The Observer reported last week that at least six City Council members are considering a legislative mutiny against Speaker Christine Quinn, the front-runner for the Democratic Party’s mayoral nomination.
According to The Observer’s account, the rebellious politicians may defy the speaker’s wishes by bringing measures she opposes to a floor vote. One Read More
It is hard to know what lessons New York’s law enforcement officials can take away from the Boston bombings, for the scenario seems to be precisely the sort of thing authorities have warned us about for years. The bombers do not appear to have been members of a foreign-based terrorist group. The plan was developed Read More
Matthew Goldstein announced recently that he’ll step down as chancellor of City University in a few months. His retirement is well earned. After all, Dr. Goldstein has spent more than a decade in tireless service to CUNY’s 260,000 students, and he leaves behind a radically transformed institution that has found its way after years wandering Read More
As Mr. Dooley once said—or was it Aristotle?—politics ain’t beanbag. Those who choose to solicit our votes and submit themselves to the many indignities of electoral campaigns know full well that the gloves are always off, especially in New York. If you can’t take a rhetorical punch, you’d better find a different line of work. Read More
It took a while—more than three months—but Governor Cuomo got it right by selecting Tom Prendergast to be the new chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Assuming that the State Senate confirms Mr. Prendergast, the MTA will be in competent, experienced hands as it continues the long process of repairing the damage Read More
The bizarre assault on Madison Square Garden and its owners, the Dolan family, has sailed up the Hudson River to Albany, where politicians in search of headlines are demanding an end to a tax relief measure passed more than 30 years ago.
The move comes as local officials are debating the extension of Read More
We are all citizens of Boston.
We stand with those who lost their lives. We stand with those who grieve. We stand with those who will never be the same.
When terrorists brought death and destruction to New York more than a decade ago, the rest of the nation—the rest of the civilized Read More
I have been through a lot since 1993. I was one of three of the closest survivors of the attack on the WTC and testified in the 1995 Criminal Trial of Ramzi Yousef. As a Special Agent of the NY Field Office of the US Secret Service I was trained to be a critical incident Read More
I kinda like Caroline Kennedy. Not that she would care if I do or don’t. In any case, I haven’t seen her for a dozen years—and before that only fleetingly. We first met when she was an undergraduate at Harvard in the late ’70s. She was the belle (or maybe not …) of my brilliant Read More
If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember the nights when an impossibly young Johnny Carson opened the Tonight Show with jokes about muggings in Central Park, transit strikes and Mayor John Lindsay.
Sure, it wasn’t the most pleasant of times in the city’s history, but Carson’s Tonight Show provided some needed Read More