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A Well-Deserved Honor for Mayor David Dinkins

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics
Steven Cohen

David Dinkins represents a time when public service was considered a calling. From his service in the U.S. Marines, to his time in the New York State legislature, his service as New York City Clerk, Borough President, Mayor and now Professor; he has always looked for ways to make a contribution to the public good.

Lewd Awakening: Clean Up Times Square by Taxing Naked Nuisances

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 09.24.2016 | New York
Eli Verschleiser

Let the panhandlers work. But make it expensive. After all, the main appeal of this kind of work is the low overhead.

Blood on Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.16.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Police unions further the-all-too-accurate conception that the police are an occupying force in poor communities of color, and are antithetical in principle and action to the progressive principles of the labor movement.

The Pendulum of History Swings Again

Tom Allon | Posted 02.09.2015 | New York
Tom Allon

There is a third way for crime fighting: Keep "Broken Windows" policing but reimagine it so that petty crimes only lead to fines and summonses, not arrests and in extreme cases (like Eric Garner), forcible arrests that can lead to seemingly excessive use of force.

Wednesday's St. Patrick's Day Parade Announcement Isn't Progress -- It's an Insult to New York's Irish LGBT Community

Mary Emily O'Hara | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary Emily O'Hara

Parade organizers say LGBT groups are "free to apply" to march in 2016. What's missing from this statement is any recognition of the years of shunning, hostility, and even violence we Irish gays have experienced at the hand of the committee.

Bensonhurst Case and Do the Right Thing Revisited 25 Years Later

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Tawana Told The Truth! So blared the graffiti in Bed-Stuy in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, a film that was released roughly 25 years ago, in the summer of 1989 and, according to legend, served as the first date for Barack Obama and his future wife, Michelle.

Brooklyn and the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Henry Miller | Posted 08.09.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

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.

Bill de Blasio and the Proven Value of Inclusiveness

Henry Miller | Posted 02.02.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

Mayor-elect de Blasio has already made that commitment a mainstay of his upcoming Administration. It's a commitment that he knows can reap huge economic returns for the city.

1989: David Dinkins Makes History

Posted 11.07.2013 | Black Voices

On this day in 1989, David Dinkins was elected, making him the first black mayor of New York City. Dinkins lost his bid for reelection to Rudy Giu...

Bill de Blasio and the Future of Progressive New York

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If de Blasio can marry the social democratic vision of the New Deal with the sophistication, vision and competence required to govern a complex city like New York now, he will also take his place among New York City's great mayors.

Lhota Dead on Arrival for Televised Mayoral Debate; Historic GOP Loss in the Offing

Howard Barbanel | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Howard Barbanel

A kid-glove campaign without being in the least bit pugnacious won't work in a tough town like New York. For the last 20 years New Yorkers elected Republican mayors, but Guiliani and Bloomberg were alpha dogs (although different stylistically).

21 Political Figures You Thought Were Dead -- But Aren't

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

Some of these political figures have served their countries longer than you’ve been alive. Some are nearly 100 years old. Some have even been pronou...

My Conversation With David Dinkins

Tavis Smiley | Posted 12.03.2013 | New York
Tavis Smiley

Tomorrow night on PBS, I sit with David Dinkins, New York City's first, and to this date, only African-American mayor. We look back on his impressive political career and discuss his new memoir, A Mayor's Life: Governing New York's Gorgeous Mosaic.

Is This NYC's Next Mayor? Interview With Bill de Blasio

David Kirby | Posted 11.05.2013 | New York
David Kirby

The following Q/A was taken from a series of brief interviews I conducted with de Blasio, 52, over the past two weeks.

Bill Lynch and New York City's Gorgeous Mosaic

Henry Miller | Posted 10.20.2013 | New York
Henry Miller

Following his death on August 9th at the age of 72, Bill Lynch is rightly being recognized for his legendary role in New York and national politics.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Shift From 'Tough' to 'Smart' on Crime After Holder & Scheindlin?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgFor decades pols pushed a "tough on crime" agenda that swelled prisons and angered communities of color. Shrum & Cosby debate last week's breakthrough decisions on drugs and frisks as Bloomberg throws both a dart and a fit.

Robert Downey Jr. at the Pinnacle -- Tony Lo Bianco Returns In The Little Flower -- the Dinkins' Celebrate Their 60th Anniversary

Liz Smith | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

There is a lot of fun and irony for grown ups in #2 and I guess much of that goes over young heads; like the ending where the yellow followers of the central character turn into the Village People!

Will This Be a Post-Racial Mayoral Election?

Tom Allon | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

But the road to Gracie Mansion for Bill Thompson is paved with speed bumps and potholes that could make the "identity politics" strategy a losing one.

No Safe Bets in Mayoral Race

Tom Allon | Posted 07.31.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

What is the single most important thing a mayor does? Of course, it's public safety and there's little we've heard from the present field of leading Democratic contenders that offers comfort.

What's So Special About David Dinkins?

Yetta Kurland | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Yetta Kurland

As New York City begins selecting our 109th mayor to define the post-Bloomberg era, it is valuable to reflect on the legacy of our 106th mayor, David N. Dinkins.

It's Decision Time in New York City

Ben Max | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York
Ben Max

What about the other sixty races of NYC 2013? There's a tremendous amount of power up for grabs in races not for Mayor and we mustn't forget about them.

A Job Description for the Next Mayor of New York

Steven Cohen | Posted 11.10.2012 | New York
Steven Cohen

While nothing in local politics is ever simple, everything about local politics is very immediate and very real. The next mayor of New York City will have a significant impact on the future of this city.

Ray Kelly Should Turn in His Badge

Dan Collins | Posted 12.30.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

There have been rumors that the police commissioner might run for mayor despite the mess at the Police Department. The last thing New York needs is another burned-out chief executive.

Will President Obama Become Mayor Dinkins?

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 10.05.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Fauntroy

The president could lose his reelection bid if enough Black voters stay home because they either do not believe the Republican nominee can win or they just do not feel the same urgency to show up on election day.

They're Off!

Henry J. Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Considering political campaigns as conducted on a four-year cycle, we are now in the second lap of the race to succeed Mayor Bloomberg.