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Today's Lead: State Expands Sandy Home Buyback Program

Nov 19, 2013

The state is expanding its buyback program to 129 homes in Staten Island's Ocean Breeze section, which was battered by Superstorm Sandy. The voluntary program will offer residents a little above their

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Today's Lead: LaGuardia Airport Flood Aid

Nov 18, 2013

LaGuardia Airport will receive $37.5 million in federal and state funds to create new flood protections that will make it less vulnerable to future Superstorm Sandy-type extreme weather. The airport

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Today's Lead: Soaring Prices For Taxi Medallions

Nov 15, 2013

Bids reached record levels in the first taxi medallion auction in over five years. The largest bid for a "mini-fleet" of two medallions blew past $2.5 million yesterday, the highest

Today's Lead: Final Letter Grades For Schools

Nov 14, 2013

The city released what could be the final round of letter grades for more than 1,600 public schools. It is unlikely that the system, created by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration,

Today's Lead: East Midtown Rezoning Tabled

Nov 13, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg's plan to rezone 73 blocks of East Midtown Manhattan and allow buildings larger than the Chrysler Building fell apart yesterday when the City Council rejected it. He withdrew

Today's Lead: De Blasio's Transition

Nov 12, 2013

Labor activists, Democratic elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and political organizers met yesterday to discuss how they could make sure that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is able to deliver on his

Today's Lead: The Speaker Race

Nov 11, 2013

The race to fill the job of City Council speaker is intensifying now that the election is over. Last week's Somos el Futuro conference of Latino lawmakers in Puerto Rico

Today’s Lead: De Blasio Begins Transition

Nov 07, 2013

Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio has started rolling out his transition team. He made it clear his wife Chirlane McCray will have a major role in selecting staff. The mayor-elect faces decisions on

Today's Lead: It's Election Day!

Nov 05, 2013

Today is Election Day, and mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio has soaked up most of the day's media coverage. It seems he's mostly been campaigning in Manhattan and Brooklyn. But