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Charter Oversight Hearing Postponed

Apr 04, 2014

Council Member Danny Dromm (center) (William Alatriste) The City Council education committee oversight hearing scheduled to look into Success Academy C.E.O. Eva Moskowitz twice closing her schools for political rallies has


De Blasio's Homelessness Reset: Advantage Lessons Learned

Apr 04, 2014

 Gilbert Taylor (fourth from left) is the new Commissioner of Homeless Services (nyc.gov) On June 23rd, 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined his five-year strategy to attack homelessness in New York City. It


From Pre-K Tunnel Vision to Vision Zero

Apr 02, 2014

 Mayor de Blasio announces his Vision Zero plan (nyc.gov) Leading up to the state budget agreement reached in Albany on March 31, Mayor Bill de Blasio had only one legislative goal:


Compromise Yields Minimal Reform in On-Time Budget

Mar 31, 2014

Albany leaders (Mike Groll/AP)  Albany--If you've only heard one thing about the state budget agreement that oozed out in bits and pieces around midnight on Friday night as most New Yorkers


What Will The New NYPD IG Inspect?

Mar 28, 2014

New NYPD IG Philip Eure (left) & Department of Investigations (DOI) head Mark Peters (DOI)  NEW YORK—It was a long, difficult road to get Local Law 70, which created the office


Legislature Will Have Hard Time Silencing Moreland

Mar 28, 2014

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo (center) convened the Moreland Commission in 2013 (Mike Groll/AP) Albany, N.Y.---"Fishing expedition!" "Abuse of powers!" "Bullying!" These are all things legislators have said about the Moreland Commission on


Idle Time: New York Car Owners in for a Shift

Mar 27, 2014

Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez (William Alitriste) It's a New York City ritual: hurry up and wait. Across the city, car owners rush to move their vehicles and then, they wait. Once