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As Redistricting Hearings Begin, Many Think They Shouldn't

Aug 10, 2011

Former State Sen. Richard Dollinger testifies before the legislature's redistricting task force in Rochester. Over the past month the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment, also known as LATFOR,


Party Leaders Keep a Grip on Special Elections

Jul 08, 2011

Photo by Mark Chang Anthony Weiner campaigns for re-election in 2007. Now party leaders largely control who will take his place. (Update: On Friday, the Republican Party selected Bob Turner as its


Council Opens Up Orders and Memoranda

Jun 15, 2011

Photo by Tim Morgan More city documents will be available on line under the terms of a bill unanimously passed by City Council yesterday. As budget talks continue to dominate


Putting the 'Public' in Public Meetings

Apr 19, 2011

Photo by William Alatriste There's probably no way to stop the whispering, but new rules give the public increased access to the public comments of their state legislators and City Council


As 911 Modernizes, Bad Weather Trumps Technology

Jan 10, 2011

Photo Scott Beale In March 2004, a Verizon employee working on a bank's phone lines inadvertently input some incorrect numbers. For two hours that followed residents of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten