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More Than Spare Change: How NYC Scams City Street Vendors

Afton Branche | Posted 07.26.2011 | New York
Afton Branche

NY is home to 10,000 street vendors, the majority of whom are immigrants. The job for these workers is inherently tough. But the web of rules regulating the industry makes it even more difficult to get ahead.

Economic Inequality and Social Immobility

Richard Buery | Posted 07.20.2011 | New York
Richard Buery

In March, NY adopted a budget where a $10 billion budget shortfall was closed by cuts in education, health, and human services. These cuts will have profoundly negative effects on NY's most vulnerable citizens.

20 Firehouses, Including 'Ghostbuster' Station, Slated To Close

Posted 07.19.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg has acquiesced to threats of legal action by the City Council and released the list of 20 fire companies that could be closed as a res...

Why New York City Needs a "Living Wage" Law

Ruben Diaz Jr. | Posted 07.16.2011 | New York
Ruben Diaz Jr.

We have tremendous income inequality in this city. That is why the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is so important, not only as a matter of economic justice, but as sound fiscal policy as well.

Matt Sledge

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Teachers Swarm Wall Street In Protest | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.12.2011 | New York

Thousands of teachers, social workers, union members and more took part in a march Thursday against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plans for wide-ranging b...

Cab Won't Take You To Brooklyn? Drivers To Face Increased Fines

Bed-Stuy, NY Patch | C. Zawadi Morris | Posted 07.12.2011 | New York

Coming soon are stiffer penalties on yellow cab drivers that refuse to pick up passengers based on their destinations. The bill passed yesterday an...

22-Year-Old Council Aide Found Dead In Brooklyn Apartment

Carroll Gardens, NY Patch | Georgia Kral and Kristen v. Brown | Posted 06.29.2011 | New York

Hope Reichbach communications director for Councilmember Steve Levin and an up-and-comer in New York politics, was found dead in Boerum Hill on Thursd...

New Bill: Buy A Knockoff Handbag, Face A Year In Prison

Posted 06.26.2011 | New York

Looking for a fake Rolodex? Maybe a Louis Viutton knockoff? Maybe don't buy it in New York. City Councilwoman Margaret Chin is proposing a bill th...

Yepoka Yeebo

Politicians Call On FDIC To Protect Affordable Housing | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 06.07.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- City politicians are calling on federal regulators to start making use of a little-known provision in the sweeping financial reform bill p...

Why We (Still) Can't Wait For Economic Justice

Brad Lander | Posted 06.06.2011 | Religion
Brad Lander

That we are made in the divine image is at the center of the Judaism's essential commitment to guaranteeing basic human dignity. One undeniable expression of this is a living wage.

Sometimes It Takes a Fire to Wake Us Up

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.30.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

In many parts of the world, it may be 2011, but at Walmart, it's still 1911. The fire that consumed those 146 girls' lives is in this respect still burning -- only now it has become a global fire.

How a GED Is a Real Advantage in Reducing Family Homelessness in NYC

Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ralph da Costa Nunez, PhD

New Yorkers with a high school diploma or a GED lost jobs at half the rate of those who did not have them. At a time when unemployment hovers at 9.1 percent in NYC, a GED becomes crucial to finding and retaining a job.

Bye Bye BID? SoHo Fights Back

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Roslyn Bernstein

SoHo residents, mostly in their 60s and 70s, are fighting the proposed SoHo BID (Business Improvement District), to be funded with a real estate tax surcharge.

Humane Alternatives for Horse-Drawn Carriages

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Bill de Blasio

After years of trying to reform the industry, the time has come for New York City to turn the page, and finally embrace safer, more humane alternatives to the horse-drawn carriages.

When Is Bloomberg Leaving Town?

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg is well known for his globetrotting. He spends several weekends a year at his five vacation homes in places like Vail, Colo., and Lo...

Walmart Won't Fix New York, New Yorkers Will

Matt Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Ryan

Across the country, we've seen that when Walmart sets up shop in poor neighborhoods, they do more harm than good. Nationally, when Walmart enters a new market, it kills three jobs for every two jobs it "creates."

Former City Council President Pleads Guilty To Tax Charge

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A former New York City Council president caught up in an investigation of a financial adviser to various celebrities has pleaded guil...

NYC Tightens Leash on Dog Laws

Reedu Taha | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Reedu Taha

I am a staunch supporter of spaying and neutering, however, in my experience, many people who do not fix their animals, also have no intention of licensing their dogs.

Looking Out For Each Other

Thomas Lowenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Lowenstein

Hate speech doesn't pull triggers, but is particularly dangerous when consumed by unbalanced people. In my father's case, it was, I believe, left-wing hate speech that helped kill him.

NYC Council Progressive Caucus Responds To Bloomberg's State Of The City Address

Brad Lander | Posted 09.13.2011 | New York
Brad Lander

The mayor spoke to the need to attract tourists, college graduates and white-collar entrepreneurs, but we heard nothing about how we can create living-wage jobs for New Yorkers.

New Law Will Jail Owners For Tying Up Dog For Too Long

| Jill Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CITY HALL -- Dog owners could be sent to jail for chaining their pets outdoors for too long under legislation passed by the City Council Tuesday. Und...

Crying Wolf Over Higher Wages in a Time of Need

Stephanie Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stephanie Luce

Without regular increases to the minimum wage, the number of "working poor" is rising again. New data released last month adds more evidence that higher wage levels do not force employers to lay off workers.

NYC Needs a Responsible Banking Act

Brad Lander | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Brad Lander

A Responsible Banking Act would require banks that want to make money by holding on to our city's cash to put forward a new generation of strategic plans for meeting the credit needs of New York's communities.

Economic Might Makes Right? NY City Council's Moral Choice

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

With all the emphasis on economics, something terribly important was lost during the sick leave debate: is it fair to deny over one million working New Yorkers the right to take off of work to recover from illness?

Too Bad Mayor Bloomberg Was Never a Working Mother

Amy Impellizzeri | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Impellizzeri

Mayor Bloomberg has paid sick days. So, it's hard for him to understand how the other half lives. The other half being the nearly 50% of New Yorkers who lack a single paid sick day.