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Council Politics Taint Discretionary Funding

May 07, 2012

Back in 2008 a federal investigation revealed that the City Council had been giving money from the Council’s budgeted discretionary funds to fictitious organizations going back to 2001. The revelation

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Communities Test Out Participatory Budgeting

Mar 19, 2012

Photo by Prospect Park As far as political expos go, this one looked more like a science fair. Delegates packed into a room at the Park Slope Armory with twenty

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Council To Keep Tabs On Costly Contracts

Mar 15, 2012

Photo by William Alatriste On the heels of the announcement that the CityTime scandal would be laid to rest by a $500 million settlement, the City Council passed a bill yesterday

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City To Release Government Stats Online

Mar 01, 2012

Photo by William Alatriste The City Council voted yesterday to pass the most far-reaching and transparent open data legislation in the nation. The Open Data Bill will require city agencies to release

Council Members Seek to Make City More Wired

Feb 29, 2012

Daniel Garodnickand fellow council members are looking to pass a bill which would give anyone with a smartphone, the ability to pull up a detailed report from any publicly posted

Glass Ceiling Persists in New York Government

Feb 02, 2012

Photo by Jo Freeman Co. Mary Anne Krupsak (left), pictured here with U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug, was the state's New York's first women statewide elected official, serving in the largely

Council Defies Mayor on Parking Tickets

Jan 19, 2012

Photo by William Alatriste Christine Quinn at a Council meeting this past November. In December, the Council overrode a mayoral veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act. Last week, Council Speaker Christine Quinn

How Will Cuomo's 2012 Plans Impact the City?

Jan 05, 2012

Photo by Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a big freshman year—so big, in fact, that some observers have wondered how he will replicate it. On Wednesday, Cuomo