GOTHAM GAZETTE: SEARCHLIGHT 2002:The Record

The Record: July - August 2004

8/30

A Bush administration plan would redistribute billions of dollars in public housing money away from New York and other cities to rural areas in the South. (NY Times)

8/29

City schools don't reopen for two weeks, but it's already time for parents of fifth-graders to get a head start on the hunt for a good middle school. (Daily News)

8/28

A civil rights group filed a lawsuit Friday to stop the state Department of Motor Vehicles from refusing to renew the driver's licenses of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who cannot prove they are in this country legally. (Newsday)

8/27

Madison Square Garden and several local residents filed a lawsuit yesterday accusing the city of failing to provide the public with "meaningful participation and review" on the proposed West Side Stadium project. (Daily News) (NY Post)

Don't worry, New Yorkers: The Republican National Convention will only cause "some minor disruptions," Mayor Bloomberg insisted yesterday. But a new poll suggests New Yorkers heartily disagree. (Daily News)

8/26

The NYPD's plan to merge an anti-graffiti unit with another division was blasted yesterday by a Queens lawmaker, who said the move will only make life easier for vandals. Combining the department's anti-graffiti and vandalism squad with the Transit Bureau's vandals squad will "shift their combined focus away from graffiti in the streets," said state Sen. John Sabini. (Daily News)

Starting Tuesday, the city and state are lifting the sales tax on clothes, shoes, accessories and other must-haves for back-to-school or back-room deals.The semiannual tax-free shopping week, which lasts through Sept. 6, removes the 8.65% tax on items that cost less than $110. (Daily News)

8/25

The city rejected 27 percent of welfare applicants last year - the highest percentage since 1996, according to a study released yesterday. (NY Post)

Comptroller William Thompson asserted Tuesday that the city may not receive as much as $5.2 billion in World Trade Center aid. (Newsday)

Once again reshuffling the administration of the city's Department of Education, Chancellor Joel I. Klein said yesterday that he would not replace the top official in charge of guidance counseling, discipline, health and other social support services for 1.1 million public school children when he retires next month. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg dropped a small bombshell on noisy cops and firefighters clamoring for a new contract, by announcing last night that the city is close to a deal with the much more decorous teachers union. (NY Post)

The massive redevelopment plan for Manhattan's far West Side - including a stadium for both the Jets and the 2012 Olympics - failed to clear its first hurdle when the local Community Board gave the project a thumbs-down. (NY Post)

8/24

The New York State Public Employment Relations Board has ordered that the contract dispute between New York City and its main police union go to binding arbitration, city and union officials said yesterday. (NY Times)

City Council lawyers are putting finishing touches on a new campaign- finance package that would triple the current public matching funds for certain political candidates. (NY Post)

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta angrily vowed to ax the firemen at the center of the FDNY sex scandal. (Daily News)

8/23

More than 2,500 city students fled their public schools last year out of fear for their safety, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

Gov. Pataki, who will introduce President Bush at the Republican National Convention next week, may run for president himself in 2008, sources said yesterday. (NY Post)

8/22

Mayor Michael Bloomberg bashed police-union leaders Friday from Greece, claiming they seek only to safeguard their "cushy" jobs. (Newsday)

A machine that lets drinkers consume alcohol by inhaling it hit Manhattan Friday evening, and left critics with a hangover. (Newsday)

The 227th annual session of the New York State Legislature, which many call the least productive in memory, finally sputtered to a close. (NY Times)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg flew home Saturday after spending three days here trying to boost New York City's bid for the 2012 Summer Games and bury any comparison to Athens's over-budget and undersold Olympics. (NY Times)

Roger L. Green resigned his Assembly post on June 1 after the Assembly's ethics committee issued a secret report recommending that he be penalized for billing the state for false travel expenses. But the Assembly has steadfastly refused to release the report, even though Mr. Green is now running for re-election. (NY Times)

8/21

A ruling by New York's highest court on the state's death penalty law has complicated the job of prosecutors and left the fate of inmates uncertain. (NY Times)

Nobody smokes in New York City anymore. At least that is the perception of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who cited that information yesterday as another reason the Olympics should be held in New York. (NY Times)

New York City is better prepared to prevent a terrorist attack than the other cities competing for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Mayor Bloomberg boasted yesterday. (Daily News)

Nearly 60,000 hopefuls have applied for about 6,000 teaching jobs in New York this year - one of the biggest applicant pools ever, city Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said yesterday. (Daily News)

It's getting personal between Mayor Bloomberg and the leaders of the police and firefighter unions. (NY Post)

8/20

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed prominent supporters of his administration and former city officials yesterday to a 13-member charter commission to review judicial conduct and budget practices. (NY Times) (Newsday)

Mayor Bloomberg arrived in Athens yesterday and quickly pronounced the Olympics a success that has "dramatically transformed" that city, providing a preview of what's in store if New York wins the 2012 games. (NY Post)

