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Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen on Expanding Affordable Housing

Alicia Glen, New York City's Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, joins MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman to discuss Mayor de Blasio's affordable housing plan.

NYU Professor, Dr. Pedro Nuguera. Photo courtesy of SpeakOut - The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture.
Christina Knight  |  May 30, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Given school closures, failing grades and turnarounds, how well is New York City serving its minority students?
In this March 23, 2012, photo, Ron Gilleo, left, flies a kite on an Ocean City, N.J. beach. Memorial Day Weekend got off to an anxious start in New Jersey's beaches, with many stakeholders hoping tourism numbers will continue to improve in 2012, as gambling revenues in Atlantic City continue to decline. AP/Wayne Parry
John Farley  |  May 30, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Can an aggressive plan to revitalize Atlantic City -- the state's summer tourism hub -- bring more cash to the beaches this season?VIDEO
Packaged marijuana seized by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officers. The New Jersey State Assembly will vote on a bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in June. AP/Port Authority
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 11 Comments
New Jersey could decriminalize marijuana. Yet, marijuana has been decriminalized in New York for over three decades, and arrests are higher than they've been since 2000.VIDEO
Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses the responsible banking ordinance at a press conference on May 15. The legislation is based on a law passed in Cleveland in 1990. Photo courtesy of New York City Council
John Farley  |  May 25, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
Will NYC's new responsible banking ordinance improve support for local communities and prevent foreclosures? MetroFocus asked Cleveland, which led the way in 1990.
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  |  May 24, 2012 4:00 AM | 3 Comments
Gov. Cuomo says raising the minimum wage to $8.50 is "out of the realm of possibility." Do you think it's time for a wage hike?
Dharun Ravi, center, listens to a court officer with his attorneys Philip Nettl, left, and Steve Altman, during his sentencing in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012. Ravi, a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to watch his roommate kiss another man days before the roommate killed himself was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail. A judge also gave 20-year-old Dharun Ravi three years of probation. AP/Mel Evans
John Farley  |  May 21, 2012 7:11 PM | Comments
During sentencing, judge said Ravi acted out of "colossal insensitivity," not hate, in spying on Tyler Clementi.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  May 18, 2012 4:00 AM | 6 Comments
As the debate over medical marijuana in New York State heats up, MetroFocus looked at who the power players are.
Photo by Walter Karling
Georgia Kral  |  May 17, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
A panel of educators and city leaders discussed technological innovation and what it will mean for the city's economic future.
Washington Irving High School, near Union Square, is one of 22 schools scheduled to be phased out between now and when the remaining students graduate in 2013. In five of these phase-out schools, only the middle schools will be closed, while the attached high schools or elementary schools will remain open. Flickr/eden pictures
John Farley  |  May 15, 2012 5:31 AM | Comments
MetroFocus maps what's coming and going: 24 turnarounds schools; 22 phase-outs; 54 new schools, 24 of which are charters; 4 closures.
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May 15, 2012 5:30 AM | Comments
MetroFocus asked New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott how the largest school system in the country is preparing for the future.VIDEO
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