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With City Contracts, New York Fails to Diversify

Jun 04, 2014

NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball (purple tie) at a ribbon cutting in Bedford-Stuyvesant (nycedc.com) During an early mayoral debate, then-public advocate Bill de Blasio gave the Bloomberg administration an 'F' for its


Veterans Parade Precedent Makes 2014 Unlikely

Jun 03, 2014

The 1991 NYC parade for veterans of the First Gulf War (Getty Images)  The push for a ticker-tape parade for the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars continues to gain


The Week Ahead in New York Politics, June 1

Jun 01, 2014

New York City Hall What to look for this week, via the City and Albany: Everyone's buzzing about the deal reached between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and The Working Families Party (WFP) whereby


Kallos Seeks Overhaul Through Open Source

May 29, 2014

Council Member Ben Kallos (Dave Sanders) Cities and states around the country such as San Francisco, Oklahoma, and New Hampshire have passed bills to require municipalities to use open source software


As Party Fractures, Cuomo Ascends

May 27, 2014

The 2014 Democratic ticket (Richard Drew/AP) Last week's State Democratic Convention was supposed to highlight Democratic unity, but instead it spotlighted a growing sense of unease and dissatisfaction the party's base


The Week Ahead in New York Politics, May 26

May 26, 2014

New York City Hall What to look for this week, via the City and Albany: The week began with the Memorial Day holiday and its annual rememberances and parades. On Tuesday, Mayor Bill


Solitary Confinement Scrutiny Grows

May 22, 2014

Guards at Rikers Island (Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times) Ismael Nazario remembers when solitary confinement broke him. "I just talked to myself, answering myself, pacing back and forth," recalled Nazario