September 2nd, 2014
by Stephanie West
NYSUT's motion, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany August 29th, strikes back against the Partnership for Educational Justice, a group headed by former television host Campbell Brown with ties to Students' First, the Success Academy Charter School network and several Wall Street billionaires.
August 28th, 2014
by Nick Powell
When Mayor Bill de Blasio formally unveiled his comprehensive affordable housing plan back in early May, the rattling and drilling of construction equipment in downtown Brooklyn nearly drowned out his voice.
August 15th, 2014
Author: L.D. Davidson Source: Sunday Gazette (Schenectady)
A big national fight over teacher tenure is coming to New York state. And soon. Jay Lefkowitz, the head lawyer for the Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis, LLP (gross revenues of $1.94 billion in 2012), has told The Wall Street Journal that he plans to file an anti-tenure suit in New York state in early July. The suit will be filed in state Supreme Court in Albany.
August 6th, 2014
How should the state spend its $4.2 billion budget surplus? There are more than a few suggestions.
Photo: Buck Ennis
by ANDREW J. HAWKINS
New York state will finish the current fiscal year with a $6.2 billion budget surplus, the result of several "sizeable" cash settlements with major financial firms in the first four months of the year, the state's budget division reported Monday.
August 2nd, 2014by Jeffrey Lewis and Lou Gordon
Jeffrey Lewis Lou Gordon
When President Obama signed into law The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) the intense debate on the delivery of health care took a brief siesta. But it didn’t take long for America’s entrepreneurial spirit to reawaken.
Read the entire article published in the NY Times Digest, August 2, 2014: Health Care Costs
August 2nd, 2014
Article Appeared in the New York Times on June 20, 2014
by Kate Taylor
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, have announced an agreement on a $75 billion budget that Mr. de Blasio said signaled a more compassionate era for New York City, with investments in public housing, expanded prekindergarten programs and summer jobs for youths, but with no tax increases or major cuts.
July 29th, 2014Officials are demanding a zoning change to ban future 'poor doors' like the one recently approved at a Manhattan development that has a mix of affordable and market rate units. The seperate entrance is meant for low-income tenants housed in the luxury Riverside Blvd. high-rise on the Upper West Side.
July 28th, 2014In 2006 BALCONY forewarned of the potential toxic cancer danger when we produced two informative PSA's warning residents and workers at the World Trade Center site to register for possible workers compensation. The spots which aired on New York TV stations featured Actress Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson, co-owners of the Flea Theater, and a Spanish version featured the late Jose Torres, former light heavyweight Champion.
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February 26th, 2014
Our opinion: Creating a pay commission for the state’s management confidential employees is a matter of simple fairness.
For nearly five years, the state’s non-unionized management-confidential employees have been caught in financial limbo — their pay frozen even as co-workers received raises, with no clear end in sight.
What the Cuomo administration calls a thaw came this week with the announcement of step and longevity increases that were due almost a year ago. These aren’t broad-based raises, and affect only about 3,200 of the 8,900 M
Cs, as they’re known in government shorthand.
Nor does this resolve the underlying unfairness: asking one group of employees to help balance the budget while their co-workers get raises.
February 7th, 2014School pension costs are set to rise 7.8 percent in the coming 2014-2015 school year, according to the state’s Teachers Retirement System, the fifth year in a row that pension costs went up, Gannett Albany writes:
January 28th, 2014Written by Stuart Appelbaum
When the New York City Council passed historic living wage legislation last year, it was an important step on a long road toward creating a fairer and more equitable city.
The premise of the legislation is simple and widely supported: when public money is used to fund private development projects, the public has the right to expect quality jobs will be created as a result, not low-wage jobs that keep workers in poverty.
January 27th, 2014
By Kristen V. Brown
The state's largest and most powerful teachers union issued a declaration of "no confidence" in state Education Commissioner John King on Saturday.
The action called for King's removal from his post by the state Board of Regents.
New York State United Teachers' 80-member board of directors unanimously approved the symbolic but unprecedented resolution, which states the board has "no confidence in the policies of the Commissioner of Education."
NYC COMPTROLLER STRINGER TO AUDIT NCYHA, FOLLOWING CALLS FROM NYC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, LABOR LEADERS
January 23rd, 2014
~Comptroller Stringer’s office meets with Representative Meeks, offices of Reps. Maloney, Nadler and Jeffries, and labor leaders to hear concerns and issues that a NYCHA audit should address~
New York, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office attended a meeting today at Teamsters Headquarters with Rep. Greg Meeks (NY-5), and the offices of several members of Congress and labor leaders to gather input and concerns pertaining to the operational practices of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Comptroller Stringer’s office has already begun an audit of NYCHA practices – making good on a campaign commitment – but also wanted to hear suggestions from the labor leaders and members of Congress who initially called for the comprehensive audit.
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July 16th, 2014
By Azure Gilman
Aiming to raise awareness about various business growth strategies and how to navigate potentially onerous new regulations, a panel of experts at City & State’s “On Small Business” event Tuesday weighed in on the concerns of small business owners fighting to stay relevant in a competitive climate.
The event, co-sponsored by CAN Capital, focused specifically on the challenges facing New York City’s small business community, and the panel reflected a mix of representatives from the city and state government, as well as the private sector: Steve Cohen, the executive vice president and deputy commissioner of Empire State Development; City Councilman Robert Cornegy, the chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee; Julie Menin, commissioner of the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs; and Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance.
May 7th, 2014
When I think about the 10-point Women's Equality Act, I find it hard to understand why it is difficult to pass these common sense bills in a progressive state like New York. The women of this state deserve to have their basic, fundamental rights recognized and confirmed by the state government and not treated as just political issues.
April 29th, 2014
by Dr. Rob van Dam
Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
April 25th, 2014
More than one million households in New York City are rent-burdened, which means they are paying 30 percent or more of household income on rent, and nearly 600,000 of those households are severely rent-burdened, or paying more than 50 percent of their income on rent, according to the newly released NYU Furman Center/Capital One Affordable Housing Landscape.
April 22nd, 2014
When de Blasio administration officials met at City Hall recently to hear a pitch about spurring development in a city where affordable, vacant land is scarce, two top mayoral aides were in their element: Both had promulgated proposals to harness the unused development capacity of landmarked buildings—their "air rights"—to do so.
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