Assemblyman Silver Makes an Appearance at Lower East Side Schools

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Lower East Side Assemblyman Sheldon Silver came to P.S. 134 and P.S. 137 on East Broadway Friday afternoon to announce a new program to replace up to a thousand basketball nets in New York City schools. Basketball City, which operates a recreational facility at Pier 36, is backing the initiative. The first phase of the “Nothing but Net” initiative includes the installation of 156 new nets in 21 schools throughout Lower Manhattan.

In spite of his legal troubles, Silver has continued to keep a relatively high profile on the Lower East Side and throughout the 65th Assembly District. Last week, a federal judge set a November date for his federal corruption trial. On Friday, several local leaders appeared alongside Silver, including David Garza, executive director of Henry Street Settlement; Michael Zisser, CEO of University Settlement; Don West, president of the 7th Precinct Community Council; and Karen Blatt, district leader and member of Community Board 3.

The assemblyman delivered brief remarks, praising Basketball City owner Bruce Radler, and then took part in a photo op/shoot around with kids from the two schools. In a press release, P.S. 134 principal Daniel Kim and P.S. 137 principal Melissa Rodriguez said the schools are “incredibly grateful for Assemblyman Silver’s support.”

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Don West, 7th Precinct Community Council; David Garza, Henry Street Settlement; Bruce Radler, Basketball City; Assemblyman Silver; Karen Blatt, district leader; Michael Zisser, University Settlement.

Don West, 7th Precinct Community Council; David Garza, Henry Street Settlement; Bruce Radler, Basketball City; Assemblyman Silver; Karen Blatt, district leader; Michael Zisser, University Settlement.

3 comments to Assemblyman Silver Makes an Appearance at Lower East Side Schools

  • Lee Berman

    It is pretty sad that rather than helping the children in the public
    schools in this district be able to read, write or do simple arithmetic at
    grade level, it is more important for our disgraced assemblyman to provide
    basketball nets, rather than educational safety nets.

    At PS 137, only 11% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scored “proficient”
    or above on the state math tests, whereas the citywide average was 38%.
    Only 6% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scored “proficient” on the state
    ELA tests, whereas the citywide average was 29%. At PS134, the numbers
    were only slightly better, with 36% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scoring
    “proficient” or above on the state math tests, and only 14% of 3rd, 4th
    and 5th graders scoring “proficient” or above on the state ELA tests.

    Perhaps if Assemblyman Silver and his cronies hadn’t focused so hard
    over the last 40 plus years on enriching themselves and lining their own
    pockets to the detriment of our residents, we would have had housing and jobs
    built on land that they made certain would lay fallow for generations. Perhaps our children could have had
    better opportunities and new schools – rather than “neighborhood leaders”
    accused of crimes and stealing from those who could least afford to be taken
    advantage of.

    Yes, I’m sure that the parents of all of the children in this
    district are “incredibly grateful for Assemblyman Silver’s
    support.”

    Lee Berman, life long Lower East Side resident, parent of two children
    attending public schools, and former member of Community Education Council 1.

  • Lee Berman

    It is pretty sad that rather than helping the children in the public
    schools in this district be able to read, write or do simple arithmetic at
    grade level, it is more important for our disgraced assemblyman to provide
    basketball nets, rather than educational safety nets.

    At PS 137, only 11% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scored “proficient”
    or above on the state math tests, whereas the citywide average was 38%.
    Only 6% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scored “proficient” on the state
    ELA tests, whereas the citywide average was 29%. At PS134, the numbers
    were only slightly better, with 36% of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders scoring
    “proficient” or above on the state math tests, and only 14% of 3rd, 4th
    and 5th graders scoring “proficient” or above on the state ELA tests.

    Perhaps if Assemblyman Silver and his cronies hadn’t focused so hard
    over the last 40 plus years on enriching themselves and lining their own
    pockets to the detriment of our residents, we would have had housing and jobs
    built on land that they made certain would lay fallow for generations. Perhaps our children could have had
    better opportunities and new schools – rather than “neighborhood leaders” accused of crimes and stealing from those who could least afford to be taken advantage of.

    Yes, I’m sure that the parents of all of the children in this
    district are “incredibly grateful for Assemblyman Silver’s
    support.”

    Lee Berman, life long Lower East Side resident, parent of two children
    attending public schools, and former member of Community Education Council 1.

  • uptownles

    Let’s see 156 nets * $8.00 a net = $1,250. That kind of donation gets Radler a news article? This is a man that took prime space away from the LES Community, turned it into high-end meeting and convention space, provides few opportunities for local youth to use the facility,and generates minimal new employment in the LES and now we are supposed to be grateful that he donated 156 basketball nets. Give me a break.