Cuomo’s Abuse Of Authority

Written by Nicole Gelinas on . Posted in Opinion

The governor on the wrong side of the Hudson is rightly in trouble for allowing his appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to abuse their power in pursuit of political punishment. The governor on the other side of the river, though, deserves scrutiny for his recent actions at the Port Authority, acting arbitrarily and capriciously—for a good end, but the end doesn’t justify the means. Andrew Cuomo acted in response to a Daily News series… [More]

How De Blasio Can Succeed

Written by Bruce N. Gyory on . Posted in Opinion

It is far too early to speculate on Bill de Blasio’s ultimate success as mayor. However, it is not too soon to parse the factors that will determine how New Yorkers will judge his mayoralty. I was honored to serve on City & State’s panel for the Top 10 Greatest Mayors in New York City history. That review implicitly spotlighted three factors determining mayoral success. The first factor is controlled by the mayor himself. Successful mayors ground their missions in… [More]

For Its 25th Anniversary, Give the City Charter the Gift of Revision

Written by Talia Werber on . Posted in Features, Opinion

Twenty-five years ago, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the New York City Board of Estimate violated the Constitution, the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission was established to propose a new city charter. That charter, which redistributed powers of the city government’s branches and offices, was approved by the voters and went into effect in 1990. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the revamped city charter, it is time for New York City… [More]

Let Grandfather Go (CORRECTED)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

Poor freshmen. Always get the short end of the stick. Take the 21 freshman members of the New York City Council. While these women and men are limited by law to serve two terms, 18 of their veteran colleagues can run for a third term in 2017. A third term? How is that possible, you ask? Didn’t New York City voters approve a referendum in November 2010 that for the third time since 1993 unmistakably affirmed that the will of… [More]

Shadow of a Doubt

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Opinion

I have long found it perplexing and borderline nonsensical that New York City mayors appoint the head of the Department of Investigation, the agency charged with ferreting out corruption within their administrations. How is this relationship not inherently subject to skepticism? Does it not disregard the nature of all but the noblest of individuals to believe that DOI commissioners will put their all into possibly taking down the person to whom they owe their jobs? Yes, I know that the president… [More]

Now is the Moment to Expand and Strengthen the Living Wage Law

Written by Stuart Appelbaum on . Posted in Opinion

When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city. The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: when public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty. The historic coalition assembled by the RWDSU–workers, faith… [More]

Keeping the DREAM Alive

Written by Jeff Klein on . Posted in Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo concluded his State of the State Address by trumpeting the importance of New York’s immigrant community. “That is the Statue of Liberty in the harbor,” he said. “Come one, come all, we don’t care [about] the color of your skin or your religion or how much money you have in your pocket; you come to New York and we will welcome you and work with you and invite you into the family of New York.” This year… [More]

The Scorsese of Sexual Harassment

Written by Alexis Grenell on . Posted in Opinion

Dennis Gabryszak is truly the Scorsese of sexual harassment. In a grainy cell phone video, the disgraced former assemblyman appears to be either vacating his bowels, masturbating or simulating receiving oral sex. At one point he asks, “Is this what you wanted?” in the creepy warble of a man who wears a leather jacket to relieve himself. It’s a challenge to decide what’s most horrifying about the film, to say nothing of his other alleged misconduct. But Gabryszak doesn’t get… [More]

Where Politics and the Public Interest Meet

Written by Bruce N. Gyory on . Posted in Opinion

This year’s state budget could hold a pleasant surprise for the DREAM Act and the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program. I can hear the skeptics scoffing. Immigrant advocates, especially Hispanic legislators, were crestfallen when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State message did not even mention the DREAM Act, which would provide funding for the college education of undocumented immigrant students who came to this country as minors. My optimism is grounded in a brass tacks analysis. The governor and… [More]

How de Blasio Can Avoid Being Dinkins

Written by Michael Benjamin on . Posted in Features, Opinion

Standing amid the de Blasio celebrants last November, I wondered, “Who would have thought that the Dinkins mantle would fall to Bill de Blasio?” And so it seems with the election of Bill de Blasio, the Dinkins restoration began. Perhaps de Blasio will fulfill the promise offered by the election of the city’s first black mayor back in 1989. In choosing de Blasio, voters thought he would best solve the jobs, housing affordability and income inequality crises hurting many neighborhoods.… [More]