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Fun City grimace

When the government plays "gotcha" with its citizens, it deserves all the payback the little guy can provide. I'm touchy about images of cruelty to animals, so I won't say what happened to me one day …

A lost opportunity

At the Labor Notes conference last year, Teamsters President Sean O’Brien told us that if the union could not reach a new contract with UPS by the end of July 2023, the Teamsters would not extend …

Iron Triangle / Iron Will

I woke up in the middle of the night with clammy palms, a pounding chest, racing pulse and drenched in sweat, hallucinating a lunar landscape where ogres, resembling a cross between Jethro of Beverly …

Accept no substitutes

When an argument is a "no-brainer,” we shouldn't need to justify it with footnotes or cite chapter and verse.   The positions taken by labor unions, even on issues that have no direct …

Ed-Wise: States of schools and states of minds

Several recent education-related stories affecting the city have arisen recently and they each deserve their word equivalent of 15 minutes of fame. Eric "Roger Rabbit" Goldstein, the former head of …

Killing the Taylor Law

At a recent worker organizing conference I heard a talk by a PSC-CUNY member who called for repealing the Taylor Law. During the break, while we talked about how to do that, they dismissed using …

Sewell, who made history, leaves NYPD with integrity intact

The trouble with breaking glass ceilings is that the shards can be hazardous to the glass-breaker. Based on newspaper accounts, it seems former Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, the first female …

How the city’s ‘bridge’ exam can succeed

Correction: The requirement that candidates for staff analyst trainee positions have work experience in areas including budgeting, methods analysis and operations research of four years with a …

Congestion: cough up

"Civil Discourse": that's the forgotten password that's causing so many error messages. Can it temper the road rage in the debate over congestion pricing? Anyone who recalls a city government that …

On June 23, the stretch of 19th Street between Avenues N and O in Brooklyn was renamed “Eddie Kay Way.” Speakers honoring Eddie included Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and former Mayor Bill de …

Election 2024: An unlikely scenario

Besides being a hell of a lot of fun, the absolute dream race in 2024 — for most Democrats, at any rate — would be a contest where Donald Trump narrowly loses the Republican nomination for the …

The red umbrella

If King Charles II, the 17th century ancestor of the current British sovereign, were alive and cruising today, would he admit to the high-born principles that drove his unchallenged carnality?  …

Supreme Court attacks right to strike

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court took aim at our right to strike. In the   Glacier Northwest v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union 174 case, the court ruled 8 to …

Blank Slate: Read all about it

The newly passed Clean Slate Act does not refer to a slate of pristine candidates for elective office. The annals of political mischief are bleach-resistant. But the records of ordinary mortals can …

The ill-health of health care

As a retired New York City Transit worker, I switched health-care plans at 65 when my previous coverage expired. I happily chose traditional Medicare with Aetna as my secondary insurance. Now I find …

For cops, the CCRB is the anti-Clean Slate

It is no secret that the right and left have opposing political views. But in this city, the left is firmly in charge and they have made it clear that their agenda has little use for law enforcement. …

Labor’s prevailing winds

They want Truth, Justice and Righteousness to prevail. So they say. But they're against prevailing wages. "Prevailing wage laws set requirements for businesses to compete for taxpayer-funded project. …

Are robots taking our jobs?

The release of Open AI’s ChatGPT has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Along with its AI graphics generator Dall-E, AI now appears poised to do the kinds of work once thought exclusive to …

Drowning in disrespect

He had led a checkered life until the moment that defined his character. He hadn't aspired to fortune or fame and hadn't made any mark on family, friends or colleagues, much less the world. He used …

For NYC traffic enforcement, body-worn cameras are not the solution

The Communication Workers of America Local 1182, which represents the city’s 2,500 traffic enforcement agents, are asking for body-worn cameras (BWCs) as a part of their contract talks. Traffic …

Mary Jane's right of passage

Flight or fight? Why does it have to be one or the other when you can choose both? Yesterday I felt like giving chase and strangling a guy in a Charger who cut me off on the highway at a speed that …

Catch as catch can

If acronyms could solve crimes, Mayor Eric Adams would be Sherlock Holmes. His administration’s latest plan to combat retail theft, aka shoplifting, is rife with catchy abbreviations that won’t …

On jail reform, one size doesn’t fit all

Opinions regarding the management of correctional systems by Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and Darren Mack, the co-director of advocacy organization Freedom Agenda, presented in a recent Daily News …

Biden v Trump, chapter 2: Why 46 will win

Now that we’ve gotten the disturbing scenario of Trump’s return to the presidency out of the way, let’s game out a Biden victory in 2024.     In this one, the Trump …

Blood, guts and kids

"It's never too soon to jump-start your resume.” Your first job can be the start of something big. Attitude is everything. There is dignity in a hard day's work and any job is a good job if you can …

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