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Councilmember Daniel Dromm on Soon-to-Launch Municipal ID Program

New York City Councilmember Daniel Dromm answers questions about what he calls this “must-have accessory for all New Yorkers."

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.
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  |  December 6, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: December 8, 2011 10:46 AM | 2 Comments
While Cuomo's expedient push to raise taxes on the wealthy pleased many people of disparate political beliefs, it has also raised concerns about the governors' disregard for transparency.VIDEO
Loretta Lynch U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York announces charges against doctors, health care company owners, executives and others in a case of alleged false medicare billing at a press conference in the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn, New York, Friday, July 16, 2010.   The poster at right which says in Russian "Do Not Gossip" was, allegedly, in the back room of a doctor's office where patients were being bribed for their cooperation in the scheme.   (Ap Photo/Robert Mecea)
City Hall News  |  December 2, 2011 9:15 AM | Comments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be all over this week’s list, but we can’t figure out whether he had a great week or an awful one. For everyone else on our list, the week was a little more definite.
The M101 bus on East 42 Street, with questionable reliability. The M101 won this year's Straphangers Schleppie award for most unreliable bus line.
John Farley  |  December 1, 2011 11:22 AM | Comments
On Dec. 1, the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign released their annual "Pokey and Schleppie Awards" for the worst bus routes in town. The snail award went to the slowest bus, while the elephant award went to the most unreliable.
Anti-fracking protestors gathered outside of the Tribeca Performing Arts Center on Nov. 28 before a public hearing on whether to allow drilling in New York. Members of the opposition group included politicians, lawyers, scientists and residents. MetroFocus/John Farley.
John Farley  |  November 30, 2011 6:03 PM | 6 Comments
A boisterous group of more than 1,000 people showed up at a public hearing in TriBeCa on Nov. 30 to voice their opinion on hydraulic fracking. Unlike in more fracking-friendly upstate New York, the crowd was -- by an extremely rough estimate -- about 99 percent against, and 1 percent (familiar numbers?) for fracking.
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Laura Nahmias for The Capitol  |  November 30, 2011 10:15 AM | 1 Comment
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. allegedly collected a bribe from an undercover FBI agent at a Brooklyn fundraiser but he claimed expenses in Albany that day. The Capitol reports.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks during a ceremony to promote police officer Feris Jones to detective Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010  in New York.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Alice Brennan for The New York World  |  November 29, 2011 5:11 PM | 2 Comments
So far this year, police officers have stopped and frisked more than 1,500 New Yorkers a day on average, a statistic that may rise by the end of 2011.
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  |  November 29, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: Nov. 30, 2011 | Comments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's experimental model for allocating economic development funds resembles a combination of lottery and beauty pageant for New York's 10 regions.VIDEO
A police officer rides along the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. According Flickr/Tatiana Shebelova
Jillian Sederholm, Sean Easter, and Teresa Mahoney for The New York World  |  November 28, 2011 12:30 PM | 1 Comment
The one-day cost for NYPD overtime during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade outstripped average overtime costs for Occupy Wall Street, The New York World reports.
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