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Brooklyn Senate District 20: Adams Seeks Re-election

Oct 27, 2008

Democratic State Sen. Eric Adams will defends his Brooklyn-based seat against Republican challenger Stephen Christopher. Adams, who was first overwhelmingly elected in 2006, is a former New York City police officer


City Council Approves Term Limits Extension

Oct 24, 2008

  In its most divisive vote in recent memory, the City Council approved an extension of term limits clearing the way for two-thirds of its members, four borough presidents, the comptroller,


The Candidates' Prescriptions

Oct 22, 2008

Do you want a $2,500 check or the insurance plan your representative in Congress has? Do you want a national health registry for choosing insurance or the ability to purchase a


For Council, Another Term Holds Risks and Rewards

Oct 20, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang With his usual candor and humor, Councilmember Simcha Felder attempted to keep order in a crammed City Council chamber on Thursday. "We're going to run a


The Fading of the American Dream

Oct 20, 2008

First, let me introduce myself. I am a 28-year old immigrant from Poland. I moved to New York six years ago and I currently live in Brooklyn. I graduated from


Sad Times Call for a Bit of Optimism

Oct 20, 2008

Riding the F train to Brooklyn last night, I noticed a poster from the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center. It features a young couple with their daughter and the


Beyond the Rhetoric of Change

Oct 20, 2008

When many American children-- boys or girls of any ethnic background -- are born, they often are told by proud parents, "You can be anything you want to be, even