Government & Politics


Courtney Burke, commissioner of the State Office for the Developmentally Disabled. In a few days, the office will release a report on the improvement it's made over the past six months. Photo courtesy of opwdd.ny.gov.
John Farley  |  October 21, 2011 2:12 PM | Updated: October 25, 2011 10:15 AM | 2 Comments
Six months after reports surfaced of rampant abuse of developmentally disabled people living under state care, the new head of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities discusses what's changed under her watch.
Joe Lhota is the newly appointed chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been deliberating on a new MTA chief since Jay Walder resigned in July. Photo courtesy of Madison Square Garden.
Gene Russianoff  |  October 20, 2011 5:15 PM | Comments
Joe Lhota will be taking on one of the toughest jobs in government in one of the harshest economic times in America. But he's qualified for the job.
Rendering of Moynihan Station in Midtown Manhattan. Image courtesy of hellskitchennyc.blogspot.com.
John Farley  |  October 20, 2011 10:44 AM | Comments
By naming one of his deputies to run the Port Authority yesterday and putting the agency in charge of building an expanded Moynihan Station in Midtown, Gov. Andrew Cuomo put another footprint in the center of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s New York City.
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Adam Lisberg for City Hall News  |  October 19, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments
As the case against former campaign operative John Haggerty moves to Manhattan Supreme Court, one mystery remains unanswered: how much did Bloomberg spend to extend mayoral term limits?
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Daniel T. Allen  |  October 19, 2011 6:49 AM | 1 Comment
Carl McCall, who was the first African-American to serve as New York State comptroller, will take control of a network of 64 campuses, the largest higher education system in the country.VIDEO
"Digital Communications" panel discussion on Oct. 14. MetroFocus/Daniel Ross.
John Farley  |  October 14, 2011 9:09 PM | Updated: Oct. 17, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
Events in recent years have demonstrated that digital tools hold great power in improving government and business -- and can destroy political careers. On Oct. 14, City Hall News presented a panel discussion about how to best harness new communication technologies in and around government.VIDEO
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Yotam Marom  |  October 13, 2011 6:40 PM | 6 Comments
An Occupy Wall Street participant shares his thoughts on the movement.
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Sam Lewis  |  October 13, 2011 5:11 PM | 6 Comments
MetroFocus looks at what politicians had to say when the Occupy Wall Street movement started nearly four weeks ago, and what they're saying now.VIDEO
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October 10, 2011 1:30 PM | Comments
I sing in a gospel choir in the East Village.
Gov. Chris Christie holds a press conference in Trenton announcing he will not be running for President. (Photo courtesy of Chris Christie)
Steve Adubato for NJTV  |  October 6, 2011 2:59 PM | Comments
Candidates are always more attractive from a distance. But did you ever notice that as soon as they jump in, the media, the pundits and, of course, their political enemies begin to pick them apart and then they don’t look so good?VIDEO
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