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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 for...

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 06.17.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 06.05.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing.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 05.04.2015 | 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.

'Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest Stories of 2014'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 03.09.2015 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

These are not goofy little news items dealing with such inconsequential matters as health care, the midterm elections and various conflicts around the world. Rather, they are the kind of important, socially significant and absolutely true stories that are the lifeblood of this column.

Cop: ‘I'll Rip Your F---ing Head Off, S--t Down Your Neck'

AP | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

HALFMOON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York sheriff's deputy has been suspended after a video captured him cursing and apparently slapping a young man after th...

Defending Real Democracy, Starting in New York

Letitia James | Posted 12.31.2014 | New York
Letitia James

For all the manufactured "Republican versus Democrat" drama that dominates today's cable news and political rhetoric, the most striking feature of our present-day democracy is not partisan divide -- it's a corrupt system that protects incumbents from the consequences that real democracy brings.

Taking a Break From the Negative

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

Academic rigor is alive and well in NYC. The city's goal should be bringing that to more children rather than taking opportunities away from others.

DEA Sued Over Fake Facebook Account

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and ERIC TUCKER | Posted 10.08.2014 | Crime

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Drug Enforcement Administration set up a fake Facebook account using photographs and other personal information it took from t...

New York's Undemocratic Primary

Scott Blakeman | Posted 11.09.2014 | New York
Scott Blakeman

Republicans have an annoying habit of referring to the "Democrat" party, because they hate to associate it with being "democratic." Unfortunately today's Democratic primary for Governor in New York isn't particularly democratic at all.

David Lohr

Missing Woman's Mom: 'I've Got The Worst Thoughts In My Mind' | David Lohr | Posted 07.09.2014 | Crime

A heartbroken mother in Indiana is pleading for help in the search for her missing daughter, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances three week...

Bakken Trains

J Henry Fair | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
J Henry Fair

There has been an alarming rise in the incidence of train accidents in the last two years involving the derailment of tanker cars carrying crude oil, spilling large volumes of toxic crude oil into waterways.

Doesn't Bella Deserve Better?

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.18.2014 | New York
Lauren Hersh

In New York, a person who commits statutory rape receives a higher penalty than a person who buys sex from that same child, signaling that the child who has been bought is less worthy of protection. It is time that Albany sets aside politics and protects people.

Did Verizon Short Change "Upstate" New York and are POTS Customers and Low Income Families Paying for Fiber Optic Services They Will Never Get?

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 08.01.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Part III of a new series based on the new report: "It's all Interconnected." While America ponders the impacts that might happen if the Net Neutralit...

Embracing Technology Can Reduce False Convictions

Lauren-Brooke Eisen | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Lauren-Brooke Eisen

New York State should require recording of interrogations for two very simple reasons. First, it makes policing more accurate. Second, it is necessary because research indicates that false confessions are quite common.

Investigating the West Coast Mafia

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Andrea Chalupa

Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the beautiful Fredo scene on the lake, I never thought of California, where I grew up, as mafia country. The mafia still seemed a world away and more at home on the crowded streets of Little Italy and the Corleone olive orchards. Turns out the mafia was closer to home than I could have ever imagined.

Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.25.2014 | New York
Blake Fleetwood

Discouraging new forms of entrepreneurism that threaten established businesses, is a classic form of government interference that affects many different industries in the urban marketplace.

Eva Moskowitz's Shameful Misuse of Civil Rights

Camille Rivera | Posted 05.13.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Moskowitz is trying to paint herself as a defender of black and Latino children, but really her war on Mayor Bill de Blasio is not about children or civil rights. It's about Moskowitz wanting more power, more profit for her 22 schools and demanding to get everything she wants.

What Upstate New York Can Teach The Rest Of The Country About Living Well

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going ...