Carey Gabay, Gov. Cuomo’s aide, has died after Labor Day shooting

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head and seriously hurt in pre-West Indian Day Carnival shootout.

Garey Gabay, First Council for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was shot in the head after being caught in a gang-related crossfire  in pre-West Indian Day Carnival. He died on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

Attorney Carey Gabay, 43, the accomplished son of Jamaican immigrants, and an aide to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, lost his valiant battle for his life on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

Gabay was hospitalized in a coma on Labor Day after he was shot in the head when rival gang members shot in a crowded street of pre-parade revelers. Gabay, who, with his wife, was expecting his first child, succumbed to his injuries and will never experience the joy of seeing his child smile. He was declared brain-dead and subsequently taken off life support.

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His distraught family issued a detailed statement, which appears in full below:

“We are saddened to announce that after an arduous week, Carey Gabay, our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, has been declared brain-dead as of late Tuesday,” the statement read. “There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us. We ask that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.

“Many have come to know Carey through professional life, but he is also a kind-hearted and selfless soul who has touched the spirit of everyone he’s met. His zest for life speaks volumes.

“Carey has been fighting bravely surrounded by the loved ones to whom he has brought so much joy with his jovial nature, generosity of spirit and enduring smile.

“Our family is grieving that a man in the prime of his life who has impacted so many lives could be struck down by such a callous act. Carey embodies the American story. A son of Jamaican immigrants, he rose from Bronx public housing to earn an undergraduate and law degree from Harvard and then went on to a distinguished career as a lawyer in private practice and well-respected public servant.

“This is a nightmare that’s shaken our resolve and tested our faith. As we continue to try to make sense of this tragedy, the family would like to extend its thanks to all those who have supported us. We also extend a special word of thanks to the doctors and staff at Kings County Hospital Center.

“We ask that anyone who may have information related to the criminal case contact law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

Medical school set to open at Harlem’s CUNY campus in 2016

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on it's Harlem-based City College campus

City University of New York (CUNY) will open a medical school on the Harlem-based City College campus

By Carmen Glover

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, July 14, that the City University of New York (CUNY), the nation’s largest public university system, which offers affordable tuition to middle and working class families, the poor and immigrants, will open a medical school in 2016, accepting its first batch of medical students that September.

“This new school is another step toward making medical care more accessible for all,” said Cuomo, who also stated that the medical school “increases employment, research and learning opportunities for students and faculty.”

CUNY's City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

CUNY’s City College is located on Convent Avenue in Harlem, New York City.

The CUNY School of Medicine will be housed at the City College campus, located at Convent Avenue in Harlem. City College boasts top-tier graduates including retired Secretary of State and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell. CUNY has a reputation for churning out Pulitzer Prize winners, Noble Prize winners and other exceptional graduates, including Lehman College graduate and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who have made significant contributions in various fields across the world.

CUNY has run the Sophie Davis School, which offers pre-medical classes, as of 1973, and many students at the school got the foundation which allowed them to pursue medical careers upon graduation. With the CUNY School of Medicine becoming a part of the university’s brand, those students, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, will find attending medical school to be more affordable.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

James Milliken, CUNY Chancellor.

CUNY Chancellor James Milliken said the medical school, which is being created in collaboration with Saint Barnabas Health System in the Bronx, is a “logical and necessary expansion,” while touting the expected scope of the medical school in training doctors to serve in underserved communities through the provision of increased medical access.

Although CUNY initially offered tuition-free education, that changed decades ago and the yearly tuition increases have marginalized many potential students who are too poor to afford the rising costs. Nevertheless, with CUNY revamping itself during the past decade and introducing an Honors Program, many competitive high school seniors have declined admission to Ivy League universities and chosen to accept full scholarships to CUNY instead, boosting the institution’s reputation as a cheaper alternative which provides quality education.

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CUNY was established in New York city 170 years ago and has a rich tradition of educational variety and excellence. President Barack Obama launched his signature initiative for minority boys, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, at CUNY’s majestic Lehman College campus in the Bronx, earlier this spring.–OnPointPress.net.

OnPointPress.net’s Editorial Director earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in counselor education at Lehman College, CUNY.

