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SPA Students Participate in Investigation to Catch Cab DriversRefusing Outer-Borough Fares
College Students enlisted by the city to pose as Manhattan taxi passengers heading to another borough got turned down by yellow-cab drivers a shocking 50 percent of the time as part of a city sting, it was disclosed yesterday.
"We had concern that our enforcement agents are recognizable by taxi drivers -- we only have 100," said taxi chief David Yassky, explaining why four graduate students from Baruch College's School of Public Policy were quietly pressed into service in January and February to cibduct undercover tests. For the full New York Post story, click here. For the full Crain's New York story, click here. And for the full New York Daily News story, click here.
SPA Professor Comments on relationship between Mayor and Governor
“There is an inevitability about this,” said Douglas A. Muzzio, a
professor of public affairs at Baruch College. “Mike Bloomberg may be
the $16 billion gorilla, but in New York State government, Andrew Cuomo
is the 800-pound gorilla.” For the full story, click here.
"What Cuomo is doing is — if not unique — extraordinarily novel,"
said political scientist Doug Muzzio of Baruch College. "He's running a
permanent campaign as governor." "How does it play to the public? The last polls I looked at were
really high," Muzzio said. "If he keeps up the momentum, like a great
running back keeping his feet churning, he can break tackles and make
long runs." "It ain't going to be easy and it's going to be bloody," Muzzio said. For the full story, click here.
MPA Student Honored for work in NYC's Mexican-American Community
Angelo Cabrera, MPA student at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, was awarded the first annual La Union Organization Cuauthil’s award for his leadership and work as president and founder of the Mexican-American Students Alliance (MASA). The mission behind MASA is to promote higher education for students of Mexican descent who are living in New York. This year, La Union Organization, a Brooklyn-based group made up of immigrants working to advance the rights of immigrant parents and students, chose to honor Cabrera for his efforts. The Cuauthil’s award recognizes outstanding community leaders and role models within the Mexican-American community. Cabrera’s leadership in student activism includes a three-day hunger strike that helped to pass the New York State In-State-Tuition Law in 2001-2002. This policy made it possible for all to attend CUNY and SUNY colleges regardless of their immigration status.
The Cuauthil’s award was presented to Cabrera on April 24, 2010 along with proclamations from Public Advocate Bill Di Blasio, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, New York State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, and NYS Controller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Coverage of Cabrera's work through MASA was most recently featured on WABC -- to view the video, click here.
SPA Alumnus Discusses Pakastani Floods and Seeks Aid for the Victims
SPA Alumnus Mosharraf Zaidi, MPA '01, is an active editorialist contributing to The National and other publications. He made recent television appearances on CNN and Al Jazeera to discuss the devastating floods in Pakistan and relief work underway in the affected areas of the country. For the CNN video, click here. For the Al Jazeera video, click here. Below is Mosharraf's brief summary of the extent of the damage and links to several organizations working to alleviate the suffering.
New York Politics Riled by ethics scandals
Book: Spitzer Put on Suicude Watch During Scandal
Associate Dean Jonathan Engel comments on national healthcare op-ed
New York City Workforce expands in recession
Old Feuds Resurface in a Brooklyn Rezoning Fight
By opting out of forums, Mark Green irked his public advocate rivals...
Klein Digs in His Heels on Mayoral Control
Time to Revisit Privatization
NY's Cuomo wins praise for pursuing AIG on bailout
Challengers to Gillibrand Emerging
New York Times - New York, USA - Mar 4, 2009
Douglas Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said Ms. Gillibrand has a lot of work to do because her political profile certainly ...
Conceding errors, New York governor vows to regain trust
International Herald Tribune - France - Feb 23, 2009
"I'm not convinced that he runs," Douglas Muzzio, professor of public affairs at Baruch College, said of Paterson. "I'd have a Plan B — teach at a ...
Can A-Rod's admission spur baseball's cleanup?
Christian Science Monitor - Boston, USA - Feb 11, 2009
One of those is Doug Muzzio, a Yankees fan since 1954. "Another hero bites the dust," says the Baruch University professor. "I guess the push to greatness ...
Bridge to Everywhere: Despite the Recession, It's Boom Time for NY ...
New York Observer - New York, USA - Feb 5, 2009
"I think the stimulus is methadone-it begins to wean you off the hard drugs but it still doesn't solve the hard problems," said Doug Muzzio, a political ...
Sen. Chuck Schumer unlikely to see competition in 2010 reelection bid
New York Daily News - New York, United States - Feb 1, 2009
Doug Muzzio. "Schumer is Muhammad Ali, so you've got Ali in one corner and a couple of guys from the high school gym in the other. ...
NY1 Exclusive: Poll Shows NYers Split Over Sen. Gillibrand
NY1 - New York, USA - Jan 28, 2009
Random telephone survey conducted by by Baruch Survey Research at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs for NY1. January 23rd-25th, 2009.