The police and fire unions set up a mock bargaining table outside City Hall yesterday and asked the mayor in Athens lobbying to bring the Olympic Games to New York in 2012 to sit down with them and negotiate a new contract. (NY Post)

8/19

After months of uproar over Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's pledge to stop the social promotion of third graders, city officials said yesterday that they expected fewer than 5,000 children to have to repeat the grade - about the same as were held back last year. (NY Times) (Daily News)

The contract dispute between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the police and firefighters grew nastier yesterday as union members held a noisy 1 a.m. protest outside his Upper East Side town house and the police union threatened to set up picket lines at the Republican National Convention. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg, who is trying to bring the 2012 Games to New York, will spend three days in Athens. (Daily News)

8/18

City Council will probably override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill that would ban the sale and installation of motion-sensitive car alarms, which can be activated by vibrations such as thunder, according to Councilmember John Liu. (Newsday)

Veteran U.S. Representative Major Owens yesterday launched what he has said would be his final campaign for Congress, facing challenges in the Democratic primary from two formidable opponents, City Council members Yvette Clarke and Tracy Boyland. (New York Times)

8/17

Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed the veto button yesterday on a City Council bill that sought to outlaw the sale and installation of motion-sensitive car alarms in the city. (Newsday)

Council Member John Liu, chairman of the Transportation Committee, dismissed the notion that car alarms deter theft and called the veto "misguided." "There's a lot of noise created in this veto message that doesn't get to the heart of the matter," Mr. Liu said. "The administration is holding on to hope that car thieves are actually deterred by these alarms," he said. "There is no proof that they deter car theft, and there is tons of evidence that they deter people from getting a good night's rest." (New York Sun)

8/16

Daily News Exclusive: Despite a year-old effort by the Bloomberg administration to crack down on rats, the rodents are still everywhere - and complaints are on the rise, city records show. (Daily News)

City law states that protesters who want a sound system get a special permit. But the police union members who have been trailing Mayor Bloomberg lately need no such amplification. (Daily News)

Former Mayor David Dinkins sympathized with frustrated police and firefighters yesterday but he said their tactics against Mayor Bloomberg are unlikely to get the job done. (Daily News)

Disgraced former Bronx state Sen. Guy Velella got an extra $10,000 sweetheart "lulu" payment late last week - even though he's serving a year on Rikers Island for soliciting a bribe, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

Mayor Bloomberg is promising a crackdown on the sex shops that are burgeoning in the West Village. (NY Post)

8/15

Cleburne, Tex., was the latest stop for the New York State Museum's exhibition about the effort to recover remains and personal objects from the World Trade Center site. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg's push for a $1.4 billion expansion to the Jacob Javits Convention Center may hinge on what's in it for Long Island and upstate. (NY Post)

8/14

After 10 years of false starts, the proposed $1.4 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center finally got going in June with lots of fanfare and promise. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/14/nyregion/14javits.html

8/13

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called Cablevision a "disgrace" yesterday, saying that a television ad it sponsored opposing a stadium on Manhattan's West Side included lies and was motivated by fear about competition to Madison Square Garden, which it owns. (NY Times) (Daily News)

In its bid to reduce asthma infections citywide, the City Council is moving forward with a slew of clean air bills geared at reducing pollution caused by emissions from cars and trucks. (NY Post)

City Councilman Bill Perkins was fined $2,500 yesterday and ordered to return $33,135 for improperly spending public campaign funds. Separately, the board ordered former City Councilman Sheldon S. Leffler to repay nearly $300,000 in public funds improperly spent during his unsuccessful bid for Queens Borough president in 2001. (NY Times)

Council and labor union officials will run newspaper ads just before the Republican National Convention to call for more federal money for local antiterrorism and education programs, Council officials said yesterday. (NY Times)

8/12

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday stood by his decision to block huge protests in Central Park during the Republican National Convention, and questioned why organizers had backed out of an agreement to rally instead along the West Side Highway. (NY Times)

State legislative officials said on Wednesday that they planned to give Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg permission to dole out his $400 property tax rebate for homeowners as part of a financial aid package for New York City. Officials in the city said the tax rebate checks would be sent out roughly 60 days after a final state budget was enacted and certified by the state comptroller, putting checks in voters' mailboxes in October. (NY Times)

Cops and firefighters threatening wildcat strikes during the Republican convention to force the city to sign a new contract won't get anywhere, Mayor Bloomberg vowed yesterday. (NY Post)

8/11

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday criticized the Board of Standards and Appeals, a little-known city board, saying it has been somewhat arbitrary in granting zoning variances. Bloomberg vowed to discuss proposed changes in the makeup of the board with key City Council members. (Newsday)

