The City University of New York is the crown jewel of the city’s once-robust welfare state, a vital resource for working-class New Yorkers. Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul are starving it.
Susan Kang is an associate professor of political science at John Jay College, City University of New York. She is the author of Human Rights and Labor Solidarity: Trade Unions in the Global Economy.
New York governor Kathy Hochul’s “State of the State” address Tuesday failed to address the challenges facing millions of New Yorkers. Instead, she offered more of the free-market centrism that has been disastrous for Democrats around the country.
New York’s public libraries are essential institutions providing a wide range of services and cultural programming on top of books and media. If Eric Adams’s proposed library cuts go through, huge numbers of New Yorkers will suffer immensely.
The New York Democratic Party’s leaders made horrible decisions that gave away seats to Republicans. We might have them to blame for right-wingers taking over the House of Representatives.
Kathy Hochul can’t just parrot Republican talking points about crime to win reelection as New York’s governor — she needs a positive vision for voters. Currently, that vision is absent, and it’s reflected in her low poll numbers.
New York has made some important gains in creating desperately needed public early childhood education programs. But despite the continued need for such programs, Mayor Eric Adams is threatening to weaken them.
In parts of Queens, socialists hold office at the local, state, and federal levels. Those victories are no accident: they’re the fruit of years of local organizing in a borough known for being anything but flashy.
Centrist Democrats and mainstream media would love to write socialism off the map in New York. But socialists are advancing in the state, not retreating.
How New York City socialists and their allies combined electoral muscle with front-stoop politicking to keep Amazon’s headquarters out of the city.
Andrew Cuomo took his victory lap in last week’s New York election. But the incumbent class below him has been shattered, and his base is hungry for radical change.
The transactional political class was no match for the passion and moral clarity of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the broader socialist movement.
The corrupt New York governor’s progressive reputation is a carefully stage-managed illusion.