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Minimum wage was supposed to be on the legislative agenda this winter, but Sandy and undecided political leadership in the Senate has thrown that into question. Photo courtesy of Gotham Gazette.
David Howard King and Kamelia Kilawan for Gotham Gazette  |  November 26, 2012 11:46 AM | Comments
Minimum wage was supposed to be on the legislative agenda this winter, but many lawmakers are now focused on recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.
Christina Knight  |  November 21, 2012 2:49 PM | Comments
True to his slogan, "Art Works," Rocco Landesman was dedicated to showing art's economic benefits in local communities and to the Gross Domestic Product.
The city Human Resources Administration continues to distribute prepared meals in Coney Island. Photo by Gianna Palmer, The New York World
Gianna Palmer for The New York World  |  November 21, 2012 10:56 AM | Comments
With supermarkets shut down, residents still rely on relief-center groceries three weeks after Sandy.
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Georgia Kral  |  November 21, 2012 4:00 AM | 1 Comment
New Yorkers think New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did the best job dealing with the storm, according to a Quinnipiac poll.VIDEO
Turkeys, ready to distribute. Flickr/ DC Central Kitchen
Georgia Kral  |  November 20, 2012 8:02 PM | Comments
The need for volunteers and donations is especially acute this year, due to Hurricane Sandy. There are many ways to donate time or money in New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.
a friend helps clean up a home belonging to Eileen Mannix in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the hard hit Staten Island borough New York, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle.
Christina Knight  |  November 20, 2012 3:13 PM | 2 Comments
Recent news of storm deaths and condemned homes come from tight-knit communities in New York City that few outsiders are familiar with, or can even place on a map. VIDEO
Map courtesy of the Center for Urban Research.
Andy Beveridge for Gotham Gazette  |  November 20, 2012 12:14 PM | Comments
The next City Council will likely be demographically similar to the current one, though there may be an increase in both Asian and Latino membership.
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NJ Today  |  November 20, 2012 4:00 AM | Comments
The purpose of the money raised is to assist hurricane victims beyond the money they receive from insurance and FEMA. VIDEO
Jacob Riis Park on the Rockaway Peninsula, nicknamed "The People's Beach," is now a massive short dump. Photo courtesy of the DSNY.
Georgia Kral  |  November 19, 2012 3:18 PM | 1 Comment
The Army Corps of Engineers estimates 3.6 million cubic yards of debris will ultimately be carted out of NYC.VIDEO
Gov. Chris Christie has responded with indifference to questions about whether he's interested in being a vice presidential candidate. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, his polling numbers have dropped slightly. Flickr/forwardstl
David Cruz for NJ Today  |  November 16, 2012 5:30 PM | Comments
The contract, which includes the heretofore unheard of concept of merit pay for certain teachers, was celebrated as a potential game changer across New Jersey, and the country.VIDEO
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