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The Mayor's Vacant Lots

Mar 17, 2014

A vacant lot in the Bronx City Seeks to Sharpen Picture of Vacant Lots and Add Incentives to Boost Affordable Housing A neat stretch of row houses comes to an abrupt halt


College Behind Bars: Cuomo Proposal Sparks Debate

Mar 09, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses plans to offer college courses to prison inmates during a church service for the Black, Puerto Rican & Asian Legislative Caucus. Photo by Governor's Office. Albany, N.Y.


City Wrestles With New Webcast Law

Mar 05, 2014

City Councilman Dan Garodnick and Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito chat prior to a webcast of a Council meeting. A law requiring all city agencies, commissions and task forces to webcast their


DREAM Act Could Advance Via Espaillat Campaign

Mar 05, 2014

State Sen. Adriano Espaillat campaigning with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito.   State Sen. Adriano Espaillat’s challenge of Rep. Charlie Rangel isn’t exactly a bright spot for Democrats as they attempt


Assembly Passes DREAM Act, de Blasio Prods Senate

Feb 25, 2014

For the second consecutive year, the state Assembly has passed legislation that would give the children of undocumented immigrants the ability to tap into more financial aid for college. The Assembly


City Set to Offer Rent Relief to HIV/AIDS Residents

Feb 25, 2014

Wanda Hernandez readily admits she’s been in and out of New York City Housing Court because she’s “always in arrears with rent.” She receives rental assistance from the city’s HIV/AIDS Services