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Another Term Awaits

Oct 19, 2009

Photo from NY1.com The two term mayor, clad in his standard dark suit and red tie, and the affable turned go get 'em comptroller stood side by side last week beneath


Where They Stand

Oct 19, 2009

Forget about term limits or perfunctory personality quirks. Here is a brief breakdown of where Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller William Thompson stand on some of the city's most important


Stated Meeting: Council Bans Flavored Tobacco

Oct 15, 2009

Photo by SheHartley   Snuffing out cherry-flavored cigarillos and cookie dough laced cigars, the City Council banned the sale of flavored tobacco products Wednesday just weeks after the federal government took flavored


Unions Flex Their Political Muscles

Oct 13, 2009

Image by Ya-Hsuan Huang Facing almost overwhelming odds in his quest to defeat Democrat John Liu and become New York City's next comptroller, Republican Joe Mendola tried a new tack


A Changing of the Guard on Staten Island

Oct 13, 2009

Photo by Jason J. Price Miller's pharmacy in Park Hill, Staten Island Supporters of Deborah Rose cried out of happiness on Sept. 15. The president of the Staten Island Democratic


Museums Struggle to Maintain Programs and Projects

Oct 06, 2009

photo (cc) ectasticist The Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is suffering from a 25 percent decrease in endowment this year. New York City's cultural institutions are


The Next Round

Sep 21, 2009

Photo (cc) kate.gardiner The turnout in last Tuesday's primary probably hit a record low, with only 11 percent of registered Democrats making their way to the polling place. Next week, many


Primary Results

Sep 16, 2009

All results are unofficial and do not include absentee ballots. Winners appear in bold. A ~ denotes the incumbent, if any. City and Boroughwide Races Mayor Tony Avella (D), 21.42 percent Roland Rogers (D),


Rockaway Incumbent Faces Five Challengers

Sep 14, 2009

Photo (c) jag9889 Far Rockaway beach A fresh face or years of experience? That's the question facing voters in Queens' 31st district heading into the Democratic primary this Tuesday. Five candidates are