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Were The Horse Carriages, Patient Zero in Team de Blasio's, 'Absolutely Permissible' Pay-To-Play?

Sandi Bachom | Posted 06.06.2016 | New York
Sandi Bachom

On February 4th, when the Teamsters pulled support from a bill, they never agreed to in the first place, the Mayor sat in his SUV for 16 minutes, rather than face the men and women in top hats on the steps of city hall.

Make NYC's Retiree Health Benefit Trust More Trustworthy

Carol Kellermann | Posted 05.26.2016 | New York
Carol Kellermann

The City of New York has a $70 billion liability for retiree health insurance costs and other post-employment benefits (OPEB), not including pensions....

Why All New Yorkers Should Support the Bag Bill

Letitia James | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Letitia James

As you read this, chances are you've already used one today. Lightweight, durable, and convenient, plastic bags have become a staple of commerce -- so ubiquitous that most cashiers and shopkeepers usually don't even ask if you really need one.

Now is the Time for Disabled Artists to Flourish

Lane Harwell | Posted 04.12.2016 | Arts
Lane Harwell

Stevie Wonder, Marlee Matlin, Peter Dinklage, and Chuck Close are names many are familiar with. They are exceptional artists, and they are exceptions ...

Bleeding into Education

Elissa Stein | Posted 02.19.2016 | Women
Elissa Stein

Giving girls easy access to tampons and pads in school can not only make the day-to-day experience of period management easier, it can potentially change their feelings about menstruation in general.

Why We Should Ditch Plastic Bags For Good

Tom Allon | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
Tom Allon

It is easier than you think to merely carry a canvas bag in our briefcase or knapsack or purse, to purchase food on our way home in the evenings.

Topless Painted 'Angel' of Times Square, 'They're Just Boobs, They Don't Shoot Bullets'

Sandi Bachom | Posted 09.01.2015 | Women
Sandi Bachom

"We're out here having fun, we're out here celebrating life, celebrating New York City, celebrating being a woman."

N.Y.C. Taxi Owners Are Denying Benefits to Drivers -- The City Council Can Stop Them

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Next up on the City Council's to-do list should be reversing a court decision that robbed taxi drivers, another group of mostly immigrant workers, of health and disability benefits.

The Crucial Role of New York City's Branch Libraries

Julie Sandorf | Posted 05.21.2016 | New York
Julie Sandorf

The 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards recognized the crucial role that New York City's branch libraries play in serving the city's diverse communities.

No New Cops: Strong Communities Make Policing Obsolete

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.30.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

At just under 35,000, the New York City Police Department is bar none the largest police department in the United States. It's also one of the beefiest in terms of police-to-citizen ratio.

There Are Lies, Damn Lies and Then There's 'Community Policing'

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 05.09.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Cops will never reform themselves. The attempts to bring them closer to us by quite literally packaging us in this same, tired concept of 'community policing' is a spin that no one seeking justice should fall for.

Give All NYC Animals the Shelters They Deserve

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

While Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have their own vital full-service municipal shelters, Queens and the Bronx only have inadequate "animal receiving centers." These centers do not provide shelter, medical, or adoption services for homeless animals. Instead, dogs and cats brought to these centers are transported to already overtaxed shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While these laws won't keep all puppy mill puppies out of New York City pet stores, it's a critical step in the right direction. Taken together they will deeply impact the lives of dogs in puppy mills across the nation, and further New York City's reputation as a leader in animal welfare and safety.

Making Objectivity Unfair

Elissa Stein | Posted 02.14.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

I know we all have the best intentions of each and every NYC student at heart. And that should be at the basis of every conversation and decision moving forward.

Christopher Mathias

New York City Council Members Block Traffic In Manhattan, Chant 'I Can't Breathe!'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- A large group of New York City Council members staged a "die-in" on the steps of City Hall Monday, before marching into the street and blo...

We Have a Dream: Improve Transparency and Accountability at the NYPD

Chris Bilal | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Bilal

We are asking courageous New York City Council members to exercise their oversight power by passing the Right to Know Act, which would strengthen police accountability and transparency by requiring officers who stop us to identify themselves.

The Real Scandal at 1 Police Plaza

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 01.11.2015 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Don't look now but there's a media-driven scandal brewing at the NYPD. It's gotten so bad, so fast that Mayor de Blasio and his police commissioner slapped together a meeting with reporters on a Sunday afternoon in order to rail against the press.

Reducing Population at Rikers Island the Quickest Path to Meaningful Reforms

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.04.2015 | Crime
Brooklyn Defender Services

The greatest improvement in jail conditions will occur when the jail population is reduced only to those who cannot be released due to the very serious nature of their charges, such as homicides.

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.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Reduce New York City's High Cost of Garbage Collection

Carol Kellermann | Posted 11.29.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Municipal garbage collection in New York City is exceptionally expensive -- the public-sector cost is more than double private-sector charges and much higher than collection costs in other cities. This fall provides a great opportunity to address the problem.

Hearing What They Want: The Illusions of Police Reform

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 11.17.2014 | New York
Josmar Trujillo

Two important meetings in New York city last week were followed by an important whistleblower story Friday that should serve as the exclamation points on assertions that NYPD is beyond reform.

'My Horse For A Kingdom:' Mayor de Blasio and the Tyranny of Denial

Sandi Bachom | Posted 11.04.2014 | New York
Sandi Bachom

After 10 months of filming New York's Greatest Living Icons, the gentle carriage horses, those who love them... and those who hate them, I can say, without equivocation, there is no abuse, no cruelty of any kind, only love...and lots of carrots.

Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 09.29.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

More than 75 percent of the people on Rikers Island and in other city jails are not in custody due to a conviction. They are in jail on bail, sometimes as low as $250, because they cannot afford to meet this cash obligation.

A Network Dedicated to Ending Gun Violence in Our Communities

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.23.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

It is time we work together to solve this pervasive national problem, and develop ways every city in our country can effectively combat gun violence.