De Blasio's political leadership on the issue of education reminds us that elections do have consequences and that public policy and political leverage can be used to make a very significant impact in the lives of many people.
People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.
Why is Marcia Bystryn defending a lethal and environmentally unsound Bloomberg/de Blasio plan to build a huge garbage site in the heart of a residential neighborhood?
For some, it's just a breakdown of law and order. For others, it's a moral challenge beyond ideology. And, quite reasonably, opponents of immigration are waiting to see how Progressive states react to requests to share the burden. Especially New York.
Two of next year's Democratic presidential contenders, Gov. Martin O'Malley of my current home state of Maryland and Gov. Andrew Cuomo the state of my youth, New York, both consider themselves progressive. Neither of them, however, can be called "progressive" in the traditional sense of the world.
New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.
Of New York's 1.1 million public school students, one in 12 are homeless. Many live doubled up with extended family or are temporarily housed in hotels or motels. But more than 23,000 live in family shelters on any given day.
Brooklynites didn't really need de Blasio or me or anyone else. In late April, after weeks of rainy marches and rallies, SUNY withdrew its plan to close LICH. For a moment at least, the community and workers had saved their hospital.
On October 31, 2012, New York City was reeling. Hurricane Sandy had unleashed unprecedented destruction on huge swaths of the five boroughs. In Breezy Point, Queens, dozens of homes burned like islands of fire surrounded by the rising sea.
By offering Barclays Center as the principal venue, Mayor de Blasio made a bold political statement - both to his Brooklyn base and to the Democratic Party.
Everybody talks about giving power to the people, but recent events in Albany give us hope that will truly happen in the coming months and beyond.
I have a picture in my office of Broadway and 116th Street when the Columbia campus in Morningside Heights, New York City was relatively new. In the c...
New York schools chancellor Carmen Fariña continues to unfold her big vision, which calls for more professional development, more arts, more guidance counselors, more best practices shared between schools -- and returning "joy" to the classroom.
One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted national attention, as well as mine, as it involves my State Senate district. This race is, in many ways, a microcosm of what is wrong with our political process nationally.
We the People have given up on Congress. We the People have given up on the process. But, We the People believe in government that protects us, promotes our national interest, and reflects our national values.
We need a living wage so workers can be effective on the job and at home. We need to close the wage gap so working women and minorities aren't discriminated against and have more money to spend as consumers. And we need paid sick days, which are not only morally right, but are sound fiscal and business policy.