New York

Occupy Albany encampment brutally attacked by police

By Philip Guelpa, 24 December 2011

Police staged a violent attack on peaceful Occupy Albany protesters Thursday, with mounted police using pepper spray and brutally tearing down the last of the occupation’s tents.

New York City postal workers speak out on layoff, closure threats

By A. Woodson, 20 December 2011

On December 13, the United States Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on its plans for wholesale closures of Post Office stations and mail processing centers. The moratorium also covers the threat to scrap Saturday and standard one-day delivery services. The moratorium ends May 15, 2012.

New York City targets 19 more schools for closing

By Peter Daniels, 20 December 2011

New York City announced a new list of schools to be closed, the latest in a long series of attacks.

New York City: Over 50 protesters arrested during attempt to establish new occupation site

By Sandy English, 19 December 2011

Police in New York City arrested over 50 protesters on Saturday as they attempted to occupy an empty lot near Lower Manhattan’s Canal Street.

New York governor packages tax cut for rich as “reform”

By Philip Guelpa, 13 December 2011

With overwhelming bipartisan support, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has pushed through a tax “reform” that represents a significant tax cut for the state’s millionaires and billionaires.

City threatens to clear Occupy Albany encampment

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2011

Albany’s Democratic mayor is preparing to evict Occupy protesters, using alleged violations of safety and health codes as a pretext.

Musicians may strike at New York City Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 8 December 2011

Management at the New York City Opera has declared an impasse in its ongoing negotiations with the union representing singers and musicians.

New York City transit workers meet as contract deadline looms

By Alan Whyte, 7 December 2011

With their contract set to expire, New York City’s 36,000 transit workers are confronting a relentless attack on their jobs, wages and working conditions, while their union prepares no struggle.

New York City workers protest inequality and layoffs

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 5 December 2011

Some ten thousand workers took to the streets in New York City last Thursday to protest economic inequality and job cuts.

New York: CUNY students denounce police attacks

By Sandy English, 29 November 2011

Hundreds of students from the City University of New York marched Monday to protest police violence that culminated in the arrest of 15 students last week.

New York police beat and arrest students protesting tuition increase

By Sandy English, 23 November 2011

Police from the Public Safety Department of the City University of New York (CUNY), assisted by the New York City Police Department, arrested 15 students at a public hearing of the CUNY Board of Trustees Monday evening.

New York governor moves to forcibly remove Occupy Albany protesters

By Philip Guelpa, 21 November 2011

The confrontation between Occupy Albany protesters and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo escalated Saturday night with the arrest of nearly 50 occupiers by state police.

Occupy Albany, NY: “The people need to represent the people”

By our reporters, 19 November 2011

On Thursday, as part of nationwide demonstrations to commemorate the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, approximately 500 people rallied near the New York state capitol building in Albany.

Massive police mobilization against Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 18 November 2011

Occupy protests on Thursday were met by a heavy police response. More than three hundred people were arrested nationwide.

New York City police raid Occupy Wall Street camp

By Jerry White, 16 November 2011

In a predawn raid Tuesday, hundreds of riot-equipped police descended on Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the Occupy Wall Street movement, forcibly expelling protesters.

“This shows that it is illegal to express your opinion”

Protesters speak on Occupy Wall Street eviction

By Sandy English and Clare Hurley, 16 November 2011

Reporters from the World Socialist Web Site spoke to occupiers and other protesters in Foley Square, Duarte Park and outside Zuccotti Park.

A tale of two cities 2011

Social reality in New York

By Fred Mazelis, 15 November 2011

New York remains the most vivid exhibit of the misery created by twenty-first century capitalism alongside levels of parasitism that recall pre-revolutionary France or Russia.

Occupy New York contingent sets off on march to Washington

By our reporters, 10 November 2011

A group of protesters from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan have begun a two-week march to Washington.

New York City: Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters going to trial for arrests

By Sandy English, 4 November 2011

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators arrested on September 24 appeared in court Thursday, with most of them rejecting a plea bargain and electing to fight the charges.

Occupy Albany action enters second week

By Philip Guelpa, 1 November 2011

On Saturday October 29, Occupy Albany protestors, who have been encamped in downtown Albany’s Academy Park across from the State Capitol for over a week, held a number of activities, including a “People’s Speak Out,” during which anyone who wished to could address the gathering. The tone of the affair was set by the “invited speakers” who led off the event. These included half a dozen Democratic Party politicians, beginning with Congressman Paul Tonko.

