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Shelly Silver’s Arrest: 5 Immediate Impacts on Albany

Jan 22, 2015

Silver, right, and Cuomo face shifting power dynamics (photo: @NYSA_Majority) A former member of the New York State Assembly once told me off the record that the real reason Sheldon Silver

Last Updated (Thursday, January 22, 2015 06:50 PM)


Three Keys to Positive Criminal Justice Reform in New York

Jan 20, 2015

Gov. Cuomo speaks to ABNY (photo: @NYGovCuomo) It has been encouraging to hear Governor Andrew Cuomo call for a resolution of the unfortunate conflict that has broken out between Mayor de

Last Updated (Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:59 AM)


Moving Forward with Support for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Jan 19, 2015

photo via @USNavy In July of 2013 when Bill de Blasio was running for Mayor, a briefing paper was created to help bridge the cultural divide and educate all mayoral candidates

Last Updated (Monday, January 19, 2015 04:30 PM)


Why I am Visiting Israel

Jan 16, 2015

BP Ruben Diaz Jr. at One World Trade Center (photo: @rubendiazjr) The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was

Last Updated (Friday, January 16, 2015 04:41 PM)


Pursuing ID in NYC

Jan 15, 2015

City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito applied Thursday for her IDNYC (photo: William Alatriste) I moved to New York in August 2013 from India to pursue a master's in journalism at NYU, which

Last Updated (Thursday, January 15, 2015 02:31 PM)


Learning to See Each Other

Jan 09, 2015

Council Member Mark Levine, the author (photo: @MarkLevineNYC) Mayors and police unions have clashed for generations in New York City, conflicts which have often erupted in the form of work slowdowns

Last Updated (Friday, January 09, 2015 05:19 PM)


Cell Phones Help Us Grow

Jan 07, 2015

Mayor de Blasio announcing the cell phone policy shift (photo: @BilldeBlasio) Those who favor a ban on cell phones in schools, including many educators, cite legitimate concerns: distraction, cheating, theft. Yet

Last Updated (Thursday, January 08, 2015 12:39 AM)


We Can't Ignore Family Roots of School Behavioral Problems

Jan 06, 2015

Students in a City DYCD writing program (photo: @NYCYouth) There is no question that black men face substantial barriers to employment. As the demand for men with limited educational credentials has

Last Updated (Monday, January 05, 2015 10:01 PM)


NYCHA's Path to Privatization?

Jan 06, 2015

AM Rodriguez speaking at a community event (photo: @_rjayrodriguez) As it currently stands, NYCHA's 2602 buildings spread across 334 developments, serving more than 615,000 people, are in need of $18 billion

Last Updated (Thursday, January 08, 2015 04:21 PM)


Senator Serrano: Priorities for 2015

Dec 30, 2014

Sen. Jose M. Serrano, right, with a constituent (photo: @johnhenrysoto) With the 2015 Senate session rapidly approaching, the time has come for all legislators to outline their priorities for the new

Last Updated (Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:59 PM)