MLK Day, Charter Renewal Deadline Nears, the “Times” on Ray’s Candy Store

Happy Martin Luther King Day. See here for a list of holiday-related events today. And here’s a rundown of what’s closed for MLK Day.

The Legislature is back in session tonight, racing to complete work on a bill raising the charter school cap by tomorrow’s deadline. Mayor Bloomberg says changes to the law, stripping him of the power to grant new charters, are a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”  Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver counters: “the only limits (the bill) places are on his (Bloomberg’s) and Chancellor Klein’s unchecked ability to completely disregard the voices of traditional public school parents in siting decisions.”

The Times reports on Ray’s Candy Store, still in danger of being shut down.

Ephemeral New York recalls the Ludlow Street jail.

A 1924 plan to drain the East River.