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The Challenge of Cultural Change on Rikers Island

Mar 18, 2015

Mayor de Blasio at Rikers (photo: @MonicaCKlein) After three years of volunteer service, I recently stepped down from the New York City Board of Correction, which is responsible for ensuring that


Separating Fact from Fiction on the DREAM Act

Mar 13, 2015

The author at a rally for the DREAM Act The gridlocked Congress' failure to produce needed, overdue immigration reform prompted several states to create their own versions of the proposed federal


Our Time in Selma

Mar 12, 2015

Council Member Dan Garodnick, in Selma Last weekend, my wife Zoe and I had the privilege of going to Alabama to trace some steps of the foot soldiers of the Civil


The Perfect Parking Spot for Congestion Pricing

Mar 05, 2015

(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) New York City can achieve the goals of a long-vanquished congestion pricing plan through the management of its own parking property – all without making a single call


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