The Black Lists: A Who's Who of Supporters and Opponents

Friday, November 19, 2010

In the week and a half since Mayor Bloomberg named Hearst Magazines Chairman Cathie Black the next schools chancellor, opponents and supporters of the unconventional pick have been sending letters to the state's education commissioner, David Steiner, who is weighing the waiver Black will need if she is to fill the job. Here's a list of who's lining up on either side of the issue.

Opposed to Black

Legislators Who Sent Letters Opposing Black

Alan Maisel, Assembly, Brooklyn
Jim Brennan, Assembly, Brooklyn
Deborah Glick, Assembly, Manhattan
Joan Millman, Assembly, Brooklyn


Members of the Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus sent a separate letter
Hakeem Jeffries, Assembly, Brooklyn
Bill Perkins, Senate, Manhattan
Velmanette Montgomery, Brooklyn
Michael Benjamin, Assembly, Brooklyn
Karim Camara, Assembly, Brooklyn
Grace Meng, Assembly, Queens
Vanessa Gibson, Assembly, Bronx
Keith Wright, Assembly, Manhattan
Naomi Rivera, Assembly, Bronx
Marcos Crespo, Assembly, Bronx
Eric Adams, Senate, Brooklyn
Nick Perry, Assembly, Brooklyn
William Boyland, Assembly, Brooklyn
Crystal People-Stokes, Assembly, Buffalo
Jeff Dinowitz, Assembly, Bronx
Tony Avella (Senator-elect), Queens

City Council Members

Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn
Robert Jackson, Manhattan
Charles Barron, Brooklyn
Margaret Chin, Manhattan
Lewis A. Fidler, Brooklyn
Brad S. Lander, Brooklyn
Daniel Dromm, Queens
Deborah Rose, Staten Island
Albert Vann, Brooklyn
Mark S. Weprin, Queens
Online Petition included more than 10,200 names as of Friday, November 19
Chancellor's Parent Advisory Committee - members are the Presidents (or their designees) of the Presidents' Councils from each of the 38 districts in New York City.  Each of the Presidents' Councils is made up of  the Presidents of the PTAs (or their designees) of each of the schools in that district.  Therefore, CPAC says it represents every school in NYC.


Concerned, but not Opposed

State Assemblyman David Weprin, Queens, and NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio both want public hearings first


For Black

Former Mayors who wrote letter to state

Ed Koch
David Dinkins
Rudolph Giuliani

Academic Leaders who wrote letter to state

Jennifer Raab, President, Hunter College
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Rev. Edward A. Malloy, President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame
Jen McAuliffe, President, Bryn Mawr College
Patricia McGuire, President, Trinity Washington University
John Brooks Slaughter, President Emeritus, Occidental College
Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President & CEO Institute of International Education
John Brademas, President Emeritus, New York University


Peter Vallone, Sr., Former City Council Speaker
Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President
James Molinaro, Staten Island Borough President
Malcolm A. Smith, State Senator, Queens
Andrew Lanza, State Senator, Staten Island
Marty Golden, State Senator, Brooklyn
Craig Johnson, State Senator, Long Island
James Gennaro, City Council, Queens
Dominic M. Recchia, Jr., City Council, Brooklyn
Joel Rivera, City Council, Bronx


Business Leaders (91) who wrote letter to state
(see letter for list)


Women Leaders who wrote a letter to the state
Gloria Steinem
Kelli Conlin, NARAL NY
Shirley Rodriguez Remeneski, President 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.
Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO New York Women's Foundation
Cindi Berger, Chairman & CEO, pmkbnc
Lisa Capto, Chairman & CEO, Citi's Women & Co.
Susan Chadick, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig
Dr. Mary D'Alton, M.D., Chair, Dept of OB/GYN Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Janice Reals Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellis
Dr. Orli Etingin MD, Ehrenkranz Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College
Joni Evans, CEO
Linda Fairstein, Former Chief Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, NY County District Attorney
Jane Friedman, CEO and Co-Founder, Open Road Media
Phyllis George, Broadcaster
Whoopi Goldberg
Joan Hamburg, Broadcaster
Jurate Kazickas, Author and journalist
Evelyn Lauder, Founder, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Geraldine Laybourne, Founder, Oxygen Media
Susan Lyne, Chairman, Gilt Groupe
Charlotte Moss, CEO, Charlotte Moss, LLC
Suze Orman
Letty Cotton Pogrebin, Writer, Founding editor of Ms Magazine
Dina Powell, Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs
Jane Bryant Quinn, Author, financial journalist
Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder, Tribeca Enterprises
Marlo Thomas, Actress
Iris Weinshall, former head NYC Department of Transportation


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Comments [5]

Laurie from Upper West Side

Did you know? Hearst Corporation owns the "Albany Times Union" the leading daily newspaper covering New York's Capital Region.

Nov. 23 2010 10:11 AM
Sarah Sarai from NYC

I'm so angry I just wrote this blog posting, about her work at Hearst. Nothing necessarily wrong with those mags., but their advertising and how they are advertised is detrimental to kids. And, I think, all of us.

(In case you return to this subject.)

Nov. 22 2010 11:26 AM

"corrupci optima pessima"

Nov. 20 2010 07:00 PM
Thomas Bongolan from Staten Island, N.Y.

For your information, there is a second online denial petition ( with more than 2,245 names as of Nov.20. Commissioner Steiner's "Education Experts Waiver Panel" seems suspect, with half of the selection apparently associated or connected with either Klein or Bloomberg. I am very concerned about the qualifications of the mayor's choice for the next chancellor, from the perspective of my own background: educated in NYC public schools and the NYCity University, worked in NYC public schools as a school psychologist and teacher, and also taught in International schools. In this difficult and troubled time, New Yorkers need the best and most qualified to lead and guide them.

Nov. 20 2010 05:03 PM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

The battle for the minds and futures of our children is hardly in the parents hands, as much as we would like to think so.

As parents, we can only hope and pray what is excellent for our children will be carried out by the powers that be.

Let's hope our voices are not further lost by detrimental decisions on our children's educations and futures being forced down our throats.

In all honesty that is the politics of New York City these days. The New York state of mind has drastically changed. Integrity, morality, honesty as well as service to the people are extremely rare commodities in politics, so our children are standing on shaky ground.

And as parents nothing can be worse than seeing your children victimized and you stand helplessly watching.

With all the above having been said, Mayor Bloomberg much be faced with a financial crisis that is worst than is being revealed to the public. May GOD have mercy on us all.

Nov. 20 2010 04:34 PM

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