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The Council Overrides Veto in Stiff Rebuke to the Mayor

Dec 09, 2011

Photo by William Alatriste The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override a mayoral veto in a rare rebuke to Bloomberg. The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override a mayoral veto

Last Updated (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:55 AM)


New MTA Chair Faces First Test in Labor Relations

Dec 07, 2011

Photo by Brockenbrough Photos Transit Worker Union members get their message out in past years. The contract negotiations between the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transport Workers Union Local 100 TWU, which

Last Updated (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:56 AM)


New Program Lets Taxpayers Do More than Gripe About City Spending

Dec 02, 2011

Photo by Daniel Latorre Residents of Councilmember Jumaane Williams' district in Flatbush met in October to review ideas about how he should spend his discretionary funding. From the Occupy protestors to

Last Updated (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:57 AM)


Showdown Looms over Living Wage Bill

Nov 18, 2011

Photo by RWDSU Supporters of a living wage march in the Labor Day parade Linda Archer, 58, spent years working double shifts as a nurse's assistant at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital while she

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More Low-Wage Workers Become Their Own Bosses

Nov 17, 2011

Photo by Carla Murphy Apple Eco-Friendly Cleaning co-owners regularly meet at member Luz Maria Arias' fourth floor walkup in Jackson Heights. In 2006, Teresa Perez and 14 other immigrant women began meeting

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As Poverty Increases, Budget Cuts Tatter the Safety Net

Nov 11, 2011

Photo by Spencer Tucker, New York City Mayor's Office Mayor Michael Bloomberg celebrated the work of his Center for Economic Opportunity in 2007, but in the years since poverty in New

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Organized Occupiers Frustrate Mayor and Landlords

Oct 17, 2011

Photo by Shankbone Protesters gather to demonstrate on Wall Street. In the damp, pre-dawn darkness over Zuccotti Park, three thousand people were ready for a confrontation. Police vans interspersed with news vehicles

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Workforce Program Helps People Find Jobs, Not Careers

Oct 12, 2011

"Thank you for calling Workforce1," begins the recorded greeting. "Your success begins here." If you called, you live in New York City and are one of an estimated 600,000 city residents

Last Updated (Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:47 AM)


Council Acts to Rein in Contracts

Oct 06, 2011

Photo by Kirk Kitell Science Applications International Corp., or SAIC, the main contractor on the CityTime project, has some 41,000 employees at locations around the world, including this one in Texas.

Last Updated (Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:00 PM)


As Deficits Loom, City Faces More Cuts

Sep 20, 2011

Photo by Edward Reed In May, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a budget that relied almost exclusively on cuts to erase a budget gap. With more red ink on the horizon, will

Last Updated (Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:42 AM)