 

Punishment, reforms and higher standards mark national education debate

Former Deerwood Academy assistant principal Tabeeka Jordan, center, is led to a holding cell after a jury found her guilty in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Atlanta. Jordan and 10 other former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

Former Deerwood Academy assistant principal Tabeeka Jordan, center, is led to a holding cell after a jury found her guilty in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Atlanta. Jordan and 10 other former Atlanta Public Schools educators accused of participating in a test cheating conspiracy that drew nationwide attention were convicted Wednesday of racketeering charges. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

The eyes of the nation have been transfixed on various scandals that have affected various school districts culminating in educators facing harsh punishment such as jail time in New York City, California, Washington D.C. Philadelphia, New Jersey and most recently in Atlanta, Georgia, where eleven African-American educators were mercilessly chastised by Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter as they were led away in handcuffs.

New York (CNN) -- A public school teacher in the Bronx has been arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old student in his car after school, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. Anthony Criscuolo, 40, was arrested on Wednesday after the victims mother reported the alleged rape to the police, according to NYPD detective Marc Nell. He was charged with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault of a child, Browne said. The incident occurred on Monday.

New York (CNN) — A public school teacher in the Bronx has been arrested for allegedly raping a 10-year-old student in his car after school, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne. Anthony Criscuolo, 40, was arrested on Wednesday after the victim’s mother reported the alleged rape to the police, according to NYPD detective Marc Nell. He was charged with first-degree rape and predatory sexual assault of a child, Browne said. The incident occurred on Monday.

“They are convicted felons as far as I’m concerned. They made their bed and now they have to lie in it,” Baxter said, with barely concealed disgust etched across his face.

The educators in Atlanta were convicted on racketeering charges stemming from a massive test cheating scandal that was unearthed by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. The cheating revolved around educators changing children’s answers on tests prior to the tests being sent out for scoring, all with the aim of obtaining performance bonuses. According to reports, 178 educators were involved in the scandal, which spanned 44 Atlanta schools. Thirty five educators were indicted, with more than 21 garnering in plea deals. Of the twelve who went to trial, one was exonerated and 11 were convicted.

11 Atlanta Educators were convicted of cheating on school tests.  178 were initially charged, 35 were indicted, more than 21 took plea deals. One superintendent, died a month ago from breast cancer.

11 Atlanta Educators were convicted of cheating on school tests. 178 were initially charged, 35 were indicted, more than 21 took plea deals. One superintendent died a month ago from breast cancer.

Many of the convicted educators insisted that they were “pressured” to cheat by higher ups including former Atlanta Superintendent Beverly Hall, who said she was too sick to stand trial and died a month ago from breast cancer. In other states, New York being a main culprit, educators are often charged with sexually molesting children but due to onerous union protections they are kept on the city payroll while the cases wind through the court system. In Atlanta, there is no union protection.

It should be a source of enormous shame that despite different administrations at all levels of the nation’s educational system from the federal to the state and local levels, the public education system is fraught with such dysfunction, despair, lack of integrity and poor outcomes. Yet, cheating is never the answer. The only solution to improved outcomes for children is to emphasize strong school- family- community partnerships.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (center0 stands with NY State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the first African-American to hold the post, and announces historic education reforms and teacher evaluation.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (center) stands with NY State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, the first African-American to hold the post, and announces historic education reforms and teacher evaluation.

Effort must be expended to actively collaborate with parents and guardians so that the message can resonate that educating a child is a collective effort. Parents need to supervise their children’s homework, ensure that they attend school daily, on time and comport themselves with dignity. It is unacceptable for parents to shrug off their responsibility to ensure that their children are receiving appropriate education at school and in the home. And it is an abomination for educators who are entrusted with the care and education of fragile minds to cheat, lie, deceive and sexually molest innocent children.

All children can learn but it takes the entire community to ensure that result: Parents, the schools, educators, church, mentors and extended family members. In the meantime, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo successfully tied stringent teacher evaluations to the latest state budget, much to the chagrin of the teachers’ union. “The union is interested in protecting their interests but I’m concerned with the children,” the Governor said as he touted broad-based reforms. His focus and vision for public education is spot on!–OnPointPress.net.