Government & Politics

Filmmaker Neil Barsky’s Intimate Documentary Portrait of Mayor Ed Koch

New York City mayors tend to get a lot of attention beyond the city limits, but perhaps no mayor managed to dominate the national and international stage as ed Koch did during his 12 tumultuous years in office.

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Michelle Chan for Gotham Gazette  |  August 30, 2011 10:16 AM | Comments
More poor New Yorkers who don't get food stamps — or whose benefits leave their cupboards bare – have turned to private groups for aid.
Irene New York
John Farley  |  August 29, 2011 3:03 PM | Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 9:10 PM | Comments
A look at how politicians, transit officials and Tri-State residents prepared for — and reacted to — hurricane-turned-tropical-storm Irene.
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Andrew Hawkins for City Hall News  |  August 29, 2011 8:41 AM | Comments
If talk show icon Jerry Springer still lived in his childhood home in Queens, he could vote for his former boss, Republican Bob Turner, in next month's special election. But he wouldn’t.
In this June 20, 2009, file photo, New York state Sen. Pedro Espada, D-Bronx, speaks to members of the New York State Chapter of The League of United Latino American Citizens during their annual convention in Albany, N.Y. New York and federal authorities on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010 said Espada and his son have been indicted on six charges that they embezzled more than $500 thousand from the Bronx health clinic Espada founded. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
City Hall News  |  August 26, 2011 10:50 AM | Comments
The most powerful entities in New York this week were the natural disasters but only humans qualify for our weekly catalog of who’s up and who’s down in the seismic struggle of New York politics.
It has been a tumultuous year for education stakeholders -- resources are tight, inequality persists and hundreds of school employees are out of a job. City Hall News and Gotham school hosted a panel discussion with politicians and leaders in the field to discuss
Sam Lewis  |  August 25, 2011 7:59 PM | Comments
It has been a tumultuous year for education stakeholders -- resources are tight and inequality persists. How will last year's battles play out in the fall?VIDEO
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Jake Mooney for City Limits  |  August 25, 2011 11:34 AM | Comments
Advocates praise the motives behind New York's plan to reduce the amount of sewage released untreated into its waterways. But they're worried about the details.
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John Farley  |  August 24, 2011 10:30 AM | 5 Comments
The Straphangers Campaign released its annual "State of the Subways" report, which provides New Yorkers with individual profiles and comparative rankings of 20 subway lines.
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Andrew Hawkins for City Hall News  |  August 24, 2011 9:56 AM | Comments
Both Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin and his Republican opponent Bob Turner are reaching out to a diverse group of voters in the Ninth Congressional District for this fall's special election. But one population group that makes up a significant portion of the district seems to be getting left in the cold: Latino voters. City Hall News reports.
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Laura Nahmias for The Capitol  |  August 23, 2011 10:48 AM | Comments
New hire Courtney Burke plans to transform a New York agency with an ugly past. The Capitol report.VIDEO
City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, a leading sponsor of a bill to limit the city's cooperation with federal immigration officials, spoke at a rally before the measure was introduced on Wednesday. Jane C. Timm/Gotham Gazette
Jane C. Timm for Gotham Gazette  |  August 22, 2011 10:14 AM | Comments
A majority of City Council members has moved to take on the Obama administration and current city policy in an effort to reduce the threat of deportation for some of New York's undocumented residents.
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