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New York at Bargain Basement Prices

Nov 06, 2014

Sen. Schumer, middle, with Congressional candidate Sean Eldridge, right (photo: @SeanEldridge) The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that candidates and their supporters spent nearly $4 billion in this year's election. For


Ghosts of Elections Past

Nov 04, 2014

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (photo: @erinmdurkin) Our annual day of spooks and scares has come and gone, but it's Election Day when I'm truly haunted. I know that when I'm in


The Bronx's Growing Affordable Housing Problem

Oct 28, 2014

The author, middle, in the Bronx (photo: @JoinJoyner) Affordability of housing is a growing problem for Bronx residents and families, more so than any other New York City borough. Having grown


Make Girls & Boys High School a Community School

Oct 24, 2014

Bernard Gassaway, left, talks about his resignation with Errol Louis (photo: @InsideCityHall) The latest indictment of the Department of Education's management of failing schools was personified last week by Bernard Gassaway,


Board of Correction Urgently Needs Reform

Oct 23, 2014

Public Advocate James listens to testimony from DOC Commissioner Ponte (photo: William Alatriste) New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued the latest in a series of reports on mismanagement at Rikers


Small Business Service Needs: Filling the Gaps

Oct 16, 2014

The New York Fed's Small Business Credit Survey (image via @NYFed_News) Small businesses are critical to the jobs recovery. They employ half of private sector workers and have generated roughly two-thirds


City Must Act to Close MTA Funding Gap

Oct 15, 2014

(photo: @MTA) Last month, the MTA submitted its five year capital budget. The $32 billion plan would provide critical funding for the replacement of subway cars and buses, the modernization of