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Mayor De Blasio

Defining Objectivity

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.30.2014 | New York
Elissa Stein

While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?

Asking Questions Later

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.23.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

People are working very hard to change the admissions policy and standards for New York City's esteemed specialized high schools, including Brooklyn Tech, Bronx Science and Stuyvesant.

The Problem With Sweeping Reform

Elissa Stein | Posted 09.18.2014 | Education
Elissa Stein

No, the current test is not perfect but, because of its right/wrong structure results are unbiased and objective. There's no room for personal interpretation, favoritism, or different standards for different cultural groups. The mayor wants to change this. But he's on shaky ground.

Innovation Growing Along With NYC's Population

Toni Haber | Posted 09.17.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

Compared to the rest of the Western world, New York City is young in age. However, given its long-standing infrastructure and housing, sometimes it may seem the older than the rest.

Resilience and the Arts

Lane Harwell | Posted 09.16.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two ye...

The Promise -- and Challenges -- Of Universal Pre-K

Tom Allon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Education
Tom Allon

The mere existence of universal pre-k in New York is a giant step in the right direction. Amidst the hue and cry over dismal state test scores for third and eighth graders, we now have a new grade being established which can only be positive. But along with great opportunity comes great responsibility.

Why Doesn't Mayor De Blasio Like Roommates?

Matt Hutchinson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Matt Hutchinson

The Mayor has announced his ten year, five borough plan to increase the supply of affordable housing in New York - but it appears he's down on the single biggest supply of affordable accommodation the city has to offer, apartment sharing. Why?

DOJ Releases Blistering Report On City's Juvenile Jails

Posted 08.05.2014 | Crime

JAKE PEARSON, TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's juvenile jails are extremely violent and unsafe, the result of a deepl...

Steel One Day, Irony the Next

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.10.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

If you live anywhere in the five boroughs you should ask yourself this: Why is Mayor de Blasio supporting this?

City Project Almost Kills First Victim

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.09.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

A woman was exercising on a mat on the fourth floor of an athletic facility at 91st and York Avenue when a sharp-ended 10-pound steel chisel crashed through a plate glass window and landed three inches from her right side.

This Is What Bill De Blasio Has Done For New York City In His First 6 Months

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

With a landslide election victory and the cooperation of an increasingly progressive City Council, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio -- the first Dem...

LICH Leftovers

Sal F. Albanese | Posted 08.24.2014 | New York
Sal F. Albanese

Brooklynites didn't really need de Blasio or me or anyone else. In late April, after weeks of rainy marches and rallies, SUNY withdrew its plan to close LICH. For a moment at least, the community and workers had saved their hospital.

NYC Mayor: Central Park Five Settlement A 'Moral Obligation'

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Black Voices

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio upheld his decision to settle the "Central Park Five" lawsuit against the city for close to $40 million, calling it...

Is Progressive More Than a Word in Politics?

Julio Pabon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

The word progressive has been heard more in this past New York City mayoral race than any other I can remember. The fact is that after more than two...

Arts Testimony for Every City Council District

Lane Harwell | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

I offer testimony for every NYC Council district to support robust allocations in the City's FY 2015 budget to cultural affairs and arts education. As...

Alec Baldwin vs. the Hispanic Society

César Vargas | Posted 07.22.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Alec Baldwin sure is something else, isn't he? The man's antics are perfect examples of what a famous white actor can get away with. He benefits from ...

New York City Mayor Wants Newspapers To Apologize To His Wife

AP | By JONATHAN LEMIRE | Posted 07.20.2014 | Media

NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has demanded two newspapers apologize for their characterizations of his wife's comments on motherhood. ...

What It's Like To Be Suddenly Poor And Homeless At 70

Sandi Bachom | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

I'm a new demographic... what I call, 'suddenly poor'... people who have had money and because of some unforeseen circumstance are now broke. Many are homeless and most are seniors. I'm on Social Security, Medicare and food stamps, which makes me a Socialist I guess. But it wasn't always like this. I used to be rich.

New York City Seriously Wants To Turn Pay Phones Into WiFi Hotspots

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.09.2014 | Technology

The City of New York has issued a request for proposals to turn its aging public pay phones into a citywide WiFi network. The Department of Inform...

Unpaid Interns In Major City Gain Right To Sue

AP | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Tuesday that makes sure the city's law against discrimination applies to inter...

Seeking Equal Pay for Women in Our Home Town

Gregory Floyd | Posted 06.14.2014 | New York
Gregory Floyd

New York City has been a leader in workers' rights and women's rights. Now Mayor de Blasio has the ability again to show his leadership on both these issues.

Making Equal Work for Equal Pay an Official NYC Policy

David Nocenti | Posted 06.08.2014 | New York
David Nocenti

While the focus has been on the negotiations with the unions representing New York City employees, missing from the picture are the thousands of union members whose salaries are entirely paid for with City funds, but who are not on the City payroll.

Desperately Seeking Sandy Response

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 05.26.2014 | New York
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

When Superstorm Sandy hit, community organizations and faith leaders were the first responders. They understand better than anyone how the city should approach Sandy rebuilding and recovery.

In Control Ben Kallos Attacks Out of Control Trash Plan

Matthew Chapman | Posted 05.24.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

The trash plan itself is already archaic. This particular part of it is a disaster. For reasons that no one quite understands, de Blasio has not yet sent it the way of stop and frisk, although he or the next mayor will eventually have to.

Because the Rent Won't Wait

William Blueher | Posted 05.18.2014 | New York
William Blueher

Rents have risen dramatically over the last decade, even as household wages for most families have continued to fall. But a broad coalition of groups have come together leading the fight for New York City workers.