Quinn Remains Neutral As Mayoral Race Ignites
NY1 - New York, United States - Jan 28, 2009
... and that it's better to work with that Independent than to burn on the bonfire of a failed Democratic bid," said David Birdsell, Baruch College. ...
Caroline Kennedy officially withdraws from race for Secretary of ...
New York Daily News - New York, United States - Jan 22, 2009
Doug Muzzio said Wednesday night's confusion highlights for the nation what a "circus" the entire process has been. "It casts the governor in a bad light," ...
ANALYSIS: Obama Will Need To Hit Ground Sprinting
WCBS-TV New York - New York, United States - Jan 20, 2009
"It's hard to imagine a president coming in to more difficult circumstances," Baruch College professor David Birdsell said. "We have to go all the way back ...
Mayor Bloomberg digging for votes
New York Daily News - New York, United States - Jan 6, 2009
Doug Muzzio said of Bloomberg's last 48 hours. "His primary concern isn't to give aid and comfort to the people of Israel - it's to get votes in Borough ...
Mayor's Top Aide Still Backs Kennedy For Senate
NY1 - New York, United States - Jan 1, 2009
said David Birdsell of Baruch College. “Caroline Kennedy did nothing to answer those questions affirmatively this weekend and that will hurt her as the ...
NY Democratic advisers talk up 'caretaker' senator
The Associated Press - New York, United States - Jan 1, 2009
Doug Muzzio, professor of politics at Baruch College, isn't convinced. "If in fact you are looking to appoint a senator who can be an effective advocate for ...
Commission: Housing Segregation Rampant
Inman.com - California , United States - Dec 9, 2008
"Americans do not file complaints and use their fair-housing rights because they have concluded they are essentially useless," said John Goering, ...
How Obama spent $147M: Flush campaign spared no expense in final ...
New York Daily News - New York, United States - Dec 6, 2008
"This is a multigenerational, hip guy," said Baruch College's Doug Muzzio. The temporary tattoos were sent to 66 different Obama offices around the country ...
Paterson: Don't Ask Me Who Is Replacing Hillary
WCBS-TV - New York, United State - Dec 2, 2008
... placing someone in that office who can defend the seat when it's up in another two years," Baruch College professor David Birdsell said. ...
Rangel: Prove I Did Something Wrong And I'll Quit
WCBS-TV - New York, United States - Nov 25, 2008
Baruch College professor Douglas Muzzio said it's unlikely the House Ethics Committee will find any criminality in Rangel's actions. ...
If Obama asks Hillary ...
Metro.us - New York, United States - Nov 20, 2008
Metro asked Sheinkopf and David Birdsell, of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, who makes the shortlist. It’sa long shortlist. ...
In Class Lessons on an Election
New York Times, United States - Oct 31, 2008
But the marquee attraction of the fall is Mr. Cuomo at Baruch, a division of the City University of New York. The undergraduates are clearly delighted to ...
NY1 Poll Shows Bloomberg Has High City Approval Ratings
NY1 - New York, United States - Oct 18, 2008
Random telephone poll by Baruch Survey Research at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, conducted between October 11-15, 2008. ...
Bloomberg could breeze over obstacles to 3rd term
The Associated Press - United States - Oct 3, 2008
"It's going to happen," Baruch College public affairs professor Doug Muzzio said Wednesday about a possible third term for Bloomberg. ...
'Rainbow Rebels' in final push before Bronx Democratic Party's ...
New York Daily News - New York, United States - Sept 25, 2008
"It's going to be the shootout at the OK Corral in the Bronx," said Doug Muzzio, professor of public affairs and expert on city government at Baruch College ...
City Commuter Tax Issue Divides Albany
NY1 - New York, United States- Sept 26, 2008
"So this becomes a way perhaps to actually strengthen the candidacy of Republican candidates,” said David Birdsell of Baruch College. ...
Debate Could Define Election
The National - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Sept 25, 2008
And that, said David Birdsell, co-author of Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate, is why they often tell voters so much. ...
Billionaire Mayor Uses Economic Prowess To Reassure New Yorkers
NY1 - New York, United States - Sept 20, 2008
"He has to make some kind of contact with Washington," said David Birdsell of Baruch College's School of Public Affairs. "He has to show that he has the ...
In months, NY politics go from red hot to ice cold
USA Today - United States - Sept 16, 2008
... Institute poll released Monday had Obama up 46%-41% — New York is still irrelevant, Baruch College political scientist Douglas Muzzio points out. ...
News Analysis In the Life of a New York Mayor, a Second Act Is ...
New York Times - United States - Aug 30, 2008
said Stan Altman, a professor of public policy at Baruch College. “He knew when elected that it was a two-term mayoralty.” If Mr. Bloomberg allows the ...