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Mayor's Needed Computer Science Plan Holds Great Promise

Sep 17, 2015

De Blasio giving his education speech (photo: Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office) When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that the city will invest $81 million to ensure all New York City students


A Fall Agenda for the City Council Veterans Committee

Sep 15, 2015

CM Ulrich presents veteran Robinson Arana with a proclamation (photo: @eric_ulrich)  A year ago I wrote a column on issues the New York City Council Veterans Committee should consider holding hearings


In New York, Workers Have Earned a Better Life

Sep 07, 2015

Labor Day was created to pay tribute to America's hard-working men and women, but for many working and middle class families in New York City and elsewhere, taking time off


Bill Puts City Landmarks Law At Serious Risk

Sep 02, 2015

SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District (photo: @GVSHP) This year’s 50th anniversary of New York’s landmarks law is a good time to take stock of how much our city has benefitted from preservation. And,


Cuomo and De Blasio Must Do More to Fight Homelessness

Sep 01, 2015

Gov. Cuomo (photo via the governor's office on flickr) New York City's homelessness crisis has blemished Mayor de Blasio's progressive track record, and rightfully so. While Mayor Bloomberg made our city


PBA Continues Misguided Resistance to Reform

Aug 31, 2015

(photo: @NYPDnews) Last week the NYPD and a Federal Court appointed "stop and frisk" monitor came to agreement on the distribution of informational receipts to be given out to people stopped


JFK International: The Airport New York Deserves

Aug 20, 2015

JFK (photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Many are the sins of the Port Authority. Administrators made bad decisions about the original design for JFK, saddling the airport in the 1950s with large