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  • Vote Yes for Nonpartisan Elections

    published October 28, 2003

    "Our current system is not broken, so we don't need to fix it," said Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum last week, joining Comptroller Bill Thompson in... More >>

  • Analyze This!

    published August 26, 2003

    Only one of 106 key federal judges in the city and surrounding suburbs is Italian, a civil rights group complained in a July letter to the... More >>

  • New York's Prince of Darkness

    published August 19, 2003

    The chickens came home to roost last Thursday and all George Pataki could do was squawk. There he was on Larry King Live, the governor... More >>

  • Ferrer's Campaign Scandal

    published August 12, 2003

    With all sorts of speculation that the man who was almost mayor, Fernando Ferrer, is getting ready to run again, the news pages are still... More >>

  • Spitzer's Spiel

    published July 22, 2003

    In Sunday's Times, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has resorted to every imaginable anti-education argument in a four-year effort to... More >>

  • Fixer Fonz

    published July 15, 2003

    Dominick Carter, the cuddly inquisitor on NY1, went after one of his own recently, grilling former senator and forever fixer Al D'Amato on... More >>

  • Why Did Spitzer Defend Pataki?

    published July 1, 2003

    Michael Rebell, the attorney who spearheaded the 10-year-old lawsuit to overturn the state's discriminatory school-aid formula, went to a New York... More >>

  • Boys Gone Wild

    published June 24, 2003

    Lost in the media bombast about the Albany rape arrest of Michael Boxley, chief counsel to Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, were the surprising... More >>

  • Fighting the Good Fight

    published June 17, 2003

    In the final days of the most punishing city budget battle since the '70s, Speaker Gifford Miller and his council colleagues are now wrestling... More >>

  • Breasts and Balls

    published June 10, 2003

    Emil Albano, a city firefighter for 30 years, retired in 1999 after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. His application for an accident... More >>

  • Prelude to a Campaign?

    published June 3, 2003

    On Sunday morning at the Roosevelt Hotel, Mike Bloomberg began the recasting of his mayoralty. Shortly before joining a dreary Israel Day march... More >>

  • How Pataki Won

    published May 27, 2003

    When Standard & Poor's downgraded the state's bonds from "stable" to "negative" last week, George Pataki was quick to blame it on the legislative... More >>

  • Humanizing Mike

    published May 20, 2003

    Ed Koch took a camel ride in Egypt, donned a ranger hat to conduct a Central Park orchestra, and invented the talk-directly-to-the-camera sound... More >>

  • Weingarten's War

    published May 13, 2003

    On Saturday, United Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, whose power in state and city politics exceeds that of all but the top... More >>

  • Way to Go, Joe

    published May 6, 2003

    It's harder to lose an election to the New York legislature than it was to be removed from the old Soviet Politburo. —Pataki: An... More >>

  • Pataki's Class Bias

    published April 29, 2003

    A year and a half after 9-11, with the state and city facing catastrophic deficits, all that matters to the New York Post's governor is... More >>

  • Bloomberg at the Crossroads

    published April 22, 2003

    When Mike Bloomberg, alone in a rented helicopter in the mid '70s, heard the engine explode and saw thick black smoke billowing into the cockpit,... More >>

  • The Big Enchilada

    published April 8, 2003

    The Bloomberg administration is considering the award of the most expensive contract in city history, and the selection process is shrouded in... More >>

  • Bush's Voice of America

    published April 1, 2003

    Clear Channel Communications, the Texas-based media colossus that's fomenting pro-war rallies and submarining airplay for anti-war artists, has... More >>

  • New York's Bush League Democrats

    published March 25, 2003

    Eliot Spitzer, the attorney general whose everyday agenda is framed by gubernatorial ambition, went out of his way on the eve of the war to... More >>

  • Gotti's Golden Goose

    published March 18, 2003

    A prescription drug company that services 91,188 city workers and retirees has been linked to mob payoffs in the trial of Peter Gotti, the... More >>

  • Welfare Fund Waste

    published March 11, 2003

    "It's a useless contract, a complete waste," said Jimmy Boyle, the two-time president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, who launched what... More >>

  • Pataki's Prattle

    published February 25, 2003

    Carl McCall is one of New York's many unemployed now, thank you. To reach him you call his wife, Joyce Brown, the president of the Fashion... More >>

  • Why Mike Banned the March

    published February 18, 2003

    Mike Bloomberg was 61 years old on February 14, Valentine's Day. Maybe that's why he's often such a sweetheart. But in all his years, by his own... More >>

  • The Anti-Tax Governor's Tax Haven

    published February 11, 2003

    On January 29—the same day George Pataki unveiled the most punishing budget in state history—he also made the biggest purchase of his... More >>

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