Quality Of LIfe

Billionaire John Catsimatidis calls for pandas in NYC, says they would save the city

The Gothamist, Ramsey Khalifeh, Nov 21, 2023 Cute pandas will save the city’s economy – and ease tensions between the United States and China, local billionaire John Catsimatidis declared during a bizarre press conference on Tuesday. “New York is in deep doo-doo right now. We need tourism, we need people to come to New York,” […]

Libraries, summer school, police and composting face cuts amid NYC budget crisis

The Gothamist, Elizabeth Kim, Nov 16, 2023 Mayor Eric Adams’ office on Thursday announced a wide array of cuts that would significantly erode essential services for many New Yorkers, including libraries, summer school, policing and sanitation. The news did not come as a surprise. Adams has spent months bracing taxpayers for deep cuts that he […]

Doctors in Minnesota and Wisconsin Just Formed a Big Private Sector Physicians’ Union

JACOBIN, Sara Wexler, November 15, 2023 Last month, nearly 600 private sector doctors and other health care providers in Minnesota and Wisconsin voted to unionize — likely the biggest union of private sector doctors in the US. We talked to some of them about why. An interview with Beth Gunhus, Cora Walsh, Matt Hoffman and […]

NYC expands 30-day stay limits to single adult migrants in DHS shelters

The Gothamist, Arya Sundaram, Nov 13, 2023 The Adams administration, looking to free up space in the city’s beleaguered shelter system, will begin sending notices Monday to single adult migrants in Department of Homeless Services accommodations directing them to leave within 30 days, City Hall confirmed to Gothamist. The new round of 30-day notices is […]

Ady Barkan, Health Care Activist Spurred by His Illness, Dies at 39

Mr. Barkan campaigned for Medicare for all while struggling with A.L.S., the terminal neurodegenerative disease. THE NEW YORK TIMES, Mike Ives, November 7, 2023 Ady Barkan, a well-known activist who campaigned for Medicare for all while struggling with the neurodegenerative disease A.L.S., died on Wednesday in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 39. His death, at […]