New York City’s values have perhaps never been further from the national agenda being pushed by President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress.
New York has been among the most timid states when it comes to creating a legal way for sick people to get pot for therapeutic purposes. Investors doubtful about the state’s prospects might become more so now that the feds are cultivating a crackdown.
There are ways to oppose the administration’s policies besides speeches and symbols. But are city and state leaders willing to pull those levers of local power?
Gains made in recent years are threatened under the budget cuts, but they are not the only potential casualty. Rule changes at HUD may increase rents for one-in-20 New Yorkers.
Some defendants as recently as three weeks ago accepted plea offers that may not exist under the new directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
When most New Yorkers hear about cuts to the National Parks Service, they think about Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon, not the wetlands around Cross Bay Boulevard on the way to the Rockaways or the beach on top of a landfill behind the tollbooths on the Marine Park Bridge.
If you want to understand the likely impact of the president’s proposed cuts to federal programs, you need look no farther than a Brooklyn neighborhood where those initiatives make a daily difference.
Wolff-Alport is one of three federally designated Superfund sites in New York City, but unlike the other two, the EPA has yet to find a responsible party who can pay for this cleanup.
Getting prisoners on Medicaid 30 days prior to release would have been a game changer for re-entry services with national implications.
Adam Wisnieski and Jonathan Gomez |
Becoming a licensed security guard in New York State isn’t very difficult. Yet the “diploma mill,” where schools hand out certificates for a price, as well as schools that don’t make guards stay for an entire day, is still a problem.