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  • Bill Weld's School Daze

    published December 13, 2005

    The saga of William Weld's sojourn to Kentucky to run a for-profit vocational college where students were taught mainly through online computer... More >>

  • Giuliani Pal

    published December 13, 2005

    A few months after Rudy Giuliani established himself as a private business consultant, he announced that he'd signed on as chairman of the... More >>

  • Law and Disorder: Special Victims Unit

    published December 6, 2005

    Back in 1997 police arrested a man named Ronald Taylor, who worked as an assistant public school principal in Harlem. Taylor, 50 years old at the... More >>

  • Too Hot to Handle

    published December 6, 2005

    Late schools watchdog Ed Stancik had a take-no-prisoners reputation as he waged war on corruption and misconduct in the city's public education... More >>

  • Mob's Thruway Detour

    published November 22, 2005

    The traditional American Mafia was supposed to have run out of gas and guns at least a decade ago, right around the time those two Hall of Famers,... More >>

  • Shopping Spree

    published November 22, 2005

    He may not be fit to build a highway interchange, but builder Joseph Pontoriero, president of Worth Construction, is a strong contender for title... More >>

  • Pier Pressure

    published November 15, 2005

    Mob domination of the dock workers' union is the stuff of legend in New York. For more than half a century, the International Longshoremen's... More >>

  • Labor Rebel

    published November 15, 2005

    When it comes to union reforms like those recently advanced by the International Longshoremen's Association, Herman Benson is a hard sell. Benson,... More >>

  • The Nerds Are Pissed

    published November 8, 2005

    "Nerds" is their term, not mine. It comes from a flyer, one of dozens tacked around Washington Square Park these days. "The nerds are pissed," it... More >>

  • Housing Scandal

    published November 8, 2005

    Shameful publicity is supposed to be a big part of the punishment for officials caught violating their public trust. But that was just one of the... More >>

  • Grand Theft Jobs

    published November 1, 2005

    This fall, a top official at the city's largest job-training organization quietly told co-workers that he had terminal cancer and only months to... More >>

  • Bloomy's Hypocritical Oath

    published October 25, 2005

    Fair's fair, so let's start with this: There's no question but that Michael Bloomberg has been a better mayor than New Yorkers had any right to... More >>

  • The Lush Life of a Rudy Appointee

    published October 18, 2005

    April 16, 2002 On January 16, with just two weeks to go until his last day on the job, Russell Harding, president of the New York City... More >>

  • The Odd Couple

    published October 11, 2005

    Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Mayor Michael Bloomberg may make an odd political couple, but ever since both men won their... More >>

  • Bloomy's Flip-Flop

    published September 27, 2005

    Michael Bloomberg didn't always walk on eggshells around his most controversial supporter, Lenora Fulani. While the mayor belatedly criticized the... More >>

  • Party Lines

    published September 20, 2005

    In the six years that Frank MacKay has been chairman of the state's Independence Party—the influential holder of Row C on New York's... More >>

  • Democrats Notch a Win

    published September 13, 2005

    No matter how Freddy Ferrer does in November, matched as he is against a wealthy and popular incumbent, the city's Democrats scored a win last... More >>

  • He Likes Freddy and Mike

    published September 13, 2005

    Freddy Ferrer's lead cheerleader at his primary-night celebration at the Puck Building was City Council majority leader Joel Rivera. The... More >>

  • Mike's Awkward Ally

    published September 6, 2005

    Once he accepted the Independence Party's nomination, Michael Bloomberg's best hope was that Lenora Fulani, its notorious local leader, would just... More >>

  • Party Unfaithful

    published September 6, 2005

    Independence Party chairman Frank MacKay says he has the votes to oust followers of Lenora Fulani from the state party's executive committee at a... More >>

  • Prosecution complex

    published August 30, 2005

    Three challengers are running against Brooklyn's longtime district attorney, Charles "Joe" Hynes, in next week's Democratic primary. All voice a... More >>

  • I'll Be the Judge

    published August 30, 2005

    As Brooklyn Democratic Party leader Clarence Norman was starting trial last week on corruption charges, his peculiar approach to judicial politics... More >>

  • Chicago Justice as a Nonstop Floor Show

    published August 9, 2005

    It's easy to understand the American public's longtime fascination with the goings-on of courtrooms. Where else can you see confrontations between... More >>

  • Pataki's Quiet Court-Packing

    published August 9, 2005

    Being a lame-duck governor deprives George Pataki of much of his Albany clout, but it does nothing to diminish his substantial powers of office.... More >>

  • Hirschfeld's Pals

    published August 9, 2005

    The death last week at 85 of Abe Hirschfeld, the ex-con real estate mogul, brought forth a torrent of tales, from his penchant for phlegm-tossing... More >>

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