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

Chris Bilal | Posted 11.18.2014 | 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 11.05.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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.

Help Wanted For Michael Grimm

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

Scandal-ridden Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) is having trouble recruiting staff to work in his congressional office, according to a Wednesday email obta...

"Marcia Bystryn Is Not Accepting E-Mails"

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.15.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Why is Marcia Bystryn defending a lethal and environmentally unsound Bloomberg/de Blasio plan to build a huge garbage site in the heart of a residential neighborhood?

This Boy Didn't Have to Die -- Will You Help Prevent Another Tragedy?

Steve Nelson | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Steve Nelson

Cruel and random death drains us hollow and we hope, against all rational evidence, that some muted and tolerable life will seep back in. Yes, all premature death seems unnecessary, but Cooper died from our civic negligence. We, the citizens of New York, are complicit.

What the Mayor's Housing Plan Should Include and Why

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 06.30.2014 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

New York City funnels billions of dollars annually into the growth and enrichment of our city. It is time we dedicate our resources to building housing that is truly affordable, for all.

Will New York City Lead the Fight Against Employment Discrimination?

Amy Traub | Posted 06.11.2014 | New York
Amy Traub

The nation's for-profit credit reporting companies, which developed credit reports as a tool for lenders, have sought new markets for their product and aggressively marketed them to employers -- evidence be damned.

The Central Library Plan Deserves an Educated Public Debate

Seth Baum | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Seth Baum

The controversy surrounding the New York Public Library's Central Library Plan has recently gained steam. What is most important is that the plan receives the educated public debate it deserves -- debate that has scarcely yet occurred.

How NYCHA Can Create an Infill Plan That Works

Denise M. Miranda | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Denise M. Miranda

Thankfully, Mayor de Blasio trashed Bloomberg's ill-conceived plan. The logical question is: "What now?"

E-Cigarettes Included In NYC's Smoking Ban

| Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

By Aidan Gardiner NEW YORK CITY — The City Council extended existing public smoking bans to include electronic cigarettes during their last legisl...

Mark-Viverito Declares Victory In Speaker Race

| Posted 12.19.2013 | New York

By Colby Hamilton DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito appears headed to become the next speaker of the City Council. As of...

The Limits of Mayoral Philanthropy

Rory Lancman | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Rory Lancman

The evidence is overwhelming that the philanthropist-mayor's approach to helping New York's vast, overwhelmed middle class and its chronically poor has been unsuccessful. A mayor has to have a more comprehensive strategy for bolstering the middle class.

Should NYC Ban E-Cigarettes In Restaurants?

AP | Posted 12.05.2013 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers who say electronic cigarettes helped them quit smoking asked city lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday not to ban the nic...

A Right to Attorney: NYC Looks at a Possible Fix for the Immigration Court Crisis

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
Brooklyn Defender Services

A misdemeanor conviction for shoplifting, though unlikely to prompt incarceration, can nevertheless trigger mandatory deportation: dividing families, disrupting communities and preventing people otherwise eligible from seeking asylum.

Five Ways NYC Kids Won and Big Tobacco Lost This Week

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jeffrey Seyler

Ten years ago, New York City enacted landmark legislation to curb the dangers of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death. This month, the City made history once again.

The Power of the Pregnant Body

Frida Berrigan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

The fact that pregnant women are running, rapping, dancing, giving speeches and wielding paint brushes on top of step ladders helps to put to rest the enduring sexist notion that pregnancy is a malady, weakness or condition.

Michael McLaughlin

The Other NY Races You Need To Know About

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 10.11.2013 | New York

The race for New York City mayor looks more and more like a runaway with Democrat Bill de Blasio ahead of his GOP opponent by 44 points in a recent po...