Monday, June 23, 2014
This past weekend, Dallas played host to hundreds of mayors from around the nation. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was among those in attendance. He weighs in on the challenges facing his city, and the troubling divides plaguing the nation.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Mayoral races are heating up across the country, but for the GOP in big cities, the future isn't as bright. On a list of the U.S.’s largest cities, you have to go down to number 13, Indianapolis, before you find the first Republican mayor. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the urban GOP mayoral void is Mayor Scott Smith, Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona and President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Sarah Burd- Sharps, codirector of Measure of America, weighs in on the shifting demographics of big cities nationwide.
Monday, October 15, 2012
"New York City Mayors I Have Known" might be the better title for this 1954 installment of Campus Press Conference featuring guest Harry Hershfield -- columnist, cartoonist, and "Toastmaster Extraordinary."
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Mayors from across the nation are meeting this week to discuss unemployment and other economic issues hitting their respective cities. The United States Conference of Mayors, who is hosting the event, claims that nearly 80 of the country’s metro areas will not reach pre-recession levels of employment for at least five years. Mayor Steve Benjamin, an attendee of the conference, discusses his own struggles as mayor of Columbia, SC and the hardships other cities face presently in the United States.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
By Karen DeWitt, New York Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief
A coalition of business lobbyists, city and village mayors, and school boards are pushing hard for reduced pension and health benefits for their employees, as part of a package of mandate relief that they say is necessary to help communities around New York live within the new 2% property tax cap law.
The groups want public workers and teachers to pay a minimum amount for their health insurances, at least 15% for individuals and 25% for families. They’d also like them to accept reduced pension benefits in the form of portable 401(k)s, and require that injured workers are awarded less money in some cases if they are hurt on the job.
Brian Sampson with the pro business group Unshackle Upstate says the newly passed 2% property tax cap is not going to work, unless local governments and schools get easements from those rules in order to cut costs.
“This is what the taxpayers are asking for,” said Sampson. “They want government that’s affordable.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a mandate relief task force. It issued its first report last March, but contained no major shake ups to existing mandates. Sampson says the panel just “nibbled around the edges”.
Heather Briccetti, with the New York State Business Council, agrees.
“It’s very modest recommendations,” Briccetti said. “This is broader than what that task force has offered up.”
Governor Cuomo says mandate relief is “a work in progress”, and admits more needs to be done.
“It’s a continuing process, it’s an evolving process,” said Cuomo.
Cuomo was at a bill signing ceremony to require more health insurance coverage for autistic children.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who also attended the event, says he thinks the governor and legislature took a “large step” this year toward mandate relief, and the Speaker says municipalities still want state money for the programs, they just don’t want to be told how to spend it.
“Which has its pluses and minuses,” says Silver, who cites instances of school districts receiving money for pre- Kindergarten programs, and saying they want the extra cash, but do not want to implement pre-K programs.
Unions, whose members would feel the brunt of many the mandate changes requested, were incensed. Danny Donohue, President of the state worker union CSEA, in a statement, accused the coalition of being a “front group” for Cuomo, and his “corporate allies”, who he says are using public workers as a “scapegoat”.
The coalition says they are responding to a request from the state’s Lieutenant Governor, Robert Duffy, who asked the audience at a recent Business Council meeting to provide specific examples of mandates that they find onerous.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
In 2008, much was made about how the Obama campaign’s mastery of social media helped catapult a young, relatively unknown senator into the White House. But three years later, voters are harnessing the power of social media not to put candidates into office, but to "throw the bums out." Recall elections have gone viral, and angry voters throughout the country are using social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to drive recall efforts against unpopular politicians.
Monday, January 18, 2010
A group of mayors from around the country, including New York City's Michael Bloomberg, are awarding a new set of grants on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The grants will go to ten cities, and are designed to encourage service in urban areas.