schulkin unfit to be a Democratic representative on the elections board. “His comments about alleged voter fraud coming from Black, Latino Asian and Muslim communities reeks of racism and is factually incorrect,” said Sepulveda.

“There is minimal evidence of voter fraud. Schulkin’s comments were disgraceful and demonstrate that he is incompetent to serve as a Commissioner. Resign immediately!”

A spokesman for Mayor de Blasio also took strong exception to the commissioner’s comments. “These allegations are not only false, they’re racist. Voter fraud fear-mongering is a right-wing smokescreen designed to not only disenfranchise the poor and people of color, but thwart efforts to deliver sorely needed electoral reforms in New York and across country. New Yorkers deserve public officials who are committed to defending democracy, not undermining it,” said spokesman Austin Finan.

Finan shot down Schulkin’s claim that the municipal ID program is susceptible to fraud, saying there are appropriate safeguards. “Got my @IDNYC earlier this year. They didn’t just hand it over. Application and enrollment requirements were significant and appropriate,” he said.

Schulkin was appointed in 2014 with the support of Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, and Manhattan Council members Corey Johnson, Margaret Chin, Mark Levine, and Ydanis Rodriguez, sources said.

Manhattan Democratic Party leader Keith Wright supported another candidate, but lost out in the power struggle with the Council leadership , sources said. “It’s very disturbing what I’ve been reading in the paper — if true,” Wright said of Schulkin. Mark Viverito issued a terse statement saying Schulkin’s comments are “uninformed opinions have no basis in fact.”

A City Hall official said Schulkin is not likely to be reappointed when his term is up at year’s end.

Schulkin addressed the controversy during a Board of Elections Committee meeting on Tuesday. He said he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body and claimed his secretly recorded videotaped comments were taken out of context.

Meanwhile, Republicans pounced on Schulkin remarks as reason to tackle voter fraud. “If there is evidence of voter fraud, we should hold a hearing on it. If a Board of Elections commissioner says we need a voter ID law, we should explore the idea and make recommendations to the state Legislature,” said City Councilman Joe Borelli (R-SI).

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said Schulkin should be treated as a hero for his candor, not fired. “This is a man who wants to do the right thing and stop criminal acts, but the powers he would face are so powerful, he sees no path forward. “ O’Keefe said.

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NYC Teachers are juicing their pensions, and it cost taxpayers $1B

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Via NY Post: A little-known pension perk available only to New York City teachers cost taxpayers an astonishing $1.2 billion last year, a watchdog group reported Wednesday.

The sweet deal guarantees that teachers who sock away money for retirement in a special Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) receive a 7 percent annual return. In stark contrast, banks currently pay depositors just 1 percent or less on most savings accounts.

And city taxpayers are the de facto guarantors for the high rate of return — on the hook to make up the difference if the annuity falls short of the guarantee.

Knowing a good thing when they see it, increasing numbers of teachers are stashing their cash in the no-lose annuity, the Citizens Budget Commission found.

It said that there are now 137,000 participants in the plan, including 51,000 retirees. But only 3,000 are drawing on their funds. The rest, according to the commission, are watching their nest eggs grow at a fixed rate available to no other city employee.

And that’s over and above the teachers’ regular pensions.

“You don’t get a guaranteed rate of return with your 401(k). But teachers do” in that special annuity, said CBC research director Charles Brecher.

“It’s a good, positive math lesson for teachers. It’s a bad, negative math lesson for taxpayers. The teachers get this huge taxpayer subsidy. The city should treat the teachers like everyone else.”

Former city labor director James Hanley said the guaranteed 7 percent — which he negotiated down from 8.25 percent in 2009 — is indefensible. “Nobody else has such a system. This is a little ridiculous. It’s tough to sustain in the long term,” Hanley warned.

The annuity is a voluntary program to supplement traditional government pensions. Other city employees have them — without the guaranteed 7 percent return.

The sweet deal kicked in when the state Legislature in 1988 allowed teachers to designate all or part of their pension contributions to the fixed-return fund, which at that time was paying 8.25 percent, then close to the return of federal government bonds.

After the 2008 stock-market crash, the fixed-rate option grew in popularity. In 2007, the annuity fund stood at $7.4 billion. Last year, it held $18.7 billion. Taxpayer subsidies have also grown, from $238 million in 2007 to $1.2 billion last year.

The CBC urged the city to end the 7 percent guarantee, particularly for new hires. The CBC pointed out that while government pensions are protected by the state constitution, the annuity isn’t.

Any changes would require taking on the powerful teachers union.

Union boss Mike Mulgrew

Union boss Mike Mulgrew

Mike Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, argued that taxpayers have actually come out ahead. “The CBC report neglects to mention that over the last 25 years, the city has actually made a profit from this fund, since its investment returns over that period have exceeded the guaranteed rate of return promised by the TDA,” he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office had no immediate comment.

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