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readers sound off on police shootings, starbucks and rudy giuliani

cops only shoot when they mustmanhattan: in the past month, there have been three police-involved shootings. police officers were forced to shoot a knife-wielding man in a harlem whole foods as he charged at them with a knife, a woman on staten island with a gun pointed at them and an irrational man terrorizing men, women and children with what appeared to be a gun. in all three incidents these officers, without hesitation, put their lives in imminent peril to protect innocent people from harm.i use the term "forced to shoot" because no officer wants to shoot another human being. the men and women of the new york city police department run toward danger. police officers patrol communities where they don't reside but still have a vested interest in protecting the people of that community...





readers sound off on storefronts, bikes and matt harvey

don't blame us for vacant shopsmanhattan: any landlord would rather fill their space with rent-paying retail tenants than leave that space empty. yet susan shapiro's april 16 op-ed ("change the math that's keeping too many nyc storefronts vacant") absurdly blames property owners and commercial brokers for the presence of empty storefronts.the retail real estate market in new york is a complicated ecosystem, one that has been disrupted by hyper-intense competition from e-commerce, combined with smothering regulatory burdens that make it ever more difficult for retailers to simply stay in business. asking rents for retail space across the city have dropped significantly as landlords try to engage the market at sustainable levels where retailers can maintain a profit, but this market res...





andy at the wheel to turn the city’s buses around

if, if, if byford can get the job done on time, a new era will arrive along with (there it is!) the bus.





good badge, bad badge: nj cops vs. abusive port authority commiss

now-former port authority commissioner caren turner deserves every ounce of blowback she’s gotten for the master class in pomposity, presumptuousness and bad parenting she put on in the police dash-cam video that forced her resignation from the bistate agency. but as turner, a chris christie-appointee, gets put through the wringer for her obnoxiousness — and the, yes, wealthy white entitlement she embodies — spare a moment to praise the tenafly police officers who stood there like gentlemen and took the abuse. police officer matt savitsky in particular was a picture of professionalism as he kept his cool and did his job, repelling turner’s attempted name-dropping and rank-pulling without escalating the confrontation. turner had been called to the roadside to pick u...





bramhall cartoons for april 2018

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the war on professional drivers

slashed pay and worker exploitation have left the city’s 100,000 for-hire vehicle drivers and our families on the brink of poverty. whether we’re behind the wheel of black cars, yellow taxis, green cabs, liveries, ubers or lyfts, new york’s professional drivers are in crisis. and rather than answering the crisis, a new proposal by city councilman ruben diaz sr. (d-bronx) would make the situation worse by forcing drivers to work for only one app, greatly reducing our freedom and economic leverage, while imposing new taxes on us, the people in this industry who can least afford them. this has many losers and only two possible winners: corporate taxi medallion owners and uber. our city and state leaders need to stop putting obstacles in the path of drivers like me and s...





a revolution in teen drug education

most parents dread the moment when they need to talk to their kids about drugs. what is the right thing to say? where do we find the latest information? how honest should this conversation be? unfortunately for parents as well as teens around the country, the dominant drug education curriculum centers around one message: just say no. abstain not only from alcohol, but from marijuana and harder drugs. while we agree this is the ideal scenario, it is simply not reality. more than half of high school seniors say they have tried illegal drugs (including prescription drugs not under doctor’s orders) at some point in their lifetime, and 68% say they have tried alcohol (itself a potent drug) at some point in their lives. this is despite more than $1 billion in our tax dollars t...





a solemn prayer for safety in construction

thursday marks the 10th anniversary memorial mass for deceased construction workers, better known as the annual hardhat mass. at this mass in st. patrick’s cathedral, over which i will preside, all those killed on a construction site in new york city are remembered and revered — whether they be union or nonunion workers. chairs are placed in the upper sanctuary of the cathedral with an engraved hardhat and a rose to signify each of the deceased workers who died from april 28 of the previous year till april 28 of the current year. at the end of the mass, the hardhat and the rose are given to the family members of each of the deceased workers. this year, 19 chairs will be placed in the upper sanctuary of st. patrick’s cathedral. they symbolize the 19 workers who have died ...





trump’s tricky korean situation

if donald trump knew anything about history, he would be worried about his success with north korea. never mind that there is no agreement yet, and never mind that no summit meeting has yet been held, the facts speak to a trump triumph. could it be that trump's bluster and belligerence have persuaded north korean leader kim jong un to play ball? it sure must look like it to trump.whether it looks that way to kim is a different matter. the proposed summit seemed to materialize out of thin air. kim proposed, trump accepted, and diplomats who like to negotiate the shape of the table were left out in the cold. it's not even clear what denuclearization would mean. trump used the term in a recent tweet — "agreed to denuclearization," he said of north korea — but kim has agreed to no such...





a hasidic man on the prejudice he encounters every day in new york city

friday night, for the second week in a row, there was an attack on an orthodox jew in crown heights. he was accused of being a "fake jew" who was behind the assailant's eviction.it's not surprising. as a member of that community who has ventured to places around new york that we don't often occupy, i am often forced to answer for my people with biased allegations. i'm a guest in their environment, a minority visitor, and people seem to believe they have the license to approach me with abhorrent claims. to them, i can always return to williamsburg or wherever they think i come from.advertisementonce, i was standing in a west village bar and a friend's husband cornered me, handing me a beer he bought me."let me ask you this. a year ago, a hasidic man in a van side-swiped me and drove...





