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Time for Real Reform to Curb Police Brutality

Sep 22, 2015

Commissioner Bratton (photo: @NYPDnews) James Blake's treatment by NYPD officer James Frascatore was appalling, and only reinforces the need for substantive reforms that have yet to be acted on by Mayor


Charting the Path for Immigrant Advocacy, Together

Sep 21, 2015

(photo: Make the Road NY) Serious moments call for serious discussion, and action. And so it is with immigration politics in our country today. Three years after President Obama's deferred action for


The LaGuardia VaporTrain?

Sep 17, 2015

Cuomo & Biden announce LAG plan (image: Office of the Governor - Kevin P. Coughlin) In Silicon Valley, the technology industry regularly releases new hardware and software to eager customers. Tech companies


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,