Tag: de Blasio, Bill

De Blasio to Developers: Donate to My Nonprofit. $125,000 Came.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Soon after a stop-work order had been lifted on a hotel and condominium project in Brooklyn Bridge Park, a developer got a phone call. It was Mayor Bill de Blasio, hitting up the developer for a donation to his […]

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1.1 Million Students in N.Y.C. Can Skip School for Climate Protest

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When New York City announced that public school students could skip classes without penalties to join the youth climate strikes planned around the world on Friday, you could almost hear a sigh of relief. Before the announcement, the protests, […]

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Families of Sanitation Workers, Unsung 9/11 Heroes, to Get Health Benefits

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, thousands of uniformed and civilian city employees assisted the police and firefighters with the rescue and recovery efforts. Corrections officers helped people evacuate Lower Manhattan; traffic agents directed vehicles; […]

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Was Michael Bloomberg New York City’s Greatest Mayor?

THE MANY LIVES OF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG By Eleanor Randolph No one is more closely associated with New York City’s 21st-century renaissance than Michael Bloomberg. A self-made multibillionaire (current valuation: $56 billion), the Boston-born technocrat transformed the city in his 12 years as mayor. Crime plummeted, schools improved, racial tensions eased, the arts flourished, tourism boomed […]

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Climate Change Takes Center Stage: This Week in the 2020 Race

A lot happened on the presidential campaign trail this week. Here’s our weekly catch-up on the 2020 election and the Democratic field, which is still 20 candidates strong. We got a climate debate, sort of The Democratic National Committee refused to hold the climate-focused presidential debate that Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and several other […]

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Bill de Blasio May End 2020 Presidential Bid Next Month

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s long-shot run for president may have a defined end date: Oct. 1. Mr. de Blasio, speaking at an unrelated news conference on Wednesday, said it would be “tough to conceive” continuing his campaign if he doesn’t qualify for the Democratic debate in October. “I think the logical thing to say is […]

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A Plan to Diversify New York’s Segregated Schools

New York’s public schools are among the most racially segregated in the country. That’s partly a result of decades of policies that have allowed parents of well-off white and many Asian students to steer their children to the most sought-after public schools, while largely consigning the Hispanic and black children, who make up an overwhelming […]

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The Women Accused of Helping Epstein Run His Sex-Trafficking Ring

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Friday. We’re off Monday for Labor Day. Weather: Today, mostly sunny and in the mid- to upper 80s. A pleasant weekend is ahead, but showers might interrupt Labor Day picnics. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday; suspended Monday for Labor Day. ImageJeffrey Epstein […]

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The Plan to Scrap New York’s Gifted Programs: 5 Takeaways

On Tuesday, a task force created by Mayor Bill de Blasio to find ways to desegregate New York City’s school system released a proposal to completely overhaul admission practices in the nation’s largest school district. The task force recommended the elimination of gifted and talented programs in the city, as well as a reconfiguration of […]

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Eliminate Gifted Programs in New York? Momentous Decision for de Blasio

Two years ago, under pressure from progressive supporters to integrate New York City’s deeply divided school system, Mayor Bill de Blasio set up a task force to develop proposals. That group announced its main recommendations on Tuesday, calling for the city to adopt a far-reaching plan, eliminating most selective admissions and all gifted and talented […]

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Desegregation Plan: Eliminate All Gifted Programs in New York

For years, New York City has essentially maintained two parallel public school systems. A group of selective schools and programs geared to students labeled gifted and talented is filled mostly with white and Asian children. The rest of the system is open to all students and is predominantly black and Hispanic. Now, a high-level panel […]

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Inslee Out. Hickenlooper Out. De Blasio? Town Hall May Be Last Gasp.

He’s entrenched toward the rear in fund-raising totals. He rejects the validity of the various polls showing him at zero percent. And he also acknowledges that he will probably not qualify for the third Democratic presidential debate next month. Yet Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to “accept the premise” of questions about the wisdom of […]

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George Washington Bridge Closes for Investigation of Suspicious Package

Both levels of the George Washington Bridge were temporarily closed to traffic on Thursday night after a suspicious package was discovered on the span connecting New York and New Jersey, the authorities said. The New York Police Department’s bomb squad removed an empty cylinder from the New Jersey side of the upper level, the authorities […]

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Democrats Are Getting Very Serious About the Native American Vote

What do the 573 federally recognized nations of American Indians and Alaska Natives all have in common? A never-ending need for lawyers. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum held this week in Sioux City, Iowa, at which 11 presidential candidates fielded questions from indigenous elected officials and activists, was a rousing two-day argument for […]

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City School Test Scores Inch Up, but Less Than Half of Students Pass

Entrenched segregation, rising student homelessness and break downs in special education services: Mayor Bill de Blasio will face significant hurdles when it comes to improving the school system this fall. But despite these looming problems, student achievement is rising steadily in New York City. Students in elementary and middle public schools made gains on the […]

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Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired

The New York City police officer whose chokehold was partly blamed for Eric Garner’s death in police custody in 2014 was fired from the Police Department on Monday, ending a bitter, five-year legal battle that had cast a shadow over the nation’s largest police force and the city it protects. The police commissioner, James P. […]

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The People of Central Park West Want Their Parking Spaces (Sorry, Cyclists)

The roadwork notices were tied to trees and signposts on a Friday along one of the world’s best-known streets. The following Monday, crews arrived on Central Park West and began setting up a protected bike lane, which eliminated about 200 parking spaces in an almost mile-long stretch. The next day, representatives for a luxury Central […]

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Epstein Conspiracy Theories: De Blasio, and Others Join Speculation

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday joined a host of prominent figures in sharply questioning how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide in federal jail, insisting that he was not dabbling in conspiracy theories even as he echoed them. The mayor said in an interview that he did not understand how Mr. Epstein, who […]

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Epstein Conspiracies: De Blasio, Scarborough and Others Join Unfounded Speculation

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday joined a host of prominent figures in sharply questioning how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide in federal jail, insisting that he was not dabbling in conspiracy theories even as he echoed them. The mayor said in an interview that he did not understand how Mr. Epstein, who […]

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