With the help of world-renowned New York City artists, NYCNext has released a moving video rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” to drive civic action as the city continues its recovery from the pandemic.
As someone who took the subway from birth and lived through this period they really made me laugh. After decades of neglect the city made the subway a priority and it shows. Of course like cleaning up Times Square and crime reduction these things were being done long before Rudy Gulliani became mayor, but he still gets credit for it to this day. What started under Koch took off under Dinkins (who finally started getting credit years later). Also a reminder that while the last year was tough, the subway is cleaner and safer than it was just a few years ago and there is no reason to think it won’t snap back to that those levels as we move on from COVID. All that said, major investment is needed to expand and improve the system and we have a chance to do something that has not been done in generations.
In December 2018, under an executive order signed by Cuomo, GOER became the office responsible for handling sexual harassment investigations, and is required to be notified of all complaints. That order, which followed expanded rules for sexual harassment allegations and responses, “transferred the responsibility for conducting investigations of all employment-related discrimination complaints to the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations … (and) all such complaints of protected class employment-related discrimination will be investigated by GOER.”
The investigation on what exactly happened needs to go on, but this blurb from above is why Cuomo needs to go now. His office did not follow any of the laws that he signed into law in regards to reporting the complaint.