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November 2, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

Reading List: Thompson Trailing by 12 Points, One Final Push


Illustration by Roberto Parada

* A Quinnipiac Poll released this morning has Thompson trailing Bloomberg 38 to 50 — 12 percentage points. Last week, Thompson was trailing by 18 percentage points.

* The City Room has Thompson and Bloomberg gearing up for election day. The Daily News says they’re both pulling out all stops.

* New York magazine, which thinks that Bloomberg’s third term is all-but-official, says that Bloomberg will have a hard time working with the UFT.

* Michael Barbaro writes about the usual truth-stretching that seeps into campaign ads every election.

* City Hall News reports that the Bloomberg campaign believes it has neutralized the Working Families Party as a factor in the mayor’s race.

* The Daily News reports that there are still a significant amount of New Yorkers who don’t know who Bill Thompson is.

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October 30, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

Reading List: The Marist Poll, Bloomberg – The Education Mayor?

* Bloomberg asked Lance Armstrong to ask Daily News reporter Celeste Katz if she will vote for him on Tuesday:

* A Marist Poll released today shows Bloomberg leading Thompson by 15 percentage points. An internal poll the Thompson campaign released last night showed Bloomberg leading by only 3 to 7 percentage points.

* Meredith Kolodner reports that a study by the Dept. of Education shows charter schools performing worse than public schools, and is doing a poor job of reaching out to special-education children and English language learners. Mayor Bloomberg has called for the state to lift its cap of 200 charter schools.

* Yoav Gonen reports in the Post that the National Center for Education Statistics, which compared state testing standards between 2005 and 2007, found that New York has set its benchmarks for student proficiency in math and reading well below of a gold-standard national test. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states are setting the bar too low and are “lying to our children when we tell them they’re proficient but they’re not achieving at a level that will prepare them for success once they graduate.”

* Elizabeth Benjamin reports that SEIU 1199 is officially staying neutral in the mayor’s race, despite opposing Bloomberg’s term limits extension and voting in favor of giving Bill Thompson the WFP nod this summer. Another union staying neutral? The UFT — just when the teachers’ contract is set to end.

* David Chen: “A Mayor Thompson would be likely to focus on quality of life concerns, like water rates or parking tickets. Major decisions on schools, housing and other issues would probably be an exercise in consensus, with more participation by advocates and citizens.”

* Suzannah B. Troy is capturing some of the protests today, and interviews Brenda Stokely:

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September 29, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

Reading List: Former Bloomberg Aide Breaks the Law, Sodas at the Health Dept.

* The Village Voice reports that a former senior Bloomberg Administration member, Joshua Sirefman, broke the city’s conflict of interest laws when he lobbied for a city contract to develop the West Side Rail Yards on behalf of his private sector employer, the Brookfield Properties Corporation. [Thanks to Queens Crap]

* The New York Post calls Bloomberg and Department of Health officials hypocrites for stocking loads of sugary drinks in the health agency’s main lobby. Bloomberg has launched a campaign against sugary drinks because of their health implications, though this is the second week the press has reported a “do as I say, not as I do” scenario.

* “You’ve got my vote. Now that I’m getting beaten up, I need something different.” — Frank Fundaro, a Conservative Staten Island resident to Democratic mayoral challenger Bill Thompson. For Fundaro, it would be his first time voting for a Democrat since he cast a ballot for Jimmy Carter.

* Thomas Carroll, president of the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, wonders in the Post if Bloomberg will make some bold moves when renewing the City’s contract with the United Federation of Teachers right before the mayoral election.

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August 19, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

Reading List: UFT May Endorse a Mayoral Candidate, Bloomberg on Campaign Finance Laws

* Gotham Schools reports that a mayoral endorsement from the United Federation of Teachers could be coming soon. The UFT refrained from endorsing a mayoral candidate in 2005. Before the City Council overturned term limits to allow Bloomberg to run for a third time, the UFT gave $4,950 to Bill Thompson and $500 to Tony Avella.

* Elizabeth Benjamin reports that the billionaire self-funding mayor wants to change campaign finance laws to restrict those candidates who can’t afford to finance their own campaigns (aka everyone else) from raising money for their campaigns.

* Bloomberg had these kind words to say about mayoral candidate Bill Thompson during the 2007 commencement ceremony at Tufts University:

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July 21, 2009 @ 11:24 am

Reading: Putting Two and Two Together

Larry Littlefield writes on the Room Eight blog about what he gathers is behind the mayoral control debate.
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