Two of Adams’ top aides stay away from upcoming crises

Classes are due to start on September 7 and there is no plan for the influx of migrant children And A possible bus strike, School Chancellor David Banks and First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright are. . . Vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

I wish the loving (and usually hardworking) couple well, but this should be a time when the best executives in town have their hands full.

Banks may have competent deputies, but his team has regularly been taken by surprise. The city’s Department of Education — long known for its dysfunctionality — needs its supreme leader to keep the educators in check.

Especially given the threat of a school bus strike that will hit 150,000 students just as DOE schools reopen.

According to news reports, cities’ strike plans include issuing MetroCards to students, reimbursing families for public transport and taxi fares, offering “free rides” and more – but parents say they have not yet been briefed on those eventualities.

David Banks
David Banks’ team faces a possible bus drivers’ strike that would affect 150,000 students.
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Sheena Wright
Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright vacations on Martha’s Vineyard amid the city’s refugee crisis.
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Add to this the need to make preparations for schools tasked with educating at least 11,000 migrant children who lack school and childhood immunization records and who are likely to need bilingual and other special education services.

Deputy Mayor Wright is Mayor Eric Adams’ primary advisor in managing the day-to-day running of the city government (as well as strategic initiatives), so the issues raised by her absence are obvious.

Top executives, including civil servants, sometimes need to prioritize duty over personal considerations and even indulge in romantic sabbaticals.

Banks and Wright should go home and plan their beach vacation for later.


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing

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