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Observing Homeless Persons' Memorial Day

Dec 21, 2015

  Bobby Watts, the author, right (photo via Care for the Homeless) Many New Yorkers have become aware of the cost of homelessness on our social fabric and on municipal budgets. One


Fed Mistake Will Hurt New York Working Families

Dec 21, 2015

The Federal Reserve (Fed) just made a huge mistake. Because the Fed raised interest rates lat week, Americans will see higher mortgages, more expensive loans, fewer jobs, and lower wages


New York Leads on Climate Action

Dec 18, 2015

(photo via @WhiteHouse) World leaders voted this past weekend on a final agreement to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, a benchmark scientists say is critical to


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