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Time for Council Action on Tenant Harassment

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | You can’t swing a dead cat in Manhattan without hitting a politician willing to denounce President Donald Trump in no uncertain terms. Among the justified knocks on the new White House occupant is that his agenda will have a corrosive impact on the faith Americans place in the power of government to […]

Chaos and Canards Take Center Stage

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | There’s little that any reasonable observer could have expected Donald Trump to do in his first days in office that would have eased the anxieties of the estimated three million people — including 400,000 in Midtown — who turned out for Women’s Marches worldwide the day after his inauguration. But it’s […]

Manhattan In the Age of Trump

Manhattan In the Age of Trump

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | By a nearly 10-1 margin, Manhattan voters rejected the candidacy of President-elect Donald Trump on November 8. The shock of his upset victory, coupled with the widely held view that he is unfit to hold the nation’s highest office — not to mention the world’s most powerful post — created a […]

A Wilderness Called Manhattan

A Wilderness Called Manhattan

BY PAUL SCHINDLER  | As last Tuesday evening’s election upset became undeniable, my friend Analisa in Chicago posted on Facebook, “Are men really that afraid of women?” And it suddenly hit me. In recent years — with the right wing’s fanatical hatred of President Barack Obama and then in repeated instances of young black men […]

BOO! Election Day Is November 8

BOO! Election Day Is November 8

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It’s not at all inappropriate to end this harrowing election season with images from Monday evening’s Halloween Parade downtown. It’s time for all this to be over, and for our country to start putting itself back together next Wednesday. If you want to help lower the final curtain on this freak […]

Trust in Honest Elections Fundamental to Our Democracy

Trust in Honest Elections Fundamental to Our Democracy

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | The latest dispiriting turn in a toxic presidential campaign has been Republican Donald Trump’s insistence that the results on November 8 may be fatally undermined by widespread voter fraud. He first warned of this peril in late summer when post-convention polls showed Hillary Clinton building a comfortable lead. Telling a small town […]

Comptroller’s Report Suggests Straphangers Deserve A Break

Comptroller’s Report Suggests Straphangers Deserve A Break

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A new report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli credits the Metropolitan Transportation Authority — which oversees the subway system, Metro North and Long Island Rail Roads, and a number of bridges and tunnels — with having improved both “its financial position for the future” and “customer amenities, service, maintenance, and security” […]

Skittles and Security

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Just shy of a week after New York marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the city was shaken by a bomb explosion in Chelsea. Though we issued a collective sigh of relief that there were no fatalities — and none in other terror episodes in New Jersey and Minnesota the same day […]

Pride and Heartbreak

Pride and Heartbreak

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | It was just one year ago that LGBT Pride Month in New York came to a euphoric conclusion with the US Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. But since Sunday, Pride events across the nation have been scarred by the horror of 49 patrons at […]

Clarity — And More Backbiting — In NYS Board of Elections’ Leakgate

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A report issued this week by Catherine Leahy Scott, the New York State inspector general, clarified a key issue surrounding charges that top aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio — and perhaps the mayor himself — may have violated campaign finance laws in coordinating the pass-along of donations made to county Democratic […]

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