State Assembly Democrats are trying to block New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ request to extend mayoral control of city schools by four more years, demanding “tweaks” that would reduce his direct control over public education in the Big Apple.
The chairman of Albany’s House of Commons Education Committee, Rep. Michael Benedetto (D-The Bronx), confirmed to The Post that Democrats in his chamber will not include the measure in their budget bill.
The provocative move is aimed not only at Adams, but also at Gov. Kathy Hochul, who included a four-year extension of mayoral control in her budget proposal.
“Given its vital importance to the nearly one million students in our education system and the fact that parents currently do not know who will be in charge of their schools in a few months time, it would be disappointing to see mayoral accountability removed from the budget . ‘ Adams said in a statement responding to the move late Friday.
It comes at a time when Adams disagrees powerful House Speaker Carl Heastie (D-The Bronx) for his call for significant changes to the state’s controversial criminal justice reforms, which Heastie and many progressive Democratic lawmakers who have relaxed laws under bail reform have vigorously opposed.
“The mayor has every reason to be concerned. That is not taken into account in the draft budget,” said Benedetto.
The chairman of the Senate five-county public school committee, Senator John Liu (D-Queens), declined to comment.
The Assembly’s draft budget is the Chamber’s response to the budget proposal already tabled by Hochul. Lawmakers and Hochul have until April 1 to negotiate an agreement on the must-pass legislation.
The mayor’s control expires on June 30th.
State legislators and disgraced ex-government. Andrew Cuomo has frequently stalled renewals of mayoral control in order to gain political influence over New York City mayors.
“That’s really the only plausible explanation for what’s going on here,” a senior DOE official said Friday. “It’s a sensitive issue and they won’t say it publicly, but that’s the perception.”
School Chancellor David Banks and the mayor have made big announcements about their ability to reform the DOE — and losing mayoral control would severely hamper those efforts.
In 2009, uproar among Democratic lawmakers in the state Senate delayed extension of mayoral control until New York City had to be temporarily reinstated the much-maligned Board of Education—when Adams was Senator.
— Additional reporting by Selim Algar
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