At night, you can see it clearly--the corner windows of the Cooper Union's seventh floor, flooded in red light. It's a signal from the students who have been occupying the president's office for two weeks. They're there because they've lost faith in university leadership that voted to start charging ... More >>
Just after 4pm on December 15th, two members of the activist hip-hop group the Welfare Poets, along with four additional males, were arrested at the Wagner-Johnson housing project in East Harlem and charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor. Welfare Poets members Michael Pacheco (a/k/a Rayzer Sharp) a ... More >>
New York Daily News writer Juan Gonzalez is incensed that while steps to address New York City's troubled budget include "threats of layoffs to thousands of teachers and other city workers, and the deep cuts in basic services," Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using $245,000 in taxpayer money to pa ... More >>
New York City threw away a mountain of cash over a new computer system. Now, finally, someone is going to pay.
What to do when you're a private computer consultant whose project for the city is excruciatingly over-budget and falling way behind? Hey -- how about this? Offer the city supervisor a job! That's the approach taken by officials of the Virginia-based defense contracting company, Science Appli ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg's "slipped through the cracks" explanation for the massive fraud and cost overruns at the CityTime payroll computerization project was already pretty lame when he gave it. Today it's looking a whole lot lamer. That's because of a tough letter dug out of the cracks of the city ... More >>
Big day yesterday in Bloomberg Land: First there's the $80 million computer ripoff right under the mayor's nose. If you thought that might have been embarrassing, you thought wrong. The mayor's soon-to-be-world's-largest-media-company also chose yesterday to announce that it will start publi ... More >>
If you've been reading the Daily News's Juan Gonzalez , the arrest this morning of a quartet of computer scamsters accused of ripping off a city payroll and time-keeping system for $80 million shouldn't be a big shock. Gonzalez has been banging away at the city's hugely inflated "CityTime" pr ... More >>
Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez has a new chapter in his ongoing series on the kind of waste in government that somehow flies below the radar when Team Bloomberg goes looking to cut the budget. Today's episode reveals that the city is paying $3.5 million a year to outside computer consultants who ... More >>
A hypocrite with plenty of companyWe often rejoice that Hypocrisy was not on the original list of seven deadly sins. If it were, we'd all be burning up somewhere. But the continuing saga of Hiram Monserrate -- expelled yesterday by the state senate -- deserves a special place in the Great Hyp ... More >>
The Daily News' Juan Gonzalez (pictured) has part two on the city's bungled effort to create new offices in Brooklyn and the Bronx for the 911 emergency call center and today's episode is a whopper: City officials agreed to pay $46 million for ten acres in the north Bronx to a real estate par ... More >>
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It's a "sign of the times" story, but thankfully not of the "man sells newborn for Beatles: Rock Band" variety. The Brooklyn diocese of the Catholic Chuch may forego one of the nicer innovations of Vatican II -- the passing of the communion cup to worshipers for swigs of the blood of Christ -- for ... More >>
Back in February, Mayor Bloomberg threatened that there could be "riots in the streets" if mayoral control isn't renewed in Albany, and in today's Daily News, Juan Gonzalez reports the first mini-riot outbreak.The commotion came at P.S. 123 where yesterday workers showed up unannounced and started r ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg happily announced that English scores are up in city schools. 69 percent of students in Grades 3 through 8 met state standards for reading. That doesn't sound so hot, and the statewide figure is 82 percent. But last year the city rate was 58 percent, so that's an 11-point gain, and ... More >>
The odd-ball marriage of Al Sharpton and schools chancellor Joel Klein -- who have been teaming up to tout their version of education reforms since last summer-- resulted in a sweet $500,000 wedding gift for Sharpton's National Action Network, reports the Daily News' indefatigable Juan Gonzalez this ... More >>
So Alex Rodriguez finally confessed to having used steroids. What a shocker. He had no choice, because he had so clearly lied previously when he absolutely denied using the muscle-enhancing drugs. But, then, they say that steroids can shrink your balls, so his previous lack of courage is really no ... More >>
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