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Public Advocate Letitia James On Her Agenda for New York City

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James takes on her critics and shares her agenda with host Rafael Pi Roman.

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Leah Robinson for City Limits  |  August 2, 2011 3:12 PM | Comments
Jostling, Criminal Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, Loitering and several other New York State laws contain broad and equivocal wording. Opponents of over-policing are targeting these "vague" laws. City Limits reports.
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Chris Bragg for City Hall News  |  August 2, 2011 10:44 AM | Comments
For political novices, New York’s maze of arcane election laws makes running for office nearly impossible. But even the pros can get tripped up.
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John Farley  |  August 1, 2011 10:52 AM | Updated: August 4, 2011 6:00 AM | 2 Comments
As lawmakers in Albany begin redistricting, based on recent Census data, the process is ripe with both corruption and ingenuity.
Deputy Mayor Robert Steel will represent the Bloomberg administration on the regional economic council. Steel said the effort will help the state better focus on growth strategy. AP/Chuck Burton.
Andrew J. Hawkins for City Hall News  |  August 1, 2011 10:24 AM | Comments
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is ramping up the state's economic development efforts with a $1 billion pot of money. New York City will compete for some of that, but won't let go of its own five-borough initiatives.
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John Farley  |  August 1, 2011 6:00 AM | 5 Comments
Controversy has consumed the construction of three arenas in recent years. Why does the combination of sports and development incite such furious debate?
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City Hall News  |  July 29, 2011 10:29 AM | 1 Comment
Here’s our scientific assessment of who’s up and who’s down this week.
COLORS is a worker-owned cooperative dedicated to improving working conditions, wages, racial equality, and career mobility in the restaurant industry. Former workers from Windows on the Word established the restaurant on 417 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Photo AP/Bebeto Matthews
Sam Lewis  |  July 29, 2011 6:00 AM | 3 Comments
One year ago, the city began branding restaurants with grades based on cleanliness and food safety -- but how can you tell what the conditions are for workers?
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Andrew White  |  July 28, 2011 1:04 PM | 3 Comments
John Mattingly's reputation suffered as a results of a handful of horrific events, including the 2006 murder of Nixzmary Brown. But now fewer kids are in foster care and more are living with families. The director of the Center for New York City Affairs weighs in on how Mattingly handled one of "the most difficult" jobs in urban government. VIDEO
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Sam Lewis  |  July 28, 2011 8:08 AM | 1 Comment
Over the past week, news about the Bronx has cast the borough in a spectrum of lights, from a model for urban redevelopment to a place riddled with failing infrastructure.
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Nevin Cohen for Gotham Gazette  |  July 28, 2011 6:00 AM | Comments
Policies and programs to improve food access, nurture community gardens and promote healthy school food were largely ignored in the city’s sustainability plan.
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