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Putting City Documents Online

Jan 16, 2003

The Giuliani administration was criticized for its poor relations with the media -- until September 11 -- and for failing to make key government documents public. In particular, last February,


The Council's Plan

Jan 16, 2003

(The City Council Education Committee has drawn up its own proposal for what should replace community school boards. Although committee chair Eva Moskowitz and committee member Bill de Blasio presented


Parent Engagement Boards: Five Principles

Jan 16, 2003

(Excerpted from Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott's testimony to the Task Force on School Governance Reform on January 16.) To build community and parental involvement, the Department of Education has embarked on


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Jan 13, 2003

  The author Calvin Trillin has said that while Eskimos have 58 words for snow, New Yorkers have just two ways to express approval -- "not so bad" and "it could


New York City Council Redistricting

Jan 13, 2003

  The latest round of redistricting plans were presented to the City Council on December 16, 2002. The third round of public hearings begin February 3. A final plan must be


Ticket Scalping

Jan 12, 2003

Say you want to see Janet Jackson this summer, and so does your cousin. You live in Brooklyn; your cousin lives in Chicago. Tickets for concerts in both cities went



Jan 12, 2003

With races for the United States Senate and the Presidency running neck-and-neck, New Yorkers reside in a special hell this year -- a polling hell. If the election were being


The Press and the Process

Jan 12, 2003

  When George W. Bush made an insulting remark about New York Times reporter Adam Clymer that was inadvertently picked up by the microphones at a campaign stop last month, Times


Bush Plan Doesn't Add Up

Jan 09, 2003

There he goes again. Last week, President George W. Bush announced the details of his new plan for restoring economic prosperity, the premise of which should be all too familiar by


2003 State of the State Address

Jan 08, 2003

  The Bucks Start Where? Who is going to solve New York's fiscal crisis ­ Washington, Albany, or the city itself? Transcript of President George W. Bush's Economic Proposal Governor George Pataki's State of