NYC Mayor Defends Chancellor's Birth Control Joke

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has drawn criticism for a joke the city's new schools chancellor made during a discussion about overcrowding in city schools.

Chancellor Cathie Black suggested birth control might be the solution for the increasing lack of space.

"Could we just have some birth control here for a while? It could really help us a lot," she said.

Bloomberg attempted to play down Black's comments, explaining that they were made in jest. But many New Yorkers were angry about her comments.

"That lady he appointed - for education? She should never be talking about us black people need to stop having babies or need birth control," New York resident Sandra Hyson said.

"Obviously, it was a joke. Nobody says it wasn't, but you don't make jokes like that when you have a massive overcrowding problem," said Julie Menin, president of Community Board 1.

The public relations fiasco has come at a bad time for Mayor Bloomberg. His approval rating is at an all-time low of 37 percent.

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