Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

All posts by Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

New York City

Where’s the money? The MTA doesn’t have it

Just two weeks after the MTA raised fares, the New York City Council is admonishing them for not fixing escalators and elevators quickly enough. Those escalators and elevators are incredibly important for wheelchair-users and parents with strollers. New York City's subway is one of the oldest and largest subway systems in the world and many of the escalators…

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New YorkQuick Hits

Where’s your money going?

The Albany Times Union is doing some great investigative work into state government. Teaming up with the Investigative Post, ProPublica, and the Daily News they dug into the "State of Subsidies": how New York spends billions on subsidies for businesses with very little return. This weekend, they revealed how state legislators spend millions of taxpayer dollars on…

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
AnalysisNew York City

A sensitive topic exposes how politics really works

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is approaching a public health issue in the New York Orthodox Jewish community very sensitively. It's a demonstration of how politics sometimes requires almost surgical movement to balance competing demands, especially in an election year. Jews circumcise eight-day-old baby boys and some Orthodox Jewish communities hold by a practice called metzitzah b’peh…

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New YorkNewsletterShakingNews

Trump, NYPD Trouble, and More!

In this newsletter: budgets (not the sexiest topic but very important when thinking about Donald Trump's impact), misbehaving cops, and more! Want to get this newsletter every week by email? Sign up!

  ********** How Trump Threatens to Derail New York’s Plans New York is in the midst of budget season. By the…

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The NYPD is under fire.
New York City

Trouble for the NYPD

The New York City Police Department had a string of bad news stories over the past week. They settled a court case over illegal Muslim surveillance, paying millions in the process. A leaker revealed the disciplinary records of the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner, Daniel Pantaleo, giving the police department another black eye. And…

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