Joe Mahoney. New York Daily News. 4/6/2005.
Minutes after telling teachers he's on their side, the state's top Republican lawmaker bashed the judge who ordered the state to send more money to New York City classrooms. Senate GOP leader Joe Bruno (R-Rensselaer) told a United Federation of Teachers conference he would fight for more money for urban schools. "We're going to make sure high needs districts get funded as they should," said Bruno, drawing praise from union President Randi Weingarten. Weingarten wants the Legislature to comply with the order of state Supreme Court Justice Leland DeGrasse to open up the classroom funding spigot.