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  • A Tale From the Slush Fund

    published December 19, 2006

    Here's a taste of your state legislature at work: There's the $5,000 grant approved for Bobbi and the Strays, the Ozone Park, Queens, group... More >>

  • The Sinner Within

    published December 12, 2006

    In the months after law enforcement agents raided his state assembly and union offices, Brian McLaughlin, wary of surveillance, started... More >>

  • In the Wake

    published December 12, 2006

    When Brian McLaughlin took over the city's 1.5 million-member Central Labor Council in 1995, the plan was to fire up the local labor movement and... More >>

  • The Man Who Wanted to Know Too Much

    published October 24, 2006

    Walter Mack is one of the best investigators of high-level wrongdoing in New York City. The lanky former federal prosecutor's trophies include mob... More >>

  • Mark Green Exits, Stage Left

    published September 12, 2006

    In between stops on the last day of his last campaign, Mark Green scribbled notes on a long yellow pad for a seminar that he teaches at New... More >>

  • Brooklyn's Nasty Race Race

    published August 29, 2006

    It's a year ago this month that Clarence Norman Jr. stepped down as Brooklyn's Democratic Party boss following the first of his two felony... More >>

  • Bloomy's 'All Stars'

    published August 15, 2006

    Even though he was the odds-on favorite to win re-election last year, Mayor Mike Bloomberg took no chances. In addition to running as the... More >>

  • Burn Job

    published July 25, 2006

    Last Wednesday, a throng of supporters from Williamsburg's Orthodox community traveled to the federal courthouse in Central Islip, on Long Island,... More >>

  • Court Date for Bernie's Pals

    published July 18, 2006

    It was an overwhelming voter turnout on conservative Staten Island back in 1993 that first propelled Rudy Giuliani into City Hall—thence on... More >>

  • Home Shopping Network

    published July 11, 2006

    In the case of the allegedly bribe-pocketing assemblywoman from East New York, Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes went straight to the videotape... More >>

  • Kerik Cops a Sweet Plea

    published July 4, 2006

    The findings of the Bronx grand jury that probed ex–police commissioner Bernie Kerik's dealings with an allegedly mobbed-up contractor are... More >>

  • Still On the Waterfront

    published June 20, 2006

    Just south of the Statue of Liberty, the huge white shipping cranes of New Jersey's container terminals arch into the sky. Even in the summer... More >>

  • Party Faithful

    published June 6, 2006

    Tammany Hall lives only in the history books these days. But for straight-out, old-fashioned political patronage—the kind that Tammany's... More >>

  • Dem Party Animals

    published May 30, 2006

    For a party hoping to sweep statewide elections this fall by appealing to voters fed up with business-as-usual politics, Democratic leaders last... More >>

  • Taxicab Concessions

    published May 23, 2006

    On February 12, 2004, the Taxi of the Future rolled past the gates into City Hall plaza for a firsthand, high-level inspection. Among the... More >>

  • Fire Storms

    published May 9, 2006

    Just two days after New Yorkers were jolted by the sight of huge black clouds of smoke rolling off the Brooklyn waterfront, Governor Pataki... More >>

  • Labor War in Chelsea

    published May 2, 2006

    There's a nasty little chapter in the national immigration debate playing out along the side streets in the West Twenties in Manhattan these days.... More >>

  • The Bronx Bomber

    published April 25, 2006

    It is April 5, a big day for the Yankees, and they have sent one of their stars up to bat. He is the tall man in business-suit pinstripes in the... More >>

  • Malice's Restaurant

    published March 28, 2006

    Most nights Ron Straci helps run Rao's, the city's most exclusive restaurant, a place favored by society swells and hoodlums alike, where you've... More >>

  • Garbage Fight

    published March 21, 2006

    Back on December 19, just as New Yorkers were about to confront a 72-hour pre-Christmas nightmare called the Transit Strike of 2005, another major... More >>

  • Labor's Love Lost

    published February 28, 2006

    New York has never lacked for labor racketeers, both convicted and alleged, but one name not previously found on either list is Central Labor... More >>

  • Influence Peddlers

    published February 21, 2006

    Talk about a bad news day. On February 8, a major city bank learned that it was going to be slammed that very afternoon at a City Hall press... More >>

  • Elegy for a Cabbie

    published February 7, 2006

    New York has always been famous for guys like Leo Lazarus, nonstop talkers with big grins, a million stories, and a tune ever on their lips. They... More >>

  • Toussaint's Transit Trauma

    published January 31, 2006

    Over the past two months, Transport Workers Union leader Roger Toussaint acquired more armchair critics of his style and tactics than the coaches... More >>

  • The Fonz's Pitch

    published January 31, 2006

    The first time Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint sat down with Peter Kalikow was a get-to-know-you meeting in Kalikow's... More >>

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