Some states struggle with their murder rate, New York City struggles with their pedestrian casualty rate. According to a new study, there has never been more dangerous a time to walk on the streets of New York City.
The study, which looked at all of the traffic accidents that occurred in New York City in 2008 said that 31 percent of those accidents involved pedestrians, a rate higher than that of any other city.
Aside from just those pedestrians injured in accidents, a total of 317 pedestrians died as a result of being killed in a car accident.
The Department of Transportation pointed out …continue reading
While the federal economy is showing mixed signals, New York Governor David Paterson is warning New Yorkers that the state will go broke in a month if the state legislature does not cut the $3+ billion from the budget that he suggested.
Of the $3.2 billion that Paterson asked the state legislature to cut, more than $1 billion will be cut from schools and hospitals. Here in New York City, Mayor Mike Bloomberg avoided having to cut the education budget and firing thousands of teachers when he was given federal aid from the stimulus packaged.
The legislature, particularly the State Senate which now …continue reading
Many people were dismayed to see the national unemployment rate rise above 10 percent for the first time in three decades but that rate is even higher in Brooklyn where 125,000 people are out of work.
The Department of Labor announced earlier this month that the federal unemployment rate has hit 10.2%, the highest that it has been in more than 25 years. Later, the Labor Department also disclosed that the unemployment rate in Brooklyn had hit 11 percent.
This was not promising news for Brooklynites seeing as how every expert has predicted that the unemployment rate will rise even higher before the …continue reading
After disclosing his intent to push for a same-sex marriage bill in Albany months ago, New York Governor David Paterson is finally making good on his promise. Although most expect a gay marriage bill to ultimately fail, activists are glad that the conversation is at least beginning.
Although the State Assembly has already passed a bill to legalize gay marriage, the New York Senate has refused to bring the bill to the floor.
Now that the Democrats are willing to give the bill a go as the election has passed, Paterson is optimistic that gay people will soon have equal rights as they …continue reading
The surprisingly close finish of the mayoral race between overwhelming favorite Michael Bloomberg and largely unknown City Comptroller Bill Thompson has left many Democrats wondering what could have been.
After Michael Bloomberg succeeded in extending city term limits to three, all of his major opponents bowed out of the race assuming that he would once again win by a landslide. Bloomberg took numerous steps to insure his victory which included spending a whopping $100 million on his reelection campaign. That is almost a quarter of what Obama spent to win a nationwide election while Bloomberg received less than 700,000 votes. In total, …continue reading