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Ghosts of Elections Past

Nov 04, 2014

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (photo: @erinmdurkin) Our annual day of spooks and scares has come and gone, but it's Election Day when I'm truly haunted. I know that when I'm in

Last Updated (Monday, November 03, 2014 07:05 PM)


Hate Hyper-Partisanship? Support Redistricting Reform Now

Nov 03, 2014

Gov. Cuomo is among those who have expressed support for Prop 1 (photo: @NYGovCuomo) This column originally appeared at The Daily Beast With the congressional reelection rate at 95 percent, it's no

Last Updated (Monday, November 03, 2014 03:11 PM)


The Bronx's Growing Affordable Housing Problem

Oct 28, 2014

The author, middle, in the Bronx (photo: @JoinJoyner) Affordability of housing is a growing problem for Bronx residents and families, more so than any other New York City borough. Having grown

Last Updated (Monday, October 27, 2014 06:14 PM)


Make Girls & Boys High School a Community School

Oct 24, 2014

Bernard Gassaway, left, talks about his resignation with Errol Louis (photo: @InsideCityHall) The latest indictment of the Department of Education's management of failing schools was personified last week by Bernard Gassaway,

Last Updated (Thursday, October 23, 2014 05:14 PM)


Board of Correction Urgently Needs Reform

Oct 23, 2014

Public Advocate James listens to testimony from DOC Commissioner Ponte (photo: William Alatriste) New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer issued the latest in a series of reports on mismanagement at Rikers

Last Updated (Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:47 PM)


Small Business Service Needs: Filling the Gaps

Oct 16, 2014

The New York Fed's Small Business Credit Survey (image via @NYFed_News) Small businesses are critical to the jobs recovery. They employ half of private sector workers and have generated roughly two-thirds

Last Updated (Tuesday, October 28, 2014 01:58 PM)


City Must Act to Close MTA Funding Gap

Oct 15, 2014

(photo: @MTA) Last month, the MTA submitted its five year capital budget. The $32 billion plan would provide critical funding for the replacement of subway cars and buses, the modernization of

Last Updated (Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:51 PM)


Staten Island WBE Grows Despite Geographic Challenges

Oct 10, 2014

Ford Wadsworth, Staten Island (photo: National Park Service) The following entry is part of The Small Business Corner, a collaboration between Gotham Gazette and GoBizNYC: GoBizNYC recently spoke with Ryan Walsh, President of Walsh

Last Updated (Wednesday, October 15, 2014 04:57 PM)


Back-Stage Blood-Sport: Robert Carroll's The Believers

Oct 09, 2014

The campaign manager (both photos: Michael Abrams) The hoary axiom that "politics ain't beanbag" is most often used these days when a candidate hits an opponent's character hard. But beanbag refers not

Last Updated (Thursday, October 09, 2014 07:06 AM)