Occupy movement continues in upstate New York

By Steve French, 1 November 2011

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner reportedly made an appearance at the encampment at Perseverance Park in Syracuse, New York state’s fifth largest city. The mayor brought hot coffee and offered to keep an open dialogue about logistical issues at the protest site. Miner’s visit took place in the aftermath of the violent repression of the Occupy protest in Oakland, California last week, and was very likely an effort to defuse the widespread anger over mass arrests that have been taking place around the country.

New York City Mayor steps up harassment of Occupy Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 29 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg escalated harassment of the anti-Wall Street protesters who have occupied a small plaza in New York City’s financial district since September 17.

New York governor picks right-wing Republican to head transit agency

By Alan Whyte, 29 October 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his nomination last week of Joseph J. Lhota, a former New York City deputy mayor and Wall Street banker as chairman of the state’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters

By a reporting team, 27 October 2011

The Manhattan district attorney is refusing to drop the charges against hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters who were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

Occupy Wall Street: Dozens arrested as New York mayor warns of more prosecutions

By Dan Brennan, 24 October 2011

Police arrested 35 demonstrators in Harlem Friday and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned of stepped-up police action against Occupy Wall Street demonstrators.

Occupy Wall Street in second month: $10 billion in bonuses for Goldman Sachs

By our reporters, 21 October 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement entered its second month, the Goldman Sachs investment bank announced that it had set aside $10.01 billion so far this year for year-end compensation and bonuses.

New York Governor Cuomo rejects Wall Street protest demand over “millionaires’ tax”

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has rejected a demand raised in the Occupy Wall Street protests for the reinstatement of an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents.

New York City: “We are looking for equality”

By Sandy English, 17 October 2011

Thousands of people demonstrated in Times Square, the heart of New York City, Saturday as part of the worldwide protests against social inequality and Wall Street.

Occupy Wall Street protesters resist expulsion from Liberty Plaza in New York

By Sandy English, 14 October 2011

Protesters in the month-long occupation of Liberty Plaza near Wall Street in have announced that will peacefully resist any attempt on Friday to remove them from the park.

Occupy Wall Street protesters condemn US political establishment

By Sandy English, 13 October 2011

Hundreds of protesters continue to occupy Zuccotti Plaza, renamed Liberty Plaza, in the heart of New York City’s financial district. The occupation continues to attract thousands of workers and young people from around the US and the city itself.

Anti-Wall Street protests spread across the US

By Bill Van Auken, 7 October 2011

With anti-Wall Street protests spreading to over 100 US cities and towns, President Obama cynically sought to exploit the expressions of social anger as a vehicle for his reelection bid.

New York City: “The banks are selling our future”

7 October 2011

The day after Wednesday’s mass march and the police attacks and arrest of 28 demonstrators, several hundred people remained in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, where the police presence has been beefed up and metal barriers have been deployed to limit access to the area.

Mass march backs anti-Wall Street protest

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2011

Thousands join a mass march through lower Manhattan to Foley Square on Wednesday.

Wall Street protesters speak out: “America is long overdue for a revolution”

By a reporting team, 6 October 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to many of those who joined Wednesday’s mass demonstration against Wall Street.

New York governor says layoffs will follow rank-and-file contract rejection

By Philip Guelpa, 6 October 2011

New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans for 3,500 state employee layoffs following the rejection of a concessions contract.

How to fight Wall Street

By Joseph Kishore, 4 October 2011

The demonstrations on Wall Street are beginning to attract broader popular support. They are part of the growing opposition in the United States and internationally to the policies of the banks and their political representatives.

Mayor Bloomberg backs mass arrests of Wall Street protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 4 October 2011

New York City’s billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has endorsed the police operation in which some 700 peaceful protesters were arrested Saturday on the Brooklyn Bridge.

New York City police arrest over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters

By Sandy English, 3 October 2011

Over 700 anti-Wall Street protesters were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge by the New York Police Department on Saturday afternoon.

Wall Street protesters: “The whole system is broken”

By a WSWS reporting team, 3 October 2011

Participants in Friday’s march of over 3,000 to protest the over 80 arrests and pepper-spraying of unresisting demonstrators the week before spoke to the WSWS about why they were demonstrating.