our plan to reduce homelessness

we live with homelessness every day — on the streets, in the subways, in our neighborhoods, in our schools. too often people look away because the problem either seems too big, too bleak or too overwhelming to solve.to be sure, the issue is complicated and challenging and years in the making, but we believe we're headed in the right direction.advertisementno one strategy alone is sufficient. that is why early on this administration introduced the most ambitious affordable housing plan in the city's history, housing new york, which we've since accelerated and expanded to create or preserve 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.we committed unprecedented funding for legal services and worked with the council to pass legislation to guarantee legal counsel for low-income tenants facing evictio...





beware the perils of legal pot

new york appears primed to charge headlong into full legalization of marijuana for recreational use, driven more by election-year politics than hard facts and sober analysis. we need to smarten up and slow down.in the democratic primary for governor, newcomer cynthia nixon has staked out a position popular on the party's left wing, best summarized as: full legalization, right now, without further debate or discussion.advertisement"in 2018, in a blue state like new york, marijuana shouldn't even be an issue," nixon says in a campaign video. "if there was more political courage coming out of albany, we would have done this already."nixon's stance has nudged gov. andrew cuomo, who until now has been a cautious skeptic. he initially limited the legalization of medical marijuana and desc...





kalief browder's brother urges new york to end cash bail

today in new york, nearly 70% of those held in jail across the state are imprisoned indefinitely pretrial. most are there not because they are dangerous, but because they are poor. over decades of government inaction in the face of this moral, social and fiscal crisis, thousands of families have been torn apart and thousands of lives have been ruined.there's one way to right this wrong: fixing our outdated, unfair system by ending wealth-based detention outright.advertisementmy family understands this crisis firsthand. we learned it the hardest way possible. my brother, kalief browder, ended his young life after spending three agonizing years at rikers island on the suspicion of stealing a backpack.all because we couldn't afford the $3,000 bail. we couldn't get him out, enabling him to ...





the courts rebuke trump on immigration

judge john d. bates of the u.s. district court for the district of columbia tuesday forced those protections to stay in place and required the government to resume accepting new applications — albeit after a 90-day pause. that period, wrote bates, will "afford dhs" — the department of homeland security — "an opportunity to better explain its view that daca is unlawful." as is, the administration's "legal judgment was virtually unexplained."





april 26: bill de blasio, starbucks and mike bloomberg

mayor awol on nypd discipline staten island: mayor de blasio can save the hypocrisy and fake outrage in the statement he released on the justice department mishandling justice for my son. the de blasio administration could have held officers accountable for killing my son already, and history shows that this would have been helpful to the federal case, but for almost four years, they have made the politically motivated decision to delay the nypd discipline process. the excuses are a sham, unjustifiable and hurtful, and allow daniel pantaleo and the other officers who murdered my son eric and then tried to cover it up to pad their pay and pensions with salary increases and overtime. the justice department has said it is only pantaleo they are investigating, and yet the de b...





a hasidic man on the prejudice he encounters every day in new york city

friday night, for the second week in a row, there was an attack on an orthodox jew in crown heights. he was accused of being a "fake jew" who was behind the assailant's eviction.it's not surprising. as a member of that community who has ventured to places around new york that we don't often occupy, i am often forced to answer for my people with biased allegations. i'm a guest in their environment, a minority visitor, and people seem to believe they have the license to approach me with abhorrent claims. to them, i can always return to williamsburg or wherever they think i come from.advertisementonce, i was standing in a west village bar and a friend's husband cornered me, handing me a beer he bought me."let me ask you this. a year ago, a hasidic man in a van side-swiped me and drove...





readers sound off on storefronts, bikes and matt harvey

don't blame us for vacant shopsmanhattan: any landlord would rather fill their space with rent-paying retail tenants than leave that space empty. yet susan shapiro's april 16 op-ed ("change the math that's keeping too many nyc storefronts vacant") absurdly blames property owners and commercial brokers for the presence of empty storefronts.the retail real estate market in new york is a complicated ecosystem, one that has been disrupted by hyper-intense competition from e-commerce, combined with smothering regulatory burdens that make it ever more difficult for retailers to simply stay in business. asking rents for retail space across the city have dropped significantly as landlords try to engage the market at sustainable levels where retailers can maintain a profit, but this market res...





nj cops keep cool against abusive port authority commissioner

now-former port authority commissioner caren turner deserves every ounce of blowback she's gotten for the master class in pomposity, presumptuousness and bad parenting she put on in the police dash-cam video that forced her resignation from the bistate agency.but as turner, a chris christie-appointee, gets put through the wringer for her obnoxiousness — and the, yes, wealthy white entitlement she embodies — spare a moment to praise the tenafly police officers who stood there like gentlemen and took the abuse.advertisementpolice officer matt savitsky in particular was a picture of professionalism as he kept his cool and did his job, repelling turner's attempted name-dropping and rank-pulling without escalating the confrontation.turner had been called to the roadside to pick up her gro...





bramhall cartoons for april 2018

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a hasidic man on the prejudice he encounters every day in new york city

friday night, for the second week in a row, there was an attack on an orthodox jew in crown heights. he was accused of being a "fake jew" who was behind the assailant's eviction.it's not surprising. as a member of that community who has ventured to places around new york that we don't often occupy, i am often forced to answer for my people with biased allegations. i'm a guest in their environment, a minority visitor, and people seem to believe they have the license to approach me with abhorrent claims. to them, i can always return to williamsburg or wherever they think i come from.advertisementonce, i was standing in a west village bar and a friend's husband cornered me, handing me a beer he bought me."let me ask you this. a year ago, a hasidic man in a van side-swiped me and drove...