Archive for April 7th, 2006

7th April
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, April 7, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

On Wednesday, the City Council approved the land use portion of the deal that promises to ultimately lead to the long-anticipated construction of a new Yankee Stadium and the retention of the iconic team in The Bronx.This caps over two decades of effort to retain the team.

Had the Yankees departed,the effect on the borough would have been akin to having the White House and Capitol building moved from Washington, D.C. It would have signaled the end of hope for better days for a borough that has been in steep decline for nearly half a century. A borough that has a population more than twice that of the nation’s capital, which is now home to a one-year-old baseball franchise, having twice previously failed to support a baseball team. (more…)

7th April
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, April 7, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Parents of children on Manhattan’s West Side, many excluded from the gifted and talented programs at their home-zoned schools under new Department of Education rules, claim to have evidence that the system has been “rigged” to create “equity” for others at the expense of opportunities for their children. They say it is likely that they will turn to the courts for relief.

“I don’t understand why expanding opportunities for children perceived as ‘underserved’ must come at such a steep cost to the children of other communities,” one of a number of parents who are pressing this issue on the Upper West Side, Jennifer James, said. “This needn’t be a ‘zero-sum’ undertaking. The mayor and Chancellor Klein have failed to establish enough classes to serve all gifted children, and our children are being asked to pay the price.” (more…)