Monthly Archives: December 2011

Keep Your Cards to Yourself: Say No to Casinos

As posted in The Democrat and Chronicle’s Young Professionals Blog

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s freshman year in office was nothing short of a 4.0 performance. Very few politicians, whether it is a mayor, governor or president, can boast the political maneuvering and legislative prowess that Gov. Cuomo has demonstrated in his first year of running America’s most obdurate and, at times, inept state governments.  Gov. Cuomo shattered the old image of an Albany filled with the lamest of ducks under the ethics and leadership deficiencies of David Paterson by closing a $10 billion budget gap without raising or setting new taxes and cutting spending for the first time in New York State in 16 years. Not only that, but he passed the $132.5 billion budget on time — a feat that George Pataki and Paterson have convinced me to be practically impossible in my lifetime. Despite the major impression he made with his budgetary mastery, it is likely overshadowed by the mammoth of a constituency he sowed in the LGBT community with the same-sex marriage bill.Read More


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End Stop-and-Frisk: It’s Time to Police the Police

As published on Policy Mic

A handful of activists and students congregated in front of Pace University, just over five blocks from Zuccotti Park, to express their grievances. However, they weren’t joining the chorus of Wall Street dissenters; they were addressing a longstanding inner-city issue that has recently received more media attention because of the unnecessary force and searches being practiced by officers at the Occupy protests.

The quintessence of excessive force and illegal searches and seizures is manifested in the NYPD’s practice of stop-and-frisk. The act disproportionately affects people of color and hardly gets guns and drugs off the street as much as it is used to meet quotas and fortify precinct crime stats towards the end of the month.

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Policing the Law

As posted on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Young Professionals

With the advent of the Occupy protests, activism has met its foe in police misconduct. From instances of excessive force to unfair searches and seizures, a new segment of the public has turned its attention to questionable policing practices.

However, well before Occupy Wall Street was merely a vision, there’s been a growing stream line of New York City based grassroots organizations that challenge the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk — the manifestation of excessive force and illegal search and seizure. The unethical practice is costly, ineffective and continues to perpetuate a taut relationship between officers and communities of color. With the vast majority of the individuals who are stop-and-frisked being people of color (in 2010, 87% of the stop-and-frisks and 90% of the summons were issued to blacks and Latinos, with force being used in 93% of the cases) the policy reinforces the NYPD’s image as an occupying force in inner-city communities that contributes to a pipeline of black youth going from the playground to the prison yard.


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Where in the World is Park51?

As posted on the Democrat and Chronicle’s Young Professionals


What is it? Does that name even ring a bell?

In case you have forgotten about the hordes of protesters, Quran burning pastors, taxi slashing college students, GOP politicizing and superfluous City hearings, Park51 is the proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan that evoked a long overdue conversation last year.

But that was last year. Surely, after overcoming so many hurdles and staring anti-Americanism in its face to say “we are Americans too, and we love our country,” the project should have transitioned from proposed site to actual construction.

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