Ask the Experts

Coronavirus

Looking back on a year of locked down New York

Public health experts discuss what has gone right and what’s gone wrong in New York’s approach to combating the spread of COVID-19.

New York City

Can New York City rescue its taxi drivers?

Industry experts and advocates weigh in on a new relief plan from Mayor Bill de Blasio and what else can be done to help drivers.

Coronavirus

What can be done to stem hatred against Asian Americans?

Experts talk about the potential solutions to the hate crimes and bias incidents that have targeted Asian American New Yorkers in the past year.

Police Benevolent Association

Why are cops rarely charged or convicted when they kill in the line of duty?

A grand jury declined to indict police officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester last year. That’s not a huge surprise.

Coronavirus

How should New York reopen schools?

Experts say more federal funding will be needed to implement any plans to open schools safely.

Criminal justice

Activists and civil rights leaders on how to reform policing

Activists weigh in on the policies they want to see enacted in the wake of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

Campaigns & Elections

What will absentee voting mean for the June primaries?

The pandemic has created an unprecedented election landscape, so we asked the experts to guide us through it.

gun control

What does SCOTUS’ Second Amendment case mean for New York?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s dismissal of a gun rights case in New York City is not the end of the fight.

Coronavirus

The coronavirus created a fiscal crisis. How should New York handle it?

Elected officials and budget wonks on how bad it is and what the city and state should do – and not do.

Amazon

Amazon HQ2: A post-mortem

Supporters and opponents on what went wrong with the deal, one year after its demise.

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NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission

Will the taxi task force’s report do anything to help medallion owners?

Experts weigh in on whether an app, surge pricing or a bailout can stop the industry’s implosion.

New York City

Why have anti-Semitic hate crimes risen in New York?

Political polarization exacerbated by social media may be to blame, experts say.

New York State

What should be done about New York’s $6.1 billion budget gap?

Three experts talk about the next steps the state should take.

New York City

Do New York City’s outreach efforts lessen street homelessness?

Experts say many homeless people deliberately avoid city shelters.

New York City

Evaluating Jumaane Williams’ proposal to reform mental health crisis response

Experts advocate minimizing police involvement in responding to mental health crises.

New York City

Should the NYPD be able to use the city’s DNA database?

The pros and cons of New York City’s controversial collection of genetic data.