Community Engagement Prized by Participatory Budgeting ProponentsFri, 08 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Council Member Menchaca with a constituent (photo: William Alatriste)
For City Council Member Carlos Menchaca and his staff, the Participatory Budgeting Vote Week that just ended was the culmination of a year-long effort to encourage project proposals...
Push for a Better Mayor's Management Report ContinuesFri, 08 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
The City Council’s Committee on Governmental Operations held an oversight hearing on Wednesday to evaluate the structure and content of two annual city reports that measure everything from the wait times on 311 calls and the conditions of city...
Budget Leaves Cuomo's Affordable Housing Plan A MysteryWed, 06 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Gov. Cuomo arrives to outline the budget agreement (photo via The Governor's Office)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a sweeping $20 billion plan to build and preserve affordable housing and fight homelessness during his State of the State speech earlier this...
City Approach to Nonprofit Contracting QuestionedWed, 06 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Council Member Rosenthal at a recent hearing (photo: William Alatriste)
Human services nonprofits serve the city’s most vulnerable populations, providing a range of critical programs like foster care, homelessness services, after-school programs,...
City Resets First Budget Hearing for New Veterans Affairs DepartmentTue, 05 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office
In December, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law the City Council bill creating a separate, dedicated Veterans Affairs department which would take over responsibility from the Mayor’s Office of Veterans...
City Council Budget Response Seeks New Spending, More SavingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Mayor de Blasio briefs Council members on his budget (photo: William Alatriste)
The City Council on Monday issued its formal response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $82 billion preliminary budget for fiscal year 2017, capping a month of budget hearings...
An Imperfect Victory for New York WorkersTue, 05 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Millions of New Yorkers are celebrating a deal this week to raise the state’s minimum wage. The deal puts a better future in sight for families around the state and sends a powerful signal to other states considering wage hikes of their own.
With Clock Ticking, East New York Negotiations to Heat UpMon, 04 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
City Council Member Espinal (photo: William Alatriste)
With only two weeks left for the City Council to vote on the proposed rezoning of East New York, all eyes are on City Council Member Rafael Espinal, who is leading negotiations with the de...
The Week Ahead in New York Politics, April 4Sun, 03 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
New York City Hall
What to watch for this week in New York politics:
We're about two weeks from New York's April 19 presidential primary vote. The three remaining Republican candidates and two remaining Democrats have been campaigning in New York, which...
Wary of Gentrification, East Harlem Braces for Rapid ChangeFri, 01 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Hank Prussing's mural, The Spirit of East Harlem (via @ManhattanCB11)
Pearl Barkley moved to East Harlem in the 1950s, when she was six years old. Her family lived in the Jefferson Houses on 115th Street, where she lives today and works as an organizer...
State Budget Agreement: By the NumbersFri, 01 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Gov. Cuomo outlines the budget agreement (photo via The Governor's Office)
AGov. Andrew Cuomo welcomed reporters into the Capitol's Red Room for the first time in nearly a year to announce a budget deal at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night. The announcement came...
Wary of Gentrification, East Harlem Braces for ChangeFri, 01 Apr 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Mark-Viverito at an East Harlem planning session (photo: William Alatriste)
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Community calls for community planningCity officials have not yet presented a timeline, much less a plan, for rezoning East...
New Yorkers Run for President: History and Insights for 2016Thu, 31 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Franklin D. Roosevelt (whitehouse.gov)
The 2016 presidential contest may very well pit two New Yorkers, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, against each other. In the 29 presidential elections from 1900 to 2012, New Yorkers headed major tickets nine times....
For State Budget, Leaders Choose 'On Time' Over OpenThu, 31 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Heastie, Cuomo, Flanagan (l-r), June 2015 (photo via The Governor's Office)
As negotiations over the state's $150 billion budget sputtered on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ramped up pressure on legislators to accept a deal. Speaking with reporters, Cuomo...
Success of Streetcar Project Starts with Community OutreachTue, 29 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Feburary BQX press conference (photo: Demetrius Freeman/Mayoral Photography Office)
Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a proposal for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector (BQX) during his February State of the City address, his administration has marketed...
De Blasio Concerned with Lack of Clarity as State Budget Deadline NearsTue, 29 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
De Blasio (photo: Rob Bennett/Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday afternoon that he has been in regular contact with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and that he spoke with Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier in the day, but that he...
The Next Step to Helping Immigrant Families ThriveTue, 29 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Council Member Menchaca, a co-author, promotes IDNYC (photo: @IDNYC)
In recent years, New York City has taken tremendous strides forward in supporting immigrants. Many of Mayor de Blasio's signature initiatives—particularly universal pre-kindergarten...
Questioning Importance, Council Members Spend Limited Time at HearingsMon, 28 Mar 2016 07:00:00 +0200
Council Member Van Bramer starts a hearing (photo: @JimmyVanBramer)
On March 1, at perhaps the most important City Council hearing of the year, just three of the finance committee’s eleven members were present when the session began. The Council’s...