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VOLUME 26, nUMBER 6 BacK to schooL with FringehiGh, P. 20 aUGUST 14-aUGUST 27, 2013 sUccess charter LooKs to oPen at mUrrY h.s. BY Ka i T Lyn ME a d E & J O SH R O G E R S uccess Academy is hoping to open a new charter elementary school in Murry Bergtraum High School’s building next year, and opposition Downtown is beginning to form. “We’re going to try to organize and fight it.” City Councilmember Margaret Chin told Downtown Express Aug. 2. Chin said she first heard a few weeks ago that Success was hoping to open a K-4 in the building at 411 Pearl St. in Sept. 2014. She said the clock is ticking for the Bloomberg administration, which has fueled the expansion of charters like Success Academy, founded by Eva Mosowitz, the former chairperson of the City Council’s Education Committee. “The whole thing is she gets a lot of support from this administration,” Chin said. “So we’re going to push it back to the next administration [taking power in 2014] and it’ll be a little different scenario.” Success Academy plans to open six new locations across the city this fall, including one in Washington Irving High School near Union Square. “A K–4 in a high school,” Chin said incredulously, “that has so much… issues, you know, cops have to escort kids to subways.” s Continued on page 15 Downtown Express photo by Yoon Seo Nam City Comptroller John Liu campaigned Monday at Chinatown’s East Broadway subway stop. Excerpts from the mayor’s race B Y JOSH ROGERS ill Thompson still wants to reopen Park Row to most traffic but he’s more cautious about changing World Trade Center security, Anthony Weiner would close the Battery Park City Authority, and Christine Quinn thinks St. Vincent’s “slit its own throat” before it closed. B CATS For MAYOR Those were just a few of the revelations some of the Democratic mayoral candidates made to the editorial board of Downtown Express and its sister NYC Community Media publications in recent weeks. Two months ago, the editors met with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the Express published an article on the meeting, June 12, which is available at What follows are a few excepts of the more interesting comments made in our recent interviews with John Liu, Quinn, Thompson and Weiner. Continued on page 6 JOHN CATSIMATIDIS FOR MAYOR A New Yorker for all New Yorkers Paid for by Catsimatidis 2013 5 15 CANAL ST RE ET • N YC 10 013 • C OPYRIG HT © 2013 N YC COMMU N ITY MED IA , LLC


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