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New York City has already spent just over $1.4 billion on its response to the coronavirus pandemic. A sum roughly matchi...
05/08/2020
New York City's Spending on Coronavirus Fight Tops $1.4 Billion, Matched Thus Far by Federal Aid

New York City has already spent just over $1.4 billion on its response to the coronavirus pandemic. A sum roughly matching the federal aid sent to the city government.

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Mayor de Blasio working with federal reinforcements (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) New York City has already spent just over $1.4 billion on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, the mayor’s office told Gotham Gazette on Thursday. That sum roughly matches what the federal government ...

New Yorkers will need jobs, and once the city is running again in some form, it will need its infrastructure to bear pac...
05/08/2020
Could a Public Works Program Save New York City's Economy?

New Yorkers will need jobs, and once the city is running again in some form, it will need its infrastructure to bear pace.

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Could the reinvigoration of the New York economy come from public works? (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office) Somewhere around a million New Yorkers are out of jobs and billions in tax revenue has evaporated as New York City bears the brunt of possibly the worst disaster in its history. The coronavirus h...

Opinion: "Long before COVID-19, New York City schools were dealing with a public health crisis: a lack of full-time nurs...
05/08/2020
Solving the School Nurse Crisis Before Schools Reopen

Opinion: "Long before COVID-19, New York City schools were dealing with a public health crisis: a lack of full-time nurses. Despite operating more than 2,000 schools, the city only employs around 1,400 nurses." by Kim Watkins, Harlem parent, president of Community Education Council, District 3, and a founding member of Parents Supporting Parents

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Mayor de Blasio talks with nurses (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office) Long before COVID-19, New York City schools were dealing with a public health crisis: a lack of full-time nurses. Despite operating more than 2,000 schools, the city only employs around 1,400 nurses. It outsources others t...

On Wednesday (5/6), about eight weeks before a deal must be reached between the two sides, the City Council held a virtu...
05/07/2020
City Council Questions De Blasio's Priorities at First Executive Budget Hearing

On Wednesday (5/6), about eight weeks before a deal must be reached between the two sides, the City Council held a virtual hearing on the mayor’s spending plan. Council members questioned de Blasio administration budget officials on the mayor’s decisions

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Mayor de Blasio & Speaker Johnson (photo: Ed Reed/Mayor's Office) With the city facing a severe budget crunch because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget proposal released last month cut $6 billion in planned spending, tapped $4 billion from reserves and delayed ma...

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams returned to the show to discuss the city's response to the coronavirus crisis, wha...
05/07/2020
Max & Murphy Podcast: Brooklyn BP Eric Adams on the City's Coronavirus Response

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams returned to the show to discuss the city's response to the coronavirus crisis, what he's seeing and doing on the ground in Brooklyn, what lessons have already be learned, and what should be done in the months ahead.

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Brooklyn BP Eric Adams handing out information (photo: @BPEricAdams) May 06, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: Brooklyn BP Eric Adams on the City's Coronavirus Response Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams returned to the show to discuss the city's response to the coronavirus crisis, what he's seeing an...

Opinion: "We’re looking at a possible school re-opening this September. I can’t wait to go back. Remote learning is bett...
05/07/2020
How is New York City Going to Safely Open Its Many Overcrowded Schools, Like Mine?

Opinion: "We’re looking at a possible school re-opening this September. I can’t wait to go back. Remote learning is better than nothing, but it’s no substitute for a live classroom." by Arthur Goldstein, an ESL teacher and UFT chapter leader at Francis Lewis High School

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Mayor de Blasio has major school decisions to make (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) We’re looking at a possible school re-opening this September. I can’t wait to go back. Remote learning is better than nothing, but it’s no substitute for a live classroom. In a live classroom, I can see...

Opinion: "As we face one of the most pressing global health crises in over a century, New York City continues to use ine...
05/07/2020
Policing During a Pandemic: The Mayor Must Alter City's Approach

Opinion: "As we face one of the most pressing global health crises in over a century, New York City continues to use ineffective and, at times, discriminatory policing practices." by Bob Gangi, the executive director of Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP); Luke Messina, associate director; Marzian Alam, policy analyst; and Mikaela Berry, communications coordinator

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Policing during a pandemic (photo: @NYPDnews) As we face one of the most pressing global health crises in over a century, New York City continues to use ineffective and, at times, discriminatory policing practices. For evidence that they aren’t working, one need look no further than the controvers...

