What’s Brewing? This Week’s Must Read Link Roundup

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“We recognize our service is not where it needs to be…” This admission from NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco came just one day after the MTA raised fares for the fifth time in eight years. From Crains New York Business: “Overall, weekday trains finished their route late 26% of the time, versus 19% in the previous 12 months. Weekend trains finished late 19% of the time, up from 14%.” So, what can the average NYC commuter do to protest against the drop in service and rise in out-of-pocket travel expenses? Foster Kamer has an article over on Matter with a […]

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N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated

(Photo: US Dept of Labor)

Last month we explored the role of the American Red Cross after Hurricane Sandy and the lack of transparency in how the charity spent more than $300 million raised after the storm. Experts criticized the group for not offering a detailed accounting of its post-Sandy efforts. It turns out New York’s attorney general had similar questions for the prominent charity, according to a previously unpublished letter the office sent to the Red Cross. The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last year asked the Red Cross for much of the same detailed financial information that we sought from the group. But […]

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Beach 92nd Street, Two Days After Sandy

Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half after the storm, it’s surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer. Red Cross officials told ProPublica the organization has spent or committed $291 million on Sandy through the end of February 2014. But the organization has not given a breakdown showing how, where, and when the money was spent. “The Red Cross is too big and too important to be allowed to be this secretive,” said Doug White, a charity expert who has written extensively on […]

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Sandy Survivors Heckle Corporate Shill Chris Christie, Christie Flips Out

(Original Photo via IowaPolitics.com)

Voters, furious over the corruption, greed and bullying of New Jersey Governor (and local Corporate Fanboy) Chris Christie, demanded answers of the patronage-peddling shame of the Garden State for his severe misappropriation and political manipulation of Sandy recovery funds. As one angry resident yelled, Christie “spent two-and-a-half times as much money on advertisements with himself in them … than on small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.” The governor, who has a widely-known reputation for bullying tactics that include harassing and belittling both local voters and media who question his runaway agenda of patronage and corporate favors, is shown scrambling in […]

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Occupy Sandy: Building Community and Worker Power in Far Rockaway

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“When the workers get together and decide how to distribute the income in such an enterprise, would they give the CEO $25 million in stock bonuses while everybody else can barely get by?” Three and a half months ago, the walls upstairs at the Church of the Prophecy in Far Rockaway, a low-income coastal neighborhood of New York City, were covered with maps of where help was most needed. The church was a hub for the Occupy Sandy relief effort after Hurricane Sandy. Now, nearly five months after the hurricane struck, the maps have been replaced by posters extolling the […]

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Your Weeked Smile: Kids at PS 31 in Brooklyn Get Organized to Help Sandy Victims

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The students of P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn got the privilege of learning about community support this week as they and their PTA Board members presented a check for humanitarian aid to a representative from New York Cares. The check of over $800 was the product of a lot of hard work that went into a bake sale organized by the school’s community to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Hurricane Sandy closed schools for 5 days in NYC. Immediately after returning to school on November 5, 2012, students, parents, PTAs and educators across the […]

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