A bill proposed yesterday by City Council member Lewis Fidler would give the city health department the authority to remove lead-tainted candy and other foods from store shelves . (Daily News)

8/10

The head of the City Council Education Committee lashed out at state and federal school officials yesterday for allowing the city to stop students from transferring out of failing schools. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg took a shot at Boston yesterday, belittling Beantown for putting "barbed wire" around protesters at last month's Democratic National Convention. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg fired back at the firefighters union yesterday for criticizing temporary use of a rented Ryder truck to haul FDNY rescue equipment to building collapses. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg's anxious security detail hustled the mayor into his van after angry cops and firefighters turned up at a Greenwich Village town-hall meeting last night to demand a new contract. (NY Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Monday downplayed fears stirred by Bush administration leaks that al-Qaida has eyed tourist helicopters as attack weapons. (Newsday)

8/9

Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed Sunday to crack down on scofflaws who have racked up more than $200,000 in parking tickets and fines, some dating to 1998, while driving city cars. (Newsday)

Eight months ago, Paul Chan, a 31-year-old artist, began thinking about the tens of thousands of people from across the United States who are expected to arrive in New York at the end of this month to protest during the Republican National Convention. (NY Times)


8/8

With no budget in place, the triumvirate that runs Albany seems to have stumbled upon a novel way of handling the process: not doing a budget at all. (NY Times)

The Bloomberg administration financing plan for Manhattan's West Side will cost the city $1.3 billion more than the conventional method. (Newsday)

8/7

As police continued their tight grip on the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told New Yorkers on Friday to get used to the extra security because it's going to be around for some time. (Newsday)

There is a theory in salesmanship that if the virtues of a product are repeated over and over again, people eventually start to believe in them, no matter how unreal those virtues are. (NY Times)

8/6

Mayor Bloomberg unveiled a massive $3.7 billion plan yesterday to transform the city for the 2012 Olympic games. (NY Post)

A conflict of interest will keep Mayor Bloomberg from mediating the talks between Time Warner and Cablevision over the dispute that has kept the Mets off TV for much of this week. (NY Post)

8/5

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is seeking plaintiffs for a possible lawsuit challenging Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's much-debated new policy to hold back third graders largely on the basis of their standardized test scores. (NY Times)

For the third time since Chancellor Joel Klein has been at the helm of the city schools, a top official has bolted from Tweed Courthouse to work for the powerful teachers union. Jonathan Gyurko, who resigned this week, has been hired by the United Federation of Teachers to help start an experimental charter school. (Daily News)

8/4

More than a month before the 9/11 Commission released its final report, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to persuade the commission to craft its findings in a way that would portray the city in a better light. (Newsday)

Since the day Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, his responses to numerous federal warnings about possible terrorist attacks have been almost identical. Without exactly being dismissive, he has told New Yorkers to leave security concerns "to the professionals," and then promptly cantered around the city, from the theater district to wide-open lunch counters to Knicks games, spreading the word that the city is safe and open for business. This week, however, while continuing his breakneck tours of the five boroughs, Mr. Bloomberg has taken a slightly different tack, viewing the latest alert issued by the Department of Homeland Security in a very sober light. During a television interview yesterday, the mayor said, "Every day in a very dangerous world is a challenge." Further, while the Bloomberg administration has been deeply annoyed by Cassandra- like warnings issued from Washington over the last few years, it appears to have seized on this particular augury as both far more credible and serious - and also something that gives the mayor a political opportunity to show his resolve in keeping the city safe. (New York Times)

The state lobbying commission Tuesday will subpoena Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver [who represents the Lower East Side] to testify about how he received a $1,500 Las Vegas hotel suite for $109. In July, Silver provided the state Temporary Commission on Lobbying with receipts from the trip but refused to testify. Silver, a Manhattan Democrat, has said that his trip was a personal one taken in the post-Sept. 11 period when many rooms in Las Vegas were going for bargain-basement prices. (Associated Press)

8/3

Enforcing the new city law to prevent lead poisoning, which went into effect yesterday, could cost New York City $104 million this year, officials say. (New York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took his own advice yesterday and went about his day as usual - riding the subways, breaking ground on a new office tower, even holding a barbecue at Gracie Mansion for city workers. For Bloomberg, it was a chance to try to calm the city as it faced threats of an alleged plot by Al Qaeda to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and Manhattan's Citigroup Center. (Daily News)

Reaction to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's trip to Haiti -- particularly the Cite Soleil slum -- has been mixed. Some praise his courage in going to the area, while others criticize some aspects of the visit. (Newsday)

After months of criticism and accusations of erratic behavior, State Senator Ada Smith of Queens was stripped yesterday of her post as chair of the Senate's Democratic conference. Smith, the Senates third ranking Democrat, also loses the $16,500 she earned each year in addition to her annual State Senate salary. (New York Times)