As New York City continues its struggle as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic fallout, food in...
05/06/2020
As City Serves Millions of Emergency Meals, Persistent Concerns About Delivery, Healthfulness and More

As New York City continues its struggle as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic fallout, food insecurity continues to plague an increasing number of New Yorkers

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(photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office) As New York City continues its struggle as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socioeconomic fallout, food insecurity continues to plague an increasing number of New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio has named a “food czar” and instituted a numb...

New York has, in recent years, become known for low voter turnout, and while the arithmetic of getting voters to the pol...
05/06/2020
A Decade of Voting in New York City: 21% of Registered Voters Didn’t Cast a Single Ballot; 3% Voted Every Time

New York has, in recent years, become known for low voter turnout, and while the arithmetic of getting voters to the polls has always been foggy, new findings shed light on both the details

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Voters in New York City don't vote very much (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) New York has, in recent years, become known for low voter turnout, and while the arithmetic of getting voters to the polls has always been foggy, new findings shed light on both the details of the city's turnout pr...

Opinion: "We need to grasp the relationship between this novel coronavirus and CUNY if we want to make a better future f...
05/06/2020
Not a Novel Crisis at CUNY

Opinion: "We need to grasp the relationship between this novel coronavirus and CUNY if we want to make a better future for New Yorkers and their city. New York City’s public higher education system and the public health system are connected" by Matt Brim, associate professor of queer studies at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and part of the Women's and Gender Studies Faculty, CUNY Graduate Center.

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CUNY is closed (photo: Brooklyn College) What does an educational crisis look like in a plague year? How can I convey, from inside a health emergency, that the City University of New York has been in a slow-burn, decades-long state of crisis? COVID-19 is a matter of life and death, while higher educ...

Opinion: "The Right to Counsel law, sponsored in 2017 by City Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, guarantees...
05/06/2020
Expand ‘Right to Counsel’ to Protect Our Families and Small Businesses from Homelessness and Financial Ruin

Opinion: "The Right to Counsel law, sponsored in 2017 by City Council Members Mark Levine and Vanessa Gibson, guarantees that low-income families falling below 200% of the federal poverty line have access to free attorneys in housing court." by Shaun Abreu, tenants’ rights attorney and represents low-income tenants

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Small businesses are closed or on the brink across the city (photo: William Alatriste/City Council) The day after the 90-day moratorium on eviction ends, residential and commercial eviction proceedings will potentially flood our courts, leaving families and small businesses gasping for air.  Amid t...

In New York City and State, where voter turnout is already among the lowest in the country, groups that are historically...
05/05/2020
Communities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus Outbreak Have Had Lower Voter Turnout: Report

In New York City and State, where voter turnout is already among the lowest in the country, groups that are historically underrepresented are now in the greatest need of aid.

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 A new report looks at coronavirus and voter turnout correlations (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office) Neighborhoods with historically low voter participation are among the areas hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, according to a new analysis by the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), ...

Activists and elected officials in NY who want to rid the state pension fund of all investments in the fossil fuel indus...
05/05/2020
Coronavirus Crash Prompts Renewed Calls for New York Divestment from Fossil Fuels, But Comptroller Stands Pat

Activists and elected officials in NY who want to rid the state pension fund of all investments in the fossil fuel industry have one person they must convince, State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

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A protest to push for New York pension system divestment from fossil fuel stocks (photo: @350) The oil and gas industries are experiencing significant upheaval as the coronavirus pandemic decimates economies across the globe. The price of crude oil in the United States temporarily fell below $0 per....

Opinion: In the early days of this COVID-19 crisis and since, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have at tim...
05/05/2020
Cuomo v. De Blasio: Who Has the Last Word on Reopening New York City?

