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Shelly & Dave, Making a Point with Sock Puppets, Tu B’shvat Festival

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According to the Daily News, Sheldon Silver disagrees with the notion that Andrew Cuomo should declare for governor sooner rather than later. And, responding to reports that his relationship with Governor Paterson has almost completely deteriorated, he says:

“…I think I call it is like it is. I speak to the governor. I think he’s my friend. He’s been my friend for 20 years. He doesn’t agree with everything the Assembly does. He’s not shy about saying it. I’m not shy about saying I think he made a mistake here.”  When asked if he respects Paterson, Silver replied: “Absolutely.” …“He’s the governor of the state of New York,” the speaker added. “He has to be worked with. I think long after I’m the Assembly speaker and he’s the governor we’ll continue to be friends.”

Reshma Saujani, challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney in November’s election, gets the full treatment in the New York Times (more on this later today).

District 1 Education Council President Lisa Donlan took a creative approach at yesterday’s hearing protesting the closure of 19 public schools (none on the LES). Per the Times:

Two parents broke out sock puppets in protest. “Hi everyone, I’m a concerned parent,” said Jane Hirschmann, founder of the antitesting group Time Out From Testing, as she held up one puppet. “Hi,” replied Lisa Donlan of the Lower East Side, holding up another sock. “I am a puppet from the Panel for Educational Policy, and I brought my rubber stamp.”

The Lower East Side Preparatory Academy is one of six schools nationwide taking part in a new program combining technology and community service.

A “high-speed makeover feels more like an exorcism.” That’s how the Times describes Faustina, the restaurant replacing Table 8 in the Cooper Square Hotel.

The Museum at Eldridge Street prepares a winter counterpart to their popular Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival. We’ll have more tomorrow on the first-ever Tu B’shvat Winter Garden Festival.

Rating New York’s dumplings.

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