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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.

Assemblyman David Weprin, running in the special election for Anthony Weiner’s congressional seat, is facing a revolt among Orthodox Jews – though he himself is an Orthodox Jew – because he strongly defended same-sex marriage during an Albany debate. Photo courtesy of City Hall News.
Chris Bragg for City Hall News  |  August 18, 2011 11:00 AM | 1 Comment
New York's first politician imperiled by voting for same-sex marriage isn’t an upstate Republican -- it’s a Democratic Assemblyman from New York City scrambling for support in a special election.
Gustavo Rivera won a seat in the northwest Bronx. He says TKTK. Photo courtesy of Gustavo Rivera.
Sarah Laskow  |  August 18, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
While they had a chance to reflect after marathon sessions that dragged into the summer, MetroFocus caught up with some of New York’s newest representatives to find out how they’ve been dealing.
After 20 years, the city has determined that the site of the Bronx New School in Bedford Park is contaminated and so has shut the building. Other schools on leased property remain open and could pose a danger to the health of their students and staff. Photo courtesy of Gotham Gazette
Melissa Checker for Gotham Gazette  |  August 17, 2011 9:48 AM | 2 Comments
As the city shuts Bronx New School after finding contamination there, other schools on leased property remain open and could pose a danger to the health of their students and staff. Gotham Gazette reports.
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Catherine Dunn for City Limits  |  August 17, 2011 7:55 AM | 1 Comment
The crisis in the national housing market has slipped from the front pages, but it's still big news in New York's neighborhoods of color.
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John Farley  |  August 16, 2011 2:57 PM | Comments
Three uniformed departments in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are currently embroiled in scandals over racism within their ranks.
The Bayonne Bridge connects Staten Island to Manhattan. If the Port Authority toll increases happen, the fee for those paying in cash to cross the bridge will jump to $15. Flickr/ H.L.I.T.
John Farley  |  August 16, 2011 6:00 AM | Updated: August 18, 2011 06:22 PM | 121 Comments
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will support a toll hike, but one that is substantially less than originally proposed by the Port Authority, reported ABC News. ABC reported that the governors will support a toll increase of $1.50 at peak hours, and a 25 cent increase on PATH fares.VIDEO
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Zach Bergson for Gotham Gazette  |  August 15, 2011 11:00 AM | Comments
New policies by the HIV/AIDS Service Administration make it even more difficult for people living with the disease to obtain affordable housing, let alone pay for it.
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Melissa Galvez  |  August 12, 2011 12:03 PM | Comments
Snooki and the gang are in Italy for the season but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits his state's beaches to highlight the importance of clean water and a thriving tourism economy.VIDEO
Long Island Congressman Steve Israel  Flickr/Third Way.
City Hall News  |  August 12, 2011 10:49 AM | Comments
If ever anyone deserved to be a posthumous winner, it would be the late Gov. Hugh Carey. Judge for yourself whether any of this week’s Winners & Losers can meet that standard.
Brash Twitter users might find the NYPD at their door. The department's new social media unit plans to bolster police activity online. Flickr/ Sean Mactree.
John Farley  |  August 11, 2011 5:33 PM | 2 Comments
While politicians were (hopefully) schooled in the unsavory usage of social media by the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, there's now another group that ought to heed the perils of overshares on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter: criminals.
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