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Top Ten Corruption Quotes from Silver, Skelos Trials

Nov 30, 2015

Happier times: Silver, Cuomo, Skelos in 2011 (l-r) photo via Governor's Office on flickr  Two former leaders of their respective houses of the New York state legislature are on trial concurrently.


Commission Considers Raises, Reforms for Elected Compensation

Nov 29, 2015

The Mayor, Speaker, & Council members (Demetrius Freeman/Mayor's Office) Attendance was notably sparse at the first public hearing of the commission charged with making recommendations around compensation for city elected officials. Fewer


Assessing City Library Expansion After Budget Boost

Nov 27, 2015

CM Van Bramer celebrates expanded library service (photo via @JimmyVanBramer)  This June, officials added $43 million in funding for New York City’s three public library systems to the fiscal year 2016


Two New Reps Join the City Council

Nov 24, 2015

CMs Borelli, right, & Grodenchik are sworn in next to the Speaker (photo by William Alatriste)  The New York City Council has two new members, each with prior experience in elected