More than a dozen companies have cut their ties to the NRA, including Hertz and Delta, which cut their discount programs for members. These businesses say they’re responding to public debate following the Parkland shooting. I spoke to Lawrence Glickman, a history professor at Cornell University about the effect this movement could have on policy.
March is Women’s History Month. This morning, New York’s most prominent progressive women gathered in a midtown ballroom to celebrate their accomplishments.
But as they toasted the past, they also looked to the future. Gun control is at the top of their agenda. The group is organizing a nation-wide walkout of high school students to demand stricter firearm regulations. But these same leaders also say they want to credit the diverse voices who they say were fighting gun violence long before Parkland
INTRO: Last week, it looked like spring might be coming early to New York City. But today… snow and rain are turning the streets into a slushy mess. As producer Sarah Wyman found out, if you’re struggling to make the call between sandals and snow boots, you’re not alone.
New York City is host to about 60 million tourists each year. And instead of staying in hotels, many of them prefer short-term rentals in private homes. Airbnb is the largest company that facilitates private home rentals, and they are thriving. But a new report argues that Airbnb is contributing to gentrification and racial income inequality in some parts of the city. Wendy Rhodes has the story.
Governor Cuomo has a new plan to lift the MTA out of its eight month-long state of emergency. The proposal, developed by the advisory panel “Fix NYC,” would raise funds for the agency and limit congestion by making drivers pay to use Manhattan streets. In the past, congestion pricing has proved a divisive issue for New Yorkers, but this time around, they’re doing something radical… looking for common ground. Sarah Wyman has more.
The Dow dropped almost 600 points after President Trump announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on Thursday. A third of the steel and up to 90 percent of aluminum used in the US is imported from trading partners around the world – like the EU, Canada, Mexico and China. But, as Juan Torres-Falcon finds the new tax is sharply dividing the manufacturing sector.
Last month’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida has New York City officials taking a closer look at safety measures in public schools. One proposal, is more metal detectors in more schools. Jennifer Sigl (SEE-gull) reports on the mayor’s proposal and its possible impact on school safety.
Mayor Bill De Blasio wants to close down Rikers Island. In place of the notoriously problematic jail, he wants to build a new facility in the Bronx, as well as modernize three others in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. But that takes funds the city may not have. Juliette Jabkhiro reports.
HOST INTRO: The Hudson River is a stew of dissolved pharmaceuticals. That’s according to a new study from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Sixteen common pharmaceuticals were detected — including antibiotics, anticonvulsants, drugs for treating high blood pressure, epilepsy. A plan to reduce the contamination is in the works, but as Bo Hamby reports, there’s already quite a bit of medication in the water.
This is Uptown Radio. I’m Eileen Grench. Yesterday, the Panel for Education Policy voted to close 10 of the 13 underperforming New York City schools it had on the chopping block. Dr. Aaron Pallas, the Chair of the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis at Columbia University’s Teachers College thinks that the process for closing schools is opaque, confusing the communities impacted by these closures.