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WEA Advocates Bank on Election-Year Leverage

Feb 07, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. – An all-or-nothing push for the 10-point Women’s Equality Act last year yielded nothing. So advocates of the proposal are issuing a threatening reminder to state legislators who dare


City Council Committees: Changes and Challenges

Jan 26, 2014

Engaging in the political tradition of rewarding friends and punishing foes, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito last week doled out coveted committee chairmanships and leadership roles – and the $390,000


De Blasio Doesn't Budge on Pre-K Plan

Jan 21, 2014

  Hours ahead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget announcement, Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his promise to tax wealthier New Yorkers as a means to pay for his universal pre-kindergarten plan. The


Member Items For Mark-Viverito Ally Org Frozen

Jan 12, 2014

City Council’s discretionary spending, a practice that frequently raises questions about favoritism and political power plays, is set to become an early wedge issue for the new mayor and the