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When he awoke the next morning, it was to an angry text message from the borough president’s office telling him to resign. “I was extremely crushed. I felt betrayed,” Calandrella said. The mayor couldn’t dismiss all of his appointees, thanks to their bloc voting, but one rebellious borough appointee was a different story. (Brooklyn appointee April Chapman also voted “no”; her borough president, Eric Adams, is running for mayor.) “Peter took one for the team on that,” Sheppard said. Calandrella’s dismissal was a reminder that stepping out of line has consequences in a system under mayoral control.
Calandrella worries that there could be reprisals for his children after his removal from the PEP. “Staten Island is a small place,” he said. He grew up in Canarsie but has lived on the island for years, though he joked that people still consider him an “invader from Brooklyn.” “If word gets around — sometimes, you never know.” He had gotten a lot of nasty messages already.
One nice note came from Carranza: “Thank you for always being true to your values. I’m here to support you in whatever way you feel appropriate. History will always remember you are on the right side of justice.”
Carranza’s final public act as chancellor was one of polite subversion. In late February, the Biden administration announced that states would still need to administer standardized tests. Carranza appeared at the mayor’s daily briefing and openly encouraged parents to skip the test, while de Blasio was still awaiting guidance from the state. “We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized,” Carranza said.
The next day, February 26, wearing a neat black suit with cuff links and a pocket square, he sat at the same briefing and resigned. “In my culture, we don’t say good-bye, we say hasta luego — until we see you again,” Carranza said, his lower lip quivering. He invoked the deaths of his friends and family and called himself “a New Yorker who, quite frankly, needs to take time to grieve.”
Before introducing the new chancellor — Meisha Ross Porter, a longtime DOE employee — de Blasio said he wished one thing had happened during his three years with Carranza: “I never got to see you gig. When this is all over, I look forward to seeing one of your performances.”