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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

EDUCATION
One in Three NYC High School Students Drop Out of CUNY in Less Than Two Years (NY Post)
Recent data from New York state’s Department of Education showed dismal “college-ready” stats for high school students. Now there are new numbers indicating that one-third of high school graduates who enrolled in CUNY schools dropped out before completing two years. The number of students needing to take remedial classes at CUNY also climbed from 45 percent to 49 percent.

TRANSPORTATION
City Seeks Input on Brooklyn Greenway (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)
The city’s Department of Transportation has a new online portal where users can offer suggestions for the the 14-mile greenway being constructed from Greenpoint to Sunset Park. Sections of the park--in DUMBO and Williamsburg--have already been built.  

CITY PLANNING
Planning Department Wants to ‘Enliven’ Fourth Avenue
(NYT)
The City Planning Department has proposed a commercial rezoning of a strip of tire and auto body shops along Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn. Officials want new development with residential buildings and glass storefronts from Atlantic Avenue in downtown Brooklyn to 24th Street in Sunset Park.

CULTURE
Ex-National Arts Club President Accused of Stealing From Group (DNAinfo)
The National Arts Club--after a wide-ranging investigation--revealed that O. Aldon James (whose tenure as president ended last week) allegedly wrote $1.4 million worth of club checks without proper documentation. Thousands of those dollars went to his own personal expenses. James is also accused of securing club apartments for his twin brother and their friend and stealing mail containing money from club members.

CULTURE
UWS Residents Not Fans of the Food Truck Trend (DNAinfo)
Residents living on West 68th Street and Broadway recently asked Community Board 7 to crackdown on the proliferating food trucks in the area. They complain the food trucks are “noisy polluters that hog parking sports and siphon customers away from neighborhood stores.”

POLITICS
State GOP Calls On Weiner to Return Campaign Funds (NY Observer)
Anthony Weiner raised nearly $4 million to fund a run for mayor in 2013. Now that’s almost certainly not going to happen, it remains to be seen what he plans to do with the cash. New York Republicans say Weiner should return the money to donors. While the party says it’s important for him to do this, since he broke promises to his donors, it might also have something to do with the fact that an empty campaign chest means he’s less likely to run for office in the future.

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