The experiment in direct democracy has expanded quickly in New York. An overall success, there are questions about how inclusive the process is, and whether it actually leads to deeper civic engagement.
Three years ago, City Limits wrote about a bit of legal minutiae that had become part of the long struggle over a Bloomberg administration scheme to redevelop Willets Point in Queens. On Thursday, a state appeals court ruling about that very language threw a significant roadblack in the city's plans.
Mayor de Blasio has said the city's college system is key to reducing income inequality. But experts say CUNY needs better coordination to connect young New Yorkers to solid careers.
A state senator and assemblyman argue for a law that would publicize which New York businesses have 50 or more employees using taxpayer benefits to supplement poor wages.