Why establish a special state court system for suspected prostitutes? Start with the fact that many sex workers were forced into their careers at horrifically young ages by human traffickers and other criminals who profited big-time from their servitude. And understand that with well-placed help, many of these victims could rebuild their lives.
In an investment that's wise, necessary and humane,...Read more »
Last week, the House Republicans took measures to dramatically cut billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the food stamp program for Americans. They argued that the program, which costs approximately $80 billion a year, needs to be slashed because it has expanded even though the unemployment rate has declined over the past few months. The bill is expected...Read more »
Cue a crisis management team. The New York State Legislature needs one.
The usual ooze of wrongdoing and cronyism flowing around Albany lawmakers is now a torrent, but legislative leaders continue to resist demands to disclose their outside business interests or enact strong reforms. It's a foolish strategy likely to lose in both the courts of law and public opinion.
Here's the bad news...Read more »
With ceremonial shovels at the ready, officials gathered early this week to herald the start of work on a three-block-long, hurricane-proof, $185-million passenger-rail easement to nowhere.
Perhaps that's a bit harsh.
The hope is that this concrete box west of Penn Station in the Hudson rail yards will someday be a pathway for the Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains that serve Penn...Read more »
City council candidates in Texas Bruce MacNair and Bryan Studer did it.
It made international news when Marvic Feraren and Boyet Py did in the Philippines in May.
Mayoral hopefuls David DeLeshe and Lea Torres did it in April. But they had no choice; it's the law in Illinois, just like it is in England, Canada and many other places.
All these candidates decided elections by a coin...Read more »
'Leaning in" is all very well, but even in 2013, a working woman who gets pregnant can lose her job.
Yvette (who has not made her last name public) worked for a city supermarket for 11 years. When she was pregnant, she asked her supervisor if she could avoid heavy lifting. He instead assigned her to jobs with more heavy lifting than usual.
Sadly, she suffered a miscarriage and was...Read more »
Separated from lower Manhattan by five miles of water, Staten Island often feels like the neighbor no one invited to the blowout block party.
Last year, 52 million tourists visited New York City -- spreading around more than $36 billion among hotels, shops, restaurants, cabbies and theaters.
But while every tourist handbook on Earth up talks up the free Staten Island ferry ride from...Read more »
Bloomberg administration plans for a skyscraper build-out in the area called "Midtown East" took a welcome step forward last week. The city's Independent Budget Office said the upzoning -- in a 73-block area surrounding Grand Central Terminal -- would not jeopardize public projects like Hudson Yards on the West Side or the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
The city will need...Read more »
There's a blood shortage in New York City.
Actually, there's a blood shortage throughout the country, but the New York Blood Center describes the local shortage as "critical." Blood isn't just needed for people in terrible accidents; people undergoing routine surgeries need it, too.
Fortunately, the problem is relatively easy to fix. All people have to do is donate.
After...Read more »
I was convinced I'd hate the bike-share program.
In Paris last spring, I noticed the same kind of bike racks sprinkled throughout the city that are now parked in New York. I was amazed how many bike sharers on the Champs Élysées didn't wear helmets -- and returned to their homes safely with a fresh baguette. Renaults gave two-wheelers the right of way. Bikers stopped for pedestrians. Bike...Read more »