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Eric Adams believes Kathy Hochul will expand his control of New York schools

Mayor Eric Adams said all indications are that Gov. Kathy Hochul will sign a bill to expand his control of New York City’s public schools — just hours before the policy is scheduled to expire on Thursday.

“There seems to be evidence that she will,” Adams said at an independent news conference in Manhattan.

“I’m confident it will be signed before sunset,” scheduled for 12:59:59 Thursday.

A spokesman for the state Senate confirmed to The Post that the law should be signed into law before it expires.

Officials expected lawmakers to send the bill to the governor’s desk when she requests it, which is the usual process.

State Senator John Liu, chairman of the New York City Board of Education, had suggested that lawmakers could send the bill to Hochul’s desk whether she requested it or not – and as a result instituted a 10-day clock for the governor that both can use their right of veto or let it become law automatically.

Asked Thursday whether leaders of the state Senate and Assembly agreed to the move, Liu reiterated, “We will not be responsible for the chaos that will ensue in the city” when the mayor’s control expires.

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Mayor Eric Adams said all indications are that Gov. Kathy Hochul will sign a bill to expand his control of New York City’s public schools.
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Hochul had not requested the bill as of Thursday evening.

At the time, Liu confirmed that the Legislature and Hochul were in negotiations on “chapter changes,” or an agreement to sign a bill but make changes to be formally voted on at the next session in January.

“We would come to an agreement today so that she can sign the law by today – so that the mayor’s control is not lost,” Liu said.

Possible changes include adjustments to the Education Policy Board, a city advisory body made up mostly of mayoral representatives, so that high school parents can vote for a member to represent them on the PEP.

Currently, PEP parent representatives are elected by local Community Education Councils, most of whose members are parents of eighth graders and younger.

“She obviously had a lot to do between the decisions of the primary court and the Supreme Court and the legislation being passed today,” Liu said, referring to an extraordinary session that discussed New York’s concealed-carrying laws. “I have every confidence that she will sign it – because she doesn’t want the blame.”

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Adams said his “biggest fear” is that New York schools will have to reallocate federal funds because of a drop in student enrollment.
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Multiple sources said Adams was behind the last-minute pressure to make changes to the bill.

“I think the problem was that the mayor wasn’t engaged during the regular term,” a legislature source told The Post. “They woke up this morning and said we had to do something” to change the bill.

Adams told reporters he met with his school’s chancellor, David Banks, on Wednesday and discussed what might happen if the policy expires.

“If it were lapsed, it would just create a lot of madness,” Adams said. “And that’s why I hope the governor signs the bill into law today.”

Mayoral control has only lapsed once in its two-decade history, in 2009, though a temporary citywide department of education that took on the task was staffed by Bloomberg officials who went about their business mostly as usual for several weeks.

Adams has also been in touch with state lawmakers about a second bill introduced alongside mayoral oversight — a mandate to reduce class sizes to 25 students or fewer, depending on grade level, with some exceptions.

“We like the idea of ​​class size,” he said. “We just have to do it right – that we don’t compromise our ability to make sure the needy students in the schools get the support they deserve.”

Adams said his “biggest fear” is that New York schools will have to reallocate federal funds because of a drop in student enrollment.

“We bled dry families who are leaving town and leaving the school system,” he said. “We must prepare to assess whether we will lose federal funding because we face student bleeding.”

Liu told The Post on Thursday he didn’t think changes to the class size law were “necessary” due to broad support in both chambers and a flexible transition period.

“If the governor wants to take a few more months to think about it and maybe plan it properly based on her own current needs, so be it — as long as she signs it off by the end of this year,” Liu said.

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