The President of the state’s teachers’ union says members aren’t yet ready to rescind a vote of no confidence in state Education Commissioner John King, despite improved relations in recent months.
New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee was elected in April amid deep dissatisfaction over education policy in New York. Magee ousted a three term incumbent, and teachers held a symbolic vote of no confidence in Education Commissioner John King, over what critics call a botched roll out of the new Common Core learning standards.
In April, the New York State United Teachers union decided on new leadership for its 60,000 members. Gone was longtime President Dick Ianuzzi and in was the first female to lead the powerful organization, Karen Magee.
A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo Administration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.
Governor Cuomo is already ahead of his Republican challenger in name recognition, now, according to required campaign disclosure filings with the State Board of Elections, Cuomo is far ahead in fundraising as well.
Cuomo, who already had over $33 million dollars in his campaign war chest, took in an additional $8.4 million dollars during the first six months of the year, and spent around $6 and a half million dollars, leaving him with a balance of $35,037,071.40.
GOP candidate for Governor Rob Astorino faces an uphill battle against the incumbent governor.