Meeting Speaker Carl Heastie couldn’t make it extra plain that he’s completely within the pocket of the academics unions: On Tuesday, he’ll be a part of United Federation of Academics chief Michael Mulgrew at UFT headquarters to debate the approaching legislative session.
Sometimes, the Meeting speaker addresses academics in Albany on the union’s annual “foyer day” after the session opens. However apparently that’s not sufficient: Mulgrew needs a particular look on his personal turf.
Heastie is predicted to additionally talk about the state financial system and price range priorities, together with (in fact) schooling spending.
The justification for the briefing appears to be President Trump, who with the GOP Congress threatens finances cuts and tax-regulation modifications that would crimp the gravy practice for New York politicians and particular pursuits.
It’s “the Resistance” — or at the least the native powers that be — getting organized.
Heastie has already famous that native progressives’ dream of a brand new state “millionaires tax” can be off the desk if the Republican tax invoice turns into regulation, although he nonetheless has hopes for a “mansion tax” on greater-finish residences.
But the underside line right here is that Heastie, who was prepared to disagree with the UFT again when he was simply one other Meeting member, will now toe the union line as speaker.
To be truthful, he possible promised as a lot to win the union’s backing to take over the Meeting management — and regardless of that some Meeting Democrats oppose the UFT’s efforts to, for instance, kill the constitution faculties which might be working miracles in excessive-poverty, minority neighborhoods.
Backside line: If Democrats take management of the state Senate, the UFT and different public-worker unions can be calling the photographs on the Legislature’s whole agenda.