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The de Blasio Delay: Feds Need a Rat to Charge NY Mayor

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

Bill de Blasio could well be the most mired mayor in New York City history. As the subject of multiple investigations at the state and federal level, he's not just tabloid fodder.

Whatever Happened to Ethics?

Tom Allon | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Tom Allon

Ethics is something that was taught in ancient Greece and was once neatly woven into our secondary education system. Ethics classes, like civics classes, are now rarely found on the high school level in this country. Isn't it time to resurrect this again?

The MTA Debases Women on a Daily Basis

Tom Allon | Posted 02.14.2016 | Parents
Tom Allon

The last place we imagined our daughters would be objectified would be while riding the New York City subway to school. There are three ads currently on display from Doctor's Plastic Surgery -- one more offensive than the other.

Time to Step On the Gas

Tom Allon | Posted 02.02.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

New York City, the greatest metropolis in the world, looks great on the outside. There are gleaming luxury high-rise buildings, shiny new neighborhoods and energetic tourists everywhere. But looks are deceiving.

The NYC Security Risk That Candidates Aren't Discussing

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2016 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We should do everything in our power to transition the bright minds at IPEC into the clean renewable energy sector in New York, which is growing daily. Let's keep them employed -- and then some. But most importantly, let's keep this country safe.

Bloom Energy to Install First−Ever Highrise Project at Morgan Stanley Global Headquarters in New York City

LuxEco Living | Posted 01.21.2016 | Green
LuxEco Living

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-In-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World New York January 12, 2016 We first reporte...

Ted Cruz, You Wouldn't Last In New York City For a New York Minute

Michelle Manning Barish | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Michelle Manning Barish

So, Ted Cruz, my disillusioned friend.. .you wouldn't last in New York for a New York minute. You simply don't have the moxie, the wit, the street smarts or the fortitude to have what it takes. Nice try, pal. As a New Yorker by way of Florida... thanks for the compliment.

The Noxious Origins of NYC Gentrification: Cooking Gas

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2016 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

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.

World on Fire - The Peace Angels Project

Lin Evola | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
Lin Evola

My heart goes out to the families who have lost their loved ones. It is up to us to shift our human consciousness. Change will not occur by focusing on violence.

Historic Brookyln District Fights Big Development

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.08.2015 | New York
Isa Freeling

New Yorkers need to be vigilant and protect their city from over zealous development before it's too late. We need our politicians to make sense and keep New York's character and beauty unspoiled. We cannot keep building at this rate and keep life in all the boroughs safe, healthy and balanced.

Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

Educating for Demoracy: A Lesson From Russia

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

Democracy is not just a one-way street. It must try to serve those it governs the best way it can. "The Fool" knows this but unless the civic-minded are recognized as "The Wise," we are in danger of becoming a society run almost exclusively for the rich.

Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2016 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

Albany Gets "F" for Failing to Protect Tenants

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2016 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's expiration of rent regulations shows just how anti-tenant the state legislature remains, putting over one million apartments at risk for unreasonable rate increases.

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
Catharine Hill

As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.

Verizon New York Lost $2.5 Billion in Just 2014, and that Might be the Good News

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon New York's Annual Report for 2014 has just come out and it is a page turner. Let me start with some facts and then answer two questions -- How did Verizon New York lose billions in 2014? Isn't FiOS, Verizon's fiber optic service, profitable?

New York Parents to Call for Time Out on Gov. Cuomo's Education Reforms

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.28.2016 | New York
Liam Robb O'Hagan

On Friday, the PTA Council in the Mamaroneck Unified School District, in suburban Westchester County, New York, is asking parents at the District's four elementary schools to stage a sit-in after morning drop off.

Open Letter to the State Legislature: Time to Act on Restoring Trust in New York's Criminal Justice System

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 05.18.2016 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing. However, I would also reform the grand jury system to increase transparency by mandating that in such cases, there is public disclosure of the district attorneys instructions to the grand jury as to which charges they should consider.

Privatizing Clean Energy Development Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.07.2016 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

With news that global carbon dioxide emissions have reached record levels, the need to switch to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. However, the urgency of this crisis does not absolve us of the responsibility to move forward in a just, sustainable way.

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Which States Could Benefit Most From Governor Cuomo's Student Debt Relief Plan?

Stephen Dash | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Stephen Dash

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed a plan to provide two years of loan payments for graduates of New York colleges who remain in the state earning their degree and make less than $50,000 per year.

SIF - Pay for Success: Keeping the Momentum Going

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.