By Philip Guelpa, 6 July 2011
Layoff notices were sent to 451 New York State employees at the end of last week. This is the first wave of layoffs that could reach a total of 9,800 if the state workforce does not agree to massive concessions.
By Ali Ismail, 30 June 2011
As the economic crisis continues to take its toll on working families in New York, the state”s foreclosure-prevention programs and homeowner-counseling agencies are now coming under attack.
By Alan Whyte, 17 June 2011
Tens of thousands of New York City public employees, teachers, private sector workers and students joined protests on Tuesday and Wednesday against impending budget cuts and mass layoffs.
By a reporting team, 17 June 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of workers who came to the June 14 rally in New York City to oppose the cutbacks proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo.
By A. Woodson, 15 June 2011
The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation board voted 8-2 on May 26 to close the Brooklyn Central Laundry and privatize all 83 laundry workers’ jobs.
By Philip Guelpa, 13 June 2011
New York state’s Democratic governor has threatened to lay off 9,800 workers and cut pension benefits for state employees.
By A. Woodson, 7 June 2011
New York City firefighters and supporters demonstrated against plans to shut down fire companies across the city.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2011
The tax cap, which is being strongly promoted by both Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo and the state’s Republicans, is one component of a multi-pronged attack on public education.
By Sandy English, 27 May 2011
Budget cuts will sharply reduce library services in New York City, and hit workers and the poor especially hard.
By A. Woodson, 23 May 2011
Hundreds of Yonkers teachers, students, parents and school staff turned out to protest massive budget cuts being proposed by the mayor and the school board.
By our reporters, 16 May 2011
Massive cuts in state and federal funding combined with the effects of the ongoing economic crisis are devastating public education in Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York state.
By our reporters, 16 May 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students at Riverside High School in Yonkers, New York, about proposed school budget cuts for the city that call for the layoffs of over 400 teachers and the elimination of school transportation, extra-curricular activities, intramural sports and many other programs.
By Sandy English, 14 May 2011
Several thousand protesters marched past Wall Street and New York City’s financial district late Thursday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $600 million in budget cuts
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2011
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to teenagers from Brooklyn who joined Thursday’s march against the budget cuts announced by New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They work in the Cypress Hills Beacon Program, a community center based in the schools that provides adult education, after-school and summer programs, as well as health and recreational programs.
By Sandy English, 9 May 2011
New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday announced $600 million in budget cuts.
By Dan Brennan, 26 April 2011
The homeless population in New York City has risen to never before seen levels, according to a recent report published by the Coalition for the Homeless.
By Ali Ismail, 15 April 2011
Cathleen Black, tapped by New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as chancellor of the largest US public school system, resigned last week just 95 days into her tenure.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 April 2011
The newly adopted budget for the State of New York contains savage attacks on major services for the working class, while at the same time providing substantial tax cuts for the wealthy and support for businesses.
By Ali Ismail, 2 April 2011
Hundreds of students and teachers from across the state of New York gathered at the Capitol in Albany to protest a new state budget that includes $1.2 billion in cuts to education.
2 April 2011
Students and teachers speak out against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cuts to education spending.
17 March 2011
Hundreds demonstrated March 11 against the planned shutdown of more than 100 New York City senior centers.
By Ali Ismail, 17 March 2011
Retirees and other workers protested the planned shutdown of 105 senior centers across New York City
By Ali Ismail, 3 March 2011
The number of “stop-and-frisks” conducted by New York City police rose to a record 601,000 last year.
By Sandy English, 23 February 2011
New York’s budget for the next fiscal year includes cutbacks in senior centers and fire stations as well as layoffs of teachers and other city workers.
By Ali Ismail, 18 February 2011
Budget cutbacks were blamed for the death of one woman and the injuries of seven other residents after a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building
By Philip Guelpa, 17 February 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, including devastating cuts in health care and education spending, as well as state worker pensions.
By Sandy English, 11 February 2011
New York Mayor Bloomberg’s appointees rubber-stamped the planned closing of 22 public schools, despite a storm of protest.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2011
The WSWS spoke to teachers and students who came to protest the closing of 22 New York City schools.
By Peter Daniels, 3 February 2011
A state government oversight board has seized control of the finances of one of New York’s largest counties.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 February 2011
As public university students in New York State begin the spring semester, they face major attacks on their educational prospects, both economic and academic.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2011
On the eve of New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget announcement, the New York Times published a lengthy editorial headlined “Within Our Means,” demanding that all New Yorkers tighten their belts in order to close the state budget gap.
By Steve Light and Sandy English, 25 January 2011
Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has escalated an assault on public education in New York City by proceeding with plans to close at least 26 public schools this year while adding more than 100 private charter schools.
By a WSWS reporting team, 25 January 2011
The WSWS spoke to students and teachers attending demonstrations against New York City school closings.
By Lavelle Jean and Sandy English, 13 January 2011
Seventy-three workers at the Flatbush Gardens housing complex in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn have been locked out since November 29 after rejecting drastic wage and benefit cuts.
By Philip Guelpa, 12 January 2011
With New York State facing a $1 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year and a projected deficit of more than $9 billion for the coming year, newly inaugurated Governor Andrew Cuomo used his January 5 “State of the State” address to outline a program of draconian austerity.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2011
States throughout the US are beginning to unveil budget proposals, with the Democratic governor of California, Jerry Brown, leading the way in proposing steep cuts in health care and other social services for the poor.
