NEWS: New York City law enforcement and national security officials are on high alert after a series of apparently coordinated explosions ripped through crowds of spectators and participants near the finish line of yesterday’s Boston Marathon.
SCHOOLS: Mayor Mike Bloomberg visited Bay Ridge this morning to announce a new pilot for a Software Engineering program. The High School of Telecommunications Arts and Sciences (350 67th Street) is one of 20 schools selected to take part in the pilot, and it was the site of Bloomberg’s announcement.
What has been referred to by a cynical New York media as the annual “budget dance,” a choreographed clash which begins every year with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s threats of austerity – cutting jobs, closing firehouses, the discontinuation of after-school programs, followed by posturing from city council members and program directors, with all roads leading to [...]
City Councilman Vincent Gentile passionately criticized Mayor Bloomberg’s “severe cuts to Out of School Time (OST) programs for elementary school students” last week – when he referred to the cutbacks in a press release as an “all-out war on children.” Gentile plans to hold a rally later today, along with parents, teachers, students and community [...]
BAY RIDGE, POLICE & FIRE: The director of a Bay Ridge-based Arab-American organization has called on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to step down over his role in appearing in an anti-Muslim film, having it screened during mandatory counter-terrorism training sessions, and for the program of surveillance aimed at Arab and Muslim communities in New York.