8/2

Mike promises more Haiti aid Fresh from his trip to the impoverished nation, Mayor Bloomberg visited a Haitian church in Brooklyn, promising congregants help for their homeland. (Daily News)

8/1

A transit officer who had initially been lauded for warning commuters away from a pipe bomb in a Times Square subway station was charged with placing the bomb. (NYTimes)

Boston was a tea party, New York City officials say. It'll be another story for the GOP convention in New York at the end of this month. (Daily News)

U.S. Special Forces and military disaster-response teams guarding New York during the Republican convention will be armed with the latest high-tech weaponry, including "ballistic" sunglasses, advanced machine guns and a flashlight that can blind attackers, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

They went to breakfasts, receptions -- heck, anywhere there were some Democratic delegates -- working the rooms for a New York election yet to come. (Newsday)

7/31

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg expressed support for the New York Yankees' plan to pay for a new stadium in the Bronx. (NY Times)

New York City public school principals are planning to cut school programs and some jobs because of a reduction to their budgets. (NY Times)

There will be no police sickout during the Republican National Convention, Mayor Bloomberg vowed yesterday. "We're not going to have a Blue Flu as the convention approaches," Bloomberg said. (Daily News) (Newsday)

The MTA needs to tap into "alternative revenue sources" and not force city straphangers to bear the brunt of the agency's fiscal problems, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. (NY Post) (Newsday)

City officials responsible for housing the homeless and bureaucrats responsible for abused children will now share the data of those they serve to prevent vulnerable children from falling through the cracks, officials said yesterday. (NY Post)

City officials say they want to help city sports teams build new stadiums, but not with city funds. (Newsday)

Protesters at next month's Republican National Convention will likely raise a larger ruckus than those in Boston, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Newsday)

7/30

The city can force the six companies fitting lampposts with cellular antennas to inspect the devices for radiation emissions, officials said yesterday, hoping to quell fears the $25 million franchise agreement might endanger New Yorkers' health. (NY Post)

The city is planning to raze an asbestos-laced former Brooklyn Navy Yard brig in Fort Greene to build 400 mixed-income apartments, a community center and retail stores. (Newsday)

Rev. Al has at least one Republican admirer -- Mike Bloomberg. The mayor, speaking at a news conference in Sharpton's home borough of Brooklyn Thursday, had praise for Sharpton's incendiary convention speech Tuesday night, even though the preacher-politician stomped on Bloomberg's candidate-of-choice George W. Bush. (Newsday)

7/29

The city has agreed to pay about $650,000 to settle a lawsuit that accused the New York Police Department of violating people's rights by strip-searching and humiliating those arrested for minor offenses in Brooklyn. (NY Times)

City lampposts soon will light up cellphones and laptops as well as street corners. Six telecommunications companies plan to fit about 18,000 lampposts around the city with cellular and high-speed Internet antennas as part of a franchise agreement worth up to $25 million a year to the city. But all that radiation has some activists and officials concerned about the potential health implications of the antennas. (NY Post)

Scores of boisterous cops and firefighters marched to City Hall yesterday loudly demanding a new contract that offers a substantial pay hike. But Mayor Bloomberg blew off the ranting on his doorstep as "counterproductive" and said the city had made its best offer. (NY Post)

7/28

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent six hours in Haiti yesterday, visiting a hospital and a notorious Port-au-Prince slum, and appeared shaken by the poverty he witnessed. (New York Times) (Daily News) (Newsday)

On his tour of Haiti yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg likened himself to the country's leader Gerard Latortue, saying neither of them owe anyone anything. (New York Post)

City lawyers said the mayor could not use money from the Mayor's Fund for New York to start a relief program for Haiti because that money can only be used for New York City programs. The city is investigating alternate fund-raising efforts. (Daily News)

Former State Senator and City Councilmember Pedro Espada of the Bronx said yesterday he would challenge incumbent State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. who defeated him two years ago. Espada, a strong opponent of the Bronx Democratic organization, operates a health care center where seven employees have been indicted for allegedly diverting money from programs for children and AIDS patients to his campaigns. (New York Times) (Newsday)

State Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell IV will not challenge long-time U.S. Representative Charles Rangel this year. It had long been expected that Powell, whose father served in Congress, would run against Rangel but Powell has been involved in two scandals this year -- accused first of giving alcohol to an underage intern and then of rape in New York City. No charges have been filed against him. (Newsday)

7/27

A new bill passed by the City Council requires that future pay phone contracts run for 15 years, which is regarded as a long time in the fast-changing field of telecommunications. (NY Times)

Declaring that terrorists must not have the power to paralyze the world, Mayor Bloomberg urged New Yorkers yesterday to travel to Athens next month for the Summer Olympic Games. (Daily News)

The contract battle between Mayor Bloomberg and three key unions blew up yesterday as each side made new moves to keep the public's sympathy. (NY Post)

