I usually don't get involved with politicians but since last summer when I went up with GEM to defend PS 123 and other Harlem schools from the Evil Moskowitz invasions, I began to run into Perkins' people. Then Perkins' assistants (all of whom were incredibly impressive) started meeting with some of the GEM and CPE people in weekly meetings and he stopped by to chat quite often.
I filmed most of his charter school hearings in March and was actually the last speaker at 9pm. If there is one politician you contribute to, Bill Perkins should be the one. I may even go up there on Tuesday to see if I can help out.
Upper West Side (Manhattan for non-New Yorkers) parent activist Noah Gotbaum will be hosting an event for Perkins at his apartment tomorrow (Sunday). See below.
One of our sources sent this in:
Perkins also publicly said Paterson should resign after it was revealed that he called the girlfriend of his aide to talk her out of filing domestic violence charges.
Paterson, Wright and many in the Harlem establishment were angry at Perkins for saying Paterson should not have interfered or worse yet cover up a possible domestic violence crime.
Smikle is desperate. After he loses on Tuesday, he should put in an application to start a charter. Zero investment, guaranteed revenue source and he'll make more money. Be interesting to see if all his funders will be as supportive when he tries to sit at their table and have a slice of their charter pie.
Charter lobby last hour contributions to Smikle. Petry's wife and Gotham Schools funder, Ken Hirsh. I guess they'll be contributing even more money in the next few days so that Smikle can pay off Wright, democratic clubs and other politicians after he loses on Tuesday.
|A81115||FRIENDS OF BASIL SMIKLE FOR NEW YORK STATE SENATE||09-SEP-10||KAREN PETRY|
260 W. 72ND ST.
NEW YORK, NY 10023
|A81115||FRIENDS OF BASIL SMIKLE FOR NEW YORK STATE SENATE||09-SEP-10||KENNETH HIRSH|
114 W. 13TH ST.
NEW YORK, NY 10011
Articles published Friday re Perkins/Smikle race and others funded by the charter lobby.
Riddle of the day:
Why does Smickle wake up in the middle of the night screaming EEP, EEP, EEP?