Tag: Johnson, Corey

N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

ImageCredit…Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times New York City’s budget process isn’t usually this heated. As the city slowly reopens during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials are facing a gloomy fiscal reality and demands from protesters against police brutality to slash the Police Department’s funding. I asked my […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From N.Y.P.D. in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From NYPD in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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Why the $6 Billion N.Y.P.D. Is Now a Target of ‘Defund the Police’

When someone in the grip of a mental health emergency behaves erratically in New York City, it is the Police Department that is often called in. When there are serious disciplinary problems in the schools, or when homeless people are found sleeping in the subways, police officers are asked to take over. The Police Department’s […]

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Mayor de Blasio, Don’t Make New York’s Budget Crisis Worse

As the coronavirus crisis wreaks havoc on the lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans, state and local governments are struggling to meet the needs of their people. In New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic, the devastation is particularly acute and promises to grind on indefinitely. Mayor Bill de Blasio confronts unfamiliar and […]

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Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.

Late Tuesday afternoon, New York’s City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, was on a nine-mile walk, one the current crisis has him taking everyday — the quest for fresh air and decompression. Beginning from his boyfriend’s apartment in Williamsburg, he heads north into Queens over the Pulaski Bridge and through Hunter’s Point South Park. That is […]

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Does Andrew Yang Want to Be New York’s Post-Coronavirus Mayor?

The assistance hewed to his presidential campaign pledge to give every American adult $1,000 a month as part of a universal basic income mandate. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic in full bloom, his efforts have taken on prescient relevance — just as his vision of an America plagued by mass unemployment has taken hold. His […]

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New York Streets Are Nearly Empty, but Speeding Tickets Have Doubled

Drivers have roared through deserted New York City streets as if they were taking a lap at Le Mans. They have openly drag raced on major commuting arteries, including Sixth Avenue and the West Side Highway in Manhattan. And they have racked up thousands of speeding tickets across the city — and in some cases, […]

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Coronavirus Decimates N.Y.C. Taxi Industry: ‘The Worst It’s Ever Been’

There are so few travelers left at Kennedy International Airport, one of the world’s busiest airfields, that taxis wait six hours or more for a single passenger. Taxi companies can no longer find enough drivers for their fleets because there is so little business. And some cabdrivers are so fearful of being exposed to the […]

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Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen

Millions of New Yorkers may soon need to separate scraps of fruit, vegetables and meat into separate garbage receptacles every time they cook and do dishes — learning another new habit just as they did with plastics recycling in the 1980s and are now doing under a recent ban on plastic shopping bags. The City […]

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Fix for a Hated N.Y.C. Highway: How About an $11 Billion Tunnel?

Cities like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle have all done it — razed hulking, unsightly highways dividing the heart of their downtowns, pushed a new roadway underground and turned the space above into an urban paradise. Could New York be next? The City Council — and a top mayoral candidate — are looking to pull […]

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Crackdown on 5,000 Reckless Drivers: Take Safety Course or Lose Car

A driver in Brooklyn with eight violations for speeding or running a red light killed a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. An 85-year-old woman was killed by another Brooklyn driver with 10 speeding violations and two red-light violations. In Manhattan, a driver with two speeding tickets crushed a bicycle courier. New York City is […]

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New York Is Urged to Consider Surge Pricing for Taxis

New York City should consider allowing yellow cabs to use some of the same strategies as the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, including so-called surge pricing when demand is high, a government panel is set to recommend. If the idea is implemented, New York could become one of the first cities in the United States […]

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Andy Byford’s Work Is Not Done

After just two years on the job, New York’s subway chief, Andy Byford, has resigned, ready to move on from an impatient governor whose opinions on how to repair the ailing system often clashed with his own. He is too polite to say as much, stressing in an interview with The Times that the start […]

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