NYC designated ‘anarchist jurisdiction’ by Justice Dept.; federal funding at stake

NEW YORK CITY — The Department of Justice on Monday identified New York City, Portland and Seattle as cities that have allowed “violence and destruction of property to persist,” as outlined in a presidential memorandum that could restrict access to federal funding.

Earlier in September, President Donald Trump issued the Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.

The measure allows the DOJ to target city governments that the agency believes has not taken steps to mitigate widespread criminal activity.

So-called “anarchist jurisdictions” that meet the DOJ’s criteria are subject to a 30-day review by the director of the Office of Management and Budget, who will issue guidance on restricting eligibility for federal grants, according to the presidential memorandum.

“When state and local leaders impede their own law enforcement officers and agencies from doing their jobs, it endangers

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Top NYC Education Department officials quit as city braces for unprecedented school year

As the city attempts to pull off a school year full of unprecedented challenges, top Department of Education officials are heading for the exits.


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Ursulina Ramirez is stepping down as the DOE’s chief operating officer next week. Earlier this summer, Cheryl Watson-Harris quit as first deputy chancellor. Tomas Hanna, who was chief human capital officer, also jumped ship.

While Mayor de Blasio named a replacement for Watson-Harris last month and there’s another official acting in Hanna’s role, it wasn’t immediately clear how Ramirez’s vacancy will be filled — and whether the departures will hamper efforts to keep kids safe as in-person classes start Sept. 21.

“All of the mayor’s glossy plans and all of his glossy announcements — they’re nothing without key staff to operationalize them,” said Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn), who chairs the Council’s Education Committee.

He said the loss of Ramirez — who helped oversee plans

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NYC Education Department’s Chief Operating Officer Departing

As the city’s education department embarks on an unprecedented school year, it will have to do so without one of its top officials.

What You Need To Know

  • Ursulina Ramirez, a top education department staffer, is departing her job ahead of the new school year
  • Ramirez has worked for Mayor de Blasio for a decade, the latest high-profile education department official to leave this summer
  • An architect of the mayor’s pre-kindergarten plan, she helped shift to remote learning and prepare for schools to open part-time this fall

Ursulina Ramirez, the DOE’s chief operating officer, is leaving to take a job at an nonprofit organization, after 10 years working for Mayor Bill de Blasio, the last six at the education department.

“It’s emotional,” she said in an exclusive sit-down with NY1.

A trusted adviser, she helped de Blasio write his plan for universal pre-kindergarten that he campaigned on.

She’s leaving as

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