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Fixating on Trump at the expense of the city's safety

Whether you like Donald Trump or not, and clearly most New York politicians don’t, it is obvious that Trump Derangement Syndrome has infected many of our city and state elected officials’ ability …

The war on cops continues unabated

On Jan. 23, Sergeant Erik Duran, 36, a 14-year NYPD veteran with an exemplary record was charged in the Bronx for the crimes of assault in the first and second degrees, manslaughter and criminally …

Confining cops

C'mon, we're among friends here, so we can say what all know to be true: that the City Council's How Many Stops bill, some version of which will become law after the Council’s override of Mayor …

And they're off!

With his win in both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, Donald Trump is clearly the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for 2024. Never mind the pathological lying, the …

How to defeat neoliberalism

Last November, Mayor Adams proposed a massive $6 billion cut to city funding. He scapegoated immigrants forcibly trafficked to New York City by the governors of Texas and Florida, blaming a budget …

Pay the city’s managerial employees what they have earned

The New York City Managerial Employees Association (MEA) advocates for New York City managers who are not included in New York State Taylor Law collective bargaining agreements with the City of New …

Let cops do their job

Kudos to Mayor Adams for vetoing Intro 586-A, a bill introduced by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and supported by an overwhelming majority of City Council members that would require NYPD officers …

Revenue hunger games

Were it not for my close relative securing a problematic pension for the mother of my high school math teacher, I would have failed his class and missed graduation. A quid pro quo can work wonders. …

Good Samaritanship ain't the bottom line

We are admonished to beware of "slippery slopes,” the implication being that at the bottom of the slide, disaster awaits. But slippery slopes can be serendipitous. If, for instance, a supermarket …

Attacks on COs prefaced rise of assaults on cops

A recent article in The Chief reported on an 18.5-percent increase in assau,lts on NYPD officers last yeark with police union officials denouncing “liberal criminal-justice laws” (“Felony …

Unions can repair voter cynicism

All this feeds — especially among our youth — a hopelessness about the future and the ability to live and enjoy a meaningful life. It should not be a surprise that a significant portion of people …

Privatization by any other name still stinks

I am a movie buff, and find it humorous when life imitates art. A scene from “Sweet Home Alabama” comes to mind, and that’s when Melanie's former husband Jake meets her prospective husband …

32BJ’s contract win is a triumph for solidarity

The fine line between inflammatory rhetoric and sweet talk is best clarified by a fine labor contract. And a union stands tall with proud posture when it calls out the posturing of management. And …

Rethinking the workers movement in 2024

Although I do not make new year’s resolutions, I do set goals. My goals this year are focused on the workers movement. If we are going to build on the momentum of the labor movement over the past …

Freedom's just another word

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.” It's worse than that. Janis nailed the song, but Freedom Foundation owns the omen.   If this misnomer organization gets its way, …

A motley assortment

More than two years after marijuana was legalized in New York State, only 27 businesses have been licensed. Yet Queens City Councilwoman Lynn Schulman supports cracking down on unlicensed shops. The …

No privatization!

New York City's "economy shows resilience,” says the Independent Budget Office (IBO), which "projects that the City will end 2024 with an additional $3.6 billion in surplus above the Mayor's Office …

One-member, one-vote can democratize our unions

One main reason for the recently successful Teamsters UPS strike threat and SAG-AFTRA and UAW strikes is union democracy. In November , I wrote about reasons for the surging labor movement. In these …

New law will cuff cops

Last year, a former colleague and fellow NYPD historian gave me copies of the entire NYPD case file on the Charles Lindbergh Jr. kidnapping/murder that took place on March 1, 1932. Knowing I had …

The federal monitor is rewriting the DOC’s history

Winston Churchill said, “History is written by victors.” At the Department of Correction, the same applies. The federal monitor’s reports submitted to Federal District Judge Laura Taylor Swain …

Lecture from a fish

There is more to be learned about algae by watching a suckermouth Plecostomus adhering to the glass of one's home aquarium than we are taught by example about principles of constitutional law adhered …

Not halal

By now, many New Yorkers have heard about the November bum of the month. Stuart Seldowitz is the lowlife who harassed, over a four-day period, a singularly hard-working and decent American citizen, …

The problem with paying for excess workload

One of my unions’ current CBA has a new form of compensation for excess workload . This new language recognizes that faculty, counselors, librarians and coaches are performing unwaged labor …

Never Again! (Never say never?)

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Leaders must "think out of the box,” which may require mismanagement of human capital and its …

Tipping points

Many of the comforting little certainties of everyday life that we could heretofore take for granted are being questioned and rent asunder. But one outpost of stability remains: every diner in the …

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