Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling New York lawmakers back to Albany on Wednesday to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of New York City schools, and some lawmakers are demanding immediate action on the city’s troubled subway system, too.
Lawmakers ended their regular session last week without a deal to extend the law giving the mayor oversight of city schools. The 15-year-old policy expires Friday if lawmakers don’t act, threatening to undermine governance of the nation’s largest school system.
More lawmakers also are calling for emergency funding for the city’s troubled subway system after another subway train derailed near Harlem on Tuesday, frightening passengers and prompting evacuations and power failures.
Democratic Sen. Michael Gianaris of Queens says lawmakers shouldn’t leave Albany until they’ve approved money for emergency repairs.