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The state's highest court struck down Mayor Bloomberg's policy requiring single adults to prove they have nowhere else to go before being accepted into a city shelter. The decision was based on procedural grounds, not its merits. The state Court of Appeals affirmed two lower court rulings that the administration had not notified the public or provided hearings about the policy. It would have required applicants to provide documentation of finances, mental and physical health, and housing history. The City Council and the Legal Aid Society brought the suit. The shelter population has surged 69 percent under Bloomberg's tenure to more than 50,000.

City Council Approves Campaign Donations Via Text Message: The City Council passed a bill (Intro 764-A) on Tuesday that would allow the campaigns of candidates running for local office to collect donations up to $99 via text messaging. By Chester Soria. READ MORE

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