Growing anger over police attack on Wall Street protesters

By a reporting team, 29 September 2011

The arrests and police brutality unleashed against scores of peaceful “Occupy Wall Street” protesters last Saturday, has provoked widespread anger.

New York City police arrest scores at anti-Wall Street protest

By Sandy English, 26 September 2011

The mass arrests and a new ban on sleeping bags and camping equipment in Liberty Plaza indicate that the New York’s billionaire Mayor Bloomberg and the city’s financial elite have decided to clamp down on the protesters.

Republicans win US by-elections in New York, Nevada

By Fred Mazelis, 15 September 2011

The loss of a longtime Democratic seat in New York City was a political blow to the Obama administration.

New York, Washington in security lockdown on 9/11 anniversary

By Patrick Martin, 10 September 2011

The security mobilization was the latest in a long series of vague and largely unexplained terrorism alerts.

New York State workers speak out against concessions contracts

By a WSWS reporting team, 30 August 2011

New York State workers voiced opposition to concessions and anger toward the unions for accepting drastic cuts in wages and benefits.

New York City police, CIA in massive spying operation among Muslims

By Peter Daniels, 26 August 2011

The New York City Police Department, working in close collaboration with the Central Intelligence Agency, has carried out an unprecedented spying operation directed against Muslim immigrants and Muslim-Americans over the past decade. Details of the work of the NYPD’s intelligence division were reported in a lengthy investigative article released by the Associated Press on August 24.

Public employee unions in New York and Connecticut force through takeaway contracts

By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2011

Democratic governors in the two states managed to impose sweeping concessions threatening massive layoffs and relying on the collaboration of the union leaderships.

In wake of British riots, New York police prepare for unrest

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2011

New York police anti-riot units were brought together last weekend at a training facility to prepare for an outbreak of civil unrest similar to those that have occurred recently in Britain.

New York Verizon workers rally against city schools contract

By Steve Light and A. Woodson, 19 August 2011

A rally of up to two thousand Verizon workers and supporters protested the approval of a contract between the New York City Department of Education and Verizon for phone and Internet service at city schools.

New York City workers speak out against budget cuts

By a reporting team, 9 August 2011

Workers and youth in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn in New York City spoke to the World Socialist Web Site about the impact of the budget cuts.

New York State employee union surrenders to layoff threat

By Philip Guelpa, 22 July 2011

The two largest state worker unions are pushing for ratification of contracts that include drastic concessions.

Financial crisis deepens at New York City Opera

By Fred Mazelis, 21 July 2011

On July 12, City Opera artistic director George Steel held a news conference to announce that the company would stage a total of only four productions in the 2011-12 season, to be held at three different venues around the city.

New wave of state worker layoffs begins in New York

By Philip Guelpa, 6 July 2011

Layoff notices were sent to 451 New York State employees at the end of last week. This is the first wave of layoffs that could reach a total of 9,800 if the state workforce does not agree to massive concessions.

Austerity measures threaten legal aid for New Yorkers facing foreclosure

By Ali Ismail, 30 June 2011

As the economic crisis continues to take its toll on working families in New York, the state”s foreclosure-prevention programs and homeowner-counseling agencies are now coming under attack.

Thousands protest in New York City against budget cuts, layoffs

By Alan Whyte, 17 June 2011

Tens of thousands of New York City public employees, teachers, private sector workers and students joined protests on Tuesday and Wednesday against impending budget cuts and mass layoffs.

New York workers speak out against attacks on jobs and services

By a reporting team, 17 June 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to a number of workers who came to the June 14 rally in New York City to oppose the cutbacks proposed by Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo.

Budget cuts threaten New York City hospitals’ laundry with shutdown

By A. Woodson, 15 June 2011

The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation board voted 8-2 on May 26 to close the Brooklyn Central Laundry and privatize all 83 laundry workers’ jobs.

New York’s Democratic governor demands mass layoffs, pension cutbacks

By Philip Guelpa, 13 June 2011

New York state’s Democratic governor has threatened to lay off 9,800 workers and cut pension benefits for state employees.

Thousands demonstrate against New York Mayor Bloomberg’s plans to close 20 fire companies

By A. Woodson, 7 June 2011

New York City firefighters and supporters demonstrated against plans to shut down fire companies across the city.

New York Democrats, Republicans push tax cap amid school cuts

By Philip Guelpa, 1 June 2011

The tax cap, which is being strongly promoted by both Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo and the state’s Republicans, is one component of a multi-pronged attack on public education.

