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  • Transit Hurrah

    published May 20, 2003

    All over town last Wednesday afternoon, New Yorkers pumped their fists in the air, exclaiming "Yes!" as they rejoiced at a judge's surprise ruling... More >>

  • Harding's Collateral Damage

    published May 13, 2003

    Russell Harding arranged a lavish post-employment package for himself as he prepared last year to exit his post as head of the small but wealthy... More >>

  • For Judges, It's One-Stop Shopping

    published May 6, 2003

    The class of 1997, State Supreme Court, Kings County, included six new judges, all listed on the Democratic Party line and all popularly elected.... More >>

  • Ex–Giuliani Aide Admits Theft

    published May 6, 2003

    Late Monday afternoon, former Giuliani administration aide Luke Cusack stood in front of Judge Sidney Stein in Manhattan federal court to plead... More >>

  • Judicial Fever in Brooklyn

    published April 29, 2003

    When the Brooklyn Democratic organization went looking for someone to fill a civil court seat last year, its search went no further than its own... More >>

  • The Heart of the Matter

    published April 15, 2003

    Fred Sawyers, 34, spent much of this harsh winter inside his rooms on the ground floor of a garden apartment complex in Indianapolis. A... More >>

  • The Senator's Apprentice

    published April 8, 2003

    Last August, just as the gubernatorial election was heating up,the state's inspector general released a damning, 12-page report confirming charges... More >>

  • The Mob Was the City's Watchdog

    published April 1, 2003

    In 1996, then mayor Rudy Giuliani was in the midst of a fervent drive to rid the city's private carting and wholesale fish industries of mob... More >>

  • The Harding Rules

    published March 25, 2003

    The day after its former president was charged with massive fraud, the board of the city's Housing Development Corporation met to consider policy... More >>

  • Russell Harding's Vanity Fair

    published March 18, 2003

    Like thousands of other New Yorkers, Russell Harding never made it to work on September 11, 2001. He was still at his East Side co-op apartment... More >>

  • The Man Who Got Away

    published March 11, 2003

    In the early evening of December 9, 1998, a longtime Democratic Party district leader, a slim, gray-haired man named James McManus, walked into a... More >>

  • Labor's 'No' to War

    published February 18, 2003

    On the afternoon of May 8, 1970, some 200 construction workers attacked a Wall Street rally against the Vietnam War. It became one of the searing... More >>

  • Scandal Repair

    published February 11, 2003

    It was a year ago this month that former Giuliani aide Russell Harding left his job as head of a city housing agency, but the cost of repairing... More >>

  • Pataki's Ex–Labor Aide Charged

    published February 4, 2003

    In 1996, when Governor George Pataki moved to lower the amount employers have to pay for workers compensation, his staunchest labor ally was James... More >>

  • Heartless Hotel

    published January 28, 2003

    Clever entrepreneurs made fortunes from the homeless crisis of the 1980s, renting run-down hotel rooms at top dollar to a city desperate to keep... More >>

  • Bronx Clash

    published January 21, 2003

    In its glory days, Alex & Henry's restaurant in the Bronx, on Courtlandt Avenue near East 161st Street, was close enough to Yankee Stadium that... More >>

  • Tough Watchdog

    published January 14, 2003

    It was the scheme of former Queens councilman Sheldon Leffler to con the city's Campaign Finance Board into giving him almost $40,000 in... More >>

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