These are tough days for data. Hard information permeates society and controls much of our lives, and because of that it is regularly stolen, twisted, abused, and delegitimized. In such a climate, the government’s numbers must be the gold standard of integrity. There will be no marches in support of that idea, no cardboard signs reading “Save Our Census” or “Count Us All.” Yet precise numbers matter because, in a democracy, the government allocates resources according to where they’re needed, rather than, say, because a high-ranking official has a nemesis in one state or a second home in another. The Census is the currency of fairness. Corrupting it is an ominous sign. … [Read more...] about New York City’s Demographer-in-Chief Is Worried About the 2020 Census
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It's been years since the city has seen winds this strong. The last time winds were recorded at 69 mph for the area was in 2012, during superstorm Sandy. High winds during the storm caused the collapse of a crane on the top of a skyscraper in Manhattan. … [Read more...] about New York is expecting strongest wind gusts since Superstorm Sandy, posing a risk to skyscrapers
Judge Analisa Torres ruled late Monday that the New York State Board of Elections must "direct all local boards of elections to count all otherwise valid absentee ballots cast in the June 23 Primary which were (1) received by June 24, 2020, without regard to whether such ballots are postmarked by June 23, 2020 and (2) received by June 25, 2020, so long as such ballots are not postmarked later than June 23, 2020." … [Read more...] about Federal judge rules some absentee ballots must be counted in uncalled New York congressional primary race
On a sweltering July afternoon a couple of years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio relocated one of his normally staid bill-signing ceremonies from City Hall’s blue room to the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. Surrounded by cheering activists and elected officials, de Blasio marked one of the early triumphs of his soon-to-be tumultuous tenure: bringing a municipal identification-card program to New York City. Undocumented immigrants would finally have access to bank accounts and various city services. Urban liberalism was on the march. … [Read more...] about What Happens to New York’s Municipal ID Card Under the Trump Administration?
The NYPD announced on Wednesday that this summer was the safest New York City has seen in years, according to its data. From June 1 to August 31 there were 82 murders and 345 shootings. Police officers arrested 41,000 fewer people. Commissioner Bill Bratton said on Morning Joe Tuesday, “Ironically, New York City this past summer, June to end of August … this was the safest summer we’ve had in 25 years in terms of shootings and murders.” However, thanks to an uptick in murders at the beginning of the year, the homicide rate for 2015 is still up 6 percent from last year. There has also been a 5 percent increase in incidents of rape. Major felony crime is down 4 percent overall. … [Read more...] about This Summer Was the Safest New York Has Seen in Decades, NYPD Says