Keeping landlords honest in New York City - or New York State, for that matter - is not an enviable task, given how common the less-than-honest ones are, but it's a job that nonetheless falls squarely in the laps of city and state officials.
The anniversary of Hurricane Sandy offers us an opportunity to start fixing the country's utility crisis. This will only happen, however, if Americans demands accountability from the large companies that too often are putting their own profits before the public good.
After my New York City apartment lost power around 8 p.m., my smartphone's data plan suddenly became my only connection with the outside world. Tweets from the community are helpful to get a distributed feel of the situation but they have to be taken with a grain (a byte?) of salt.
It's hard to take the train in New York without encountering a pop quiz about energy usage. The trouble with this sort of public advertising campaign? Presenting myths and facts often sows more confusion than it dispels.