Monday, May 10, 2010

Behind the charter 'movement,' N.Y's hedge funders

It doesn't get any clearer than this. NYT's Gabriel & Medina lay it all out in "Charter Schools’ New Cheerleaders: Financiers."
Before now, said Boykin Curry, a partner in Eagle Capital Management, who attended the breakfast with Mr. Cuomo, “A lot of hedge fund and finance people in New York had decided state politics was too dirty and focused on their philanthropy.” Mr. Curry added, “I think there’s an awakening now that we can be a force in Albany, but we’ve got to play a tougher game than before.”
Mr. Williams, a former education reporter for The Daily News, has intensified his activities, hiring Bradley Tusk, who managed Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s re-election campaign last year, and top Albany lobbyists including Patricia Lynch, a former aide to Sheldon Silver, the Assembly speaker, who will be crucial to the success of any charter bill in the Legislature.

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