- Disgraced former congressman and New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner joined the race at Tuesday's Education Forum, immediately setting himself apart from fellow candidates Sal F. Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John C. Liu and William C. Thompson, Jr.
- Weiner said the city's debate over charter schools was a distraction since only 56,000 students attend the city's charters compared to the 1.1 million in public schools, that local communities should have a say in whether a vacant space is given to a charter school, and that he wouldn't strip police of their disciplinary role in schools.
- Additionally, the debate's organizers and candidates took time to denounce fellow candidate, City Council speaker and ally of Mayor Bloomberg, Christine C. Quinn over her decision to withdraw from the debate.
From the article:
... Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced former congressman and new mayoral candidate, participated in his first mayoral debate on Tuesday afternoon, and the spotlight was squarely on him. When he entered the room, a throng of reporters and television cameramen mobbed him, and the minute the debate ended, the mob descended again, surrounding him to ask him to repeat his positions one by one, while the other candidates left alone. ...