It has become a safe assumption that otherwise liberal and open-minded New York politicians will make an exception for Israel. Case in point: 10 members of the New York City Council have declared that they support academic freedom, just not the freedom of public universities to host events that do n ... More >>
As City Council contenders gear up for the race to City Hall, they want to make sure we know that they have lots and lots of friends. Because only popular kids are allowed to eat at the City Council table, right?
Ari Kagan, currently the district leader of Brooklyn, recited names from his Facebook ... More >>
Hakeem Jeffries beat Charles Barron nearly three to one yesterday in the Democratic primary for the open Eighth Congressional District seat being vacated by Ed Towns.
We've been watching this race closely for a few reasons. First, we couldn't help it. Living in Fort Greene, we've gotten a good 30 d ... More >>
Nydia Velazquez, a 20-year veteran congressional representative, cruised through a fiercely contested Democratic primary today to win the party nomination.
With 97 percent of polls reporting last night, Velazquez took 58 percent of the vote, crushing her strongest challenger, City Council member Er ... More >>
In a somewhat strange turn of events, the former leader (that's "Grand Wizard" to you) of the Ku Klux Klan has deemed it fitting to endorse New York's City Councilman Charles Barron in his race for a national Congressional seat.
In the endorsement video (if you can manage to get through all 8.5 mi ... More >>
A new report released last week comes down hard on the mayor's record of shutting down schools that aren't performing well. Mike Bloomberg and the Deptartment of Education can add it to the list of grievances and criticisms that have been thrown at them so far this year (He demonizes teachers ... More >>
Over the past few weeks, one scandal after another has hit the police department, making things increasingly uncomfortable for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his top advisors, and the accretion of negative news has some people arguing for change in the department's leadership.
Such a rema ... More >>
Sarah CoitFollowing the brutal murder of 23-year-old Sarah Coit on the Lower East Side, several New York legislators are advocating a bill that would create an online database revealing the names of convicted domestic abusers, much like a sex-offender registry. Coit's boyfriend, Raul Barrera, ... More >>
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was challenged on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy in a recent meeting with Brooklyn politicians, the Voice has learned.
In a meeting described as "somewhat tense," Kelly told a group of elected officials that the department is using stop and frisks--which have ... More >>
The Bloomberg Administration has been talking lately about what to do with moribund condos left under-tenanted and sometimes unfinanced in the recession -- what Christine Quinn called the "tarnished trophies" of the late boom. Some have been opened to the homeless. Last week Elizabeth Dwoskin mentio ... More >>
The Times tells us that Bloomberg is "mounting an all-out push to win over New York City's black elected leaders, clergy members and voters" to his third-term reelection campaign. As you may have heard, one of the Mayor's opponents, Bill Thompson, is black. While some are unreceptive to the Mayor' ... More >>