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No Poetry, No Prose, Just Straight Talk

On the eve of his victory, with camera lights glaring, the media's microphones strategically placed and an enthusiastic crowd in full view, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams, in a reference to the …

Give $500 to All City Vaccinated Workers

Once upon a time, in 1863, our city was greatly divided over a draft law that mandated service in the Army. The South had passed a draft law exempting anyone who owned 20 slaves. In the North, the …

Don't Let Unions Slow Police Pension Fund

Most New Yorkers spend little time thinking about the inner workings of the city's pension funds, but as the fourth-largest pension fund in the United States with some $269 billion in assets under …

Give Essential Workers A Compensation Fund

The unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has left no state in America unscathed, and the threat from the virus still looms large over the lives of the entire nation. Despite the immense fear …

We The People? I Sure Hope So

I have always had a bit of an apocalyptic streak in me. I think it probably began when I was seven years old, about to turn eight in 1957. That was the year that I developed rheumatic fever. I was …

The Road From Virtual To Real is Refreshing

A little more than a year has gone by since the first reported death in New York City caused by COVID-19. More than 30,000 deaths followed as we marked this somber anniversary. Sadly, Local 237 …

PRO Act's Flaws: 'And That's The Way It Is'

In my previous column last December, I wrote that I was hopeful about the direction of the soon-to-be Biden Administration. Much has happened in the intervening four months, including the attack on …

Conviction by Accusation: The New Puritans Unload

The current fad of convicting people just because they are accused is wrong. It is not new to America, but it is wrong. Our Puritan forefathers set up the first witch trials. There were, of course no …

Pension Choices: Union Members Come First

One of the biggest achievements of the union movement was to obtain pensions for its members. These days, most private-sector workers have 401(k) style retirement plans, which is both good and bad. …

Law That Ends 'Solitary' Needs to Be Amended

The world of corrections post-HALT Solitary Confinement Act... Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris said, "There should be no place in civilized society for the legalized torture of solitary …

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