Government & Politics


The W train, seen here arriving in Astoria, Queens, was discontinued in 2010 due to budget constraints. Residents want it back. Flickr/ heathbrandon.
Georgia Kral  |  August 8, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The MTA is restoring bus lines and creating new ones. But straphangers in parts of the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn want to know why their services were left out.
New York State Senator Michael Gianaris has proposed a new package of gun control bills that would give New York the toughest gun control laws in the country. Photo courtesy of New York State Senate
John Farley  |  August 8, 2012 4:00 AM | 10 Comments
New bills would give New York State the toughest gun laws in the country.
More than 1.8 million city residents received foods stamps in December, 2010. MetroFocus/Sam Lewis
Need to Know  |  August 3, 2012 11:50 AM | Comments
Need to Know shines a human light on families in need.VIDEO
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Bijan Rezvani  |  August 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
MetroFocus reviews recent news around MTA advertisements, the basic mechanics of MTA's ad system and what it means to have it in your pocket.
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NJ Today  |  August 3, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Three Montclair teens were stunned to learn that there had not been a female moderator at a presidential debate since 1992. They decided to do something about it. VIDEO
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries speaks with a Prospect Heights resident on Bergen Street at one of his summer Subway Office Hours events. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  August 2, 2012 11:10 AM | Comments

For six years, Hakeem Jeffries has been meeting constituents outside the subway stations in his district.

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Kamelia Kilawan for Gotham Gazette  |  August 1, 2012 2:48 PM | Comments
To improve civic understanding and engagement, the Center for Urban Pedagogy is creating visual tools such as a comic guide to the juvenile justice system.
Drummers added an element of festivity and comraderie at the paid sick rally in Elmhurst, Queens. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  August 1, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
A million New Yorkers without paid sick days must choose between their job or their health when they fall ill. VIDEO
County-run nursing homes in New York are facing financial woes. Flickr/ ulrichkarljoho
Georgia Kral  |  July 31, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Privatization may be the answer, some executives say. But tax cuts in Washington are also a threat.VIDEO
Currently, New York's Medicaid program costs about $54 million. Flickr/Images_of_Money.
Esha Ray  |  July 30, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
New York plans to expand Medicaid in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, but the state's expensive program calls for better reform.
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