Lewis Fidler

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Barrons: Discretionary Funding Is A Tale of Two City Councils

    This week's feature story profiles Charles Barron, the polarizing politician from East New York. He was the 42nd District city councilman for 12 years, before getting termed-out at the end of 2013. His wife, Inez Barron, vacated her state Assembly seat after winning the election for Charles's seat, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    Alan Dershowitz to Brooklyn College: Academic Freedom For Me But Not For Thee

    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 >>

  • News

    January 2, 2013

    Brooklyn Deserves a New D.A.

    Why the 23-year reign of Charles Hynes must end

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Brooklyn Pols Ask Andrew Cuomo For SUNY Downstate Loan

    As SUNY Downstate Medical Center reels from recent management changes and layoffs, area pols are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo help the hospital. Today, a group of Brooklyn electeds sent a letter to Cuomo asking for immediate assistance so that critical services and medical training could conti ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    City Jails Chief Gets Off With Only a Few Sentences

    Council members barely question Martin Horn on the deadly teen jail at Rikers

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Bloomberg, Despite Law, Won't Promise to Send Rebates; Times Sort of Protests

    "One city lawmaker called it Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 'Let them eat cake' attitude." This is kind of a breakthrough for the New York Times -- though its commenters frequently quote Marie Antoinette in reference to the Mayor, the paper itself usually eschews such vulgar class war tropes. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part II (Referendumania! Amendment Defeated)

    2:30: They're getting through the preliminary business fast. Well, at least we get to see what a vote on a land use motion looks like. Everyone votes aye except one joker who says, "No -- I'm just kidding, I'm practicing for later." Joel Rivera follows, saying, "I'm practicing for later -- yes!" 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    Court Backs Council Metal Bat Ban

    No studies have offered conclusive evidence that metal bats pose more of a danger than wooden ones. A federal judge has cleared the way for the City Council's ban on metal bats in high school baseball. The prohibition, the first of kind in the country, can now take effect on Saturday. According t ... More >>

  • News

    May 15, 2007

    Hack Attack

    A disbarred lawyer wins a patronage job with Christine Quinn's council

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2005

    Friendly Fencing From Speaker Seekers

    Dubbing the system "flawed" and "a great failure of a great idea," the seven city council members competing for speaker berated the Campaign Finance Board system at a public debate last night, citing a lack of oversight and failure to "level the playing field." "The big loser last Tuesday wasn't Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2005

    Giff's Ground Game Gears Up

    When the democratic mayoral campaign draws to close Tuesday morning, local grassroots coalitions will begin a day of intense campaign efforts on behalf of their candidate. Through phone banks, door-to-door canvassing, and sending workers to polling stations to distribute literature and palm cards, t ... More >>

  • News

    April 19, 2005

    Wounded Pride

    LGBT kids say city-funded shelter for the homeless breaks its covenant

  • NYC Life

    March 30, 2004
  • News

    December 16, 2003

    The War on a Rack

    Publishers Say They're Being Harassed by NYC

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    Landlords Vote With Bucks

    Where the Real Estate Dollars Are Going