Although Mr. Cuomo and legislative leaders on Sunday said they had reached a deal, interviews with lawmakers, aides and other Albany players revealed that it unraveled almost immediately, damaged by a war of words between the governor and the teachers union that affected the language of the education bill.
In a statement announcing the budget deal late Sunday, Mr. Cuomo said it represented “a complete overhaul of the entrenched education bureaucracy.” Mr. Mulgrew issued a competing statement, saying that legislators had stomped Mr. Cuomo’s “corporate” initiatives.
Mr. Mulgrew’s comments rankled the governor, said people familiar with the matter, and “there were changes made in response,” Mr. Benedetto said. From Sunday to Tuesday, “there was a reaction to it, which delayed the process terribly, and modified the final education wording,” he said.
Details of the bill that emerged after Sunday caught Democratic Assembly members off-guard and upset them, several of them said.
A Cuomo spokesman denied that any changes were made in response to Mr. Mulgrew’s comments. Cuomo administration officials said negotiations continued after Sunday, but the substance of the bills remained the same.
Isn't it time we send UFT President Mulgrew packing?
Now you see why the conflict between NYSUT and the UFT emerged in public, with NYSUT urging legislators to vote no on the education bill and the UFT telling legislators it would not be held against them.
They were pissed off at Mulgrew's bufoonery that seemingly made things worse in the end.
I'm skeptical that much changed from Sunday to Tuesday in the bill, but it's possible some of the more odious (and unexpected) stuff that's in the bill got there during the time frame.
It's just as likely that legislators are trying to pin the blame for having to take a tough vote on the budget bill on Mulgrew than anything else.
Still, it's an interesting story, that we have Mulgrew to blame for an even worse budget bill.
Perhaps we have Mike Mulgrew to thank for the loss of permanent certification and the inclusion of the "Moral Character Review" provision.