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Mayor Eric Adams’ nuclear option would save NYC billions in retiree healthcare costs

New York City is needlessly losing $50 million a month meeting its obligation to cover retired municipal workers’ health-care costs; most unions are on board with a plan that would save that cash while giving each retiree options. But because the City Council refuses to allow it, City Hall has no choice but to unilaterally […]

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City Council move to ban solitary would be a disaster | #citycouncil

City Council progressives are moving to ban solitary confinement at Rikers and other city jails — guaranteeing more violence, chaos and suffering. Worse, the move has supermajority backing, so would likely survive a mayoral veto.  The council hearing on the issue (and rallies around it) invoked all the usual claims that solitary is purely a […]

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Mayor Eric Adams needs to reward competence, now that Frank Carone is exiting

Frank Carone is leaving as Mayor Eric Adams’ chief of staff at the end of December — a move that should prompt the mayor to start upping his staff’s game now. In his rookie year, Adams’ agenda in Albany stalled on multiple key fronts. Above all, the Legislature refused to make real criminal-justice fixes, badly […]

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Mayor Adams needs to reverse the spike in emergency response times

Mayor Eric Adams needs to get ahead of another grim trend in public safety: the rise in response times to crimes, fires and medical emergencies. The latest Mayor’s Management Report (covering six months under the last mayor and six under the new) exposed serious upticks in response times to armed robberies, burglaries and other “critical […]

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Hochul again sells out Adams, NYC’s schoolchildren to serve her own interests

After weeks of hemming and hawing, Gov. Kathy Hochul last week signed the odious class-size bill. It’s a gift to teachers-union boss Michael Mulgrew, at the kids’ expense. Capping class size to 20 students in K-3, 23 in 4th through 8th grade and 25 in high school may sound like a grand idea — but […]

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Eric Adams doesn’t need photos to determine the best candidates for NYC jobs

Mayor Eric Adams’ recent request for photos of potential senior-level city hires is rightly ringing alarm bells. “There was no question,” said one former city employee of the ask. “It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now.’” The mayor’s excuse is that he just wants it to help him recognize […]

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You’ve got to find new answers on crime, Mayor Adams

Mayor Eric Adams is quite rightly pushing hard for the Legislature to hold a special session to finally fix its recent criminal-justice reforms. But he also needs to look at what he can do if lawmakers continue to refuse. Major crimes for the year are running 40% over 2021, NYPD data show. And murders rose […]

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Sinking stocks, dicey economy may hand NYC’s Eric Adams major budget crisis

Mayor Eric Adams’ $101 billion budget may be more fiscally responsible than any of his predecessor’s spending plans, but the ailing economy, and market, threaten to trigger a giant shortfall. To keep the city in the black — without raising taxes and fees — the mayor will need to keep a tight lid on outlays, […]

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Editorial: Dishonor belongs to writer, not mayor

Nowhere in the electoral contract between the citizens of Coeur d’Alene and Mayor Jim Hammond is there a clause covering what follows. At the end of this opinion piece, we’ll share with you, unedited, one of many messages the mayor and other city officials received after the June 11 arrest of 31 potential terrorists. Yes, […]

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The rent cap system’s broken

Are the members of the city’s Rent Guidelines Board aware that inflation is now at 8.6%? If so, what were they thinking Tuesday when they limited rent hikes to just 3.25% for one-year leases and 5% for two-year leases? Indeed, the caps — which apply to the city’s 1 million rent-stabilized apartments — are so […]

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