New York City budget will decimate libraries

By Sandy English, 27 May 2011

Budget cuts will sharply reduce library services in New York City, and hit workers and the poor especially hard.

Teachers, parents and students protest school cuts in Yonkers, New York

By A. Woodson, 23 May 2011

Hundreds of Yonkers teachers, students, parents and school staff turned out to protest massive budget cuts being proposed by the mayor and the school board.

Yonkers, New York facing crippling cuts to education

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

Massive cuts in state and federal funding combined with the effects of the ongoing economic crisis are devastating public education in Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York state.

Yonkers students denounce school cutbacks

By our reporters, 16 May 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to students at Riverside High School in Yonkers, New York, about proposed school budget cuts for the city that call for the layoffs of over 400 teachers and the elimination of school transportation, extra-curricular activities, intramural sports and many other programs.

Thousands march on Wall Street to oppose New York City budget cuts

By Sandy English, 14 May 2011

Several thousand protesters marched past Wall Street and New York City’s financial district late Thursday to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $600 million in budget cuts

Students and teachers speak out against Bloomberg’s budget cuts

By a WSWS reporting team, 14 May 2011

The World Socialist Web Site spoke to teenagers from Brooklyn who joined Thursday’s march against the budget cuts announced by New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They work in the Cypress Hills Beacon Program, a community center based in the schools that provides adult education, after-school and summer programs, as well as health and recreational programs.

New York City to lay off teachers, close fire companies, cut social programs

By Sandy English, 9 May 2011

New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Friday announced $600 million in budget cuts.

Recordsetting homelessness in New York City

By Dan Brennan, 26 April 2011

The homeless population in New York City has risen to never before seen levels, according to a recent report published by the Coalition for the Homeless.

Bloomberg insider Cathleen Black forced out as New York schools chancellor

By Ali Ismail, 15 April 2011

Cathleen Black, tapped by New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as chancellor of the largest US public school system, resigned last week just 95 days into her tenure.

New York state budget slashes education, health care and taxes on the rich

By Philip Guelpa, 12 April 2011

The newly adopted budget for the State of New York contains savage attacks on major services for the working class, while at the same time providing substantial tax cuts for the wealthy and support for businesses.

New York students and teachers protest draconian budget cuts

By Ali Ismail, 2 April 2011

Hundreds of students and teachers from across the state of New York gathered at the Capitol in Albany to protest a new state budget that includes $1.2 billion in cuts to education.

Video: Albany rally hits attack on education

2 April 2011

Students and teachers speak out against Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s cuts to education spending.

Video: Protesters denounce Cuomo’s attack on seniors

17 March 2011

Hundreds demonstrated March 11 against the planned shutdown of more than 100 New York City senior centers.

Retirees protest closure of 105 senior centers in New York City

By Ali Ismail, 17 March 2011

Retirees and other workers protested the planned shutdown of 105 senior centers across New York City

New York City: “Stop-and-frisks” hit record levels in 2010

By Ali Ismail, 3 March 2011

The number of “stop-and-frisks” conducted by New York City police rose to a record 601,000 last year.

New York City budget to cut services, lay off teachers

By Sandy English, 23 February 2011

New York’s budget for the next fiscal year includes cutbacks in senior centers and fire stations as well as layoffs of teachers and other city workers.

New York: Elderly woman killed in blaze after fire department cutbacks

By Ali Ismail, 18 February 2011

Budget cutbacks were blamed for the death of one woman and the injuries of seven other residents after a fire in a Brooklyn apartment building

New York budget to slash health, education spending

By Philip Guelpa, 17 February 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented his proposed budget for the coming fiscal year, including devastating cuts in health care and education spending, as well as state worker pensions.

New York City closes 22 more public schools

By Sandy English, 11 February 2011

New York Mayor Bloomberg’s appointees rubber-stamped the planned closing of 22 public schools, despite a storm of protest.

New York City teachers and students voice opposition to school closings

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 February 2011

The WSWS spoke to teachers and students who came to protest the closing of 22 New York City schools.

New York State takes control of Nassau County finances

By Peter Daniels, 3 February 2011

A state government oversight board has seized control of the finances of one of New York’s largest counties.

New York state and city universities face tuition hikes, cutbacks

By Philip Guelpa, 2 February 2011

As public university students in New York State begin the spring semester, they face major attacks on their educational prospects, both economic and academic.

