November 10 - 16, 2010
N.Y.C. School Chancellor Resigns
Joel Klein, 64, is stepping down from his position
as the New York City Schools Chancellor to become
Executive Vice President of the News Corporation,
according to various news reports. Klein was the longest
serving school chancellor in the city’s history.
While he is credited for increased high school gradua-
tion rates, college enrollment and other successes, Klein
was also disparaged for excluding school administrators,
teachers and parents from citywide educational deci-
Klein will stick around until the end of the year, when
ex-publisher Cathleen Black, 66, will take the reins.
Black, formerly the publisher of New York Magazine and
U.S.A. Today, is now chairwoman of Hearst Magazines,
which publishes Esquire, Cosmopolitan and others.
MayorB l o o m b e r g appointed Klein in 2002 after
establishing mayoral control over the N.Y.C. public
school system. He hailed Klein as “one of the most
important and transformational educational leaders of
our time,” according to the New York Times.
The Mayor continued, “Joel has implemented innova-
tive changes that have made an enormous difference in
the lives of millions of children.”
Seeking a compromise for dog leash
policy in Battery Park
There was another emotional discussion about the
dog leash policy in Battery Park at last Wednesday’s
Community Board 1 Financial District Committee meet-
Parks Manhattan Borough Commissioner Bill Castro,
the Downtown Dog Owners Association, Community
Board 1 and the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
got together on October 29 in State SenatorD a n i e l
Squadron’s office to discuss the matter. Castro is now
recommending that dog owners set up a makeshift space
for their off-leash pets on a paved surface in the park
between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
“The issue seemed to be whether the proposed trial
area was large enough,” said Ro Sheffe, chair of the
F.D.C., on behalf of the dog owners. They also expressed
concern, he said, about the trial area’s size and loca-
“The dog owners’ point of view is they need to run
on a natural gas surface,” Sheffe explained. “The Battery
Park Conservancy’s view is that it would be damaging to
the lawn and [dogs running off leash on the grass] should
not be allowed.” Sheffe has established a subcommittee
to rewrite a resolution to present to the full board on
November 23. Until then, C.B. 1 is not taking a stance
on the subject.
The group will reconvene at Squadron’s office on
December 13. “It’s a closed-door meeting, and we’re
expecting [Commissioner] Bill Castro to be there,”
Squadron and C.B. 1 hope to obtain quantitative data
from the Battery Conservancy on the various uses of the
Battery Park lawn. “What we’re trying to do is assemble
as much factual information as we can to make an
informed decision and a workable compromise,” Sheffe
said. “It remains to see what that will be.”
Post-election survey results come in
A post-Election Day survey found a varied voting experi-
ence for many New Yorkers, with most complaints centering
on ballot design and privacy issues.
Nearly 1,200 New Yorkers from at least 300 different
poll sites anonymously completed the City Council’s online
survey. Over a third of those surveyed said the ballot was
“difﬁcult to read or confusing,” and nearly a quarter of
them complained that poll workers failed to provide privacy
sleeves or folders to keep their ballots private. Another quar-
ter of the participants said a poll worker didn’t offer to help
them with voting or explain the new voting system.
The survey results will be used by the City Council in an
upcoming Board of Elections hearing. “This survey allowed
us to gather important information on voters’ experience on
election day—something the Board of Elections has been
unable to do,” said Governmental Operations Chair Gale
A. Brewer. “We’re looking forward to using the data as part
of the Committee on Governmental Operations’ continuing
oversight of the Board.”
Requiem at the W.F.C. on Friday
The World Financial Center’s Winter Garden will host a
requiem for fossil fuels on Friday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Acclaimed sound art duo O+A — Bruce Odland andSam
Auinger — composed the piece. The requiem weaves together
sounds from fossil-fueled machines with four human voices to
mark the end of worldwide dependence on cheap fuel.
The piece intertwines live vocals by mezzo-sopranoHai-
Ting Chinn, soprano Martha Cluver, tenor Geoffrey Silver,
and bass Mark Uhlemann with what O+A refer to as an
eight-channel “orchestra of cities”: sounds of cars and jets,
some of which were recorded outside the W.F.C. in previous
The free concert is a part of WNYC’s New Sounds Live
series and will be hosted by the show’s John Shaefer. It
has already been performed in churches in New York and
A.B.C. to broadcast Trinity Church
A.B.C. television stations nationwide will air Trinity
Church’s special “lessons and carols” service held on
Saturday, December 4. The service is presented by Trinity
Wall Street and the National Council of Churches U.S.A.
Lessons and carols is an Anglican liturgy that tracks the
birth of the Messiah from prophecy to fulﬁllment in the form
of song and scripture. The tradition, which developed into
its full form in the 1990s, originates from a Christmas Eve
service in 1880s England.
In preparation, participants are supposed to attend an
informal class on Sunday, November 21 at 12:45 p.m., fol-
lowing the church’s 11:15 a.m. service, to learn about the
ﬁlming process and rehearse the songs. Participants are
asked to dress festively for the December 4 service, which
will begin at 3:30 p.m. The taping is scheduled to start at 4
p.m. and will last approximately one hour.
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