Student loan debt may be crippling everyone from recent college grads to senior citizens, but now New York parents will be able to start piling on the educational debt when their children are mere toddlers (the inverse, we assume, of saving for college?).
Today, City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn announced an initiative to offer middle and upper-middle class parents subsidized loans for daycare and pre-school with her council colleague and candidate for Manhattan borough president Jessica Lappin.
Plains Trains & Automobiles
You can take away the garbage cans but can you take away the garbage? The MTA, in expanding its no trash can pilot program last month claimed that the program would make subway stations trash can, and thereby trash, free. But Upper East Side residents, who have been left holding the coffee cup/apple core/dirty napkins, say that the policy has done just the opposite.
In a recent survey conducted by Council member Jessica Lappin’s office, 66 percent of 218 respondents said that they’d noticed more trash at the 57th Street F Train station since the garbage cans went away. But even people who hadn’t slipped on any banana peels in the last 30 days thought the removal was a bad idea—93 percent of 515 respondents.
“New Yorkers want what they want, when they want it, but that doesn’t excuse the disregard of safety—this is not the Wild West.”
Bronx Councilman James Vacca was sitting behind the long desk inside the 14th floor hearing room at 250 Broadway as a hearing of the Transportation Committee, which he oversees, was just getting started. He had taken the reins, or rather the handlebars, as he so often does when the committee turns its focus on the state of cycling in the city, a subject that gives Mr. Vacca, along with a few million New Yorkers, a great deal of consternation.
Today, the committee was tackling commercial cyclists and deliverymen—figuratively, though they probably would not mind actually tackling a few scofflaw two wheelers if given the chance.
on the waterfront
The Upper East Side waterfront is finally setting sale, and plans continue to emerge for what just might be built there. Yet there is one project that continues to miff and tiff the silk-stockinged hordes: a marine waste transfer station set to be reactivated on 91st Street.
It appears they have opened the open space floodgates on the East Side of Manhattan.
Ever since the city reached a land deal with the United Nations to help build a new East River park, a parade of new developments have taken place in Manhattan’s rarefied reaches. There are new plans for the U.N. and the esplanade beside it, and the Related Companies has finally revealed new plans for Rupert Playground, where it wants to build condos and a medical facility.
Reversing the karma of the public-to-private transfer at the playground, the city yesterday reached a settlement with Sutton Place South, the East 50s co-op that for over a century has controlled a private park overlooking the river. When the FDR was built, the co-op was given control of a new park built on piers over it, but that deal lapsed in 1990, though it was not brought to light until a few years ago. As with so many things in the world, litigation ensued.
Michelle Obama was sent a letter by city lawmakers inviting her to testify here in favor of requiring paid sick days for workers.
The first lady recently embraced paid sick days in a talk with the business leaders, according to the Times.
In the November 12 letter, the lawmakers said, “We believe Read More
Among the people theoretically in the running for Carolyn Maloney’s Congressional seat, if she does vacate it for a Senate run, is City Councilman Dan Garodnick.
As I noted earlier, Garodnick’s district mirrors a good portion of the Congressional district, and he has a base of support in the voter-rich Stuyvesant Town and Read More
Say what you want about her chances, but Carolyn Maloney is still acting like someone who actually means to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for Senate next year.
She'd have to give up her House seat to do so. (Which is actually quite a good reason to believe that, at the Read More
Jessica Lappin will not enter the public advocate’s race, according to her campaign adviser.
“Jessica weighed a number of factors and at the end of the day decided the right decision for her this year was to run for re-election for the city council,” said Mark Guma, the adviser.
Lappin, a freshman City Council member Read More
Here’s Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum several of the people who want to replace her when she leaves office: John Liu, Bill de Blasio and Jessica Lappin.
The rally was to urge the City Council and mayor to amend the city’s human rights law to expand employment protection to caregivers.
It’s an issue Read More