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Autism Without Fear: On Darius McCollum, and the Necessary Resignations of Allen Cappelli, Charles Moerdler, and Andrew Alpert

Michael John Carley | Posted 03.21.2016 | New York
Michael John Carley

Darius McCollum, the notorious train/bus thief with Asperger's, is back in the news...for a different reason than you might expect. No, Darius was no...

Cuomo Bolsters Supportive Housing

Deborah De Santis | Posted 01.14.2016 | New York
Deborah De Santis

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are two national leaders who get it. They are throwing down the gauntlet and saying very passionately that it's time to really help people. No more band-aids, no more excuses.

Big Day as Big Apple Addresses Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 11.19.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

The Mayor's plan for more supportive housing in New York is nothing short of seismic for local organizations and providers working in difficult circumstances, seeing and meeting homeless people every day, taking risks and pursuing all avenues to address the needs of individuals who have been through hell and back.

It Is Now Time For Us to Become Their Best Friend

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 11.09.2016 | New York
Craig E. Sherman

These poor creatures are entangled in a system where their fate is determined by financial viability rather than an undeniable right to exist. For many animals, the sand is flowing quickly and unimpeded. However, there is hope.

The Mayor's Silence and the President's Guffaw

Mark Benoit | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Mark Benoit

New York City's landmark Municipal Building will soon be named in honor of its 106th Mayor, David N. Dinkins. After being engaged in 36 political campaigns over the last 27 years -- from presidential to judicial -- I have a lot of stories to tell.

Two-Generation Approach to Equity and Excellence

Alan van Capelle | Posted 09.24.2016 | Education
Alan van Capelle

On Wednesday September 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his administration's plans for new reforms for the City's public schools. At the core of his vision were two words, "equity and excellence."

Je Suis

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.28.2016 | Queer Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

DeBlasio's Allies Getting Progressively Ticked Off

Tom Allon | Posted 08.06.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

I am becoming increasingly concerned that New York's Mayor may be losing touch with the normally genial, coalition-building side of his persona. His behavior of late could cost the City in the future.

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.

End All Youth Detention and Torture at Rikers Island Now

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody of any age should be held in jail without a trial for three years. No child or adolescent should be held in an adult jail. Yet, a 16-year-old accused of stealing a backpack was kept in one of the most violent adult jails in the United States, Rikers Island in New York City, for three years without a trial. This was morally scandalous and inhumane. Even worse, he spent more than two years of that time in solitary confinement, locked up alone except to go to the shower, the recreation area, the visit room or the medical clinic. This was torture. The suicide of 22-year-old Kalief Browder on June 6, barely two years after his release and return home, was the final horror in his tragic and brutal journey into the depths of the adult criminal justice system in New York.

LinkNYC's Technology & Design To The Rescue: The Dire State of NYC's Phone Booths

Bill_Robinson | Posted 06.08.2016 | Technology

Two forward-thinking brains have come together in true entrepreneurial fashion to create LinkNYC by sewing together a multi-partner, joint-venture organization called CityBridge.

Amanda Terkel

Bill De Blasio Takes Page From Conservative Playbook To Fight Income Inequality | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday unveiled a progressive agenda to combat income inequality that he hopes will unify support...

Christopher Mathias

Can New York City Actually End Veteran Homelessness This Year? | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.23.2015 | Impact

New York City is on track to reach its goal of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, according to numbers from Mayor Bill de Blasio's office...

Christopher Mathias

1,500 Rikers Island Inmates Have Been Behind Bars More Than A Year Without Being Convicted | Christopher Mathias | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to modernize the city’s criminal justice system and improve conditions in the Rikers...

New York Given A Blueprint For How To End Homelessness By 2020

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact

A group of activist organizations are optimistic about ending homelessness in New York City in the next five years, but they'll need policymakers on b...

NYC Housing: A Clear and Present Danger

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

For all emergency conditions, especially when we don't have heat and hot water in the winter, HPD should improve their response: inspectors must be dispatched in less than 24 hours and must notify landlords of the violation immediately and the requirement to make the repair within 24 hours; fine owners when the repair is not made within 24 hours.

The Dollars and Sense of a Basic Education

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2015 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

When average length of stay is over a year and over half the families who leave shelter return, would it not make sense to address the gap in a parent's education while they wait for a viable housing option to become available?

Tavis Smiley: My Conversation With Mayor Bill de Blasio on Income Inequality

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

I'm joined by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was elected in a landslide in 2013. The high cost of living has made life increasingly difficult for low-income residents of the Big Apple. To address this issue, Mayor de Blasio has set forth a sweeping anti-poverty agenda.

Christopher Mathias

New York City Officially Adds Two Muslim Holidays To School Calendar | Christopher Mathias | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

New York City is now the largest school district in the country to recognize two Muslim holidays on its official calendar. Mayor Bill de Blasio an...

Mayor de Blasio Turns 'Jekyll and Hyde' on City's Low-Income Families

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.07.2015 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

As Mayor de Blasio shared his vision for expanding New York City's affordable housing stock, many of us who have been involved in advocating for better housing conditions for the poor wondered, "affordable for whom?"

Christopher Mathias

De Blasio To Push For Major Minimum Wage Hike In NYC | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced Tuesday that he will push to have the city’s hourly minimum wage jump to $13 by next ye...

Number Of Homeless New Yorkers New Record-High.. Again

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

New York City's homelessness crisis continues to grow. According to city records, the number of residents living without stable shelter reached an ...

Commissioner Bratton Wants 'Disorder Control' - But Are More Long Guns the Answer?

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

With the rapid militarization of America's police, an experience once reserved for those in ghettos is now available to anyone caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in cities, suburbs, and rural areas across the country.

Mayor Bill De Blasio On Heavy Storm Precautions: 'You Can't Put A Price On Safety'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 01.28.2015 | Media

Winter storm Juno may not have been the massive, "historic" blizzard it was expected to be, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has no regrets abou...

NYPD Union Chief Under Fire From His Own Membership

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 01.20.2015 | Crime

The head of the NYPD's largest union is deeply unpopular amongst New Yorkers, but now he faces discontent from his own ranks. Patrick Lynch, who ha...