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What Does It Mean to Put Students First?

Brad Lander | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Brad Lander

I hope that a group called "Students First" would make it a top priority to stop the rapid rise in New York City public school class sizes.

Saki Knafo

Christine Quinn, City Council Calls Mayor Bloomberg's Cuts To Children's Service "Unacceptable" | Saki Knafo | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education

Hundreds of parents, children and teachers gathered on the steps of New York's City Hall Tuesday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget plan, whi...

Quinn Doesn't Want Your Whoppers, Thank You Very Much

Posted 04.06.2012 | New York

Perhaps taking a cue from Nanny Bloomberg, Christine Quinn is speaking out against Burger King's plans to begin rolling out whopper-doling food trucks...

Transgender Man Could Be New York City Council's First If Elected

New York Times | KATE TAYLOR | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

These are just a few of the subjects that Mel Wymore, a candidate for City Council on the Upper West Side, brought up in an interview before addressin...

NYPD Surveillance: What We Don't Know, And Why It Matters

Brad Lander | Posted 05.15.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

The truth matters. That's why I am working with my colleague Jumaane Williams, the Brennan Center for Justice, and other groups on legislation to establish an NYPD Inspector General.

Q&A: Is NYPD Muslim Spying Legal?

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.12.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — A secret New York Police Department program to spy on Muslim businesses, infiltrate mosques and monitor Muslim students on college ca...

Christine Quinn Jumps On Jeremy Lin Bandwagon To Step Into MSG-Time Warner Brawl

| Jill Colvin | Posted 02.17.2012 | New York

MANHATTAN — Stop the Linsanity! City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other pols are applying a full court press on Madison Square Garden and ...

GOP Councilman Defects To Democrats

Posted 01.24.2012 | New York

Monday was rough for Republicans in the Empire State. Mayor Bloomberg prognosticated that a Democrat will likely be the next mayor of New York City--...

My Response to the State of the City

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 03.16.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

A central part of Mayor Bloomberg's speech was on education, an issue where I feel he has largely come up short.

Mike Sacks

Occupy Wall Street Makes Official Call To Amend Constitution | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.06.2012 | Politics

Efforts to amend the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people and money is not speech gained support in two notable New York forums th...

City Council Says Corporations Are Not People

Posted 01.05.2012 | New York

The New York City Council symbolically passed a resolution Wednesday opposing "corporate personhood." Resolution 1172 formally expressed disapproval o...

Justice for Private Danny Chen

Margaret S. Chin | Posted 02.26.2012 | New York
Margaret S. Chin

For the last two months, the family of Private Danny Chen, his friends, and the Chinese-American community in New York City have had only one question: what happened to Danny?

The Bigger They Come

Henry J. Stern | Posted 02.21.2012 | New York
Henry J. Stern

While only a relatively small portion of elected officials are criminals, still the frequency of arrests and indictments of members of the political class causes people to doubt the integrity and validity of the legislative process.

Tyler Kingkade

Homeless In New York Highlighted In Aftermath Of Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti Eviction | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 12.19.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- When Occupy Wall Street protesters took over a park in Lower Manhattan this fall, they drew attention, perhaps inadvertently, to a proble...

Bloomberg On NYC Walmart: 'We Should Not Say No To Anybody'

Posted 12.06.2011 | New York

In a press conference held on Monday, Mayor Bloomberg came in defense of the possibility of a Walmart opening in the city by suggesting New Yorkers be...

City Council Might Sue Michael Bloomberg

Posted 11.28.2011 | New York

New York City Council is expected to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg Tuesday, seeking to stop a new law that would require homeless adults to p...

A Progressive Caucus for the "New Progressive Movement"

Brad Lander | Posted 01.14.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

It's not just our legislative fights and our progressive principles that make us part of the "new progressive movement." It's also a style of politics that is infused with hopeful energy, and partners with community members.

Toilets Bring Relief To Occupy Wall Street

AP | By CRISTIAN SALAZAR | Posted 01.05.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- They may still be laboring to change the quality of life for the 99 percent, but Wall Street protesters have made some progress near their...

City Council Passes Legislation To Slow Bike Lane Construction

Posted 01.04.2012 | New York

City Council passed legislation Thursday that could slow the proliferation of bike lanes in the city, angering some bike advocates. The bill state...

Christopher Mathias

850,000 Bodies Buried In Mass Graves On Forbidden NYC Island | Christopher Mathias | Posted 12.30.2011 | New York

A City Council oversight committee held a hearing Friday to review the operations of the oft-forgotten cemetery at Hart Island, New York City's potter...

City Council Powerless To Check NYPD Spy Unit

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS and MATT APUZZO | Posted 12.07.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Nobody in New York government has the expertise and authority to oversee the police department's secret intelligence operations, a le...

NYPD Spying On Anti-Terrorist Muslims; City Council Not Happy

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS and MATT APUZZO | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly faced pointed questions Thursday about police surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods as the ...

Matt Sledge

NYPD's Cooperation With CIA Lacks Effective Oversight, Civil Liberties Groups Say | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.31.2011 | New York

Last week the Associated Press came out with an explosive -- or "underwhelming," depending on your point of view -- article about the NYPD's collabora...

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Henry J. Stern | Posted 03.15.2012 | New York
Henry J. Stern

For some years, New York City has been planning to construct a marine transfer station on the Manhattan side of the East River. Rhetoric on both sides has next to nothing to do with the merits of the project.

The Human Price of Our Budget

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 09.25.2011 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

Summertime in Brooklyn should be a carefree time, a time for rest and relaxation with family and friends. Tragically, it has become a season of bloodshed for too many of our young people.