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New York City is the only municipality that requires food stamp recipients to be fingerprinted. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to change that. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene
Georgia Kral  |  January 18, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: February 1, 2012 10:23 AM | 23 Comments
As Cuomo and Bloomberg battle it out over whether recipients of food stamps should be fingerprinted, MetroFocus breaks down the basics of New York's food stamp program.
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Georgia Kral  |  January 11, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
City educators and advocates share their predictions -- and their hopes -- for what makes it into Bloomberg's State of the City address.
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Annie Rose Ramos  |  January 11, 2012 4:00 AM | 4 Comments
Buck up! MetroFocus did a bit of research (we even consulted a psychotherapist) and came up with some tips for beating the dreaded winter blues.
Traditional canning jars hold varieties of marijuana in a cabinet at the La Brea Collective medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles. Despite a federal crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry, the restrictive nature of New Jersey's pot program means its probably safe from federal threat. AP/Reed Saxon.
John Farley  |  December 5, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: January 30, 2012 1:15 PM | 19 Comments
Since federal prosecutors went after medical marijuana dispensaries in California, what makes New Jersey think it will escape the same fate?
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Benjamin Kabak for Second Avenue Sagas  |  November 21, 2011 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Nail-clipping? Teeth-flossing? Eye-brow-plucking? The founder of the blog Second Avenue Sagas opines on personal grooming habits that just shouldn’t be done on public transit.
Green Shores NYC volunteers carting pruned tree limbs on a bicycle to a park nearby for chipping. Photo courtesy of Trudy Smoke.
Leslie Day and Trudy Smoke  |  November 17, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment

When it comes to New York City’s trees, a recent New York Times story suggests something more than pollen is in the air. A local author of a new book about the city’s trees roots her argument in optimism.

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Daniel T. Allen  |  November 2, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Autism affects nearly one in every 110 children and takes a serious emotional and financial toll on families. A new law requires New York State insurers to cover the diagnoses and treatment of autism.VIDEO
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John Farley and Bridget Leahy  |  October 28, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: October 31, 2011 3:45 PM | 3 Comments

On Oct. 31, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city received seven proposals to build Applied Sciences, a new innovative tech campus. Here’s a comparison of the top contenders.

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Jon Lentz for The Capitol  |  October 25, 2011 10:50 AM | Comments
The Cuomo administration hopes hydrofracking will bring jobs to New York but Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has raised red flags about the environmental impact of drilling.
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Michelle Chan for Gotham Gazette  |  August 30, 2011 10:16 AM | Comments
More poor New Yorkers who don't get food stamps — or whose benefits leave their cupboards bare – have turned to private groups for aid.
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