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This is an exposAc detailing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is education and construction policies between 2002 and 2009 inclusive. It covers all major education issues: schools chancellor, school budget, grading of the schools, reducing class sizes, small, charter and culturally themed schools, standardized testing, school safety, overcrowding and mayoral control; and all major real estate development issues: rezoning, ULURP, self-certification, various fatal construction accidents and disasters, affordable housing, lack of construction, law enforcement, and the large projects that characterized the administration. This book features a list of abbreviations and a comprehensive index in the back. A page of the Introduction, p. 11, is crucial for understanding references made throughout the book. Therefore, it is reproduced below: a€œMaking himself available to parents. The mayor performed the important tasks of negotiating with the unions, securing funding from the higher powers and making public relations appearances when there was good news to report. I have observed that there were three recurring themes in Mr. Bloomberg Is modus operandi in both Education and Real Estate Development: Theme 1: He was overly optimistic. As his various education initiatives and construction projects progressed, he routinely threw around and changed numbers on standardized test scores, graduation rates, school openings, school crime rates, construction costs, creation of jobs and affordable housing units, among others, and sometimes even distorted facts outright. Theme 2: Time after time, Mr. Bloomberg asked for input from the community, or purported to, on new school openings and on construction of schools and other projects, but usually ended up hiring his cronies and ignored the community Is wishes. Theme 3: He took advantage of legal loopholes or skirted around the law to forge ahead with his agendum. His agendum was to acquire power. Why else did he take control of the schools and overturn term limits? It was not for the money. In November 2009, Mr. Bloomberg won his third-term election bid by a narrow margin, mostly because he was still viewed as a stronger candidate than the opposing one. His power and popularity were waning, however, rocked by various investigations in recent years, including a slush-fund scandal, and corruption and sloppiness in construction that led to fatal accidents that resulted in the termination of decades-long unethical practices. Further, he was accused of being involved in various conflicts of interest and of being hypocritical on environmental and health issues. Two farmyard clichAcs and one generic clichAc also aptly describe many occurrences during the Bloomberg administration between 2002 and 2009: ClichAc 1: a€œJust another case of the fox guarding the henhousea€ ClichAc 2: a€œClosing the barn door after the horses have already fleda€ ClichAc 3: a€œDo as I say, not as I doa€ The above themes and clichAcs are so common in my text, that I refer to their generic names; i.e., I will use the blog style, for example, a€œFile under Theme 1a€ or a€œFile under ClichAc 2a€ when providing evidence of same. Enjoy.a€Between 2002 and early 2008, 27 Queens neighborhoods had been rezoned, according to DCP. ... [File under Theme 2] The plan entailed altering Archer Avenue in the Station Plaza area, along with creating open space and greenery a€”a $45anbsp;...

Author:Sally A. Friedman
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2010-07-12


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