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City Council Approves Term Limits Extension

Oct 24, 2008

  In its most divisive vote in recent memory, the City Council approved an extension of term limits clearing the way for two-thirds of its members, four borough presidents, the comptroller,


The Candidates' Prescriptions

Oct 22, 2008

Do you want a $2,500 check or the insurance plan your representative in Congress has? Do you want a national health registry for choosing insurance or the ability to purchase a


For Council, Another Term Holds Risks and Rewards

Oct 20, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang With his usual candor and humor, Councilmember Simcha Felder attempted to keep order in a crammed City Council chamber on Thursday. "We're going to run a


The Fading of the American Dream

Oct 20, 2008

First, let me introduce myself. I am a 28-year old immigrant from Poland. I moved to New York six years ago and I currently live in Brooklyn. I graduated from


Sad Times Call for a Bit of Optimism

Oct 20, 2008

Riding the F train to Brooklyn last night, I noticed a poster from the World Trade Center Environmental Health Center. It features a young couple with their daughter and the


Beyond the Rhetoric of Change

Oct 20, 2008

When many American children-- boys or girls of any ethnic background -- are born, they often are told by proud parents, "You can be anything you want to be, even


What The Candidates Can't Do

Oct 20, 2008

I'd like to think that electing Barack Obama for president would perhaps permeate our nation with his level of brilliance and intellect, but I'm afraid unquenchable greed and a myopic


Comparing Proposals on Term Limits

Oct 08, 2008

BILL NUMBER: SPONSOR: STATUS: SUMMARY: N/A Councilmember Oliver Koppell Been abandoned The bill, requested in early September, has since been abandoned, Koppell said, because it's identical to the mayor's legislation, which was proposed a


Make That Three: Bloomberg's Reelection Bid

Oct 06, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to reflect recent events at City Hall. UPDATE: New Yorkers have debated the subject for more than 15


Poll: Should Bloomberg Seek a Third Term?

Oct 02, 2008

Should term limits be extended from two to three terms, allowing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of other term-limited politicians to run again? Sorry, Polling is Closed! Results: No, the voters have spoken