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Gabe Ponce de León

New York City

Politics

Protecting NYC 20 years after 9/11

A look at the controversial counterterrorism efforts that reshaped the NYPD and whether it was all worth it.

Scott Stringer

Politics

Scott Stringer has always been progressive

Three constants in the New York City comptroller’s career have been his liberal politics, ambition and work ethic.

NYC Department of Transportation

Policy

So when will NYC have congestion pricing?

Biden’s approval of an environmental assessment is a shortcut on the long road to completing the toll project.

Energy & Environment

Policy

Achieving New York’s climate goals will be massively challenging

From retrofitting buildings to finding land for renewable energy projects, the state is in for a few decades of really hard work.

Labor

Policy

NYC’s labor contracts set to expire amid fiscal crisis

The next round of bargaining will be pivotal to the city’s financial recovery.

Labor

Policy

Labor hasn’t found its NYC mayoral candidate yet

If unions coalesce around a candidate, they could resume their traditional role as kingmakers.

Education

Policy

New ideas on how to slow teacher turnover

Focusing on students’ social and emotional issues may help retain teachers in low-income communities.

Education

Policy

How Cuomo repurposed pandemic aid meant for schools

Without federal support for state and local governments, the governor dipped into funds meant for education.

Health Care

Policy

The pandemic revealed the pros and cons of New York's health care system

New York’s hospitals proved resilient, while health care disparities remained.

Health Care

Policy

NY’s murky records mask rising Medicaid costs

The state was quietly busting through its self-imposed Medicaid spending cap – and that was before the pandemic struck.

Transportation

Policy

Can the MTA get back on track without derailing New York’s recovery?

NY’s recovery depends on trimming MTA’s operating budget while maintaining efficient service.

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NYC Department of Transportation

Policy

How Biden’s Amtrak legacy may help advance NY’s transportation agenda

A rail enthusiast in the Oval Office signals hope for more federal aid and transportation funding.

Eric Gonzalez

Personality

Is DA Eric Gonzalez progressive enough for Brooklyn?

Can the top prosecutor fight crime and police misconduct at the same time?

Michael Bloomberg

Politics

How Michael Bloomberg bought City Hall

Sabotage. Microtargeting. Mind games. Will the billionaire’s playbook translate to the national stage?

Brooklyn

Policy

A balancing act in Brooklyn

Brooklyn business improvement districts want to grow their neighborhoods - without spurring gentrification.

New York City

Politics

Are business improvement districts the future of NYC?

BIDs helped end the bad old days. Can they do it again?