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Forgiving Penalties, Observing Muslim Holidays

Jul 01, 2009

Image (cc) miznoz Holidays were the topic of conversation at the City Council yesterday when the body approved a three-month penalty forgiveness period for environmental fines as well as a resolution


The King of Discretionary Dollars

Jun 25, 2009

Councilmember Lewis Fidler, it's time to take your seat as the council's top earner. The Brooklyn council member and assistant majority leader sponsored more discretionary dollars in this year's budget than


Coming Soon: Deeper City Deficits

Jun 25, 2009

original photo (c) Spencer T Tucker, nyc.gov As Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Council await state legislative approval of their tax package to complete adoption of the city's


City Left on the Sidelines as Senators Feud

Jun 22, 2009

Photo by Spencer Tucker, nyc.gov Mayor Bloomberg with Randi Weingarten (right) at an Albany meeting on mayoral control on March, 25 How much can $1.275 million buy? Could that be the deciding factor


Doling Out Pork

Jun 19, 2009

Photo (cc) dumbskull This story was based on the first version of the council's discretionary budget released on Thursday, June 18. Therefore, our list does not include member items for aging


Who Got What - FY 2010

Jun 19, 2009

COUNCILMEMBERS NUMBER OF MEMBER ITEMS Inez E. Dickens 149 David I. Weprin 112 James S. Oddo 105 Leroy G. Comrie Jr. 104 Christine C. Quinn 103 Kenneth Mitchell 98 Robert Jackson 98 Bill de Blasio 97 Lewis Fidler 97 Domenic M. Recchia Jr. 95 Maria del Carmen Arroyo 76 Peter F.


Senate Turmoil Puts Everything in Doubt

Jun 15, 2009

On May 22 -- slightly more than two weeks before Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. became temporary president of the Senate, plunging the Capitol into chaos, I shared an awkward laugh


Stated Meeting: Dumbo's Dock Street Project Approved

Jun 11, 2009

Photo (cc) mortimer? In a rare move, the City Council overrode the objections of a local council member, approving a 325-unit mixed-use development project in Dumbo. Councilmember David Yassky opposes the project,