Government & Politics


City Council Speaker Christine Quinn believes the Republican Party's opposition to gay rights will hurt them in the next election season.Flickr/Ennui Poet
City Hall News  |  December 16, 2011 9:36 AM | Comments
Another banner week for "Cuomo the Barbarian." Christine Quinn, David Grandeau, and Eva Moskowitz are among the winners and Ravi Batra, Carl Paladino and Cyrus Vance Jr. are among the losers.
Workers display the product at Greyston bakery in Yonkers, NY. Greyston plans to become a benefit corporation once the new law goes into effect in 60 days. Photo courtesy of B Lab.
John Farley  |  December 14, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
On Monday, New York became the seventh state to create benefit corporations, which are legally obligated to create benefits for both society and their shareholders. What does that mean for the city?
Zuccotti Park on Nov. 15, after the Occupy protesters were evicted. Reinhold Martin believes the removal of the protesters exposed a hidden reality in New York City -- that public spaces are public because they're contested. Flickr/shankbone.
Reinhold Martin  |  December 13, 2011 2:55 PM | Comments
Occupy Wall Street has revealed that the concept of "privately owned public spaces" is at odds with itself.
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Gene Russianoff  |  December 13, 2011 11:04 AM | Comments
The NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released its list on Tuesday of the top 10 best and top 10 worst New York City public transit events in 2011.
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John Farley  |  December 13, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 13, 2011 12:02 PM | Comments
Cuomo's ethics commission was supposed to be fighting corruption and bringing transparency to the capital by now, but we just found out who's on it. And the appointments are raising some eyebrows.VIDEO
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Georgia Kral  |  December 12, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
The four City Council members involved give MetroFocus an update on the project's progress, including their picks for the quirkiest and boldest ideas proposed to date.
Speaker Christine Quinn spoke at Thursday's Council meeting. The Council voted unanimously to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act. Photo courtesy of William Alatriste for Gotham Gazette.
Jane C. Timm for Gotham Gazette  |  December 9, 2011 12:41 PM | 1 Comment
The City Council voted unanimously yesterday to override a mayoral veto of the Outsourcing Accountability Act on Friday — taking a stand against outsourcing and the mayor, too.
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City Hall News  |  December 9, 2011 10:37 AM | Comments
On this week's list the governor seems to be unstoppable and a favorite New York celebrity discovered that you can put your foot in your mouth on Twitter.
Four winning regions were announced Wednesday, in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new competition for capitol funding. Cuomo created 10 regional councils in New York State last summer. MetroFocus/Kevon Greene.
John Farley  |  December 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Comments
All of the competitors in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's experimental regional funding contest were at least given a consolation prize, but only four took home the truly big bucks.
Natasha Glasgow and her son, Alfredo, in their foreclosed building in Far Rockaway, Queens. On Dec. 6, Occupy Our Homes illegally entered and cleaned a vacant foreclosure in East New York, where Natasha plans to move her family later this week. Photo courtesy of Sam Lewis.
John Farley  |  December 7, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
The Occupy movement has brought its protest against income inequality and financial corruption full circle to where the financial crisis began -- the housing market.
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