A Post examination of City Council members' spending over the last fiscal year shows Jennings was the lawmaker who reported the largest number of purchases of questionable use. (NY Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who earlier this year canceled a goodwill trip to Haiti because of the violence there, plans fly to the troubled island nation Tuesday for meetings with President Boniface Alexandre and disaster relief officials. (Newsday)

7/26

Proponents of a stadium on the far West Side of Manhattan have been quietly courting Hispanic officials in search of support for their proposal. (NY Times)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will travel tomorrow to Haiti, taking a trip that was scotched earlier this year because of unrest in the Caribbean nation. (NY Times)

7/25

Most of the New Yorkers who have opposed the city's plans to redevelop the West Side and build a football stadium there actually live or work on the West Side, and dislike the proposed changes to the neighborhood. But State Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat and several other Harlem residents have a different reason for their opposition - one that is more than four miles to the north. (NY Times)

Rep. Anthony Weiner slapped at the Bush administration yesterday, charging New York has gotten $61 million less in federal security cash since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. (Daily News)

New York leads the nation in state and local taxes paid per resident, exceeding the national average by 47.5 percent, a new analysis released yesterday shows. (NY Post)

The city agency responsible for policing the environment is also its biggest polluter, according to state records obtained by The Post. (NY Post)

7/24

A curious novelty is increasingly being seen in New York City politics: two candidates with the same name, running for the same office. (NY Times)

Two prominent state legislators from Yonkers accused the city's administration on Friday of playing a shell game with its finances, essentially depriving the school district while using hard-fought state money for overall budget needs. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg vehemently disagreed with the 9/11 commission's assessment that his administration has failed to establish clear lines of command among city agencies. (Daily News) (Newsday)

Security at Times Square on New Year's Eve is the main reason the city is appealing a court decision limiting bag searches, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. (Daily News)

The city has quietly paid the estate of slain councilman James Davis $50,000 - a payment it hopes will persuade a judge to throw out the family's multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the NYPD, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

Mayor: Some union leaders selfish Some city labor leaders are more interested in their own careers than the well-being of their members, the mayor said Friday. (Newsday)

7/23

With a crowd of 100 central Brooklyn residents behind her yesterday, Councilwoman Yvette D. Clarke officially entered the race to challenge United States Representative Major R. Owens, setting the stage for a hard-fought Democratic primary campaign by members of three well-known political families. (NY Times)

A year after City Councilman James Davis, an upstart politician from Crown Heights, was slain at City Hall by an unstable political rival, people in his old neighborhood recalled the former police officer and minister who rose to prominence via an annual anti-violence march. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg slammed a top associate of former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for spouting "drivel" when he suggested a councilman's murder a year ago may have been prevented by the installation of high-tech security doors. (Newsday)

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller called yesterday for additional security at the Council's main office building after the Daily News exposed how easily the building's security could be infiltrated. (Daily News)

7/22

Friday marks one year since the first time Richard Burt fired his weapon on the job, killing the gunman who shot City Councilman James E. Davis to death at City Hall. (NY Times)

The City Council passed legislation yesterday that would ban the sale and installation of certain audible car alarms that are already illegal to use in the city, but the Bloomberg administration opposed the measure, setting the stage for a mayoral veto. (NY Times)

A City Hall lounge that City Councilmembers use daily to make phone calls and confer with each other was named after slain Councilman James Davis yesterday. (Newsday)

A Brooklyn valedictorian who was denied her diploma last month after she blasted the horrible conditions at her high school was honored by the City Council yesterday. (Daily News)

7/21

Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued his second annual report card on himself yesterday. The 47-page spreadsheet is his personal record of keeping, amending or breaking 381 promises he made during his 2001 campaign. By his own reckoning, Bloomberg improved his record from a year ago, having now fulfilled, or come close to fulfilling, 86 percent of his pledges. (New York Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday criticized a federal judge's ruling that bars police from blanket searches of demonstrators' bags outside the Republican National Convention and said that the city would appeal the ruling. The announcement represented a switch for city officials who at first said they considered the ruling a victory. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post) (Newsday)

7/20

She won over Bill Clinton when she beat up on Ted Koppel on national television. She helped elect Hillary Rodham Clinton to the United States Senate, replacing Daniel Patrick Moynihan, whom she had also helped get re-elected. And now Mandy Grunwald is going to work for Gifford Miller, the City Council speaker who hopes to be mayor. (NY Times)

In a sign of how fiercely Democratic leaders want their party to regain a State Senate seat, dozens of elected officials came to City Hall yesterday to endorse a Bronx city councilman for the one now held by Olga A. Mendez, the longtime incumbent senator who switched parties to become a Republican two years ago. (NY Times)

As dozens of city cops, firefighters and teachers protested yesterday outside Madison Square Garden in a push for raises, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said the workers deserve a pay hike. (Daily News)

