Thursday News Notes

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver  now has a proposal of his own to fix New York's ethics oversight commission. He's calling for four separate commissions to oversee state government. As the Times put it, the plan would "preserve the Legislature's tradition of regulating itself." Since Silver is at odds with the governor and State Senate leader Malcolm Smith, nothing is likely to happen soon. The governor says he hopes to take the issue up again in the fall.

According to the New York Post, celebrations after the NYFD's "Medal Day" got a little out of hand yesterday. A woman named Rebeca Izquierdo claims, as the Post paraphrased it, "A party bus blasting hip-hop and reggaeton music pulled up at Allen and
Stanton streets on the Lower East Side as 30 of New York's Bravest
stumbled out. Izquierdo said, "They were all in uniform with open containers and they were soliciting
young girls to get on the bus."  A Fire Department spokesman says they are looking into the situation.

A coalition that includes the United Federation of Teachers, the Alliance for Quality Education, the
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity will hold a rally at City Hall today at noon. They'll urge Mayor Bloomberg to restore money cut from the the Dept. of Education budget. Yesterday, we reported how the New Design High School is coping with the budget cuts. The group will also protest the elimination of funding for community-based after school programs. We profiled the Educational Alliance's Teen Program, which is among the organizations set to lose its city funding.

Midday News Notes

According to the Downtown Express, it took three calls to 911 before help arrived for a woman suffering a seizure at the Grand Park Settlement's senior center. A staff member, Wally Ruiz, ended up running to the fire station on Pitt Street before emergency teams arrived for 64 year old Eva Delgado. It's unclear whether the trucks came from the Pitt Street station or another location. Delgado was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where she was declared dead a short time later. There was apparently some question about whether the 911 operator received enough information to send help.But a Grand Street Settlement spokesperson says the staffer who called 911 gave all of the information that would have been needed.

The city has come up with a solution to the dispute over bike lanes along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn. It's worth taking note of the resolution across the river, as we await a plan for the Grand Street bike lanes. You'll recall LES residents unloaded on DOT officials during a "transportation town hall" recently.

A followup to our coverage of the contentious community meeting Wednesday night about noise coming from the Thompson LES Hotel. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York posted a video from a tipster who says a pool party last week was "disgustingly loud." See (and hear it) for yourself: