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02/18/2020
De Blasio Sanders Endorsement Fallout; Reckoning with Bloomberg's Record; Cuomo's Budget Amendments; & More: The Week Ahead in New York Politics, February 17

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New York City Hall What to watch for this week in New York politics: The week begins with a holiday and Mayor Bill de Blasio flying back from Nevada, where he was campaigning on behalf of Bernie Sanders for president after endorsing the Vermont senator. After a tortured 2016 process that led to a hu...

The Senate recently passed a bill sponsored that would direct the NY Department of State to expand access to translation...
02/18/2020
'Urgent' Bill to Enhance Census Language Translation Services Approved by Senate, Awaits Assembly Counterpart

The Senate recently passed a bill sponsored that would direct the NY Department of State to expand access to translation services to state agencies and institutions that interact with the public.

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State Senator Julia Salazar at a Census rally The U.S. Census Bureau will soon kick off the 2020 Census count by sending mail to households to inform them about filling out a questionnaire that lists their names, where they live and how many people live with them, their race and ethnicity, and other...

Exchanges at The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing this past week raised red flags arou...
02/18/2020
Congressional Hearing Raises Red Flags About U.S. Census Bureau Preparedness as 2020 Count Set to Begin

Exchanges at The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing this past week raised red flags around hiring efforts, cybersecurity, and ensuring hard-to-count communities will be counted.

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(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) The House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing this past week with representatives of the U.S. Census Bureau to examine preparedness for the 2020 Census. Data collection for the Census count has already begun in remo...

Opinion: Despite the public’s lack of awareness of spiraling Medicaid costs, the Division of Budget and the State Health...
02/18/2020
Colossal Failures by New York Budget Division Bring Turmoil and Danger to Medicaid Program

Opinion: Despite the public’s lack of awareness of spiraling Medicaid costs, the Division of Budget and the State Health Department knew a year ago that Medicaid spending was wildly out of control. by Jim Brennan, a former member of the New York State Assembly for 32 years

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Gov. Cuomo & Budget Director Mujica (photo: Governor's Office) The New York State Division of the Budget surprised the public this past November with an announcement the State faced a $6.1 billion deficit to close for the 2021 budget due by April 1, 2020. The DOB disclosed in its Mid-Year Update tha...

Journalists, Alyssa Katz of THE CITY NY and Laura Nahmias of The New York Daily News editorial board, joined the show to...
02/14/2020
What's The [DATA] Point? 2020 - De Blasio, Cuomo, and The Year Ahead

Journalists, Alyssa Katz of THE CITY NY and Laura Nahmias of The New York Daily News editorial board, joined the show to discuss the "State of" speeches by the Mayor and Governor, and more

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What's The [Data] Point? Episode 89 -- 2020 - De Blasio, Cuomo, & The Year Ahead, with Alyssa Katz & Laura Nahmias [You can download What's The [Data] Point? wherever you get your podcasts, including on iTunes] Six weeks into the new year, Mayor de Blasio (now in his 7th year as mayor) and Governor....

A new report from the Robin Hood Foundation and its partners shows that the reality of the poverty rate is far more insi...
02/14/2020
Report Shows Poverty in New York Far Worse Than Official Measures Say

A new report from the Robin Hood Foundation and its partners shows that the reality of the poverty rate is far more insidious than other numbers may indicate.

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Wes Moore of Robin Hood Foundation (photo: Robin Hood) Not nearly every New Yorker has benefited from the unprecedented economic expansion that the city has experienced in the last decade since the Great Recession. While official city and federal measures show that employment is high and the poverty...

Opinion: Municipalities need to recognize that large corporate tax incentives must be paired with zoning and permitting ...
02/14/2020
Lessons from Amazon 'HQ2': Corporate Tax Incentives and Affordable Housing Need to be a Package Deal

Opinion: Municipalities need to recognize that large corporate tax incentives must be paired with zoning and permitting policies that allow cities to respond to their housing supply and affordability gaps. Brittany Mazzurco Muscato, Graduate Researcher at the NYU Furman Center, makes the case

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The planned Amazon site (photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Governor's Office) This week marks the one-year anniversary of Amazon’s contentious withdrawal from its Long Island City plans. Meanwhile, the construction of 'HQ2’ is making steady progress in Arlington County, Virginia, and residents are prepar...

Opinion: "The call for judicial discretion as a solution in search of a problem reveals that proponents are either ill-i...
02/14/2020
Judicial Discretion Isn’t a Fix for Bail Reform; Bail Reform was the Answer to Judicial Discretion

Opinion: "The call for judicial discretion as a solution in search of a problem reveals that proponents are either ill-informed, naïve, or simply intent on returning to the racist and biased previous approach to bail." by Steven Zeidman, professor of law at CUNY School of Law

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(photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office) As law enforcement and elected officials scream for a do-over regarding bail reform, they urge that judges should be given the discretion to remand people they believe to be dangerous. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea in a New York Times op-ed wrote, “We ca...

Opinion: "This week marks the one-year anniversary of the cancellation of the Amazon ‘HQ2’ Queens deal, which presents a...
02/14/2020
The Amazon Delivery We Still Need: Invest in Public Infrastructure, Not Corporate Welfare

Opinion: "This week marks the one-year anniversary of the cancellation of the Amazon ‘HQ2’ Queens deal, which presents an opportunity for New Yorkers to reflect." by Peter Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress (NY-12) and an adjunct lecturer at Baruch College

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(photo: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo) This week marks the one-year anniversary of the cancellation of the Amazon ‘HQ2’ Queens deal, which presents an opportunity for New Yorkers to reflect. That these types of destructive corporate welfare deals are still possible and tha...

Opinion: "New York is not alone in seeing increasing pressure to replace physical incarceration with new and increasingl...
02/13/2020
Surveillance and the City: Tracked Until Proven Innocent?

Opinion: "New York is not alone in seeing increasing pressure to replace physical incarceration with new and increasingly invasive forms of electronic monitoring. These surveillance systems can track every place you go, everything you say, and even those around you."

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NYPD tabletop meeting (photo: Edwin J. Torres/ Mayoral Photography Office) As advocates of mass incarceration slowly realize they are losing their grip on political power, they are flailing to find new strategies to undermine the state’s recent bail reforms. Under the media-driven, police union-in...

City Council Member Stephen Levin joined the show to discuss the City Council's new report and plan to reduce homelessne...
02/13/2020
Max & Murphy Podcast: The City Council's Plan to Reduce Homelessness

City Council Member Stephen Levin joined the show to discuss the City Council's new report and plan to reduce homelessness in New York City.

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Council Member Steve Levin & Speaker Corey Johnson (photo: John McCarten/City Council) February 12, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: The City Council's Plan to Reduce Homelessness City Council Member Stephen Levin joined the show to discuss the City Council's new report and plan to reduce homelessness i...

Ben Max & Jarrett Murphy discuss Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Save Our City" theme for his State of the City speech last week...
02/13/2020
Max & Murphy Podcast: De Blasio's 2020 'Save Our City' Agenda

Ben Max & Jarrett Murphy discuss Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Save Our City" theme for his State of the City speech last week, and the outline of his agenda as it relates to his time in office so far.

https://www.gothamgazette.com/city/9135-max-murphy-podcast-de-blasio-2020-agenda-save-our-city

(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) February 12, 2020 - Max & Murphy Podcast: De Blasio's 2020 Agenda Max & Murphy discussed Mayor de Blasio's

The State Senate's elections committee approved a bill last month that would allow New York City to launch an easier onl...
02/13/2020
Bill Allowing Online Voter Registration in New York City Moves in State Senate, Stalls in Assembly

The State Senate's elections committee approved a bill last month that would allow New York City to launch an easier online voter registration portal for this year's elections. It has yet to move in the Assembly

State Senator Myrie, middle, is pushing his online voter registration bill (photo: @SenatorMyrie) Last year, the New York City Board of Elections hobbled a City Council effort to create an online voter registration portal for city residents, claiming it conflicted with state law. But the state Legis...

The new surveillance technology -- including 100 new NYPD cameras and state-funded cameras and license plate readers -- ...
02/12/2020
‘We Put Them in the Jewish Community to Protect Our People’: City and State Add Permanent Security Cameras to Combat Rise in Anti-Semitism

The new surveillance technology -- including 100 new NYPD cameras and state-funded cameras and license plate readers -- comes after high-profile attacks in Jersey City and Monsey in the final weeks of 2019.

