In the calm between election seasons, Congress has a fleeting chance to enact overdue immigration reform.
With strong bipartisan support, the Senate passed reform legislation in June. President Barack Obama, who needs to deliver on his own promise of reform, believes the House has the votes to do something similar.
Traditional Republicans want GOP House members to fix the system's flaws.... » more
As he prepares for the end of his term, the mayor of New York City -- known for his earnest efforts to communicate with the city's Spanish speakers in their native tongue -- offers some advice to his successor.
Being el mayor of Nuevo Yorkito estan mucho hard. Yo wouldo que know -- so have been doingo esto para twelvo años! To help la transicion of el nuevo mayoro-electo, Billo El Blasio,... » more
While Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio considers a move to the elegant Gracie Mansion from his Park Slope row house, residents on his block would like to keep the first family as neighbors.
De Blasio said Wednesday that he must consult his family before deciding on a move. He noted that his 16-year-old son, Dante, who attends Brooklyn Tech High School in Fort Greene, is concerned about the commute... » more
Every New York City mayor brings to the job his favorite buzz-phrases, slogans and verbal tics. Rudy Giuliani, for one, would repeatedly renounce “the old way of thinking,” and Michael Bloomberg made repeated use of “more with less” and “great American dream.”
So far, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s message to the public is crystallized in five phrases.
1: “Progressive values.” Dictionaries... » more
Come next Wednesday an epochal event will take place in New York City: 4 World Trade Center -- 72 stories tall -- will open on the World Trade Center site, helping to restore a long-missing sense of community to a vital part of our city. The tower will include 53 floors of office space and five floors of retail.
Its opening means that for the first time since 9/11, New Yorkers will be able... » more
Bill de Blasio faces many immediate challenges in the weeks leading up to his Jan. 1 swearing-in and in his first months as the 109th mayor of New York City.
Before he can fulfill campaign promises of progressive change, there are crucial jobs to fill, including deputy mayors and commissioners. He faces budget deadlines amid a projected $2 billion deficit and labor contracts.
“You get... » more
The de Blasios will have a “very serious family discussion” about whether to leave their Brooklyn row house and move into Gracie Mansion overlooking the East River in Manhattan, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.
“As you may have noticed, there are four strong personalities in the family, one of whom, Mr. Dante de Blasio, has strong feelings about proximity to his high school,” de... » more
He's off to a promising start. Barely 12 hours after giving his victory address, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio stepped into the TV lights Wednesday and introduced the leaders of his transition team.
He was all business. The campaign circus has moved on and the fun house mirrors are back in their crates.
De Blasio was now talking about the ordinary realities of meshing his aspirational agenda... » more
When New York City unveiled a plan to subject kindergartners through second-graders in more than 30 schools to standardized tests -- previously reserved for children in third grade and up -- officials surely anticipated complaints from some parents and educators.
But at Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights, parents and the principal have taken their disapproval of the Discovery Education... » more
Wedged between 1,186-acre Van Cortlandt Park and Woodlawn Cemetery, this middle-class Bronx neighborhood seems to be lost in a time capsule.
Woodlawn, located in the north Bronx, is a village within the city; where generation after generation grow up in pastoral row houses, are members of a 103-year-old church, and start their days greeting neighbors by name.
“It’s a place where people... » more