7/19

To reduce homelessness in New York City by two-thirds, the city plans to rely on a program that combines new housing with intensive social services. (NYTimes)

The city has paid out nearly $500,000 so far to settle lawsuits by victims of the horrendous gang sex attacks that exploded after the 2000 National Puerto Rican Day Parade, the Daily News has learned. (Daily News)

The city is quietly opening scores of Manhattan blocks to small outdoor cafes - offering an airy new crack in the city's strict smoking ban since a quarter of those new seats can be set aside for smokers. (Daily News)

7/18

Is city silencing protest? YES Point/Counterpoint: The Parks Department is closing Central Park's most prominent venues to large demonstrations, and not just for the Republican National Convention. The historically important Great Lawn and vast North Meadow are now off-limits to rallies, leaving only the remote East Meadow. (Daily News)

Is city silencing protest? NO Point/Counterpoint: New York's quality of life depends on clean, green parks. City parks host more than 10,000 permitted events annually, including about 500 rallies and political events. What we will not approve is any event on Central Park's Great Lawn which cannot meet the necessary protections for it. (Daily News)

New security measures at City Hall introduced in the wake of the shooting of Councilman James Davis are being strictly enforced. (NY Post)

A year after the shooting death of City Councilman James Davis, his family is bitterly split over his legacy, with opposing sides trading accusations that the other is trying to exploit the politician's name for money and power.(NY Post)

Hidden away in the back room of a Manhattan tavern where the secretive Sons of Liberty met before the Revolutionary War, another group of young rebels quietly gathers to escape political persecution for one evening. (Newsday)

Amid the World Trade Center and anthrax attacks of 2001, City Hall became more guarded than ever. (Newsday)

Nearly 15,000 volunteers from all of the country are preparing to travel to the Republican National Convention in New York City. (NY Times)

Some principals complained that the influx of students transferring last year under a new federal law had overcrowded and weakened the city's more successful schools. (NY Times)

The unions for the police, the firefighters and the teachers plan to begin round-the-clock picketing at Madison Square Garden on Monday to protest their lack of a contract. (NY Times) (Daily News)

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has spent $15,000 of his campaign donations to hire lawyers as he faces an investigation by the state lobbying commission. (NY Times)

7/17

Last year, thousands of youths working in the city's summer-jobs program went unpaid for weeks after a payroll glitch held up their checks. http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/queens/nyc-jobs0717,0,3706834.story?coll=nyc-manheadlines-queens

For the third straight year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to snare control of which questions people may decide on the Election Day ballot. http://www.nynewsday.com/news/local/newyork/politics/nyc-coun0716,0,6896587.story?coll=nyc-manheadlines-politics

7/16

Many principals and other school administrators are dissatisfied with the support they have received from the city's Department of Education this year and feel that their jobs have been made more complicated under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's reorganization of the school system, according to a survey released yesterday by the principals' union. (NY Times) (Daily News)

Calling education reform "the defining issue of our time," Mayor Bloomberg challenged Gov. Pataki to his face yesterday: Increase state funding of city schools. At the state Financial Control Board's annual meeting, Bloomberg - sitting next to the governor - said a "huge deficit" exists between state tax revenue generated in the city and the amount of tax dollars that are returned. (Daily News)

Sounding a far more cautionary note than a month ago when he sealed a $47 billion budget deal with the City Council, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday warned of ballooning pension, Medicaid and debt costs facing New York City over the next four years. Notably, in the hourlong presentation, there was little discussion of Mr. Bloomberg's proposal to offer $400 tax rebates to most homeowners. (Ny Times)

For the third straight year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to snare control of which questions people may decide on the Election Day ballot. His expected appointment of another commission to change the city charter all but ensures that nobody else may petition a referendum onto the ballot. (Newsday)

7/15

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a five-year plan yesterday to expand the industrial park at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to attract hundreds of new jobs. (NY Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg named a new immigration affairs commissioner yesterday, former Washington Heights Councilman Guillermo Linares for the $132,500-a-year post. (Newsday)

It's become part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's daily ritual: He retreats to his City Hall cubicle, picks up the phone and dials for dollars. The Mayor works from a list of names supplied by Republican political operatives, calling some of the Republican Party's most reliable donors. His goal for each phone call is $1 million, a small payment toward the most expensive political gala in American history-next month's Republican National Convention. (NY Observer)

7/14

Soaring overtime costs could push the city's future budget deficits even higher than the billions already predicted, the state Financial Control Board said yesterday. (New York Post)

After four months as acting deputy schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña was officially named Chancellor Joel Klein's No. 2 yesterday. (Daily News)

