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Ten Key Takeaways from Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget

Jan 29, 2015

Governor Cuomo outlining part of his 2015 agenda (@NYGovCoumo) Last week, Citizens Budget Commission listed the Top Ten Things to Look for in the NYS 2016 Budget. Here is how they fared

Last Updated (Thursday, January 29, 2015 09:35 AM)


New York Must Strengthen Sex Trafficking Laws

Jan 28, 2015

Manhattan DA Cy Vance (photo: DA's office) Sex trafficking is a lucrative criminal enterprise in which youthful looks are in high demand and actual children command top dollar. Yet, gaps in

Last Updated (Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:14 PM)


Spike in Concerns About Race Provides Opportunity

Jan 22, 2015

Mayor de Blasio speaking at BAM on MLK Day (photo: @BilldeBlasio) It's hard to imagine a single Martin Luther King Day event in New York City this week which did not

Last Updated (Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:48 AM)


Shelly Silver’s Arrest: 5 Immediate Impacts on Albany

Jan 22, 2015

Silver, right, and Cuomo face shifting power dynamics (photo: @NYSA_Majority) A former member of the New York State Assembly once told me off the record that the real reason Sheldon Silver

Last Updated (Thursday, January 22, 2015 06:50 PM)


Three Keys to Positive Criminal Justice Reform in New York

Jan 20, 2015

Gov. Cuomo speaks to ABNY (photo: @NYGovCuomo) It has been encouraging to hear Governor Andrew Cuomo call for a resolution of the unfortunate conflict that has broken out between Mayor de

Last Updated (Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:59 AM)


Moving Forward with Support for Veteran-Owned Businesses

Jan 19, 2015

photo via @USNavy In July of 2013 when Bill de Blasio was running for Mayor, a briefing paper was created to help bridge the cultural divide and educate all mayoral candidates

Last Updated (Monday, January 19, 2015 04:30 PM)


Why I am Visiting Israel

Jan 16, 2015

BP Ruben Diaz Jr. at One World Trade Center (photo: @rubendiazjr) The people of the United States have stood strong with the people of Israel from the day that country was

Last Updated (Friday, January 16, 2015 04:41 PM)


Pursuing ID in NYC

Jan 15, 2015

City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito applied Thursday for her IDNYC (photo: William Alatriste) I moved to New York in August 2013 from India to pursue a master's in journalism at NYU, which

Last Updated (Thursday, January 15, 2015 02:31 PM)


Learning to See Each Other

Jan 09, 2015

Council Member Mark Levine, the author (photo: @MarkLevineNYC) Mayors and police unions have clashed for generations in New York City, conflicts which have often erupted in the form of work slowdowns

Last Updated (Friday, January 09, 2015 05:19 PM)


Cell Phones Help Us Grow

Jan 07, 2015

Mayor de Blasio announcing the cell phone policy shift (photo: @BilldeBlasio) Those who favor a ban on cell phones in schools, including many educators, cite legitimate concerns: distraction, cheating, theft. Yet

Last Updated (Thursday, January 08, 2015 12:39 AM)