Posted inVaccinations

De Blasio’s Employee Vaccine Mandate Extends to 125,000 Workers at City-Linked Nonprofits

Tens of thousands of nonprofit workers and other city contractors are covered by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest vaccine mandate — presenting new challenges to an already beleaguered sector that includes social service groups.  When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that all 300,000 municipal employees must have received at least one dose of the […]

Posted inEric Adams

Adams: ‘I Was Wrong.’ Mayoral Leader Finally Apologizes for Sexist Smear of Whistleblower Cop

Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams publicly apologized Tuesday to a former transit cop whose reputation he smeared with words and pictures after she accused members of a fraternal group he once co-led of cheating on a police exam. In 1991, Adams attacked the integrity of then-Officer Lizette Lebron — labeling her a “scorned lover” of […]

Posted inPublic Schools

NYC to Eliminate ‘Gifted’ Test in Overhaul of Segregated Program

Additional reporting by Amy Zimmer contributed reporting. This story was originally published by Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization covering public education. Sign up for their newsletters here: Starting next fall, New York City will no longer test rising kindergartners for entry into its gifted and talented program, which has long attracted controversy for enrolling starkly low numbers […]

Posted inCampaign 2021

How Garcia, Wiley and Morales Gave Their Male Mayoral Rivals a Run for Their Money

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams notched another $1.3 million in taxpayer-footed public matching funds Thursday — but the latest campaign finance numbers show how his top female primary rivals gave him a run for his money. The five men among the top eight Democratic candidates outpaced the women in garnering the support of super PACs — […]

Posted inCampaign 2021

Republican Mayoral Debate Takeaways: Mateo and Sliwa Shout It Out

The two Republican candidates waging longshot bids to become mayor of New York City focused on attacking each other during a debate broadcast Wednesday night, overshadowing their shared campaign theme of public safety. The raucous faceoff pitted Fernando Mateo, a restaurateur and advocate for bodega owners and taxi drivers, against Curtis Sliwa, a radio personality […]