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Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2017

Op-Ed: From Summer Pell to Summer TAP

The recently passed federal budget bill will do college students around the country a huge favor: extend Pell Grants for year-round study. New York should follow the federal government's lead by adopting this reform for its own need-based financial aid program, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Report - May 2017

The Aging Apple: Older Immigrants a Rising Share of New York’s Seniors

The growth in New York’s older immigrant population is far outpacing that of the U.S. born senior population. There are now more people over the age of 65 in the city than there are children ages 10 and younger. And for the first time since the end of World War II, the share of older New Yorkers who were born outside of the U.S. reached 49.5 percent—nearly equal to the native-born share.

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2017

Op-Ed: To Keep His Promises, Trump Should Invest in Human Capital

Although the Trump administration continues to tout its support for American workers, workforce development and job training programs are conspicuously absent from the White House’s list of accomplishments in the first 100 days. If President Trump and Congress are serious about putting more Americans on the path to the middle class, then Washington should be investing in a 21st century human capital system.

impact - April 2017

CUF Recommendation Leads to $335M Budget Boost for NYCHA

CUF’s Caution Ahead report and subsequent op-ed called on policymakers to repair crumbling facades at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings. The de Blasio administration's FY18 executive budget includes $355 million in new money to do just that.

Report - April 2017

More Time in the Stacks: Library Hours in NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities

CUF's third annual assessment of library hours compares New York City’s public libraries with library systems in the nation’s ten largest cities and New York State’s ten largest counties. Although New York City’s branch libraries are now open significantly more hours per week than at any point in the past decade, NYC's libraries are still open fewer hours than most of the largest library systems in the nation and large New York State counties.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2017

Op-Ed: Time to Let New York Dance

New York City's vibrant DIY music venues are creating opportunities for emerging artists and new voices, offering a first show, a supportive crowd, and a sense of community. However, archaic laws and a punitive bureaucratic mindset are stifling these small, local spaces that are already struggling to cope with skyrocketing rents.