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The Senate Looks at How It Operates

Jan 20, 2009

With their majority finally solidified, the State Senate Democrats last week passed rules changes, which they say, are designed to create more legislative transparency and to balance the power rift


The Democrats Take Albany

Jan 12, 2009

  Gotham Gazette Illustration by Ya-Hsuan Huang Gov. David Paterson started his first State of the State speech late. Another speech took precedence for a few minutes as new Senate Majority Leader


Stated Meeting: Council Approves Firearm Reporting

Jan 08, 2009

  If police officers pull their triggers the City Council will now be put on notice under legislation passed unanimously by the council on Wednesday. The New York City Police Department will


Top New York Stories of 2008

Dec 22, 2008

  Consider how the world looked a year ago. Sen. Hillary Clinton was about to sail through the Democratic primaries on the way to her party's presidential nomination. Rudy Giuliani, though faltering,


The Council Passes Budget Cuts

Dec 18, 2008

 After six weeks of debate, the City Council approved a 7 percent property tax hike and approximately $500 million in spending cuts on Thursday to address a budget deficit that


Cultural Groups Wonder Just How Bad Things Will Get

Dec 17, 2008

 Photo (cc) VidiotA dance choreographed by Jonah Bokaer at Floyd Bennett Field is part of the "Dancing in the Streets" public performance project. Arts advocates and organizations scored a victory last


Avoiding Charities With Coal-Filled Stockings

Dec 08, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang, photo (cc) Christopher PeplinTo Give or Not to Give? The last thing you want when you give to charities this holiday season is buyer's remorse.


The Fight Over Broadcasting's 'White Space'

Dec 04, 2008

Gotham Gazette image by Ya-Hsuan Huang While tens of millions of Americans were waiting in line to vote on Nov. 4, the Federal Communications Commission was making its own historic decision.


The Council's Income

Nov 10, 2008

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The Conflicts at the Conflicts of Interest Board

Nov 10, 2008

Photo (c) Gotham Gazette Lesson number one: Do not snoop through a city department database to get information on an ex-wife. Possible Conflicts? For a list of City Councilmembers and their outside