With the Republican convention nearing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg faces more hazards every day as he navigates between being a Republican whose party is about to come to this city and the mayor of a city that is overwhelmingly Democratic. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has virtually ignored Citigroup's decision to move 1,900 jobs out of Lower Manhattan, focusing instead on its plans to build a $200 million office building in Long Island City and its promises to increase its work force by 600 over the next two years. (New York Times)

State Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell IV, who is accused of raping a Manhattan woman, has passed two lie detector tests, the politician's lawyer said yesterday. Powell has denied the charges, and no criminal charges have been filed against him. (New York Post)

7/13

For the third time in his term, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will appoint a commission charged with tinkering with the city's charter. This time, the goal is to create professional standards for administrative law judges, improve some of the city's methods for buying goods and services, and make permanent some of the city's budget practices that were imposed by the state during the fiscal crisis of the 1970's. (NY Times)

Many parent coordinators in New York City's schools - who are supposed to serve as liaisons between parents and school officials - fail to have more than basic knowledge about educational issues, and to return phone calls, according to a survey by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. (NY Times) (Daily News) (NY Post)

Gifford Miller, Bill Thomspon, Fernando Ferrer, C. Virginia Fields and Anthony Weiner are all building war chests for potential runs at mayor. (NY Times)

Tracy L. Boyland, a city councilwoman who is part of a politically active family in Brooklyn, officially announced yesterday her candidacy for the Congressional seat held by Representative Major R. Owens. (NY Times)

Assembly Democrats introduced a bill that would authorize the $1.4 billion expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center but ensure that it is not linked to the construction of a West Side stadium for the Jets. (NY Post)

The city is sending as much as $11 billion a year more in taxes to Albany than it's getting back in state aid, according to a study released by Mayor Bloomberg's office yesterday. (NY Post)

Mayor Bloomberg signed an order yesterday giving commissioners and other managers the same raises won by the city's largest municipal union boosting his top deputy's paycheck to over $200,000. (NY Newsday)

Firefighters, police officers and teachers plan an around-the-clock demonstration outside Madison Square Garden beginning Monday to protest the lack of a new contract. (NY Newsday)

7/12

Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg attends many memorial ceremonies for strangers. But yesterday, when he visited Queens to honor an Indian-American astronaut killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia, Mr. Bloomberg made a point of noting that this time was different. (NY Times)

The group's name is United for Peace and Justice, but it's fighting a war - against Mayor Bloomberg - to hold a massive anti-war march leading to a rally in Central Park on Aug. 29. (Daily News)

7/11

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to know why police were never told of reports that twin baby girls may have been abused. mother. (Newsday)

7/10

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and Councilman Vincent Gentile blasted the city yesterday for ticketing drivers whose license plates are partially obstructed, usually by a dealer frame. (Daily News)

To clear the smoke from dueling studies of the planned NBA arena in Brooklyn, a city lawmaker wants an independent fiscal watchdog to referee. (NY Post)

The city's education-accountability guru is stepping down after less than a year on the job, officials said yesterday. (NY Post)

Development officials said they would spend up to $3.5 million to ensure that "Tribute in Light" can be seen on the 9/11 anniversary for the next five years. (Newsday)

7/9

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg may often try to distance himself from the Bush administration, but increasingly his potential Democratic rivals are trying to force him back in. (NY Times)

Mark Green and Fernando Ferrer, once bitter mayoral rivals, made their first big public appearance since 2001 yesterday but stopped short of supporting each other's political futures. (Daily News)

Did Mayor Michael Bloomberg once admit to making a deal with the devil by switching from the Democratic Party to the GOP to run for mayor in 2001? That's the story being told by former Public Advocate Mark Green, the rapier-tongued Democrat who Bloomberg narrowly defeated almost three years ago. (Newsday)

7/8

When it comes to reporting the details of his campaign's finances, Comptroller Bill Thompson, a Democrat and a possible candidate for mayor next year, has often been less than thorough. (NY Times)

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, who's supposed to be a watchdog over city agencies, is running a loose financial ship in her own office - with tens of thousands of dollars in equipment unaccounted for, according to an audit. (NY Post)

City unions that picket around Madison Square Garden during the runup to the Republican National Convention will be hurting only themselves, Mayor Bloomberg warned yesterday. (Daily News)

7/7

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday named John Mattingly, a nationally known expert on child welfare, to head the city Administration for Children's Services. He also appointed health care executive Charlynn Goins as chair of the city Health and Hospitals Corporation. (New York Times) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Several Harlem politicians yesterday called for Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell IV to resign in the wake of rape allegations against him, with one political rival, Democratic District Leader John Ruiz, saying he will challenge him in September's Democratic primary. Powell has denied the rape charges. (New York Times)

Democratic District Leader John Ruiz called Assemblymember Adam Clayton Powell IV a "huge embarrassment" to his constituents and urged him to resign. Ruiz announced he would challenge Powell for the Assembly seat in the Democratic primary. He lost to Powell in 2004 (New York Post)

