Posts Tagged ‘Nicole Gelinas’

De Blasio’s Budget: Progressive or Aggressive?

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, News

What does a “progressive” city budget look like? During his preliminary budget presentation last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio attached his favorite buzzword to a supposedly apolitical document. Through the explicit and implicit priorities laid out in his financial plan, the mayor—who mere months ago dubbed himself a “fiscal conservative”—threw caution to the wind, etching his major policy items into the budget with or without the necessary cooperation from Albany, and despite the element of unpredictability stemming  from the city’s… [More]

NYPD Promises More Transparency on TrafficStat

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology, Transportation

As part of his continued push to increase transparency in the New York Police Department, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced on Tuesday that the department will open up TrafficStat to more city agencies. The reforms are aimed at meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. TrafficStat was created in 1998 using the same model as CompStat, which tracks a wide range of crime statistics, including murder rates, shootings and rapes in a particular precinct, all of… [More]

Unsettled Teacher Contracts Could Raise Cost of De Blasio’s Universal Preschool Program

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Social Services

During his back-and-forth with the state Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committees on Monday—pitching the merits of his proposed universal preschool and after school programs—Mayor Bill de Blasio listened while state Sen. Diane Savino expressed shock that his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, left him very little in the way of reserve money to negotiate long-expired municipal labor contracts. When Savino, who chairs the Senate Labor Committee, suggested that de Blasio use the labor contract conundrum to bolster his case for a tax increase… [More]

Post-Bloomberg, Will New York Remain a Global City?

Written by Nicole Gelinas on . Posted in Features, Opinion

The world’s other English-speaking capital, London, took a keen interest in New York’s mayoral race. Bill de Blasio’s election is a “dramatic development,” the Evening Standard newspaper opined. “ ‘Socialism’ is no longer a bogey word in New York,” the paper’s Matthew d’Ancona wrote. But de Blasio’s landslide victory matters to London—and the rest of the world—not because de Blasio will move the only global American city radically leftward. The win matters—in New York, too—because de Blasio could move New… [More]

First Read – November 12, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Latest

WEATHER: Cloudy, with rain and snow showers in the morning. New York City, high 42; Albany, high 37; Buffalo, high 34.   NEW THIS MORNING: * Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio marched in his first official parade since his victory last week, and used Veterans Day to note his father’s World War II military service. He also said that the work toward his transition had begun, The New York Times writes: * Rafael Pineiro, the New York Police Department’s first deputy… [More]

First Read – November 5, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Latest

WEATHER: Happy Election Day! Don’t forget to vote! Sun, clouds, and wind. New York City, high 53; Albany, high 48; Buffalo, high 56.   CASINO CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT: The Business Council’s Heather Briccetti [] and radio host John Kane [] and take opposing sides on the state constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling.   JUDICIAL AGE LIMITS AMENDMENT: Citizens Union’s Dick Dadey [] and Court of Appeals Judge Robert S. Smith [] square off over a constitutional amendment raising the age limit of some… [More]

The Complete-Streets Election?

Written by Nicole Gelinas on . Posted in Features, Opinion, Transportation

Nicole Gelinas
(Illustration Credit: Lisanne Gagnon) Maybe the bike lobby is all-powerful. The last time New Yorkers elected a new mayor, in 2001, twenty-first-century transportation policy was on no one’s agenda, even before 9/11. The only thing that came close: then-city Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s proposal to give teachers free MetroCards. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which closely follows the mayoral election, didn’t even ask potential voters what they thought about their daily travels. Things have changed a lot—so much that Transportation Alternatives, which advocates for cycling, walking and public transit, is on… [More]