Sunday, February 19, 2006

Pants on Fire

Mayor Bloomberg is now very publicly moving away from his pledge to build new schools. He claims it's because he isn't receiving the funds promised in the CFE lawsuit.

Governor Pataki is now appealing the lawsuit. While I've mentioned this before, I must point out once again that the governor was willing to pay for most of the lawsuit. The judge specifically said that NYC could be compelled to pay a reasonable share. This is due to Sir Rudy's policy of reducing city aid by precisely whatever amount the state raised it. This shows exactly how much Rudy valued NYC schools.

How much does Mayor Mike value NYC schools? When the judge ruled, CFE suggested the city pay 25%. Governor Pataki suggested 40%. Mayor Blomberg's rep said the city would say "No thank you if compelled to contribute one dime.

It's highly disingenuous to blame the state when Governor Pataki is the only one of these three politicians who's shown a willingness to sacrifice anything whatsoever for NYC's 1.1 million schoolchildren.
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