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SIF - Pay for Success: Keeping the Momentum Going

Deborah De Santis | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As we work to advance proven solutions, transformations in government services, and cost-effective results improving the lives of those who desperately need supportive housing, Pay for Success is keeping the momentum going.

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 02.03.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The discrepancies between rising graduation rates and declining thinking skills are indications that there is something profoundly wrong with the education-evaluation system, which is supposed to measure achievement but can be manipulated to create a false impression of success.

Doubling Down on New York's Education

TNTP | Posted 01.28.2015 | Education
TNTP

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is back in the news after announcing an ambitious education policy agenda in his recent State of the State address.

Educating for Democracy: Words and Deeds

Joel Shatzky | Posted 01.27.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Having recently read Governor Cuomo's State of the State address proposals for "education reform" I felt as if I was in an educational time warp. Aft...

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Steve Rosenbaum

It was odd, but out of the blue, I found myself thinking about Mario Cuomo just days before his passing. I've known a lot of politicians in my career, and interviewed many of them. But none has had a stronger and more memorable impact on me than my time with Mario.

Looking to Governor Cuomo: A Legacy on Religion and Public Life

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Noah Fitzgerel

While some see public office as a pulpit from which to act upon a normative set of religious ideals, the legacy of Governor Cuomo reminds us that others see public office as a means to enable Americans to thrive in their spirituality.

How to Design for Everybody

Rachel Sterne | Posted 03.01.2015 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In the weeks since we launched NY.gov, governments around the world have asked how we did it. Here's a brief look at our approach to public digital design and what worked for us. We hope it's useful, and look forward to sharing more with governments across the nation and globe.

Local Activism Pays Off

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.17.2015 | New York
Marcia G. Yerman

The exciting news just announced that Governor Cuomo will ban fracking in New York State is proof positive that galvanizing the public about the health dangers inherent in the fracking process can move the needle and influence public leaders.

We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves The Way

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

New York is a bellwether state for fracking nationally, and is the first shale state to take such bold action against fracking. This decision has implications for other states considering fracking like Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and others.

New York State To Ban Fracking

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in his state, officials announced Wednesday. "I will be bound...

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Four: Low-Income Housing

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Yorkville and East Harlem already have some of the worst pollution and highest asthma rates in the city, and now 100 to 500 extra diesel trucks are going to roar through an entirely residential neighborhood to dump their loads in a stinking, two acre, heavy-duty industrial facility in front of public housing.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Three: Education

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.05.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Children are far more sensitive to pollutants than adults. That's why hundreds of doctors signed a petition urging first Bloomberg and now de Blasio not to build a massive garbage site next to an athletic center in Manhattan used by 34,000 city kids.

Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home -- Part Two

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

When someone's son or daughter is killed in Yorkville by a garbage truck, it will indeed not be an accident. It will be a predicted and preventable death.

Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking Four Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home?

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Why is he building a massive garbage dump in a fragile wetland on the waterfront of a residential neighborhood, right in front of public housing, next to an athletic facility used by 34,000 city kids and in the worst kind of flood zone?

Defining Objectivity

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.30.2014 | New York
Elissa Stein

While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?

What New Yorkers Can Do About Money In Politics

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 11.08.2014 | New York
Lawrence Lessig

I don't think Governor Cuomo's refusal to debate Zephyr Teachout is really about sexism. It's about money-ism. In this democracy, not to have money is not to be qualified.

As Cuomo Turns His Back, Zephyr Teachout Emerges as the People's Candidate

Charlie Ferrusi | Posted 11.07.2014 | New York
Charlie Ferrusi

From her grassroots supporters in the Hudson Valley to her loyal students who pressured Cuomo to a debate, Zephyr Teachout, a current professor of law at Fordham University, is looking to call Cuomo out and take New York by storm.

The Promise -- and Challenges -- Of Universal Pre-K

Tom Allon | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Tom Allon

The mere existence of universal pre-k in New York is a giant step in the right direction. Amidst the hue and cry over dismal state test scores for third and eighth graders, we now have a new grade being established which can only be positive. But along with great opportunity comes great responsibility.

Politicians Pull the Real 'Con' in 'Kids Before Cons' Act

Piper Anderson | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Piper Anderson

In the name of indebted students, Governor Cuomo's plan to fund college credit bearing education programs in 10 New York State prisons was ditched within a month of his celebratory announcement. Now we're all left with nothing.

Christopher Mathias

New York Could Legalize Medical Marijuana Next Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York state cleared what may have been its final obstacle Thursday. Sen. Diane Savino (D) said at a pres...

Christopher Mathias

Cuomo Makes Big Announcement On Medical Marijuana

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

After years of sending mixed messages over a bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that he's open to s...

Christopher Mathias

Medical Marijuana Bill Clears Major Hurdle In New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in New York cleared a major hurdle in Albany Tuesday as the Senate Health Committee passed the Compassionate Care...

How Cuomo Is Breaking His Promise For A Transparent Government

ProPublica | Justin Elliott | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics

By Justin Elliott, ProPublica, May 5, 2014, 9:53 a.m. Adopting a tactic that has been used by officials ranging from Sarah Palin to staffers...

How One Woman Made Fracking Get Out of Town (All Over Upstate New York)

OnEarth | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
OnEarth

By Mary X. Dennis, OnEarthWhen Helen Slottje was a high-powered corporate attorney in Boston in the 1990s, she never thought of herself as an environm...

A Tale of Two States: Hurricane Sandy's Toll on Voting

Jon Sherman | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Sherman

Recently, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, chaired by Senator Chuck Schumer, approved the Elections Preparedness Requires Early Planning , which would require each state to develop contingency plans to address emergencies or natural disasters that threaten to disrupt the administration of federal elections.