This back-and-forth has characterized the mayor’s rocky relationship with city law enforcement — vacillating wildly between rhetorical condemnation and sanction of their indefensible conduct, all while officers and union officials show him the utmost contempt. It’s especially incongruous given the bloated policing budgets and expanded gang databases that have marked his tenure and granted police broader surveillance powers and discretion to criminalize noncriminal behavior. All evidence indicates he is far from the law-enforcement antagonist that he performed early on or that the NYPD seems to think he is. The result is a queasy combination of reformist rhetoric — and sporadic entreaties — with “tough on crime” posturing. The mayor is now stoking fears of rising crime due to a laxness in the courts that does not exist, and he has attached causal blame for crime to more equitable bail laws with no proof. The stakes of throwing the … [Read more...] about Nobody Knows Why New York’s Murder Rate Has Risen. Bill de Blasio Is Using It to Demagogue.
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More than 1 million public school students in New York City — the largest district in the U.S. — had their last day of in-class instruction on March 13, just as waves of sick people were beginning to hit city hospitals. All schools statewide were closed by March 18. … [Read more...] about Cuomo Clears New York Schools Statewide to Open, Carefully
“While President Trump and others have suggested that the NRA should simply pick up and leave New York in an effort to evade responsibility,” her statement read, “I’d remind them that we shut down the president’s own foundation, recouped millions in diverted funds after unearthing the illegal use of charitable funds, and directed those funds to lawful organizations for legitimate charitable purposes. … [Read more...] about New York Attorney General Letitia James ‘Intends To Do The Same’ To NRA As She Did To President’s Foundation
Many organizations have suffered dubious spending by officers, ranging from unions and political parties to nonprofits and universities; none were disbanded. Union, religious and educational leaders regularly have been accused of lavish self-spending on housing, travel or other perks; few have been prosecuted. Figures like Rev. Al Sharpton have been accused of lavish spending and self-dealing. Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) paid him more than $1 million in compensation in 2018 alone, and $500,000 for rights to his life story. Although NAN is headquartered in New York, James has not suggested dissolving it, or other organizations. … [Read more...] about Turley: The tragic irony of the New York state lawsuit against the NRA
Now, nurses will have to pay attention to coronavirus symptoms and may at times have to isolate students to prevent its spread. The added challenge is that students may attend school despite possibly having symptoms. Identifying those children will be an arduous task. … [Read more...] about As new academic year looms, public school nurses call for more funding to battle the coronavirus