After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.
Whether term limits or member items and now redistricting, Christine Quinn's approach has always been to play the angles for her own gain and advancement. We need a mayor who is focused on the needs of New Yorkers, not on their own ambition.
Given the expanding power of the NYPD, it was interesting to hear members of the Bloomberg administration articulate their opposition to the Community Safety Act, legislation seeking to increase transparency and oversight.
This week, we took some big steps forward toward a better NYPD. With independent oversight, we will finally be able to take a close look at NYPD policies that impair civil liberties, put officers in danger, or lead to ineffective policing.
This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.
As the New York City Council grapples with a budget that proposes cuts to child care, senior services and homeless shelters, to name a few, the handouts to corporations and big banks with little accountability or transparency are appalling.