How Homeless Shelters Affect Property Values - NY Times
"Your home would most likely sell for less if you live within about two blocks of a shelter, when another shelter is a few more blocks away. The city’s Independent Budget Office looked at sales in Manhattan and estimated that in such a situation, a homeowner would get about 24 to 25 percent less for a house or a condominium than for a residence farther from a shelter with no other shelters nearby.That’s the difference between getting $1 million, or getting $750,000."
Push Launched to Get Voters to Choose Ranked-Choice Voting - Gotham Gazette
"The new system would allow voters in primary and special elections -- but not general elections -- to rank up to five candidates on the ballot rather than choosing just one, which advocates say will force candidates to reach a larger base, eliminate so-called “spoiler” candidates, ensure winners have a broad mandate, and save the city millions in costly runoff elections."
"'We can't have a legal system where somebody can go to housing court, be vindicated and even win against a bad landlord, and then repeatedly be denied a place,' Kallos said. 'Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are named in housing court cases every year, and they're reported on these blacklists.'"
"The legislation passed by the transportation committee, which will go before the full Council Wednesday, would mandate the city to create a plan for deliveries in Manhattan below 60th Street and in two other yet-to-be-determined 'highly congested areas' to take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. 'where feasible.'"
Echoes of the Past, Whispers of the Future - Our Town
"Rather than earning a score of 65 percent or better on the five Regents exams in order to graduate high school, students at Consortium schools complete written tasks and oral presentations called Performance-Based Assessment Tasks (PBAT) against a set of rubrics, and must also pass the English Regents exam."
Community colleges drag down SUNY enrollment - Politico
How the Port Authority is Rebuilding New York - City and State
We Will Make Them Hear Us - Our Town
The Technology That's Remaking Construction - City and State
New York Shows Growth in the Clean Energy Industry - City and State