April 2014

This Tuesday: Help break down a divide (and watch some great student videos at John Jay HS Campus)

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Although it’s located right in the middle of Park Slope, there has too long been a divide between the public schools in the John Jay Educational Campus and the surrounding community.

Next Tuesday, we’ve got a chance to help break down that divide. Read more »

Why I'm working to pass Intro-148, The Independent Expenditure Real Disclosure Act

New York City’s strong campaign finance system is under threat from a flood of corporate cash through “independent expenditures.” 

New York City has dramatically reduced “pay-to-play” and other electoral corruption by combining a small donor public matching program, voluntary campaign spending limits, contribution limits, and restrictions on donors “doing business” with the City.  New York City’s campaign finance system levels the playing field so that voters, not contributors, can decide who will represent them and it's one of the best, most succesful models in the entire country.

Unfortunately, huge, independent expenditures (IEs) by corporations threaten to upend that system. Read more »

Confronting segregation & discrimination in NYC

Errol Louis is right in his powerful piece in Thursday's Daily News that segregation is NYC's enduring shame ... and that it is an obligation of progressives to take action on it.

Although we don't like to confront it, our neighborhoods, housing, and schools remain firmly segregated. Even with immigration and gentrification, NYC saw the slowest declines in segregation of any of the top 10 metro areas over the past decade. We remain the second-most segregated big city, in both black/white segregation (after Chicago), and white/Latino segregation (after LA). And a depressing new report released this month shows that New York's schools are the most segregated in the country.

Fortunately, there are many things we can do, and the Progressive Caucus of the City Council is committed to taking action. Confronting discrimination and segregation was one of the "13 Bold Ideas" we adopted last year. And there are some important new ideas as well. Here's some of what we're committed to moving forward: Read more »