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  • GOP's Street Theater

    published July 13, 2004

    A huge anti-war rally would ruin the grass in Central Park, Mayor Bloomberg has maintained. But what damage would be done if the... More >>

  • GOP's Forgetful Convert

    published July 6, 2004

    It was a red-letter day for Republicans when veteran East Harlem legislator Olga Mendez announced she was quitting the Democratic Party to join... More >>

  • Challenge to a Quiet Boss

    published June 29, 2004

    A few days after she announced she would challenge the incumbent president of the nation's largest Teamsters local last fall, Eunice Rodriguez... More >>

  • Million-Dollar Tax Dodge

    published June 22, 2004

    From George W. Bush to George Pataki, cutting taxes is the Republican credo, the bedrock upon which all GOP principles rest. But former state... More >>

  • Velella's Bush Push

    published June 22, 2004

    Guy Velella and his dad, Vincent, were long the powers in the Bronx Republican Party, and in the wake of the bribery scandal, the county's GOP has... More >>

  • Mystery Train

    published June 15, 2004

    Aboard a crowded Brooklyn-bound B train last Wednesday, one of those nasty little spats broke out over who was in whose space. Leaning against the... More >>

  • Ambulance Chaser

    published June 15, 2004

    In his heyday, former ambulance mogul Steve Zakheim liked to give politicians the royal treatment when they visited the Brooklyn headquarters of... More >>

  • New York's Real Poorest

    published June 8, 2004

    In the midst of what could have been dubbed Labor Week, as home care attendants, teachers, cops, firefighters, and day care workers rolled their... More >>

  • All in the Name

    published June 1, 2004

    The name Guy Velella was often all it took to open stubbornly closed bureaucratic doors. Wiretaps and bugs placed by Manhattan District Attorney... More >>

  • The Angst of Chairman Velella

    published May 25, 2004

    Thanks to Republican power broker Guy Velella's guilty plea to bribery charges last month, voters in his 34th Senatorial District in the Bronx and... More >>

  • Snapple Town

    published May 25, 2004

    New York is Snapple Country now, thanks to the first-ever marketing deal that makes the beverage firm the city's exclusive brand. But that's not... More >>

  • Hear No Evil

    published May 18, 2004

    Secret, court-approved wiretaps produced much of the evidence that persuaded former Bronx state senator Guy Velella to plead guilty to bribery... More >>

  • The Art of the Shakedown

    published May 11, 2004

    The first time Guy Velella, the now disgraced ex-state senator, realized he might be in trouble was in early 2000. On February 11 that year he... More >>

  • Keep Off the Grass

    published May 4, 2004

    Demonstrations are supposed to be seen and heard, but based on the city's thus far hostile response to rallies planned for the Republican... More >>

  • No Contributions, No Arbitrations

    published May 4, 2004

    The city's top Teamsters union official—the son of a Mafia soldier—has come up with a novel excuse for allegations that he shook down... More >>

  • Driving While Influenced

    published April 27, 2004

    New York once boasted the nation's finest labor department, an agency that aggressively rooted out abuse and wage underpayments and served as a... More >>

  • Carpenter Chief Nailed

    published April 27, 2004

    When a Manhattan jury last week found carpenters union head Michael Forde and another union official guilty of receiving a bribe, it was the... More >>

  • Snapple in the Apple

    published April 20, 2004

    A big part of the rationale for electing a billionaire businessman as mayor was just that: Michael Bloomberg was a businessman, he'd made... More >>

  • Meals and Deals

    published April 20, 2004

    Last week's press release announcing contract awards in a new city program to provide frozen meals to the homebound elderly in the Bronx paid... More >>

  • A Mob Soprano Sings

    published April 13, 2004

    Were the producers of The Sopranos in the courtroom at 100 Centre Street last week when a mob songbird named Sean Richard took the stand?... More >>

  • Terminal Solution

    published April 6, 2004

    About two years ago, Daniel Doctoroff, the millionaire private investment whiz who now serves as the city's $1-a-year deputy mayor for economic... More >>

  • Pataki Labor Bigs Probed

    published April 6, 2004

    The biggest growth industry at the state Department of Labor these days appears to be law enforcement inquiries. Last week, investigators from... More >>

  • East Flatbush Dustup

    published March 30, 2004

    The gates are padlocked, the classrooms empty, and the windows sheathed in white plastic to keep the bad air inside. The only signs of life these... More >>

  • 9-11 Fund Missing

    published March 30, 2004

    As much as $150,000 may have been embezzled from a union job training fund designed to help Long Island workers recover from post-9-11 layoffs,... More >>

  • Deals on Wheels

    published March 23, 2004

    Cutting senior citizens' programs is normally akin to stepping on the third rail for politicians. Seniors vote, pols know, and you mess with them... More >>

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