The 'progressive' mayor and a largely useless city council have largely ignored issues in education -- allowing the PSAL to swallow up the SSAL.
Next up on the City Council's to-do list should be reversing a court decision that robbed taxi drivers, another group of mostly immigrant workers, of health and disability benefits.
New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio's unveiled his 78.5 billion dollar budget proposal this week. In it, one big ticket item: 1,300 new police officers. The hiring initiative is great politics but it is terrible policy.
New York City has more outstanding debt than ever before, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed a 10-year capital plan that will increase it substantially. Now is the time to consider how much debt is appropriate.
Don't take it personally if you didn't get your invite yet to the June 12 anniversary party at City Hall. It's another historic New York benchmark that will be largely overlooked in a city where the past typically takes a back seat in the frenzy to capitalize on the present and seize the future.
The 24 Hour Read-In is a perfect metaphor for libraries in New York City. There is always someone using our materials and services, day or night, 365 days a year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Shola Olatoye, Chair and CEO of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), released on May 19th a 10-year roadmap called "NextGeneration NYCHA." The roadmap is a bold plan that deserves to be supported.
If the voices and concerns of ordinary Americans aren't at the center of this debate, we can expect the ticking time bomb of urban unrest to explode in more and more communities. Without major reforms, the recent upheavals in Ferguson and Baltimore may simply be a precursor to a wave of 21st century riots.
The promise of America is that anyone who works hard and plays by the rules can earn a middle-class life. That promise is betrayed when the system provides a tiny class of Americans with special treatment, including a get-out-of-jail-free card when they commit fraud to make untold millions.
Exposés like the Times' series on nail salon workers, and the other investigative research that came before it, can help shift consciousness. But what's also required is a power shift. A true transformation will require a broad social movement with the power to bring government back on the side of working families.
Jeb Bush, in case you haven't heard, spent the entire week coming up with a believable answer to one question After watching Bush twist in the wind this week, we can't help but wonder if the 2016 Republican nomination race is going to closely resemble the 2008 Democratic nomination fight.
There is also the question of good faith action here. The libraries have been extremely supportive of the Mayor and have helped him directly through a number of unfunded mandates.
Homeless students are already facing a disadvantage of being a year and a half behind the rest of their classmates just by nature of changing addresses. To say that the odds are stacked against them is at best an understatement.
When it comes to the 2016 field of Republican presidential candidates, the rule of thumb this time around is obviously going to be "the more, the merrier!" The number of officially-announced Republican candidates actually doubled this week.
Over the last two decades there has been a continuous pattern of throwing money, our money, at broadband again and again. Ironically, instead of taking on the companies, many times these additional funds can end up in the hands of the same companies.
Unfortunately, police have a tendency to adopt a siege mentality, circling the wagons on every occasion of potential wrongdoing. Then they wonder why the public has a growing distrust of police departments, even as they defend the indefensible. Police must stop defending criminals in their midst if they hope to regain the public support they should so clearly have.