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The Limits of Community Policing

Mar 02, 2015

  NYPD Transit (photo: @NYPDLTrain) We share many of the recent concerns about overly aggressive, discourteous, and unlawful policing that have been raised in the last several months. Every day hundreds of


The Case for Mayoral Control

Feb 27, 2015

Mayor de Blasio reads to students (photo: @MelindaKatz) The state legislature will soon decide whether to reauthorize, amend, or eliminate mayoral control of the New York City public schools. Mayoral control


A Short-Sighted Garbage Plan

Feb 27, 2015

(photo: @wasterecycling) Effective management of waste is a topic that concerns many individuals, community leaders, and business organizations, especially when new proposals presented in the City Council threaten hard-earned jobs in


Responsibility for Akai Gurley's Death

Feb 25, 2015

NYPD recruits (photo: @CommissBratton) A Brooklyn grand jury recently indicted NYPD probationary Police Officer Peter Liang in the death of Akai Gurley, who was shot in a darkened public housing stairwell


Housing Needs Deserve Spotlight In This Year's Budget

Feb 24, 2015

Gov. Cuomo speaking about his 2015 agenda (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor) Existing programs are simply not sufficient to meet the demand for more affordable homes in New York State,


This Budget, Let's Make HOPE Truly Count

Feb 20, 2015

DHS Commissioner Taylor during HOPE 2015 (photo: @JennsLenz) Last Monday night, thousands of volunteers spanned across New York City to conduct Homeless Outreach Prevention Estimate (HOPE) 2015. HOPE is the annual


Moving Forward in Sunset Park

Feb 18, 2015

CMs Garodnick, left, and Menchaca visit the site in question (photo: William Alatriste) Mayor Bill de Blasio's mantra around addressing the "Tale of Two Cities" that is New York particularly resonates


Labor Supports a Fair Trash Plan

Feb 16, 2015

George Miranda, the author, at a rally (photo via International Brotherhood of Teamsters) There are few things more political in New York City than garbage. On Friday, the City Council's Sanitation Committee held