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Ronald Richter, commissioner of Child Services, took office in September. According to Richter, Child Services is prioritizing several intiatives. Photo courtesy of Daniel S. Burnstein for City Hall News.
Jon Lentz for City Hall News  |  November 14, 2011 1:45 PM | Comments
The death of four-year-old Marchella Pierce raised doubts about the Administration for Children's Services effectiveness. But a new commissioner wants to make sure it doesn't happen again.
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. On Nov. 8, Donovan may lose his seat to . AP/John Marshall Mantel.
Gail Robinson for Gotham Gazette  |  November 7, 2011 4:00 PM | 1 Comment
Three of New York City’s five district attorneys are up for re-election this year, but there's only doubt about the fate of one incumbent, Staten Island's Daniel Donovan.
Some of the 354 guns surrendered to the NYPD in a buyback program in the Bronx on June 4, 2011. AP/NYPD.
John Farley  |  November 1, 2011 6:57 AM | 1 Comment
Two years ago, New York State launched SNUG, a program in which former gang members work full-time to mediate potentially violent disputes between youths. But funding for the program has been cut.VIDEO
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David Howard King for Gotham Gazette's  |  October 28, 2011 3:50 PM | Comments
New York State has been without a functioning ethics watchdog for two months and change. Assembly members say it's time for the governor to act.
Michael Dorf at City Winery. Courtesy of Michael Dorf.
Michael Dorf  |  October 3, 2011 6:00 AM | 1 Comment
Nightlife impresario Michael Dorf, the founder of the Knitting Factor and City Winery, reflects on some of the laws governing the city's entertainment scene today.
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John Farley  |  September 29, 2011 6:00 AM | 8 Comments
In opposition to a state law, towns across New York have passed local bans on hydraulic fracking.. Now, the gas industry is suing for the right to drill.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  September 27, 2011 6:00 AM | 163 Comments
On Sept. 24, while working on a story about citizen journalism and Occupy Wall Street, I found myself arrested along with many others....VIDEO
Council chambers at City Hall. City Council caucuses will be pushing their priority issues in the coming months for the 2011-2012 legislative year. Flickr/ambersandyslexyia
John Farley  |  September 23, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
Now that New York City's legislative body is back in action, MetroFocus spoke to the various City Council caucuses about the bills most important to them this session.
A crowd held a candelight vigil for Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi on Oct. 3, 2011. Clementi's death played a considerable role in the discourse about bullying over the past year. AP/Reen Rose Sibayan.
John Farley  |  September 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Updated: Sept. 23, 2011 11:13 AM | 5 Comments
On the one year anniversary of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi's suicide and the It Gets Better campaign, MetroFocus looks at what's changed. For some, like 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who struggled with bullying before killing himself this past weekend, the answer is not enough. For others, there is new hope.VIDEO
New York State Senator Greg Ball. Ball and several Republican Senators are opposing health exchange legislation. Photo courtesy of nysenate.gov.
John Farley  |  September 15, 2011 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
New York State was on the fast-track to implementing health care reform, but now key legislation is stalling in the State Senate.VIDEO
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