With a vote on gay marriage looming, a handful of state senators remain undecided about this fundamental civil rights issue. It’s time for them to do the right thing for hundreds of thousands of their fellow New Yorkers.
One upstate Republican state senator is showing the way. Undecided until just this week, Senator James Alesi, Read More
For years, decades even, New York has been dithering about an impending budget catastrophe: the ever-escalating cost of offering gold-plated and utterly outdated pension benefits to public employees. Everybody knew something had to be done. There were some brave attempts to create a fix here and there, but unions made it clear that they would Read More
The towers were down and there were warplanes screeching over Manhattan. Thousands were dead in a smoking ruin that looked like a scene from another war in another city in another time. But it was here and it was now, and it was said on the streets and in private conversations that we would never Read More
There was talk of closure in the hours after President Obama delivered the news that so many New Yorkers have been awaiting for nearly 10 years. But the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of a Navy Seal team brought back none of the nearly 3,000 lives that ended on Sept. 11, 2001. Read More
It’s been said that Parisians romanticize the French countryside and the rural French deify Paris as fervently as New Yorkers dismiss the rest of America and real Americans disavow New York. Edward Glaeser, who was raised in Manhattan and is now an economist at Harvard, has made turning our provincials on to the metropole a Read More
New York City is about to put 14 of its administrative organizations on a cloud computing network in an effort to improve efficiency. IBM is set to helm the $7.7 billion initiative, according to Arik Hesseldahl at AllThingsDigital.
The move is part of an effort on the part of the city to save $100 Read More
Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith sent out a new memo asking city employees to shut off their computers when they leave work for nights and weekends.
If the city’s 100,000 computers were powered down more often, it would save about $250,000 a year in power costs.
“If full shutdowns are not practical, agencies are strongly Read More
Some of the nation’s biggest banks and venture investors have partnered with New York City Investment Fund to create the FinTech Innovation Lab.
The program is a annual twelve-week incubator to find and foster promising startups working on financial technologies.
Participating banks include all the big boys — Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Read More
The Obsever broke the news yesterday that Microsoft will be powering New York City’s transition to cloud computing. It’s exciting to see Mayor Bloomberg pushing city government to adopt new technology, but a few details have emerged since then that make the partnership seem a little less sweet.
Mayor Bloomberg said during a press Read More
Crain’s New York profiles the growing number of angel investors in Silicon Alley and finds the local startups who get their money are head over heels about the new source of funds. Who would have guessed?
[A few years ago] there was not a lot of seed or angel funding in New York City,” Read More