The New York Times and “living within our means”

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2011

On the eve of New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget announcement, the New York Times published a lengthy editorial headlined “Within Our Means,” demanding that all New Yorkers tighten their belts in order to close the state budget gap.

New York mayor moves to shut public schools while promoting charters

By Steve Light and Sandy English, 25 January 2011

Billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has escalated an assault on public education in New York City by proceeding with plans to close at least 26 public schools this year while adding more than 100 private charter schools.

Teachers and students speak out against New York school closings

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 January 2011

The WSWS spoke to students and teachers attending demonstrations against New York City school closings.

New York City building workers locked out over demands for wage and benefit cuts

By Lavelle Jean and Sandy English, 13 January 2011

Seventy-three workers at the Flatbush Gardens housing complex in New York City’s borough of Brooklyn have been locked out since November 29 after rejecting drastic wage and benefit cuts.

New York governor unveils major attacks on education, health care, and public employees

By Philip Guelpa, 12 January 2011

With New York State facing a $1 billion budget deficit for the current fiscal year and a projected deficit of more than $9 billion for the coming year, newly inaugurated Governor Andrew Cuomo used his January 5 “State of the State” address to outline a program of draconian austerity.

Democrats, Republicans plan deep cuts in US state budgets

By Joseph Kishore, 11 January 2011

States throughout the US are beginning to unveil budget proposals, with the Democratic governor of California, Jerry Brown, leading the way in proposing steep cuts in health care and other social services for the poor.

New York students play on school “reform” censored

By Dwight Stoll and Sandy English, 8 January 2011

Last month, two New York City public high school principals banned performances of a play written by students dealing with the city’s promotion of inequality in public education.

New York settles fraud charges with ex-Auto Task Force head Steven Rattner

By Barry Grey, 4 January 2011

On December 30, two days before assuming the governorship of New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement of fraud charges against the Wall Street financier and former head of President Obama’s Auto Task Force, Steven Rattner.

New York City services come to a halt after blizzard

By Sandy English, 30 December 2010

Basic New York City services came to a near halt on Monday and Tuesday after a severe blizzard blanketed the East Coast on Sunday night and Monday morning.

Blizzard cripples northeastern US

By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2010

A major blizzard struck the northeastern US over the weekend, cutting power to tens of thousands and stranding holiday travelers.

Previews for “Spider-Man” musical in New York produce a rash of injuries

By Peter Daniels, 29 December 2010

In the latest of a series of accidents and resulting injuries that have plagued the forthcoming musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” now in previews in New York City, a 31-year-old actor was hurt December 20.

New York City, in “test,” denies housing aid to the poor

By Fred Mazelis, 15 December 2010

The New York City administration is to experiment on the city’s poor by conducting a randomized trial on the effect of denying emergency housing assistance to those in danger of homelessness.

Testing scandal exposes corporate-backed “school reform” in New York

By Steve Light, 15 December 2010

New York City’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that 6,100 teachers will be laid off in 2012. This comes on top of the elimination of 4,000 teacher positions over the last two years.

New York City: Thousands of subway signals not inspected

By Alan Whyte, 25 November 2010

According to an ongoing investigation, thousands of signals in New York City’s subway system were not inspected despite official reports asserting that they were.

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg announces 10,000 job cuts

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2010

New York’s billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled plans Thursday for eliminating the jobs of 10,000 city workers and slashing spending by nearly $1.6 billion.

New York City transit fare increased for third time in three years

By Peter Daniels, 11 October 2010

The latest fare hikes, approved by the MTA board on October 7, come only months after draconian service cuts, including the elimination of several subway lines as well as bus service in many areas of the city.

New York City subway and bus cuts take effect

By Alan Whyte, 10 July 2010

Subway and bus service cutbacks went into effect in New York City last week, creating hardships for thousands of passengers.

Thousands of New York City workers demonstrate against threatened layoffs

By Alan Whyte, 22 June 2010

Some ten thousand New York City public sector workers rallied at City Hall Wednesday afternoon, June 16, against threatened layoffs and impending budget cuts to various city agencies.

New York City students protest threat to free transit passes

By Alan Whyte, 16 June 2010

About a thousand students demonstrated on the afternoon of June 11 at New York’s City Hall Park against the threat by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to eliminate free access to bus and subway passes known as MetroCards.