Many parts of New York City lack adequate subway or bus service, though working-class residents are reliant on mass transit to get around. Commuter vans, or “dollar vans” as they are often called, emerged years ago as a practical, affordable solution to the transportation crunch in many outer-borough neighborhoods. Read More.
A new report analyzing the fiscal soundness of large American cities places New York near the bottom. Based on Gotham’s free hand with spending and our extraordinarily generous retiree health-care benefits, New York is in shockingly poor shape. Read More.
Politicians have always used the trappings of office to promote themselves and their reelections. But Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo have blatantly abused the practice, blurring the lines between public-service communications and campaigning. Read More.
Governor Cuomo’s attempts to improve upstate New York’s economic climate through public subsidies continue. One of his latest plans is to give graduates of regional colleges low-interest mortgages to convince them to remain in the area. Read More.
Mayor de Blasio has revived his plan to increase the city’s mansion tax, this time to pay for affordable housing for seniors. The mayor wants to add a 2.5 percent levy to the sale of homes costing more than $2 million, on top of the existing 1 percent tax on sales of homes costing more than $1 million. Read More.
Opponents of “Broken Windows” policing have long advocated for an end to New York State’s strict laws banning the use of gravity knives, which result in many arrests each year. Last month, Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have exempted from the penal code a broad class of easily opened folding knives. Read More.
City legislators, citing safety concerns, are pushing for a law mandating that all construction workers go through apprenticeship programs. But apprenticeship programs, which are generally controlled by the building trade unions, are focused more on skills training than safety. Read More.