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Atlantic Yards Dominates Debate in District 35

Aug 17, 2009

Photo (cc) threecee Atlantic Yards site Sitting in a small pizza place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Clinton Hill, City Councilmember Letitia James seems unfazed by her two Democratic primary challengers and


Albany Aftershocks

Aug 03, 2009

"This will be the most dramatic year you will ever see," is what Helen Desfosses, associate professor of public administration and policy at the State University of New York, told


Stated Meeting: Coney Island Gets a Facelift

Jul 30, 2009

Images from Coney Island Redevelopment Corporation   In an attempt to revitalize an area long known as "America's playground," the City Council approved a 27-acre redevelopment planto turn Coney Island into a


Tony the Stowaway

Jul 27, 2009

Image by Ya-Hsuan Huang This is the second story in our series on the mayoral candidates. Read the first story: The Underdog. Councilmember Tony Avella's campaign headquarters is fitting. Located on the


Dividing Albany's Pork Pie

Jul 27, 2009

You might think that Senate Democrats don't have much to crow about -- two of their members switched sides, paralyzing the Senate for a month and leaving voters and


Bringing Home the Pork

Jul 27, 2009

With Democrats now in control of the State Senate, legislators from the city received a substantial share of member items. Here is a list of who in the city delegation


Replacing Miguel Martinez

Jul 20, 2009

Photo from Miguel Martinez's Facebook profile Martinez at a recent press conference in his district A little after 10 a.m. Monday, Miguel Martinez's re-election campaign conducted its last official duty: It delivered


Recession Adds New Meaning to 'Struggling Artist'

Jul 06, 2009

Photo (c) Rachel Rampleman Trinie Dalton reading at FEAST, an community-supported artist fundraising event. New York's artists have always lived in a state of flux. Up-and-coming artists from around the world have


Saving Arts Education from Politics

Jul 06, 2009

Photo (cc) carf I fear arts education may become the next casualty of the Albany war. Last week I came out in support of a bill to continue, but amend, mayoral control