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the Mayor, the NYPD & cameras (photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office) In response to an increase in reported anti-Semitic hate crimes and violent attacks, New York City and State are simultaneously implementing a permanent increase in surveillance in several predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities...

Opinion: "I am concerned with the future of Access-A-Ride service and the rights of our city’s residents with disabiliti...
02/12/2020
Will the MTA Really Turn Its Back on Disabled New Yorkers Yet Again?

Opinion: "I am concerned with the future of Access-A-Ride service and the rights of our city’s residents with disabilities who cannot ride the subways and/or buses." by Gian Carlo Pedulla, MTA’s Advisory Committee for Transit Accessibility. and a supervisor for Educational Vision Services at the NYC DOE

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(photo: Patrick Cashin/Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Although accessibility is a hot topic of late, is government truly willing to partner in the multifaceted effort required to increase positive outcomes and general quality of life for our city’s residents and visitors with disabilities?...

Opinion: Despite being on the other side of the country, Kobe Bryant's recent helicopter crash holds several sobering pa...
02/12/2020
New York’s Wrongly Open Skies

Opinion: Despite being on the other side of the country, Kobe Bryant's recent helicopter crash holds several sobering parallels. by Julia Vitullo-Martin, a writer and planner

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helicopters in Manhattan (photo: Julia Vitullo-Martin) Helicopter crashes in the skies of New York City — two in 2019 —temporarily bring renewed attention to the odd situation by which hundreds of vehicles weighing up to 12,000 pounds each fly low every day over the country’s densest city, a c...

The legislation is focused on enrolling eligible seniors into SNAP and seeks to address a significant problem of hunger ...
02/11/2020
Council Moves Legislation Requiring City to Enroll More Eligible Seniors in Food Assistance

The legislation is focused on enrolling eligible seniors into SNAP and seeks to address a significant problem of hunger among the city’s older residents.

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(photo: John McCarten/City Council) The City Council is set to pass legislation requiring two city agencies to collaborate on a plan to ensure more older New Yorkers who are eligible for food assistance are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), otherwise known as food sta...

The two bills passed by the economic development committee are a package that work in tandem, one establishing the food ...
02/11/2020
City to Codify Office of Food Policy and Require 10-Year Food Plan

The two bills passed by the economic development committee are a package that work in tandem, one establishing the food policy office in the City Charter and one requiring it to develop a ten-year plan. The bills are written to go into effect simultaneously.

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Council Speaker Johnson at a food pantry (photo: John McCarten/CityCouncil) The City Council is expected to pass a package of food policy legislation on Tuesday, central components of an agenda laid out by Speaker Corey Johnson last August to strengthen relevant governance and food policy planning,....

Testifying before the joint fiscal committees of the State Senate and Assembly over the course of two-and-a-half hours, ...
02/11/2020
In Albany, De Blasio Enlists Legislators' Help to Fight Cuomo Budget Proposals

Testifying before the joint fiscal committees of the State Senate and Assembly over the course of two-and-a-half hours, the mayor issued dire warnings about how Cuomo’s budget proposal would affect the city.

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(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) Mayor Bill de Blasio made his annual trip to Albany on Monday to testify before the state Legislature on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal, which is $178 billion for the 2021 fiscal year, and urged lawmakers to help prevent what ...

Opinion: Democrats Warren and Sanders are well known liberal lawmakers but as far as international standards go, they ar...
02/11/2020
In Presidential Campaign, Progressive Democrats’ Death Penalty Stances Fall Short

Opinion: Democrats Warren and Sanders are well known liberal lawmakers but as far as international standards go, they are both out of touch in their belief in permanent punishment and life imprisonment. by Jose Saldana, Director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign

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Attica (photo: Wikimedia Commons) Democrats Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are widely known as the most liberal lawmakers vying to be the party’s presidential nominee in 2020. Both believe in healthcare, higher education, and childcare for all. They often cite that the country lags behind mos...

Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and City Council Member Ben Kallos announced the launch of updated in-person and onl...
02/10/2020
City's $20 Billion in Contracting Takes Another Step into Modernity

Mayor’s Office of Contract Services and City Council Member Ben Kallos announced the launch of updated in-person and online terminals where key information about city contracts and vendors is now accessible.

