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Policymakers Must Include Incarcerated People in Jail Reform Process

Brooklyn Defender Services | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 07.24.2014 | 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 07.17.2014 | 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 07.17.2014 | 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...

One Percent for Culture: Expanding the City's Cultural Footprint

Jimmy Van Bramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jimmy Van Bramer

What we as a city invest in culture is returned so many ways. Cultural organizations unite us as a society, improve the quality of our lives, and provide activities and opportunities for New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities, and income levels.

What This Female Politician Won't Let Stand In Her Way

Posted 09.10.2013 | Women

Can you be pregnant and run for public office at the same time? Of course you can. But people will undoubtedly comment on it. Raquel Batista, who i...

Vote On Big NYPD Oversight Bill Today

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 10.22.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — The nation's biggest police department will get a new watchdog and face easier standards for people to file profiling lawsuits agains...

Chasing Dreams: From the Classroom to City Hall

Mark Otto | Posted 10.15.2013 | New York
Mark Otto

I have spent years blaming others for the failures of our system while encouraging my students to fight back, to take action, to believe in the power of one person to make the changes we need. But I've failed to stand up myself -- until now.

The Purple Couch

Yetta Kurland | Posted 10.12.2013 | New York
Yetta Kurland

Most New Yorkers aren't members of the inside political game, and can't write the big Real Estate checks that open doors to access. That's why we're reaching out directly in this campaign. It's also what I will do as a City Council member.

'Let Them Use Rabbit Ears': Viewers Held Hostage: CBS/Time Warner Cable City Hall Hearings

Sandi Bachom | Posted 10.09.2013 | Media
Sandi Bachom

In careless disregard for millions of paying customers held hostage by Time Warner Cable's recent blackout of CBS and Showtime programming, the two media giants are duking it out in a corporate donnybrook over transmission fees.

Bloomberg's Veto Upsets Muslim Rights Group

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 07.26.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Muslim-American civil rights groups are criticizing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for vetoing a bill on Tuesday (July 23) that would hav...

TeamYetta NYC Survey Results -- CitiBike

Yetta Kurland | Posted 09.21.2013 | New York
Yetta Kurland

One idea I had is to require all Citibike riders to punch into the terminal when they pick up their bike that they agree to wear a helmet, that they understand and will obey all traffic rules and then be shown a couple of safety tips.