Raising the Charter School Cap, Albany Ethics Fallout, the 100-Year-Old Knish

Thursday news links

Given the large amount of federal money at stake, it appears inevitable Democrats in Albany will vote to raise the charter school cap. But they're also pushing for changes in the way charters are awarded that would give the state's Department of Education more authority. Also, NYC's new public advocate, Bill De Blasio, has now come out in support of raising the cap.

There's increasing concern that the city's upcoming Charter Revision will lead to the elimination of community boards.

Albany ethics bill: "not the best thing since sliced bread." Gotham Gazette analyzes what's in the legislation – and what's not. The governor says the proposal falls short. But the Voice opines: the governor's response yesterday amounted to a "head-swiveling act right out of 'The Exorcist.'"

Rashma Saujami, challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney, raised $20-thousand earlier this week in a fundraiser at the home of Vailt.com founder Sam Hamadeh. Co-hosting were Facebook President Sean Parker and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. 

The State Liquor Authority is looking for a few good tech geeks.

Two men stabbed at the Pyramid Club, Neither More Nor Less reports.

Music is coming back to the Continental for one night.

EV Grieve: Telephone Bar & Grill closing.

Ray's Candy Store Watch: Neither Nor More Less: "Ray claims that he met with his landlord and that the landlord was not
very sympathetic . According to Ray the landlord has too many tenants
not paying rent these days and that he expects Ray to pay his rent
….now. So it seems there will be no grace period for Ray and his
candy store and thus the future is ever so uncertain."

Wallpapering the dumpsters on the Bowery.

Knish Wire: Yonah Schimmel celebrates 100 years.