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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

In Case You Think Assembly Dems Are Going To Stand Up To Cuomo On Education Policy (Or Anything Else)

See this photo from 3/18/2015:

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the public backs teachers over Cuomo on education issues 55%-28%.

Cuomo has a 63% disapproval rating on his handling of education.

71%-25% oppose tying teacher pay to test scores.

65%-30% oppose tying teacher tenure to test scores.

Those are two of Cuomo's signature education reforms.

They're not very popular, are they?

Neither is Cuomo.

His approval has dropped eight percentage points to his lowest score for a Q poll - 50% approval overall

In Siena polls, Cuomo's been underwater on job approval for months.

In the last one, he was at 47% approval.

There is no reason for Assembly Dems to be embracing Cuomo on anything.

So why is newly-minted speaker Carl Heastie bailing Cuomo out on ethics reform and jumping into his lap at the press conference announcing the deal?

I warned yesterday that a sell-out is coming.

Assembly Dems sent a letter to Heastie saying they should fight Cuomo on state takeover of failing schools and districts but they made no mention of any of the rest of his agenda - including teacher evaluation reform, tenure reform and raising the charter cap.

Today's Quinnipiac poll gives Dems plenty of cover to fight Cuomo on his education reform agenda.

But it's awfully hard to fight Cuomo when you're embracing him.

And that's what Heastie's doing right now.


  1. After just reading what is included in the ethics "reform" it is clear that our state government is headed by a pack of thieves that will continue to thumb its collective nose at the foolish resident-taxpayers of New York that continue to re-elect what has to be the worst collection of politicians that America has ever known.

  2. "In other words, it's a big shit sandwich and we're all gonna have to take a bite." -PLATOON

  3. Maybe people should "citizens arrest" Cuomo as an April fools day prank...