Four years after then-Speaker Christine Quinn stripped then-42nd District City Councilman Charles Barron of his chairmanship of the Committee on Higher Education, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed his predecessor and wife, Inez Barron, to the post. The decision makes sense. Barron worked as ... More >>
Kimani "Kiki" Gray was buried last weekend on a windy hillside in Cypress Hills Cemetery. The killing of the 16-year-old by plainclothes police officers two weeks ago set off rolling protests in the neighborhood, but the funeral was somber and peaceful. Family and friends slowly filed into St. Cath ... More >>
It's only Monday, but Assembly Member Dov Hikind already has a commanding lead in the Most Spectacularly Racist Gesture By A New York Politician This Week contest. As Politicker first reported, Hikind celebrated Purim this year with a costume party, for which a professional make-up artist transform ... More >>
Colin Beavan, that guy who did not use toilet paper for a year, has only gotten into local politics a few days ago but is already pretty busy making media rounds. Beavan, who calls himself a "newly self-proclaimed environmentalist," is running on the Green Party ticket for the Central Brooklyn Con ... More >>
Earlier today the Voice brought you news of Colin Beavan. Beavan, who calls himself a "newly self-proclaimed environmentalist," is competing against Charles Barron and Alan Bellone, amongst others, for a Central Brooklyn Congressional seat on the Green Party ticket. Beavan became known via No Impac ... More >>
The movement takes back foreclosed houses after leaving the park
Despite its claims to the contrary, Walmart has been trying to infiltrate New York City for some time now. The mega-chain even has a Walmart New York City website and has donated large sums to city programs. Their spin has always been that New Yorkers really want a Walmart, and maybe they're ... More >>
It's been a pretty eventful 24 hours on the education beat in New York City. Given how unpopular Cathie Black was before she even started as Chancellor, there was far less glee at her ouster than we were expecting. Many of her critics may be experiencing schadenfreude privately, but they weren't e ... More >>
The Times reports that Roger Stone associates have collected a million dollars in fees so far from Carl Paladino's campaign, adding a couple of companies to the list we published last week. It's an astonishing total, and a measure of Stone's shaping influence on the Paladino campaign, reaffirmed in ... More >>
Tim Kaine, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, has no problem with Al Sharpton's refusal to endorse Andrew Cuomo for governor. Derrick Plummer, a DNC spokesman, e-mailed the Voice, calling Sharpton "a trusted voice on issues of importance to millions of Americans." Plummer s ... More >>
NYC's head has a serious setback on his way to closing schools
Given Simcha Felder's non-votes on Quinn, is he the best choice for deputy comptroller?John Liu's announcement last week that he was appointing Brooklyn city councilman Simcha Felder to the post of deputy comptroller has stirred no controversy. Yet Felder is so out of step with Liu on gay and ... More >>
It's Election Day and, this being New York, no surprises are expected. As Runnin' Scared has no influence to peddle, we can afford to be brutally honest about this. The Mayor's reelection is treated as a foregone conclusion and, down-ticket, the Democrats are expected to romp (except in Staten Islan ... More >>
By Grace Smith At the start of her historic third term as council member, Christine Quinn will seek re-election to speaker. But the council she'll be trying to sway will look substantially different. Two days ago, Wayne Barrett pointed out another likely historic council moment for January 2 ... More >>
That's how a handful of dead-end high-schoolers ended up giving the city a big black eye.
Brutal brawling in the first throwdown of the 2009 elections
Police blew off the story of a young black woman who vanished. She was tortured and murdered. Now, a court ruling has reopened the case on bias grounds.
Will Bloomberg run on his record of bullying schoolchildren and teachers?
Pedicabbers rode over the Brooklyn Bridge Friday, April 20. The Council's new law bans them from bike paths on city bridges. Photos by Sarah Ferguson Monday's vote in the City Council to sharply rein in the burgeoning pedicab industry was both predictable and dispiriting, given Mayor Bloomberg’ ... More >>
The NYPD has a long-standing reputation for its "excessive" surveillance. Now more than ever.
(Cary Conover slideshow here) Thousands of New Yorkers sang and danced in the cold Thursday to give James Brown a final goodbye. The Godfather of Soul died over Christmas at age 73. Early yesterday morning, a white carriage pulled by two horses brought Brown's body to the Apollo Theater in Harle ... More >>
The new City Council Speaker doles out some surprising assignments
How Al Sharpton rose from 'racial arsonist' to racial healer, and changed New York City
After the last answer to the last question at Tuesday night's Democratic mayoral debate, folks in the audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center began getting out of their seats, even though host Dominic Carter was still speaking to a live television audience. It was like the bell had rung at the end of cla ... More >>
Grassroots groups split on whether arena plan scores for borough
Students say a Marine Park brawl was kid stuff. Prosecutors are calling it race rage.
Stadium jobs program tries to buy black support but is mostly hot air
Neri, still without badge, has job of advising cops on future shootings
On the second anniversary of Shock and Awe, the anti-war movement wants you
Still under investigation, Neri now has paid job of advising cops on future shootings
Three activists went out to police the policeand ended up in jail
From protests to plays and films to forums, New York 'makes nice' with the RNC
Reverend Al Sharpton and Rupert Murdoch join forces to fight television technology
Communities Speak Out Against Army's Hip Hop Recruitment
Brooklyn D.A. Accused of Failing to Indict Cops Who Kill
It's Time to Call for New Black Leadership
Activists Fear Nonparty Elections Will Quash the Minority Vote
James Davis's Killer Was Deeply Conflicted About His Sexuality
Zimbabwe Cleared by United Nations
Housing Activists Say the City Wastes Its Vacant Lots
Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?
The Help Set Out to Help Themselves
Miller Lets Clubhouse Control Council, Shortchanges Merit and Minorities
The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises
Public Advocate Is the Best Choice
Mayoral Hopeful Will Receive Official Nod Before Labor Day
How Abner Louima's Former Attorney Can Make or Break A Black-Latino Coalition
Activists, Wary of Bush, Say Black Federal Prosecutor Helped Give NYPD a Reprieve