Angry New Yorker

Tuesday, June 15, 2004
[Ed. Note - Sorry for the mid-June slack-off here at It isn't that we're any less angry; far from it. Indeed the revolting picture of Albany at the end of a spectacularly do-nothing session in what was once proudly called the Empire State, and is now, perhaps, more accurately dubbed the "Mired State", has made the whistling steam from our ears noticeable blocks away. But just as fish gotta swim, and birds gotta fly, sometimes we have some other business to attend -- after all, unlike the NYS legislature we get things done on time.]

Some good news, some bad news...

June 15, 2004
New York Outpaces U.S. Economic Growth

New York City's economic growth is finally outperforming the nation's after four years in which it lagged behind, according to a report issued yesterday by the city comptroller.

The comptroller's office said the city's economy grew 7 percent during the first quarter of the year, its highest quarterly growth rate since late 1999. The office cited 21,100 new payroll jobs during that quarter and a 27 percent jump in personal income tax revenues as the main factors indicating growth.

But the news is not all good. The report said that the rate of job growth in the city was the fifth-weakest of the nation's 20 largest metropolitan areas, leading only Pittsburgh, Boston, San Francisco and Detroit.
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Mr. Joseph said the comptroller's office measured economic growth using wages and the number of jobs created as well as factors like personal income tax data included in a combination of federal, state and industry statistics.

The city added 21,100 jobs in the first quarter of this year compared with 4,100 jobs added during the previous quarter. Most of the new jobs were private, with such areas as education and health services, professional and business services and information providing the greatest number.

Read the rest of the article here.

And the bad news, but I'd take the following with a large grain of salt, and I'll be Fisking this article shortly.

June 14, 2004
Fair-Housing Groups Say New York City Is Falling Behind
By DAVID W. CHEN, N.Y. Times

For decades, New York City was considered a pioneer in the fight for fair housing. It passed the country's first law forbidding discrimination in private housing in 1958. It passed a tough, broader human rights law in 1991 that exceeded federal criteria.

It even had one of the first federally financed watchdog groups, the Open Housing Center, to pursue claims of bias, holding real estate brokers and landlords to account if they gave preference to one race over another or discriminated against the disabled.

In the last few years, however, many housing advocates say that this commitment has flagged, and there is substantial evidence that the city remains one of the most segregated places to live in the nation.

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Read the entire article here.

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