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Separating Fact from Fiction on the DREAM Act

Mar 13, 2015

The author at a rally for the DREAM Act The gridlocked Congress' failure to produce needed, overdue immigration reform prompted several states to create their own versions of the proposed federal


Our Time in Selma

Mar 12, 2015

Council Member Dan Garodnick, in Selma Last weekend, my wife Zoe and I had the privilege of going to Alabama to trace some steps of the foot soldiers of the Civil


The Perfect Parking Spot for Congestion Pricing

Mar 05, 2015

(photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) New York City can achieve the goals of a long-vanquished congestion pricing plan through the management of its own parking property – all without making a single call


The Limits of Community Policing

Mar 02, 2015

  NYPD Transit (photo: @NYPDLTrain) We share many of the recent concerns about overly aggressive, discourteous, and unlawful policing that have been raised in the last several months. Every day hundreds of


The Case for Mayoral Control

Feb 27, 2015

Mayor de Blasio reads to students (photo: @MelindaKatz) The state legislature will soon decide whether to reauthorize, amend, or eliminate mayoral control of the New York City public schools. Mayoral control


A Short-Sighted Garbage Plan

Feb 27, 2015

(photo: @wasterecycling) Effective management of waste is a topic that concerns many individuals, community leaders, and business organizations, especially when new proposals presented in the City Council threaten hard-earned jobs in