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06.23.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor De Blasio announced Monday that the city will hire 1,300 new NYPD officers as part of a $78.5 billion budget deal, the New York Times reports. The announcement came as a surprise, as Mayor De Blasio as recently as June 5 said that hiring more cops was unnecessary, since crime is at near-historic lows; […]

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06.18.15 Liam Mathews

Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly popped out of the woodwork the other day to talk shit about Mayor de Blasio on the Fox Business Channel, blaming the mayor’s directive for the police to be less aggro for the recent uptick in homicides. “A lot of the signals that’ve been given to police officers, certainly here […]

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Prachi Gupta

One of the most tragic things about the case of Kalief Browder, the young man who committed suicide after being released from Rikers, was how preventable it was. Browder was arrested at 16, allegedly for having stolen a backpack, and waited there for a trial that took 3 years to throw out. One way to […]

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06.17.15 Liam Mathews

On Wednesday, Daniel Melamed, owner of 1578 Union Street, a residential building in Crown Heights, became the first landlord arrested by the task force convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The task force is going landlords who harass and threaten their rent-stabilized tenants in attempts to force […]

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05.15.15 Prachi Gupta

People lament the state of journalism these days, but when you see it working as it was truly meant to — to inform the people and enact real change — it’s a wonderful, soul-affirming thing. It’s too early to see just how substantive the reforms will be, but days after the New York Times published […]

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05.13.15 Liam Mathews

The New York City public school system is so fucked up that the mayor elected to help fix it can’t effectively pay for it because he can’t raise enough money from private donors. The New York Times reports that the Fund for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization that Mayor Bloomberg transformed into a powerhouse fundraiser […]

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05.05.15 Liam Mathews

Waiting for a delayed train is one of the small agonies of New York City life. As the minutes stretch on, it becomes less and less certain that a train is ever coming, and people begin to worry they’ll be trapped there forever. The MTA doesn’t offer any solace. Even if there is an announcement, […]

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05.01.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor de Blasio, working to keep the NYPD from turning their backs on him again, snapped at reporters during a Thursday press conference who questioned the NYPD’s aggressive crackdown on demonstrators during Wednesday’s Freddie Gray protests. “When the police give you instruction, you follow the instruction. It’s not debatable,” the New York Times quotes de […]

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04.21.15 ANIMAL

Between December and January, five banners demonizing Mayor Bill de Blasio flew through New York City’s skies while cops were turning their backs to him during the Eric Garner protests. On January 16, three days after the fifth and craziest banner flew (“DE BLASIO GET OFF THE POT. RESIGN. WE ❤ NYPD“), ANIMAL decided it […]

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03.31.15 Prachi Gupta

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a champion of progressive values with an agenda that embraces environmentally friendly initiatives, has been leading a double life: one in which he wastes fuel and pollutes the air with reckless abandon. The Brooklyn Paper reports that de Blasio travels 11 miles to work out at his favorite gym, the Park […]

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