Category Archives: Press

Post Bloomberg Education Policy

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 Basil A. Smikle Jr. is a political strategist and PhD student in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University; He holds Adjunct appointments at Columbia’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs and the City University of New York’s School of Professional Studies.   Introduction   This November, voters in New York City head to…

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Minimum Wage Battle Spooks Job Creators

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New York Democrats are threatening to stifle the dismal pace of job creation in New York State with a 17% hike in our minimum wage. The NY Post reports: Albany Democrats are determined to push through a 17 percent hike in New York state’s minimum wage, despite repeated warnings that it would hurt the economy…

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Cuomo’s Xmas pork

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Christmas came early in Albany this year. Santa Cuomo bounded down the  Capitol chimney with a sackful of relief — tax relief for middle-class New  Yorkers and (with reductions in the downstate  MTA payroll levy) small businesses and nonpublic schools and help for  upstate communities hit by this year’s floods. (Oh, yes, wealthy New Yorkers…

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NY Post: Lawsuits/State Regulation Threaten Another Industry

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This is beginning to be a refrain that is heard far too frequently. A top restaurateur is throwing in the apron, saying he’s done with New York City because a wave of vicious lawsuits, coupled with draconian state regulations, threatens to cripple the industry. The New York Post published an article about numerous high-end New…

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Private Donors Help NYC Students

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Our state budget is strained to the limit and programs are being cut that no one would prefer to cut. As the politicians who created this mess duck for cover and point fingers, often while trying to spend even more, the private sector is stepping up. This is the private sector that these same politicians…

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City Blows opportunity – now rations toilet paper

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Sadly the NY Post called it correctly. Our elected officials failed to make the real hard choices needed to reign in spending and now, as if in a bad sitcom, it is rationing toilet paper at public bathrooms just in time for the summer holiday season. This excerpt says it all: Bloomberg just concluded another…

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Pensions at NYC Sanitation Dept.

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It is frightening when numbers are added to a particular theoretical problem. And let’s understand that this is merely the tip of iceberg. It makes you fear what you would uncover elsewhere in city government. While people blame Bloomberg for not cleaning up the streets after the snow storm, Nicole Gelinas wrote a great piece…

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