Queens City Councilmember David Weprin yesterday re-introduced legislation that would make it illegal to sell realistic looking toy guns in the city. (NY1)

7/6

The Police Department has stepped up its enforcement of an obscure rule barring adults from the city's 950 playgrounds unless they're with a child. (NY Post)

The NYPD yesterday tried to distance itself from the remarks of a now-retired cop who called city firefighters "amateurs" on a nationally televised documentary aired last week. (NY Post)

The Bloomberg administration might be having second thoughts about promoting an experimental high school serving gay and lesbian students. (NY Post)

7/5

These are tough times for the county Democratic Party organizations in New York City. In Brooklyn, the Democratic leader is under indictment on criminal charges of trying to strong-arm judicial candidates into hiring consultants favored by the party. In the Bronx, the political infighting is so fierce that incumbents are facing challenges in this year's legislative races in nearly every corner of the borough. (NY Times)

A mottled-gray granite slab dedicated to the victims of the terror attacks was laid at Ground Zero yesterday, providing the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower that one day will reclaim the downtown skyline. Inscribed with a tribute to "the enduring spirit of freedom," the 20-ton stone was hoisted by crane into a hole in the World Trade Center bedrock at an emotional ceremony. (Daily News) (NY Times) (Newsday)

Added security at Penn Station and street closures around Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention will cost the city $19 million in economic activity, says a Boston think tank. (NY Post)

The Jets may seek tax-exempt financing to pay for a major part of their $800-million contribution to the proposed $1.4 billion West Side stadium, Wall Street firms' records show. (Newsday)

7/4

Whether the U.S. is winning the war on terror remains to be seen. But in this city, Mayor Bloomberg is making strides in winning a war against inertia. That is no mean feat for a businessman turned politician whose constituency cannot decide from day to day whether it wants a businessman or an old-fashioned glad-handing politician at the helm. (Daily News)

7/3

You can't tell exactly how rich Mayor Bloomberg is from his tax return. But based on how much he gave away last year, you certainly get a good idea. (Daily News)

The state Senate's Republican majority leader, Joseph Bruno, is at it again _ playing the Democratic card to help maintain the GOP hold on the Legislature's upper house. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said street closures and plans to seal off two exits at Pennsylvania Station for the Republican National Convention are "not that big a deal" for commuters. (Newsday)

7/2

Only one of his likely Democratic challengers seems to draw Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg into snarky public dissing and all-out bridge burning: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. In yesterday's episode, the congressman, who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens, took to City Hall steps with poster-size blowups of federal disclosure forms to display the billionaire mayor's contributions to the GOP. (NY Newsday) (NY Times)

Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg, who already committed $5 million to the Republican National Convention, has quietly upped his donation, sources told the Daily News. Bloomberg's personal contribution to the four-day GOP fest is now closer to $7 million, the sources said. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg loves hot dogs. But with a personal best of consumption of three, he won't be a contender in the Nathan's Famous hot-dog eating contest on Sunday. Bloomberg helped weigh in 10 contestants, ranging from 410-pound Correction Officer Charles (Hungry) Hardy of Brooklyn to 98-pound Sonya Thomas of Virginia. (Daily News)

7/1

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called yesterday for the dismissal of five assistant principals who were accused of stealing time from the city by shopping when they were supposed to be sitting in an Education Department office awaiting assignments. (NY Times) (Daily News)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will support Gov. George Pataki's proposal to use billions of dollars in unspent Sept. 11 aid on building a rail link to connect the former World Trade Center site to the Long Island Rail Road and Kennedy International Airport. (NY Times)

The City's Independent Budget Office will give supporters of a new West Side football stadium a big boost today when analysts release a report saying the project will pay for itself. (Daily News)

Lawmakers outraged by 13 infant deaths at homeless shelters since 2000 accused child-welfare agencies of dropping the ball yesterday - even as city officials insisted that it's not "a widespread problem." (NY Post)

They're not in Mayor Bloomberg's billionaire league, but several officials in the Bloomberg administration have amassed comfortable nest eggs themselves, according to financial-disclosure forms. (NY Post)

Forgot to recycle that glass bottle? This time it's gonna cost you. Starting today, the city will hand out $25 fines to people who don't properly sort their recyclables. (Daily News)

Whether the mayor's name is Beame or Bloomberg, commissioners in New York City's government typically last in office three or four years, and rarely more than six years. But James Hanley has become the city's marathon man, serving as labor commissioner - easily one of the city's most contentious, most stressful posts - for 15 years, except for a brief spell as deputy commissioner. And he has managed to survive as commissioner under three very different mayors, during trying budget conditions. (NY Times)

The City's Human Rights Commission has ordered the NYPD to reinstate a Sikh traffic agent and let him wear his turban on the job. (Daily News)

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