Government & Politics

Albany's Role in Developing Business Opportunity on Long Island

State Assemblyman Charles Levine and Andrea Lohneiss, former regional director for the Empire State Development Corporation, discuss the role that Albany plays in building and developing business opportunity and growth on Long Island.

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John Farley  |  April 2, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The massive development project will be exempt from living wage requirements if a City Council bill passes.
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Daniel T. Allen  |  April 2, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments

In a Brooklyn building shared by four schools, some say a new charter is one too many.

This rendering shows how NYU intends to expand in Greenwich Village by 2031. The school says it needs to grow to survive, but many neighbors say the plan will overwhelm their historic neighborhood. Image courtesy of New York University.
John Farley  |  March 29, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 29, 2012 10:56 AM | Comments
Community leaders and urban planners discuss the expansion at a public panel at Municipal Art Society.VIDEO
Jonathan Piel tries out the model of bicycle to be used in New York City's first bike share program, which launches this summer. MetroFocus/ Georgia Kral
Georgia Kral  |  March 29, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
The city's first attempt at a bike share program launches this summer -- without controversy.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  March 28, 2012 4:00 AM | Updated: March 29, 2012 1:54 PM | 4 Comments

Will a system that allows New Yorkers to find out how far away the next bus is boost lagging ridership rates? MetroFocus looks at how successful similar programs have been in other cities.

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Georgia Kral  |  March 27, 2012 4:00 AM | 7 Comments

He projects that 50-cent tolls for cyclists and East River bridge tolls could amount to $1.2 billion annually.

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Medical Marijuana
John Farley  |  March 26, 2012 4:00 AM | 11 Comments
Legislation to legalize medicinal cannabis is making strides in Connecticut. Meanwhile, New Jersey is plagued by NIMBY issues.VIDEO
HOLD FOR STORY In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, Lindsay Ehlers teaches math to her fourth grade class at Liberty Lake Elementary School in Liberty Lake Washington. While their students can earn anything from an A to an F for their school performance, nearly every American teacher gets one of two grades  unsatisfactory or meets expectations and almost all earn a passing grade. That is about to change in Washington and many other states where more nuanced teacher evaluation systems are being developed, at least partly in response to the federal Race to the Top competition for school dollars.   (AP Photo/Nick Geranios)
Daniel T. Allen  |  March 23, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
As New York State's school districts prepare new teacher evaluation models, what can they learn from the city? VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  March 22, 2012 3:38 PM | 1 Comment
Two new technology companies each got a $17,500 boost from New York City on Wednesday.VIDEO
The state governments of New York and New Jersey have made strides in improving their online data transparency in recent years. However, two reports suggest both states have major room for improvement in different areas. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene
John Farley  |  March 22, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
Two new reports on state government corruption and digital transparency give New York and New Jersey very different scores. What really counts as transparent?VIDEO
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