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Monitoring The Mayor's Purse Strings

Elissa Stein | Posted 07.01.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

Last Friday, State leaders voted to extend mayoral control of NYC schools for one year. This time, for the first time ever, there are specific strings attached. The Mayor and the city will now be required to share funding formulas and information for individual schools.

2016 Guide to Coast-to-Coast Gay Pride

Jim Werner | Posted 05.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Jim Werner

Chicago Gay Pride Parade photo by C. Robertson flickr.com Break out the white shoes and rainbow flags. This weekend isn't just the unofficial start...

Lack of Mayoral Control

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.19.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

As the parent of two children currently in NYC public schools, I wholeheartedly disagree that the current system serves students and the city well. It is fundamentally inequitable, opaque, disorganized, and even when spotlights are shined on shortfalls, it doesn't appear that righting wrongs is at the top of anyone's list.

To Aid Successful Re-entry, New York Must Expand Prison Work Release Programs

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 05.11.2016 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

In designating a National Reentry Week, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has cast a light on an often over-looked aspect of the increasingly mainst...

Friday Talking Points -- It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's been a pretty momentous week in the history of American politics, folks. The Republican Party is going to nominate Donald Trump to run for the highest office in the land. Politics and entertainment are now one.

Getting the Story Wrong: The Distortion of American Politics by the Press

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.06.2016 | Media
Lawrence Wittner

Ever since the founding of the American Republic, there has been both praise for and suspicion of the role the press plays in U.S. political life.

Sheldon Silver Sentenced To 12 Years In Prison

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, May 3 (Reuters) - Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, for decades one of the state's most powerful politicians, was sente...

The Law of Averages

Elissa Stein | Posted 04.29.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

The Mayor just released his budget proposal for the next fiscal year and changes to Fair Student Funding (FSF) are part of the plan. Woohoo! That's gr...

'Spotlight' on May 3-4 Child Sex Abuse Lobby Days

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.17.2016 | New York
Courtney M. Soliday

Attention about the scourge of childhood sexual abuse and New York's archaic statute of limitations has never been greater than it is right now. Outra...

How the City of Albany is Advancing Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Gabriel Sayegh | Posted 04.01.2016 | New York
Gabriel Sayegh

Yesterday marked the launch of Albany's innovative Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, making New York's capital city the first jurisdiction on the East Coast, and only the third in the nation, to launch LEAD. Albany's reform approach highlights the growing role cities are playing in the growing national movement to end mass incarceration and the failed war on drugs.

The Tiny, Magical Art Found On New York's Telephone Poles

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

These quiet bits of visual punctuation on telephone poles in Albany caught our eye recently and we thought immediately of fairies, pixies, and sprites...

Guest Author -- Brandon Grant On Political Corruption

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.27.2016 | Teen
Chris Weigant

People are suffering and need your help! You're a United States legislator and you have just been presented with an up-and-coming bill. If this bill passes, people will receive aid and live better lives.

8 Places to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton in New York and Beyond

Dave Parfitt | Posted 01.06.2016 | Travel
Dave Parfitt

Alexander Hamilton's birthday is January 11, and now's the perfect time to re-discover the "ten dollar Founding Father without a father." Continue reading for more places to visit and celebrate Alexander Hamilton's legacy.

My 2015 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Let's get on with the remaining 2016 best and worst awards. One warning: it's a very long column, so we encourage readers to pace themselves.

Friday Talking Points -- GOP Begins to Freak Out Over Trump

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.04.2015 | Entertainment
Chris Weigant

Trump can say pretty much anything at this point -- which he's proven time and time again. They that have sown the wind are now reaping the Trump whirlwind. We've said it before, and we'll no doubt say it again -- this couldn't have happened to a nicer political party!

Kindhearted Kids Celebrate Birthdays By Making 900 Sandwiches For Homeless People

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 10.08.2015 | Good News

Two siblings are passing on presents to share their birthday wishes with families in need. Nate and Quinn Mitchell decided to forgo birthday gifts th...

Albany Museum of Political Corruption Student Essay Contest Announced

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The M.P.C. national essay contest is open to all U.S. high school students, and the rules and entry forms can be found on the Museum of Political Corruption website. Students have until November 2nd to send in their entry.

Albany Gets "F" for Failing to Protect Tenants

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2016 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's expiration of rent regulations shows just how anti-tenant the state legislature remains, putting over one million apartments at risk for unreasonable rate increases.

Verizon New York Lost $2.5 Billion in Just 2014, and that Might be the Good News

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon New York's Annual Report for 2014 has just come out and it is a page turner. Let me start with some facts and then answer two questions -- How did Verizon New York lose billions in 2014? Isn't FiOS, Verizon's fiber optic service, profitable?

Verizon's Coverage Area of NYC for Fiber Optic FiOS Is a Miserable 46% to 59%; Upstate NY Is Worse

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.04.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon NY (VNY) is supposed to have 100% of New York City upgraded, replacing the aging copper-based networks with a fiber optic infrastructure for the delivery of a service called FiOS that offers cable TV, High-speed Internet and Digital Phone services.

Open Letter to the State Legislature: Time to Act on Restoring Trust in New York's Criminal Justice System

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 05.18.2016 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing. However, I would also reform the grand jury system to increase transparency by mandating that in such cases, there is public disclosure of the district attorneys instructions to the grand jury as to which charges they should consider.

Equality in Education

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.01.2016 | Education
Elissa Stein

Not all schools are equal. Not all neighborhoods have the same resources. Not all families are actively involved in their children's educations. Not every parent body is engaged in their schools. Not every district has functioning PA/PTAs to fundraise and supplement.

Don't Blame the Test

Elissa Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

There are currently a myriad of issues with NYC's high school system. The SHSAT shouldn't be blamed for them, nor exorcised with the intention that its disappearance would solve serious problems that still need to be addressed.

Predatory Equity Leads to Subprime Schools

Bertha Lewis | Posted 06.01.2015 | Black Voices
Bertha Lewis

Why should we trust the same billionaires responsible for the largest wave of minority home foreclosures in U.S. history with boosting student achievement? The answer is, we shouldn't.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Steals GOP's Honeymoon

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Most of our article today is going to deal with Obama and his speech, ending with the snappiest portions as this week's talking points. But before we get to that, let's take a quick look at what the Republicans have been up to, as well as some other minor political news of the week.