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A Plan for More Senior Affordable Housing

Dec 15, 2015

Mayor de Blasio visits Bronx seniors (photo: @BilldeBlasio) If there was available land to build affordable senior housing across the city, would you use it? There is. And we must. The key


Public Money Is For Public Schools

Dec 11, 2015

Council Member David Greenfield, colleagues, & others rally for Intro 65 Earlier this week the City Council, with the blessing of the mayor, passed Intro 65, a bill that will give


In Zoning Amendment, One Size Does Not Fit All

Dec 10, 2015

Council Member Richards, the author (photo: William Alatriste) As the de Blasio administration pushes forward its Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) and Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA) plans coupled together, the


Harmful Legal Reform Is Not an Ethics Solution

Dec 09, 2015

Here's the lead I wish I could write: "Corporate groups join government watchdogs to push for a New York State ethics overhaul." Fortunately, it's partly right - watchdog groups like


After Silver: Legal Reform is Ethics Reform

Dec 02, 2015

The author, Thomas Stebbins  For decades it was an open secret in Albany that the New York Assembly was functionally controlled by the trial lawyers. Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly Speaker,


Ethical Treatment of Our Homeless Neighbors

Nov 30, 2015

At a recent NY/NY event at New York Society for Ethical Culture, via @TOPnyc I usually approach the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where I serve as clergy leader, from


Time for New York to Cut the Coal

Nov 23, 2015

Sen. Krueger, the author, visiting a school (photo via @LizKrueger) In October, Governor Cuomo stood alongside former Vice President Al Gore and reiterated his commitment to reducing New York's carbon emissions