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A Post-Budget 'Big Ugly'?

Apr 18, 2014

New York legislative leaders celebrate their recent budget deal (AP) Some years, the state budget is home to the "big ugly," a package of unrelated legislation cobbled together last minute through


Building Back, Hiring Local

Apr 18, 2014

Mayor de Blasio making a prior Sandy recovery announcement (nyc.gov) In September 2013, then-candidate Bill de Blasio made a mayoral campaign trip to the Rockaways, a region in Queens hit hard


The Week Ahead in New York Politics

Apr 14, 2014

Mayor de Blasio announces his press team (nyc.gov) What to look for in New York politics this week, via the city and Albany: After another busy week in New York City politics


De Blasio 100: What the Mayor Said, and Didn't

Apr 11, 2014

Bill de Blasio delivers his April 10th speech (nyc.gov) The theme of Mayor Bill de Blasio's April 10th speech, entitled an "Address on New York City's Future," was defining a "progressive


Kill Fee: The Price of Silencing Moreland

Apr 10, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has agreed to end his Moreland Commission to Investigate Corruption (Gotham Gazette) Albany, N.Y.-- Governor Andrew Cuomo's Moreland Commission on Public Corruption spent over one million public dollars since


De Blasio's Hundred Days, Then and Now

Apr 09, 2014

Bill de Blasio during his 2010 public advocate inaugural address (Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images) "The next phase of New York City's growth and its greatness will be meeting the rising tide of


City Council Member Item Process Continues

Apr 09, 2014

New York City Council members (William Alatriste) Reform or no reform, this year's discretionary funding process continues to move along in the New York City Council. Discretionary funding forms are due back