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Local Politics Round Up: A DOE Pick; Bloomberg Says Goodbye

Monday, December 30, 2013

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On the day when Mike Bloomberg signs his last bills into law, new Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to name DOE veteran Carmen Fariña as next schools chancellor. Brigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, discusses the latest in local politics news.

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Brigid Bergin

Comments [6]

The critics here are right. The guest host Bergin is terrible. Please try harder.

Dec. 30 2013 01:15 PM

The worst 2 hours on WNYC. UNLISTENABLE. Sounds like over-caffeinated twerps at Sbux jabbering about "Glee" on their mobile. Neither Smith, Bergin or the host can speak grown-up radio-ready, LISTENABLE English. "...like, so, y'know, in terms of, yeah-no-I mean, sorta, kinda, I guess kinda, in terms of... > CLICK<...Hellooo, 'FAN. Even the Russian phone-in guest flopped into lazy-radio jibber-jabber. Thanks, lazy host-windbag lady! I'd ask you to listen to yourself and the broadcast again but, IN TERMS OF, like, y'know, facing reality in a reality-based kind-of reality...Where hae ye, Chris Russo?

Dec. 30 2013 12:14 PM
Dr. Benjamin Zibit from Queens

On the probable appointment of Carmen Farina as Schools Chancellor: I have already posted a comment on SchoolBook.org, before this latest bit of news. As I said, Carmen Farina will prove a disaster for teachers and students as Chancellor. She acts like a dictator and will not brook any challenging of her authority. I have had personal experience of her behavior as Deputy Chancellor in my own former classroom. She came in without ever introducing herself, and when asked by one of my high school students who she was, responded, pointing directly at him, "I'm the one who gives you your diploma!" After she had left, the same student asked me, in less than flattering terms, who she was. She may have a wealth of experience, but I seriously doubt that she will be able to work collaboratively with teachers, without enforcing her will upon them. This appointment tells me that Mayor Elect DiBlasio has yet to show me that he will act in a new and groundbreaking manner.

Dec. 30 2013 11:26 AM
Cacimbo

The media chose DeBlasio as their preferred candidate, then did all in their power to get him elected. I suspect the public would have been sympathetic to the daughters addiction trouble and it would have had little influence on the vote. But that was for the public to decide. The media refused to report this fairly well know issue before the election. Incidents like this explain why journalists poll even worse than congress.

Dec. 30 2013 11:00 AM

Brigid Bergin: "It was sort of a very honest *reveal*..."

(emphasis mine)

What is it with this use of "reveal" as a /noun/?!

Heard several times from Lehrer, a guest, and now Ms. Bergin!

Where does this blatantly incorrect usage, i.e., "reveal" as a noun, come from?

Dec. 30 2013 10:37 AM
Zuwena from Manhattan

"Mayorship"--what's this, the new ebonics. The word is "Mayoralty".

Dec. 30 2013 10:28 AM

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