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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Comments
Cuomo's ethics commission was supposed to be fighting corruption and bringing transparency to the capital by now, but we just found out who's on it. And the appointments are raising some eyebrows.VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  December 12, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The four City Council members involved give MetroFocus an update on the project's progress, including their picks for the quirkiest and boldest ideas proposed to date.
Speaker Christine Quinn spoke at Thursday's Council meeting. The Council voted unanimously to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act. Photo courtesy of William Alatriste for Gotham Gazette.
Jane C. Timm for Gotham Gazette  |  December 9, 2011 12:41 PM | 1 Comment
The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override a mayoral veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act on Friday — taking a stand against outsourcing and the mayor, too.
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City Hall News  |  December 9, 2011 10:37 AM | Comments
On this week's list the governor seems to be unstoppable and a favorite New York celebrity discovered that you can put your foot in your mouth on Twitter.
Four winning regions were announced Wednesday, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new competition for capitol funding. Cuomo created 10 regional councils in New York State last summer. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene.
John Farley  |  December 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Comments
All of the competitors in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's experimental regional funding contest were at least given a consolation prize, but only four took home the truly big bucks.
Natasha Glasgow and her son, Alfredo, in their foreclosed building in Far Rockaway, Queens. On Dec. 6, Occupy Our Homes illegally entered and cleaned a vacant foreclosure in East New York, where Natasha plans to move her family later this week. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley  |  December 7, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The Occupy movement has brought its protest against income inequality and financial corruption full circle to where the financial crisis began -- the housing market.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a position at the state version of the DREAM Act. He has said he supports the federal version. AP/Evan Agostini.
John Farley  |  December 6, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 8, 2011 10:46 AM | 2 Comments
While Cuomo's expedient push to raise taxes on the wealthy pleased many people of disparate political beliefs, it has also raised concerns about the governors' disregard for transparency.VIDEO
Loretta Lynch U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announces charges against doctors, health care company owners, executives and others in a case of alleged false medicare billing at a press conference in the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New York, Friday, July 16, 2010.   The poster at right which says in Russian "Do Not Gossip" was, allegedly, in the back room of a doctor's office where patients were being bribed for their cooperation in the scheme.   (Ap Photo/Robert Mecea)
City Hall News  |  December 2, 2011 9:15 AM | Comments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be all over this week’s list, but we can’t figure out whether he had a great week or an awful one. For everyone else on our list, the week was a little more definite.
The M101 bus on East 42 Street, with questionable reliability. The M101 won this year's Straphangers Schleppie award for most unreliable bus line.
John Farley  |  December 1, 2011 11:22 AM | Comments
On Dec. 1, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released their annual "Pokey and Schleppie Awards" for the worst bus routes in town. The snail award went to the slowest bus, while the elephant award went to the most unreliable.
Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 28 before a public hearing on whether to allow drilling in New York. Members of the opposition group included politicians, lawyers, scientists and residents. MetroFocus/John Farley.
John Farley  |  November 30, 2011 6:03 PM | 6 Comments
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was -- by an extremely rough estimate -- about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
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