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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


After Silver: Legal Reform is Ethics Reform

Dec 02, 2015

The author, Thomas Stebbins  For decades it was an open secret in Albany that the New York Assembly was functionally controlled by the trial lawyers. Sheldon Silver, the former Assembly Speaker,


Ethical Treatment of Our Homeless Neighbors

Nov 30, 2015

At a recent NY/NY event at New York Society for Ethical Culture, via @TOPnyc I usually approach the New York Society for Ethical Culture, where I serve as clergy leader, from


Time for New York to Cut the Coal

Nov 23, 2015

Sen. Krueger, the author, visiting a school (photo via @LizKrueger) In October, Governor Cuomo stood alongside former Vice President Al Gore and reiterated his commitment to reducing New York's carbon emissions


A City We All Want to Live In

Nov 19, 2015

Mayor, PC (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office) In 1992, the Manhattan Institute's quarterly policy magazine, City Journal, published a special issue focused on "The Quality of Urban Life." At the time, New


IDNYC Cardholders Await Assurance Ahead of Year Two

Nov 18, 2015

photo via @IDNYC  In September 2014, Mayor de Blasio held a major press eventaround the city’s IDNYC program that centered entirely on one benefit of the new municipal identification card: the