By Dwight Stoll and Sandy English, 8 January 2011
Last month, two New York City public high school principals banned performances of a play written by students dealing with the city’s promotion of inequality in public education.
By Barry Grey, 4 January 2011
On December 30, two days before assuming the governorship of New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement of fraud charges against the Wall Street financier and former head of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner.
By Sandy English, 30 December 2010
Basic New York City services came to a near halt on Monday and Tuesday after a severe blizzard blanketed the East Coast on Sunday night and Monday morning.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2010
A major blizzard struck the northeastern US over the weekend, cutting power to tens of thousands and stranding holiday travelers.
By Peter Daniels, 29 December 2010
In the latest of a series of accidents and resulting injuries that have plagued the forthcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” now in previews in New York City, a 31-year-old actor was hurt December 20.
By Fred Mazelis, 15 December 2010
The New York City administration is to experiment on the city’s poor by conducting a randomized trial on the effect of denying emergency housing assistance to those in danger of homelessness.
By Steve Light, 15 December 2010
New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that 6,100 teachers will be laid off in 2012. This comes on top of the elimination of 4,000 teacher positions over the last two years.
By Alan Whyte, 25 November 2010
According to an ongoing investigation, thousands of signals in New York City’s subway system were not inspected despite official reports asserting that they were.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2010
New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans Thursday for eliminating the jobs of 10,000 city workers and slashing spending by nearly $1.6 billion.
By Peter Daniels, 11 October 2010
The latest fare hikes, approved by the MTA board on October 7, come only months after draconian service cuts, including the elimination of several subway lines as well as bus service in many areas of the city.
By Alan Whyte, 10 July 2010
Subway and bus service cutbacks went into effect in New York City last week, creating hardships for thousands of passengers.
By Alan Whyte, 22 June 2010
Some ten thousand New York City public sector workers rallied at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, June 16, against threatened layoffs and impending budget cuts to various city agencies.
By Alan Whyte, 16 June 2010
About a thousand students demonstrated on the afternoon of June 11 at New York’s City Hall Park against the threat by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to eliminate free access to bus and subway passes known as MetroCards.
By Peter Daniels, 10 May 2010
New York City’s billionaire mayor proposes massive jobs and service cuts.
By Sandy English, 30 January 2010
Over intense opposition from students, teachers and parents, New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted early Wednesday morning to close seven middle or elementary schools and 12 high schools.
By a WSWS reporting team, 30 January 2010
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed parents, students and teachers who attended Tuesday night’s Panel for Educational Policy vote at Brooklyn Tech on the closing of 20 public schools.
By Jeff Riley and A. Wood, 22 June 2009
For the vast majority of New York City’s more than eight million people, those who depend upon their paychecks to make a living, the financial crisis unleashed by the speculative and often criminal activities of those being bailed out on Wall Street has meant attacks on jobs, wages and benefits.
22 June 2009
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in New York City on drastic cuts in health care and social services.
By Sandy English, 26 May 2009
New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has appointed a fellow Wall Street veteran, former Lehman Brothers top executive John B. Rhea, to head the New York City Housing Authority.
MTA “bailout” plan:
By Sandy English, 12 May 2009
New York’s legislature approved $2.25 billion for the MTA transit system, staving off—if only temporarily—deep service cuts, mass layoffs and steep fare hikes, while still placing the burden for the system’s crisis on the backs of working people.
By a reporting team, 13 February 2009
Plans by New York‘s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to impose massive fare hikes and service cuts on subway, commuter rails and bus service next month have provoked outrage among the 7 million people who depend upon the system for transportation.
Following company announcement of 7,000 layoffs
By C. W. Rogers, 5 February 2009
On Monday Macy’s, one of the largest department store chains in the US, announced plans to lay off 7,000 workers, some 4 percent of its total staff. A WSWS reporter spoke to workers at Macy’s flagship store in New York City.
By Sandy English, 4 September 2008
Taxi drivers in the US have been among those hit hardest by the steep rise of gasoline prices over the last year. Along with other workers and small business owners in the transportation industry around the world, taxi drivers are now facing a precipitous fall in their standard of living.
By Sandy English and C.W. Rogers, 12 March 2007
In the aftermath of the horrific house fire that claimed the lives of nine children and one mother in New York City’s borough of the Bronx, there was popular anger, mixed with shock and grief in the streets of New York, over both the fire and the reaction of the city’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg to this tragedy.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2005
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By Jerry Isaacs, 24 December 2005
The World Socialist Web Site spoke with a New York City transit worker after the leadership of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 called off the strike by 34,000 workers Thursday without attaining a contract.
By Alan Whyte, 5 November 2003
The captain of the Staten Island ferry that crashed into a wooden and concrete pier on the afternoon of October 15, resulting in the deaths of 10 passengers and dozens of injuries, has been vilified by New York City authorities and the media for not testifying to city and federal investigators.
By Jeremy Johnson, 23 October 2001
There has been relatively little attention paid to the crisis facing immigrant workers in New York City, especially those who are undocumented, in the wake of the events of September 11.
City Hall versus the Brooklyn Museum:
By the Editorial Board, 1 October 1999
The campaign being waged by New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani against the Brooklyn Museum is a crude act of state censorship. Neither Giuliani nor any other politician can be allowed to dictate which pieces of art go on display in a public museum—in the present case, a cultural institution that employs 500 people and draws half a million visitors a year.