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SWANSON: Reaching the broadband end zone, going the last 5 yards

BY BRET SWANSON We’ve recounted the many ways the pandemic revealed the superlative capacity, coverage, and robustness of the American internet. COVID-19 has even spurred accelerations of long-overdue innovations, such as telemedicine. But intense reliance on network connectivity since the start of the pandemic has

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MCMAHON: Quick economic comeback requires action

BY E.J. McMAHON The coronavirus pandemic has prompted an unprecedented shutdown of normal human activity and commerce across much of the developed world. New York State and the nation have entered uncharted economic territory, facing what may be the worst

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ORRELL: Pandemics, elites, and the future of the cities

BY BRENT ORRELL Pandemics have not historically been equal-opportunity offenders. Those with resources tend to decamp to country estates while those without bear the brunt of infections and deaths. Two maps from recent editions of the New York Times illustrate how nothing is more constant

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BARRON: Trouble in Grand Central’s paradise

BY SETH BARRON On a slushy, snowy December day, the lower concourse of Grand Central Terminal, which includes a mall-style food court, is packed with tourists, commuters, office workers eating lunch—and homeless people, some sleeping upright on benches, some parked

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HAMMOND: Cuomo stalls on Medicaid

BY BILL HAMMOND Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s response to the Empire State’s big Medicaid deficit, as laid out in his budget presentation on Tuesday, was a disappointing mix of delay, deflection and delegation. In an especially concerning development, Cuomo’s budget director, Robert

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McMAHON: One State, Two Stories

BY E.J. McMAHON From a statewide perspective, New York’s economic performance since the end of the Great Recession hasn’t been especially outstanding, roughly equaling the U.S. averages for growth in private employment and GDP, while slightly trailing the national rate

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McMAHON: One State, Two Stories

From a statewide perspective, New York’s economic performance since the end of the Great Recession hasn’t been especially outstanding, roughly equaling the U.S. averages for growth in private employment and GDP, while slightly trailing the national rate of increase in

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Blame Cuomo for the state budget crisis

BY BILL HAMMOND In spite of a growing and healthy economy, New York is facing a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, and concerned citizens deserve a straight accounting of what went wrong. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has blamed a surge in Medicaid spending—but