News Roundup

A New New School Chancellor, and Another Pizza War


• OK, let’s try this again: The city has a new schools chancellor, in the person of Houston school superintendent Richard Carranza, a former teacher and sometime mariachi performer who had to guide Houston’s schools through Hurricane Harvey last year.

• The city may also soon get a newer method of public construction, with Governor Cuomo suggesting that design-build authority, in which a single entity oversees both design and construction, could be used for BQE and public housing repairs.

• The mother of one of the two children hit by a car yesterday in Park Slope has been identified as Tony-winning actress Ruthie Ann Miles. Charges are now pending against the driver of the car, Dorothy Bruns, who told police she had swerved to avoid hitting a car.

• Bus advocates are pressing the city for more technological improvements, like all-door boarding and traffic signals that change in response to bus movement, to fix our very broken bus system.

• New Jersey legislators held their first hearing to consider legalizing pot all across the state. Prepare for yet another batch of “We moved from Brooklyn to New Jersey!” trend stories if they do.

• The Civilian Complaint Review Board is making sure every precinct station house has complaint forms with updated addresses after a Voice reporter found he could only get the properly addressed forms at 23 stations across the entire city.

• New York has another delicious pizza war to chew on, with the owners of Manhattan’s Famous Joe’s Pizza suing the owners of Brooklyn’s Famous Joe’s Pizza of the Village for copyright infringement and “misappropriation of celebrity endorsements.”

• State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Democratic senate minority leader, is finally getting a seat in the governor’s office during the budget negotiations this year, turning the “Four Men in a Room” into “Five Humans in a Room.”

• Affordable housing across the city remains unaffordable to people living where the housing is being built. Hmm, maybe more tax breaks for developers will solve this problem.

• Looks like more snow is headed our way tomorrow. Folks, does March Madness refer to college basketball or the weather? Hey hey where are you going?