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(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office) New York City government spends roughly $20 billion per year on goods and services through contracts with non-governmental vendors, including thousands of opportunities for companies of all types and sizes to work with the city. But the contracting process ha...

There's been large shifts in the economy and workforce over the last decade. Automation is increasing, and technology ha...
02/10/2020
Experts Dissect How the City Economy is Working and Who It's Working For

There's been large shifts in the economy and workforce over the last decade. Automation is increasing, and technology has become both its own industry and an integral part of every other sector.

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(photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayor's Office) New York City has seen a lot of growth and some large shifts in its economy and workforce over the last decade. Unemployment is near record lows, but much of the growth has been in low-wage industries and many New Yorkers are underemployed or working full-time...

Opinion: "Without the network of parents that I have met at my daughter’s school in the historic South Street Seaport, I...
02/10/2020
Empowering Communities to Investigate Potentially Toxic Development

Opinion: "Without the network of parents that I have met at my daughter’s school in the historic South Street Seaport, I might never have heard about a real estate developer’s purchase of a parking lot directly across the street that was once the site of the largest thermometer factory complex in the country. " by Grace Lee, founder of Children First and a candidate for the Assembly, 65th district

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(photo: Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office) Without the network of parents that I have met at my daughter’s school in the historic South Street Seaport, I might never have heard about a real estate developer’s purchase of a parking lot directly across the street that was once the site of the l...

Mayor Bill de Blasio, now in his seventh year in office, unveiled his “blueprint to save our city” at his annual State o...
02/07/2020
In State of the City, De Blasio Outlines Agenda to 'Save Our City' from Unaffordability, Underperforming Schools, Unsafe Streets, Unlivable Climate

Mayor Bill de Blasio, now in his seventh year in office, unveiled his “blueprint to save our city” at his annual State of the City speech on Thursday.

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(photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office) Mayor Bill de Blasio, now in his seventh year in office, unveiled his “blueprint to save our city” at his annual State of the City speech on Thursday. Echoing a similar message from his State of the City speech last year, the mayor sought to h...

Opinion: We at NY Small FarmA, representing the interests of small farmers, were hoping the governor might lead the way ...
02/07/2020
Cuomo’s Cannabis Bill Locks Out Farmers and Preserves Illegal Market in New York

Opinion: We at NY Small FarmA, representing the interests of small farmers, were hoping the governor might lead the way in creating this small cultivation and manufacturing industry as he so proudly did for craft breweries. by Andi Novick, Esq., founder and president of NY Small Farm Alliance of Cannabis Growers (NY Small FarmA)

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(photo: @nysmallfarma) As a state government ends the prohibition of cannabis, it can choose to regulate so as to create an industry that favors industrially produced cannabis from large national players and/or it can choose to create a small-scale local cannabis industry. As we’ve now witnessed i...

Opinion: "I’ve pledged to serve my constituents full-time and forego private sector opportunities. But individual pledge...
02/07/2020
Campaign Finance Reform is Good, Term Limits and Outside Income Cap Must Come Next

Opinion: "I’ve pledged to serve my constituents full-time and forego private sector opportunities. But individual pledges aren’t enough. We need real reform that ensures our representatives have only one boss: the people." by Cameron Koffman, Democrat running for NYS Assembly in Manhattan’s 73rd District

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(photo: Governor's Office) If you have ever given money to a political candidate, you’ve probably received a follow-up email asking you to “rush $3 today to help us reach our goal” or “send in $10 now to show we’re here to win.” I’ve sent quite a few of these emails myself, and I don.....

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has just been caught in a fraud lying on her "residency applications" to run as a Congresswoman. She is now scrambling this past Sunday to explain why neighbors at her listed Bronx address never saw her there — and ended up claiming she recently relocated to a larger place nearby. https://nypost.com/2019/02/24/mystery-solved-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-covers-tracks-in-address-debacle/ .
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We need to get out and vote out Felder--- this man is a Fraud and a Racist. The 17th District deserves representation for ALL of its glorious mosaic of people, not for Felder's gerrymandered few. Blake Morris can defeat Simcha Felder and provide us with the representation that we have lacked for six years.