Mayor Bill de Blasio

As Bris Policy Nears, Mayor Seen In Bind

With new infant herpes cases emerging, clash of politics, religious freedom and public health.

08/06/2014
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As the de Blasio administration grapples with the church-state implications of its push for full-day, government-funded prekindergarten, another such thorny issue — this one with potential life-and-death consequences — looms: How, and whether, to regulate the controversial ritual circumcision practice known as “metzitzah b’peh.”

Mayor de Blasio: Vowed during campaign to regulate metzitzah b’peh ritual. Getty Images

Parents Hopeful New Special Ed Rules Will End Yearly ‘Torture’

Deal between de Blasio and Silver shows new attitude toward private school tuition reimbursement.

07/02/2014
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For Hillel Adelman, the sweeping changes Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week to New York City’s special education reimbursement means he won’t have to hire a lawyer every year to convince the city that the public school near his home is still not appropriate for his 8-year-old daughter with learning disabilities.

The new rules will streamline the process for placing kids in programs such as Yachad's IVDU school, above. Courtesy of Yachad
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The Year Ahead: Who’ll Have De Blasio’s Ear?

12/31/2013
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Heading into the home stretch of 2013, the administration of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is just taking shape. It remains to be seen who, if anyone, will be appointed City Hall’s liaison to the Jewish community. More than half of Jewish voters supported the lanky liberal, Massachusetts-born former public advocate and city councilman in his landslide win. But like most other registered voters in New York City, a large share stayed home in the low-turnout election. And 44 percent went with his opponent.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with incoming NYPD chief William Bratton. Getty Images
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