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Park Equity Begins with a Better Public Budget

Apr 17, 2014

(NY4P.org) An early springtime sun was shining down on Seward Park as Mayor de Blasio introduced Mitchell Silver as New York City's next parks commissioner last month on the Lower East

Last Updated (Friday, April 18, 2014 10:16 AM)


Preliminary Budget Questions Remain

Apr 02, 2014

Council Member Helen Rosenthal (William Alitriste) I have always been fascinated by quantifying public policy and the very practical details of implementation. Diving into the details, one can learn if public

Last Updated (Friday, April 18, 2014 10:16 AM)


What’s Next for East Midtown

Mar 25, 2014

Council Member Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) There was a lot of talk last year about the urgent need to rejuvenate East Midtown. Mayor Bloomberg offered a serious, but incomplete, rezoning proposal. Too many

Last Updated (Friday, April 18, 2014 10:16 AM)


Expanding de Blasio’s Agenda for Youth Opportunities

Mar 19, 2014

  President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan Visit P-Tech HS (Getty) The recent Community Service Society announcement of high graduation rates in career and technical education (CTE) high schools provides further evidence

Last Updated (Friday, April 18, 2014 10:16 AM)


Living With HIV: The Housing Assistance Myth

Feb 25, 2014

In 2010, the author, James Lister (left), was arrested protesting cuts to the 30% rent cap he discusses below I am writing to tell you how it really is for one of

Last Updated (Tuesday, March 18, 2014 05:28 PM)


A Course Outline for the City's New Schools Chancellor

Jan 29, 2014

Council Member Mark Weprin Amazingly, Carmen Fariña is the first schools chancellor since Rudy Crew in 1995 who does not require a waiver from the state for lack of educational credentials

Last Updated (Tuesday, March 18, 2014 05:28 PM)


Mayor Signals New Future with Paid Sick Days Move

Jan 22, 2014

  In January, Mayor de Blasio and other city officials rallied to announce expanded paid sick leave legislation   Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have announced an expansion

Last Updated (Tuesday, March 18, 2014 05:26 PM)


The Longest, Darkest Night of the Year

Dec 19, 2013

On December 21st, the longest night of the year, communities across America observe Homeless Memorial Day. Last year, 175 communities held an event. But most people have never heard of

Last Updated (Thursday, December 19, 2013 05:31 PM)