Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014
By Sarah Gonzalez : Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of Financial Services for the State of New York, might just be the man that big banks fear the most. He helped bring a criminal case against France's biggest bank, levying the largest and most substantial fine against a bank in history.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
La Santa Cecilia's song “El Hielo” tells the story of three immigrants living in fear of the law enforcement agency, and for the band La Santa Cecilia, it hits close to home. La Santa Cecilia's lead singer La Marisoul (the stage name of Marisol Hernandez) and accordion/requinto player Jose “Pepe” Carlos talk with Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop about how personal the song is for them.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
By Patricia Willens : Editor, WNYC News
TV producer John Merrow discusses the documentary “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” about the former chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, who is one of the most admired and reviled school reformers in America.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Taxes, penalties, and tax penalties. That sums up much of what was discussed at yesterday's Supreme Court hearing on the 2010 health care overhaul bill, also known as the Affordable Care Act. Today's hearing, in which the court will focus on the constitutionality of the health overhaul, promises to be much more exciting. We speak with Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, and Monica Haymond, a legal assistant originally from California who's been sleeping outside the Supreme Court Building since Friday night, hoping to get into today’s hearing.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Is the recent Pew Poll that showed most Americans couldn’t pass a test about general world religions an argument for religious education in public schools? And if so, what would a Constitutionally acceptable religious curriculum would look? That’s the question we pose to Charles Haynes, Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC,
Friday, August 20, 2010
By Azi Paybarah
“Albany is an embarrassment and career politicians are completely out of touch with our values,” Braunstein's recent mailer says.
He also signed the NY Uprising reform pledge which, his former boss, has not.
Disclaimer: Above is a photo of Braunstein with Bayside activist Frank Skala, who nearly failed me in 7th grade social studies.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Reader William Bryk has a critical take on why Ed Koch's reform push probably won't yield any results, in Albany or anywhere else. In short, it's ballot access, says Bryk:
If Mayor Koch were truly serious, primaries would be taking place across the City. They're not. With all respect to him, he's a general without troops; he's been retired from politics for over twenty years; he's eighty-five years old this year; he can get some press attention, but he can't effect the kind of change he says he wants to bring about.
The hyper-technical ballot access requirements of the election law are the reason why we don't have the nationwide anti-incumbent surge enriching our local politics. If Mayor Koch would lend his energies and talents to making it easier for ordinary citizens - not just lawyers and professional politicians -- to get on the ballot, he would truly crown his sixty years' service as soldier, lawyer, public official, and public figure.
Timing, I'd say, is also a factor.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Despite the “anti-incumbent” mood supposedly sweeping through the mid-term elections, there are surprisingly few incumbents in New York State facing serious electoral challenges.
Among the most glaring examples are Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Conference Leader John Sampson: They’re Democrats who each lead one half of the often-criticized “dysfunctional” state legislature. They’ve also both refused to sign the reform pledges advanced by the group led by former Mayor Ed Koch, who, in return, branded Silver, Sampson and other hold outs “enemies of reform.”
That seems like enough fodder for a challenger.
So, how did Silver, Sampson and other “enemies” avoid serious primary challenges?
In short: Since the state has no campaign finance mechanism, challengers would have had to start revving up their fund-raising and campaign operations months in advance, well before the anti-incumbent “mood” and fever pitch for reform swelled to it’s current levels.
Or, as Jerry Skurnik, a political consultant (and one-time Koch aide) put it to me, “By the time Koch started doing this stuff, it was too late.”
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Koch--continuing with the group’s MO of using public attention to shame others into signing the pledge--said, “if Espada commits to these reforms, surely you must.”
Espada, a Democratic Senator from the Bronx, has been criticized for a number of alleged ethical lapses, including a history of campaign finance filing problems, profiting from a non-profit health care group he controls and throwing the state into chaos when he and another Democratic Senator caucused with Republicans, flipping control of that house and bringing state government to a standstill.
Among the people who have not signed the pledge are Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic County Leader.
Monday, June 21, 2010
While Congress rushes to complete a sweeping financial reform bill later this week, the banking industry is pulling out all the stops for a last ditch effort to undercut the Volcker Rule—a provision that allows banks to retain some of their most risky businesses. The New York Times' finance reporter Louise Story explains who wins and who loses if the Volcker rule were to be put in place.
Monday, June 07, 2010
As energy legislation makes its way to Capitol Hill, lawmakers are beginning to hint at how they'll work together. Sen. John Cornyn said that he is ready to work with Democrats to deal with some of our environmental concerns. However, it is unlikely that senators like Cornyn will accept the president's comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.
Friday, May 21, 2010
The Environmental Protection Agency has given BP 24 hours to find a less toxic chemical dispersant to break up the oil gushing from their ruined pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico. These dispersants are used to break up the crude into droplets that will sink into the water, making them more easily diluted by ocean currents and less likely to threaten shoreline ecoystems or marine life on the surface.