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
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
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
Congratulations to Bill de Blasio on his election as the 109th mayor of New York.
He earned it in classic fashion -- by accurately reading the mood of the city, articulating a strong vision, and winning over voters in a blur of forums, debates, meet-and-greets and ads. He has shown all of us -- those who backed him and those who didn't -- some superb political skills. Those are critical for... » more
Millennials may be America's next great generation.
The 18- to 29-year-olds are better educated and technologically savvier than previous generations. Politically, they are active and progressive, and sought by marketers because of their diversity and buying power -- projected at $200 billion annually.
About 40 percent identify themselves as African-American, Latino, Asian or racially... » more
Many of us subway riders have always assumed we had a deal with the system's rat population: WE stand on the platform and wait for trains. YOU scurry around in the track beds and scavenge for dinner. While we never especially enjoyed the sight of each other, things seemed to work out acceptably.
We had our turf, they had theirs, everyone thrived.
But now a new Straphangers Campaign quality-of-life... » more
In a stunning action Thursday, a federal appellate court gave the NYPD a much-needed reprieve from internal chaos. It slammed the brakes on last summer's ham-handed stop-and-frisk order and -- in remarkably blunt language -- yanked District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin off the case.
This is an extraordinary break for all New Yorkers. The appellate court didn't address the policy's constitutionality;... » more
The 2013 New York City mayoral campaign has inspired me to announce the biggest career move of my life. I've decided to go into office politics.
Granted, I've never participated in office politics. I've never taken a stand on our dress code, nor brought glazed doughnuts to our brainstorming sessions.
I've won only one election in my life -- as high school class clown. When it came to... » more