Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    It's Endorsement Time! Grace Meng and Liz Crowley Both Announce New Support In Congressional Race

    It's endorsement season in the crowded race to replace longtime Congressman Gary Ackerman -- who surprised folks last month with the announcement that he would be retiring. You sometimes wonder how much these endorsements really matter -- but at least they offer us some insight into the kinds of d ... More >>

  • News

    January 11, 2012

    Why Won't the NYPD Charge Motorists Who Maim or Kill?

    The NYPD hands out plenty of traffic tickets

  • News

    July 20, 2011

    Citizen Bloomberg

    How our mayor has given us the business

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    MTA Still Broke; Will Raise Fares, Again, in 2013

    Adrian Fussell​Transit officials said Monday that the heavy snowfall late last year cost the MTA $14 million in lost revenues and $16 million in overtime hours spent clearing roads and subway tracks. (Meanwhile, the Bloomberg administration told the New York Times that they were still counting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Bloomberg's State of the City: We're Doing Great, And My Programs Will Make Things Even Better

    Mayor Bloomberg gave his annual State of the City Address in Queens today, and to hear him tell it, everything is going great. He celebrated "new jobs at Kaufman Studios," and "new ball fields and facilities at Queensbridge Park." He did admit there was a recession; "I know how worried people are," ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 15, 2009

    Mayor Bloomberg's Carbon Omissions

    He starts his third term backpedaling

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Council Committees Vote Down Kingsbridge Plan; Council Votes Against Rezoning (Updated)

    ​Tom Robbins called it: The city council's land use committee, and its zoning and franchises committee, have voted to reject Related Companies' proposal to redevelop Kingsbridge Armory into a shopping center. The full council is expected to vote against rezoning the Armory for that purpose. ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Report: Kingsbridge Mall Deal a Loser for the City Without "Living Wage"

    Activists want the proposed Kingsbridge Armory shopping center in The Bronx to mandate a "living wage" ($10 an hour with benefits, $11.50 without) for workers there. Sympathetic city councilmembers on the zoning committee threaten to make trouble, and the city tries to strike a deal with them. A vo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Election Day 2009: 6 Losers to Watch!

    It's Election Day and, this being New York, no surprises are expected. As Runnin' Scared has no influence to peddle, we can afford to be brutally honest about this. The Mayor's reelection is treated as a foregone conclusion and, down-ticket, the Democrats are expected to romp (except in Staten Islan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    No One Really Likes the MTA Plan

    Governor Paterson greeted communters at the Bryant Park subway station this morning, in celebration of the MTA bailout plan that Albany passed last night, though no one seems in a celebratory mood -- not even the Governor. "The one thing that I learned through this process," Paterson said, "is that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Albany Still Hacking Away at the State Budget

    No, the damn budget still hasn't been passed. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, who walked her walking pneumonia into the chamber to applause yesterday, had to go back to the hospital, which killed the Democrats' advantage. She and her medics are expected back today. Meanwhile the complaints against t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Report Shows What Actual Liberals Think of Obama's Plan

    People are talking about (and, from what the polls say, generally approving of) Obama's Tuesday night speech. Conservatives think the President's program is just a liberal wish list. But is it? A real liberal think tank, the Drum Major Institute, has gone through Obama's program, from stimuli to ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Liveblogging Quinn's State of the City: Cuts, Tax the Rich, Not Sales

    At her upcoming State of the City speech, which she is expected to bellow at any moment, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is expected to propose an income tax hike on richer New Yorkers, says Liz Benjamin. Citizens making between $297,000 and $532,000 would see their rate rise from 3.683 percent to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Gioia Responds to Avella on Congestion Pricing

    Queens City Councilman Tony Avella, of late a long shot candidate to be the next mayor, has never had any problem openly criticizing his fellow elected officials, and by name no less. In this Voice interview, Avella implied that his fellow Queens Councilman, Eric Gioia, was bought out by Council S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2008

    The State Of the Union Ignores the State of Sub-prime

    In his final State of the Union address Monday night, President Bush concentrated on talking up the occupation of Iraq. The speech had an even greater air of a lazy student mailing it in than most Bush efforts. The viewer got the idea that he knew a lame duck president with through-the-basement appr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Why Are There 1,723 Vacant Buildings in Manhattan?

    The Harvard Club hosted a discussion about abandoned housing and homelessness. By Eileen Markey Abandoned housing in Manhattan? Really? Tell me where, I've got my hot plate ready. It’s hard to believe there are vacant buildings in New York's still insane real estate market, but a recent survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    A Times Quiz

    Gray Lady Scorns Mirror, Urges Battered Ferrer to Count Self-Inflicted Wounds

  • News

    August 23, 2005

    The Other Freddy Ferrer

    2001 candidate trades two NYCs for one, prefers mainstream to upstream

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2005

    State GOP's Drum Rap

    Last Week, Republican state chairman Stephen Minarik called on Attorney General Elliot Spitzer to investigate the nonprofit, tax-exempt Drum Major Institute for being too friendly with Freddy Ferrer. Exhibit A, according to Minarik's letter, was a July 5 press conference condemning English-only repo ... More >>

  • News

    February 1, 2005

    Conversation Kills

    Gray-haired pols keep yammering about Social Security, but it's young people who need to be heard

  • News

    November 23, 2004

    Getting the Incest Out

    A Bloomberg proposal that could transform city campaign finance

  • News

    August 12, 2003

    Ferrer's Campaign Scandal

    Sidekick Ramirez and Friends Snared 2001 Bonanza