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New York's Part-Time Legislators Look for a Raise

Nov 19, 2014

Skelos (left), Cuomo, and Silver will determine if pay raises move (photo: @melissadderosa) New York's legislative leaders think it is far time they got a raise. They will tell anyone who


Looking for 411 on 311

Nov 18, 2014

Celebrating 311's birthday (photo: @nyc311) NEW YORK—The City's 311 system has become a model platform for citizens to give non-emergency complaints to their government. New Yorkers are able to voice concerns


City Announces Payphone Wi-Fi Deal

Nov 17, 2014

image: NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications via link.nyc NEW YORK—Blazing fast wireless internet speeds. Updated digital advertising. Free phone calls to anywhere in the United States. Cell phone charging


Is New York Campaign Finance Reform Dead?

Nov 14, 2014

Can Silver, Cuomo, & Skelos make a campaign finance reform deal? (photo: @GannettAlbany) "Band-Aids on multiple bullet wounds" is how Governor Andrew Cuomo described public financing of political campaigns just before


Forty Years of Freefall in New York Voter Turnout

Nov 13, 2014

Gov. Cuomo voting in September's primary (photo: @WSJNY) Voter turnout in New York State is in freefall. Last week's gubernatorial election saw the smallest number of voters make it to the