In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.
|By: BrandonJ Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm|
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday September 21, 2013 6:40 pm|
For all the supposed potential of the “American Dream,” immigrants in New York City often have a terrible time redeeming its promise. Many arrive in the United States with no financial grounding or burdened by a heap of debt; others can spend years priced out of financial credit by poverty and discrimination. Now, however, the city is allocating a little seed capital toward the long-overlooked economic potential of poor immigrant communities.
|By: BrandonJ Thursday September 12, 2013 7:04 pm|
Marla Krolikowski, a former New York Catholic teacher who was fired for being transgender or “worse than gay”, received a major victory in court Monday after Judge Duane Hart rejected the defense’s claims that she was a minister for the school. Judge Hart remarked that former Saint Francis Prep teacher did not fulfill the requirement put forth by the defense that because she taught religious classes she was a minister for the school.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday August 18, 2013 12:30 pm|
For many seniors, growing older means facing new kinds of stress—such as fragile health, a tight budget on a fixed income, or the travails of living alone.
And for the people who care for the aging, the stress can be just as severe.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 17, 2013 2:00 pm|
There is some good news out of New York. Insurance premiums on the state’s small individual market are expected to drop by 50 percent as a result of the Affordable Care Act. This happened because the New York’s tiny individual insurance market suffered from a quasi-death spiral since the state required guaranteed issue and community ratings but didn’t offer subsidies to help people buy insurance.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 7, 2013 11:00 am|
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might think medical marijuana is the “one of the great hoaxes of all time,” but he only represents a fringe minority in his state.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday May 22, 2013 12:10 pm|
In the wake of the hate-motivated murder last week of Mark Carson in New York City’s Greenwich Village — just one in a string of anti-transgender and anti-gay hate crimes plaguing the city, LGBT rights activist Scott Wooledge challenged LGBT rights opponents to repudiate the violence:
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 20, 2013 3:10 pm|
Basically everyone in New York supports the idea of allowing seriously ill people to use medical marijuana if recommended by their doctor. According to a new Siena Research, poll an incredible 82 percent of registered voters in New York support medical marijuana, while only 15 percent of voters in the state oppose the idea.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Wednesday May 8, 2013 11:15 am|
On April 30 the New York state Assembly approved the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) by a vote of 84-46. The bill (S195/A4226) would prohibit discrimination against transgender New Yorkers in the areas of housing, employment, credit and public accommodations, while expanding New York’s hate crimes law to include crimes against transgender individuals. New Yorkers have been protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation since 2003.
|By: ThirdandState Tuesday April 2, 2013 7:07 pm|
Former Governor Ed Rendell got into some hot water last week with an op-ed in the New York Daily News touting the economic benefits of hydrofracking. ProPublica quickly outed the Governor for his ties to the drilling industry, and Rendell owned up to the fact that he is a consultant to Element Partners, which has investments in the gas industry. The Daily News has added a note to its web site disclosing the financial arrangement.