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The City Council Speaker Race Explained

Nov 19, 2013

When the 51-member City Council returns after the New Year, one of the first orders of business will be to pick, from their ranks, a speaker to preside over the


City Council Speaker Race Forum Schedule

Nov 18, 2013

The contenders to be the next City Council speaker have been invited to a series of forums throughout the city. Here's the schedule so far (it's unclear right now who


Short On Time, City Council Pushes Lobbying Reform

Nov 11, 2013

  Two years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council created a commission to help make recommendations for overhauling the city’s lobbying laws, the panel’s work is beginning to yield


How De Blasio Will Transform The City

Nov 06, 2013

The mayor and the mayor-elect meet at City Hall, Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo: Flickr/Mayor's Office) With a resounding victory at the polls, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has declared a mandate to


A Plan To Reform The City Council

Oct 30, 2013

With just under a week until the general election, a group of incumbent and almost-City Council members are calling for systemic reforms to how the legislative body operates. The slate of