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Guide To The Mayor's Management Report

Oct 07, 2002

  Different mayors have used the annual Mayor's Management Report - sometimes called the "public report card" - to different ends. Rudy Giuliani turned the annual report into a kind of


How Your Council Member Voted

Aug 26, 2002

  When Mayor Michael Bloomberg first proposed eliminating the city's recycling program earlier this year, the City Council responded with outrage -- threatening to sue, pushing for an independent authority to


New York City's Foreign Policy

Jul 01, 2002

  Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera waged a crusade to save the forests of Mexico, and were imprisoned for it. Three members of the New York City Council waged their own


Involvement and Accountability

Jun 17, 2002

 Dennis Walcott is deputy mayor for policy. He served as president of the New York Urban League and was a member of the Board of Education. This is adapted from


Elect The Board Of Education

May 20, 2002

In the debate over how to improve the governance of the city schools, most people seem to see the choice as either mayoral control or an expansion of the membership


Child Care

Apr 01, 2001

A complex picture of benefits and risks for young children in child care is emerging from a large and long-running national study. Researchers conducting the study for the National Institute


The Governor's Budget

Jan 01, 2001

  When Governor George Pataki unveiled his proposed new budget, Michael Rebell was unimpressed. Rebell is the executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the group that won a landmark


Going Private

Nov 27, 2000

  What do Off Track Betting, the World Trade Center and some of New York City's most troubled schools have in common? All are run by a government agency, but won't be


Beware The Mantra Of Privatization

Nov 27, 2000

I entered public service with a commitment to make a difference in people's lives. Having grown up with heroes like President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther


Get Out the Vote!

Nov 06, 2000

  What if they had an election and nobody voted? It is not that unreasonable a question. Across the country and in New York, Americans are voting less and less. In 1953,