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Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2003

Sick Transit

New York can't afford not to build a 21st-century public transportation system.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2003

Learning from Labor

Unions operate a number of New York City's most successful job training programs. But the publicly run workforce system has met these labor successes with indifference, or worse.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2003

Latest Employment Figures Make A Strong Case For New York City Receiving Special Aid From Albany And

CUF reveals that NYC accounted for 97 percent of the state's job losses and 18 percent of the national job losses over the past year.

Commentary/Op-Ed - February 2003

Slow Down on Far West Midtown

With virtually no public discussion, the plan for Far West Midtown is going full speed ahead.

Commentary/Op-Ed - January 2003

Do Something For New York City, George!

In this press release on the eve of the governor's budget proposal, the Center offers new data to support reinstating the commuter tax--a move Governor Pataki has yet to endorse.

Commentary/Op-Ed - December 2002

Succeeding With Sectors

How the Bloomberg administration can move sector-based economic development from the conference room to the real world.

Commentary/Op-Ed - November 2002

Spare Some Change?

A fiscal crisis is a good time to figure out how the city can better coordinate the fight against poverty--without spending an extra penny.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2002

Center Criticizes Governor for Ruling Out East River Tolls and Reinstatement of Commuter Tax

In response to Governor Pataki's announcement that he won't impose tolls on East River crossings or reinstate the Commuter Tax, the Center for an Urban Future urges all gubernatorial candidates to keep an open mind about new revenue-raising mechanisms that would allow the city to help itself.

Commentary/Op-Ed - October 2002

Performing Miracles

When it comes to neighborhood revitalization, community arts groups have a thing or two to show business.

Commentary/Op-Ed - August 2002

Doing Our Marketing

To attract fast-growing, high-wage firms, New York City should talk up our Tudors and our test scores--not our tax breaks.

Commentary/Op-Ed - July 2002

Another Disappointing Year From Albany

For years, Albany lawmakers have been indifferent, at best, to New York City's interests. In this article for the Gotham Gazette, the Center's Jonathan Bowles shows that the 2001-2002 legislative session was no different.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

Re-Knitting the Safety Net

Analysis and recommendations from the Center for an Urban Future on how to reorient welfare, in New York City and the nation, into a system that encourages, supports and rewards work.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

An Interview with Lawrence Mead

The Center's David Fischer talks with political scientist Lawrence Mead, a leading scholar on poverty and welfare and a prominent voice in the debate over reauthorization of the federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

The Nonprofit Margin

New York City spends millions every year to help nonprofits provide needed social services in the five boroughs. So why doesn't the city let these linchpin organizations take advantage of tax incentives for relocation to alternative business districts the city promotes to for-profits?

Commentary/Op-Ed - June 2002

Mike Has the Right Idea on Welfare Reform

Mayor Bloomberg's welfare reform proposal seeks to balance the obligation to work with the supports families need to escape dependency. (Originally published in Newsday, June 11, 2002.)

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2002

A Needy City is Let Down by Albany

In the recently passed state budget, Albany officials continue to give short shrift to New York City, even after September 11. (Originally published in the New York Daily News, May 27, 2002.)

Commentary/Op-Ed - May 2002

New York State of Blind

If it doesn’t work hard to attract the job-creating entrepreneurs of the future, NYC will lose its reputation as "The Greatest City in the World."

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2002

Training Wreck

In the latest installment of NYC Inc., the Center's David Fischer examines why New York City has fared so poorly in connecting the business community to job training and workforce development systems.

Commentary/Op-Ed - April 2002

Albany Should Stop Stiffing New York City

This op-ed was originally published in New York Newsday, April 11, 2002.

Commentary/Op-Ed - March 2002

Retention Deficit Disorder

Will New York finally adopt an incentive policy that keeps businesses in the city without giving away the store?

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