A large and vocal crowd packed City Council this morning demanding the Council respect the 40,000 people who signed petitions for a non-binding referendum on abolishing the SRC and returning the schools to local control. Last week, citing concerns about the passage of the cigarette tax, the measure was tabled. This week things were different. Following passionate speeches from parents, union and community members, a roll call vote revealed 15 votes for, with only one, Councilman Greenlee, voting against.
Speakers urged the Mayor to sign the bill today in order to get the measure on the November ballot. But indications from the Mayor’s office are he will not do so until after the passage of the cigarette tax. Working Families Organization and PCAPS are urging supporters to call the Mayor to urge him to sign it today. Phone number is 215) 686-2181.
If the measure is not on the November ballot, the next time would be the May primary next year.
Local control supporters cheer following passage of the bill placing the question on the ballot.