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September 3, 2007

Press release: Bill Cosby, Rosie O’Donnell, Cynthia Nixon Lead Salute to Favorite Teachers in Thirteen/WNET Music Special

In the press release for "Tribute: A Concert Honoring the Teachers of America":

To be recorded September 6 at New York’s historic Town Hall, the telecast will be directed by Jim Brown (Peter, Paul and Mary: Carry It On), with David Horn, series producer of Thirteen/WNET New York’s Great Performances series, as executive producer. Tribute: A Concert Honoring the Teachers of America is a production of Thirteen/WNET, in association with the United Federation of Teachers and generously supported by HIP Health Insurance Plan of New York, Barnes & Noble, City University of New York – Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, Forest City Ratner Companies, and Americans for the Arts.

This looks like a case of United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten getting payback from Forest City for throwing her support behind Atlantic Yards. This support was given because UFT members could be thought as being included in the pool of individuals eligible for affordable units in Atlantic Yards. There was also an apparent promise from Forest City to build a new facility to house Brooklyn Tech.

Ultimately, the Board of Education has said that there is no Brooklyn Tech project.

The results from this dealing are that Randi Weingarten does a favor for FCR and FCR returns the favor. The ultimate public benefit: nothing.


Posted by steve at September 3, 2007 9:05 AM