Top 10 Infrastructure and Environmental Issues: A Checklist for New York City’s Next Mayor

Written by City & State on . Posted in Energy, Environment, Housing, News, Opinion, Transportation

By Christopher Rizzo Mayor Michael Bloomberg created a blizzard of new environmental and infrastructure initiatives in his 12 years in office. New York City’s next mayor will face countless decisions about these initiatives, many of which are catalogued in the administration’s 2007 sustainability plan, PlaNYC, and in progress reports published each year. Environmental attorney Christopher Rizzo lays out what he believes are the 10 most critical issues, in order of civic priority. Three of them—climate change resiliency, protection of the… [More]

After Sunset: Can Vito Lopez and Ridgewood Bushwick Survive Without Each Other?

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections, Health Care, Housing, Real Estate/Construction, Social Services, Uncategorized

Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez received a warm welcome at Ridgewood Bushwick’s annual picnic in July. (Photo by Aaron Short) The unforgiving sun beat down on former Assemblyman Vito Lopez and some 2,000 Brooklyn senior citizens milling about the picnic grounds on one of the hottest days of the year. Lopez clutched a plastic water bottle that he would soon empty and stood near a roped-off table, greeting a line of seniors waiting for their steaks to finish sizzling on the… [More]

Celebrity Deputies

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation

If we were making a movie about the next mayor’s administration, here’s who we would cast: Mayor Press Secretary Police Commissioner Alec Baldwin. He already thinks he’s your mayor anyway—and admit it, you secretly want him in City Hall. Allison Janney. If she could handle Aaron Sorkin she can handle David Seifman. Tom Selleck. This Blue Blood can stop and frisk us any day he wants. Senior Advisor First Deputy Mayor Economic Development Corporation President Bradley Whitford. We can’t do… [More]

On the Waterfront: The Pros and Cons of Bloomberg’s Seaport City

Written by City & State on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Environment, Housing, Public Safety, Real Estate/Construction

The “Seaport City” proposal is part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s long-term plan to prepare for the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: The Mayor’s Office) Could a replica of Battery Park City be in the Lower East Side’s future? Perhaps, but only if New York City’s next mayor carries out the vision of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Early last month Bloomberg released a 430-page statement called “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” presenting the city’s plan of action to guard against… [More]

The Next Administration: Who Will Serve New York City’s Next Mayor?

Written by City & State on . Posted in Economic Development, Education, Environment, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation

A mayor is often only as good as the administration she or he selects. Over his three terms Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been generally acclaimed for the quality of his appointees—with some notable exceptions (e.g., Cathie Black, Stephen Goldsmith). Now, after nearly 12 years, New York City will have its first new mayor, who will in turn appoint a whole new team of deputies, commissioners and advisors to implement and elaborate his or her philosophical approach to governance. City &… [More]

Pols James, Mosley Lend Support To City Point Lawsuit

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Environment, Heard Around Town, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction

City Councilwoman Letitia James A group of construction unions, community groups, and elected officials, including two Brooklyn politicians, City Councilwoman Letitia James and Assemblyman Walter Mosley, filed an Article 78 lawsuit against the Bloomberg administration and developer Acadia Realty Trust calling for the City Point real estate project to be shut down and to commission a new environmental impact statement for the construction site. The suit alleges that the wage rate allowed in the City Point lease would force construction workers to earn substandard… [More]

Post-Sandy Panel To Explore Targeted, Ecological Responses

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Environment, Housing, Real Estate/Construction

With policy makers exploring how to recover from Superstorm Sandy and determining how best to allocate limited federal funds, a panel of experts from across the country are meeting in Albany this afternoon to figure out how exactly to do that. “What we’re trying to do is to have a dialogue with state officials regarding a cost-effective and a more resilient and sustainable recovery and how we smartly use the dollars, those very limited dollars that we have to make… [More]