Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and many others, predicted that the end of stop and frisk would lead to an upsurge in violence as gun-toting thugs felt free to walk the streets in search of prey.
Civil libertarians and the usual police critics assailed the commissioner’s predictions. But, not surprisingly, he was correct.
Late August and Read More
Mike Bloomberg said something the other day that should have seemed pretty innocuous. It would be a “godsend,” he said, if all the billionaires on Earth decided to set up housekeeping in New York City. Read More
Subjecting 4-year-olds to a serious academic examination, the results of which could well determine their entire life’s narrative (well, at least some parents think so), may not meet the accepted definition of insanity. But it’s pretty darn close. Read More
As if New York has nothing else to worry about, a recent survey of the nation’s bridges showed that more than 400 statewide are in perilous condition. A federal study found that the spans do not have enough built-in redundancies in case a vital component fails.
Politicians and policy analysts have been wringing their hands Read More
When a rookie makes a rookie mistake, it’s easy to forgive. But when an experienced veteran looks like a newcomer, well, that’s inexcusable.
And that’s the right word—inexcusable—to describe the bungled and now withdrawn nomination of Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve. It turns out that Mr. Summers wasn’t particularly popular among President Read More
The city’s registered Democrats and Republicans have made their mayoral choices. And so the general election begins in earnest.
This progression seems only natural. But it isn’t, because, historically speaking, it is absolutely out of the ordinary in New York.
A generation of New Yorkers has become accustomed to strong—and victorious—Republican mayoral candidates. But for Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the city through two devastating economic slumps—the recession that followed the dot-com bust and the attacks of 9/11, and, of course, the Great Recession that began in 2008. While the mayor has done a laudable job managing the city’s finances through hard times, he probably would be the first to admit that the city’s employment picture could be better. A lot better.
The city’s jobless rate remains too high at 8.4 percent, more than a full percentage point higher than the national average. True, unemployment is lower today than it was a year ago, when the figure stood at 9.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But many new jobs are in low-paying fields like hospitality and food service. While those jobs can, and do, serve as vital steppingstones for hard-working young people, they are hardly the centerpiece of dynamic economic recovery. Read More
The Bloomberg era is another step closer to history. Primary voters made their choices on Tuesday, and, while the results weren’t clear as this is being written, there’s little doubt that the general election will become a referendum on the successes—and failures—of the incumbent’s 12 years in office.
The Democratic Party front-runner heading into Primary Day, Bill de Blasio, eagerly portrayed himself as the anti-Michael Bloomberg, a tactic that seemed to have awakened the party’s core constituencies. The Republican Party front-runner, Joe Lhota, represented continuity not only of the Bloomberg years, but of the two decades of reform, experimentation and progress under Rudy Giuliani and Mr. Bloomberg.
The success of those themes—or the lack thereof—may tell us a great deal about the coming general election campaign. But beyond a public debate over Mr. Bloomberg’s legacy loom any number of critical issues that will shape the legacy of the next administration in City Hall, regardless of party or ideology. Read More
Joe Lhota is easily the most capable of the three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for mayor. In fact, he’s one of the most capable candidates for mayor the city has ever known. The last two Republican nominees for mayor, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, were newcomers to the gritty world of municipal governance. The same cannot be said of Mr. Lhota, who served as Mr. Giuliani’s budget director and deputy mayor for operations, giving him experience that none of this year’s mayoral wannabes can match. Read More