The head of the union that recently voted ‘no confidence’ in Mayor de Blasio’s leadership talks about how the resumption of in-person school is going, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer discusses what it will take for her borough to mount a comeback.


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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza welcome elementary school students back to school at P.S. 188 The Island School on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

By week’s end, all of New York City’s schools will be as open as they’re going to be for the time being, with about half of the total enrollment coming in, usually for two or three days a week. As COVID cases spike in several neighborhoods, it is uncertain just how long the school experiment will run. What is certain is that a successful reopening is vital for the students and parents who chose the hybrid model, for teachers and administrators, and for the mayor’s legacy.

Mark Cannizzaro, the head of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, joined the Max & Murphy Show on WBAI on Wednesday to talk about the concerns felt by his members—who recently voted “no confidence” in the mayor and asked for a state takeover of schools.

Then Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer spoke about the many challenges facing that borough, with its struggling restaurants and empty office space, as it tries to mount a comeback.

Hear the full show below:

Max & Murphy Full Show of September 30, 2020