John Cassidy @ The New Yorker - Ed Koch, who has died, at the age of eighty-eight, always had a sense of timing—or maybe he just made a Faustian pact with the fates. During his 1977 mayoral run, which started with him as the outsider in a Democratic field that included Mario Cuomo, Bella Abzug, and the incumbent, poor old Abe Beame, the city suffered an infamous blackout with widespread looting. Koch, who was running on a law-and-order platform, was the principal beneficiary. After defeating Cuomo and the others, he served three terms in City Hall, during which time he became a national figure (and international one, actually); wrote a best-selling book that was turned into an Off Broadway show; retained popular support while, at some point, infuriating almost everybody; and, finally, suffered defeat at the hands of the courtly David Dinkins, a politician who was in many ways his polar opposite. Read more.
After a monumental political battle, California passed AB5, a law that will make it much harder for gig economy companies to classify their workers as “independent contractors.” Now, the same political battle is coming to New York. That means it’s a perfect time to hear from Uber and Lyft drivers, in their own words. Read more.