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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


De Blasio Allies Continue to Dog Cuomo on Pre-K

Feb 22, 2014

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his allies are forging ahead with their campaign to tax the wealthy to finance universal pre-kindergarten despite having been effectively defeated by


NYCHA Free of Financial Handcuffs

Feb 16, 2014

In Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “tale of two cities,” New York’s public housing projects clearly stood as a city of have-nots and a tale of woe. Last week, de Blasio demonstrated


Caucus to Mobilize Progressive Allies

Feb 14, 2014

Members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, frustrated by what they see as years of having their signature issues ignored by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are prepared