Thanks to COVID-19, it won’t be a typical Labor Day – you can’t get out of the city for the long weekend if you’ve already gotten out of the city! So instead of beer and grilling, the focus may actually be on labor, thanks to the threat of a wildcat strike by the United Federation of Teachers and the successful strikes by NBA players and other pro athletes. Those who aren’t in a union can strike too – bowling alleys were allowed to reopen this week.
Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Sojourner Truth -
These three suffragists became the first women to be memorialized with monuments in Central Park, increasing the total number of statues honoring historical women in New York City all the up to … six. Yet it’s hard to get all that excited about the statue when you remember that Anthony and Stanton explicitly excluded Black women – like Sojourner Truth – from their suffrage movement. But that’s still better than nothing, right? Right?
John Brooks -
The Long Island Democratic state senator might have had a tough reelection race this November if only Republicans could’ve got someone on the ballot to run against him. That’s increasingly unlikely now that a state court ruled that the GOP can’t replace a candidate who was removed since he refused to resign as a county election commissioner. While a federal court could still intervene, it looks like it’s full steam ahead for Brooks – a two-term incumbent who is building a legacy in Albany as a legislative champion of boat safety.
Elise Stefanik & Lee Zeldin -
President Donald Trump may have gone the way of many New York seniors by moving to Florida, but he hasn’t completely forgotten the Empire State. He invited local Reps. Elise Stefanik and Lee Zeldin to bring that conservative New York heat to a national audience at the RNC. Both got to bask in the GOP limelight with short speeches – and much more time than Democrats allotted to progressive darling Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. John Hughes may have just made his directorial debut the last time New York chose a Republican president, but this was Stefanik’s and Zeldin’s time to shine.
Byron Brown, Ben Walsh & Lovely Warren -
It's a tough time to lead any city in the U.S., but these mayors are facing some of the worst budget challenges in the country. Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse are among the cities suffering the worst revenue losses among major cities nationally, according to a new analysis. Without federal support to offset faltering state aid, they're at even greater risk of having to resort to drastic layoffs and cuts to city services. Even Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and his top aides will be furloughed for two days a month to compensate for the city’s revenue gap. And it'll only get harder and harder for these mayors to figure out how to close the gaps without making some painful choices.
Pat Foye -
As if facing a gargantuan budget deficit wasn’t enough, MTA Chair Pat Foye now has to deal with the mysterious vandal breaking subway car windows and costing the transit agency even more money it doesn’t have. But at least in detailing looming doomsday cuts, Foye is staying on track with a strategy of pinning the agency’s future on federal funding – meaning if massive service and workforce cuts do come, he and the governor could avoid blame. While you’re waiting two hours between LIRR trains next year, maybe commuters will blame #TrumpsMTA, not #CuomosMTA?
David Paterson -
David Paterson has a knack for starting things off with great fanfare only to mess it all up. Whether it was trying to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming a history-making governor or offering a fresh start following the Eliot Spitzer era, he consistentlyfellshort. So when he took on the role as the public face of the Campaign for New York’s Future, it wasn’t a surprise that it fell apart almost immediately after it was announced. Groups that quickly dropped out of the coalition say they were duped and didn’t know it would be promoting no new taxes on the rich.