a comprehensive review of over fifty studies on Wal-Mart?s economic impact across the country. The joint review of key research papers from the past seven years indicates that the opening of a Wal-Mart in New York City would likely eliminate more jobs than it creates, result in the loss of independently owned small businesses, and create an increased burden
The Department of Homeless Services Advantage program is a City-funded subsidy program that assists many homeless New Yorkers in their transition from shelter to permanent and independent housing. In recent months, tenants enrolled in Advantage have contacted the Office of the Public Advocate to report being pressured by their landlords to pay additional rent, beyond what is required under the terms of the program.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called for the elimination of the controversial Industrial and Commercial Abatement Program (ICAP), labeling its subsidies both wasteful and ineffective. In a report based on new data from the Independent Budget Office, de Blasio warned the program continues to offer too many tax breaks for the wrong projects in the wrong places.
After securing an accounting of the New York City Housing Authority?s repair backlog, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a report analyzing the nearly 370,000 outstanding repairs, and warned the agency against neglecting its most time-sensitive and health-threatening repairs in favor of more expedient ones.
This new report by the Office of Bill de Blasio shows that the growing demand for pre-kindergarten seats far outstrips supply across the city. Included in this report are data and analyses of this trend in New York City for recent years, as well as brief recommendations for how to tackle this issue.
This new report bolsters the case for new legislation barring racial profiling by law enforcement. Mayor Bill De Blasio is pushing for both the creation of an Inspector General at the NYPD and legislation barring racial profiling in order to reform the stop-and-frisk practice. Both bills are currently pending in the City Council.
a report cataloging the burdens on thousands of students with disabilities, their parents and taxpayers caused by poor planning at the Department of Education. The report shows that due to the Department?s missteps in what is known as the ?Turning Five? process, 2,500 students with disabilities and their families are being directed to utilize Non Public School (NPS) programs that cannot possibly accommodate a large influx of additional students.