Opinion: In the early days of this COVID-19 crisis and since, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have at times clashed over the timing of business shutdown orders and school closings, so the question arises, "Who has the final say over when and how New York City reopens?" by Randy Mastro, the Chair of Citizens Union and Citizens Union Foundation, a former New York City Deputy Mayor, and a current partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

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Cuomo and de Blasio at a March briefing (photo: Don Pollard/Governor's Office) This guest column is part of Citizens Union Speakers, a regular series of op-eds written by members of the Citizens Union Foundation community in Gotham Gazette, CUF's flagship public education program. The opinions expre...

Opinion: "Before Mayor de Blasio announced he would be cutting SYEP funding this year as a result of coronavirus, I was ...
05/05/2020
Mayor De Blasio: Restore Funding to Summer Youth Employment for Teens Who Need It, Like Me

Opinion: "Before Mayor de Blasio announced he would be cutting SYEP funding this year as a result of coronavirus, I was already accepted for the summer of 2020, an opportunity I no longer have unless the city undoes that budget cut." by Karleny Ramos, a junior at the High School for Teaching and Professions in the Bronx and a member of Teens Take Charge

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Tens of thousands of young New Yorkers rely on SYEP (photo: John McCarten/City Council) When I first heard of the New York City Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) two years ago, I had just turned 14. I was so excited because that Fall I would enter high school and my family needed money to help....

As mom-and-pop restaurants struggle to survive in lockdown conditions, the New York City Council appears poised to help ...
05/04/2020
City Council to Pass Bill Capping What Food Delivery Apps Can Charge Restaurants, Sponsor Says

As mom-and-pop restaurants struggle to survive in lockdown conditions, the New York City Council appears poised to help them cut costs by passing a bill to cap fees charged by third-party delivery services.

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Restaurants are struggling to survive during the lockdown (photo: Benjamin Kanter/Mayor's Office) As New York City’s mom-and-pop restaurants struggle to survive in lockdown conditions owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the New York City Council appears poised to help them cut costs by passing a bi...

This past week, the Center for an Urban Future hosted a digital discussion, “Ensuring an Inclusive Economic Recovery in ...
05/04/2020
Keys to 'Inclusive Economic Recovery' in New York City Include Investments in CUNY and Workforce Development, Experts Say

This past week, the Center for an Urban Future hosted a digital discussion, “Ensuring an Inclusive Economic Recovery in NYC,” featuring several public policy experts.

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Considering an inclusive recovery in New York City (photo: William Alatriste/City Council) As the COVID-19 public health and economic crises continue, so does the conversation about recovery. This past week, the Center for an Urban Future (CUF), a nonprofit think tank focused on economic opportunity...

Opinion: "In New York State, mail-in or absentee voting is available only to voters who can attest to a specific reason ...
05/04/2020
Protect Democracy with Vote-by-Mail and Online Registration

Opinion: "In New York State, mail-in or absentee voting is available only to voters who can attest to a specific reason they will be unable to appear at the polls, either for absence or illness. By executive order, Governor Cuomo expanded the meaning of temporary illness to cover those seeking to stem the spread of COVID-19" by Amy Loprest Executive Director of the NYC Campaign Finance Board

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Next potential steps for voting in New York (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) The following is an excerpt from the 2019-20 NYC Votes Voter Analysis Report Novel and frightening barriers to voting have the potential to upend the entire crucial 2020 election year in every state. The challenges....

Opinion: "Planning for the recovery needs to start with the realization that the region is very sick and still in intens...
05/04/2020
Healing the New York Region with Coordinated Planning

Opinion: "Planning for the recovery needs to start with the realization that the region is very sick and still in intensive care. Easing stay-at-home orders and other restrictions too soon will result in more deaths, a likely return to lockdowns and a longer recovery." by Chris Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Planner at Regional Plan Association

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An argument for a regional approach to recovery (photo: Darren McGee/Governor's Office) Even for a metropolitan area that experienced the trauma of September 11, 2001 and the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, nothing could prepare residents of New York and their neighbors in New Jersey and Connecticu...

In March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New York City held its second annual “Civics Week,” which sought to pre-r...
05/01/2020
City Registers Nearly 30,000 Teens to Vote During 2020 Civics Week

In March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New York City held its second annual “Civics Week,” which sought to pre-register and register high school and college students to vote.

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 Students participating in Civics Week (Mayor's Office) In March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New York City held its second annual “Civics Week,” which sought to pre-register and register high school and college students to vote. Given the law passed last year by the State Legislature ...

A group of Democratic state senators, mostly from New York City, gathered in a digital forum Wednesday night to discuss ...
05/01/2020
Democratic State Senators Call for Raising Taxes on Wealthy, Passing Coronavirus Relief Measures

A group of Democratic state senators, mostly from New York City, gathered in a digital forum Wednesday night to discuss the government’s COVID-19 response.

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Senators Ramos and Gounardes (photo: NY Senate) A group of Democratic state senators, mostly from New York City, gathered in a digital forum Wednesday night to discuss the government’s COVID-19 response. The virtual event, held in partnership with the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI), a nonprofit lib...

Opinion: "With the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in a new economic crisis and the real unemployment rate at its highest lev...
05/01/2020
Renters are Facing an Unprecedented Emergency; We Need a Federal Answer, Not a Rent Strike

Opinion: "With the COVID-19 pandemic ushering in a new economic crisis and the real unemployment rate at its highest level since the height of the Great Depression, America’s housing affordability crisis is a true economic emergency." by Jolie Milstein is the president and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing

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An economic crisis is upon us (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office) For millions of American families, making rent each month is a familiar struggle: last October, a new analysis found that half of American renters were spending more than they could afford on monthly rent payments. But now, with t...

Opinion: "Our representatives in Congress need to make sure we get [the necessary] resources in the next stimulus bill. ...
05/01/2020
Aid to States is Important, But Next Federal Stimulus Must Truly Spark a People’s Recovery

Opinion: "Our representatives in Congress need to make sure we get [the necessary] resources in the next stimulus bill. And starting this week, we’ve been gathering New Yorkers from all across the state to join in the fight for a People’s Recovery" by Ricky Silver is co-lead organizer with Empire State Indivisible; Michael Kink is the executive director of Strong Economy for All Coalition

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The people must be prioritized, the authors write (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) New York remains the epicenter of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And we remain short of resources to tamp down transmission of the virus and to provide the critical economic relief to working familie...

On 5/1, the New York City Council will hold a digital hearing to glean some clarity on domestic violence trends and how ...
04/30/2020
City Council to Examine Domestic Violence Trends, Services Amid Coronavirus Shutdown

On 5/1, the New York City Council will hold a digital hearing to glean some clarity on domestic violence trends and how the de Blasio administration has responded to these concerns.

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Council Member Helen Rosenthal, second from right, and other Council members (photo: Emil Cohen/City Council) With New Yorkers sheltering at home during the coronavirus outbreak, advocates, experts, and elected officials are worried that domestic violence incidents could spike across the city but go...

The coronavirus fallout has created a severe cash crunch, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to slash his proposed operating b...
04/30/2020
Jails, Affordable Housing and Other Capital Projects Delayed as City Grapples with Cash Crunch

The coronavirus fallout has created a severe cash crunch, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to slash his proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year by $6 billion, with more cuts likely before adoption.

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New York City building projects are on the chopping block (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) The coronavirus fallout has created a severe cash crunch for New York City, forcing Mayor Bill de Blasio to slash his proposed operating budget for the next fiscal year by $6 billion, with more cuts li...

2/2: City Council Member Helen Rosenthal joined the show to discuss how the city should approach its massive budget gap,...
04/30/2020
Max & Murphy Podcast: City Council Member Helen Rosenthal on How the City Should Approach Its Massive Budget Gap

2/2: City Council Member Helen Rosenthal joined the show to discuss how the city should approach its massive budget gap, offering several ideas for trying to keep city services intact amid the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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City Council Member Helen Rosenthal (photo: John McCarten/City Council) April 29, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: City Council Member Helen Rosenthal on How the City Should Approach Its Massive Budget Gap City Council Member Helen Rosenthal joined the show to discuss how the city should approach its ma...

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