Forget about the fiscal cliff in Washington; the kids of New York City are about to jump off one, too. In less than ten days, New York City's public school system stands to gain or lose nearly $300 million of the $700 million allotted to New York State under President Obama's "Race to the Top" prog ... More >>
With Mitt Romney as its de facto candidate, the roster of Restore Our Future, Romney's designated Super PAC slush fund, reads like a laundry list of New York City's wealthiest denizens. And, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and contrary to popular belief, Super PAC ... More >>
Since the Citizens United decision, realpolitik has accepted the harsh reality in which a corporation has the same pedestal in our democratic elections as an ordinary Joe Schmoe. And, as a financial hub in America and abroad, New York has transformed into a politically charged Gotham; its corporate ... More >>
An unlikely activist's battle with the NYPD's frisky business
How our mayor has given us the business
Yesterday, Wayne Barrett began to uncover the unsavory characters who have helped fuel Leslie Crocker Snyder's campaign to be the next Manhattan District Attorney. Now, in part two, Barrett continues that list, focusing this time on political conservatives who are backing Snyder... Richard G ... More >>
It's getting to the point where if you tell people the truth about the black crime menace, you lose your right to a government job. Here's the latest outrage from the sensitivity police: An aide to Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer has resigned after it was revealed that she made com ... More >>
Good news, freeloaders -- your welfare checks are going up by as much as 38 dollars! The Times reports the monthly stipend for a family of four just went up from $375.70 to $413.70. It's the first such increase in nineteen years. Diabetic single recipient Georgeanna Hicks, 54, gets an extra $13 t ... More >>
Here's an early and useful dividend from the four-way race for the Democratic nomination for city comptroller: Candidate David Yassky, the Brooklyn city councilman who's been eager for an electoral promotion for several years now, today released his own Web site of city budget info. Yassky calls his ... More >>
Governor Paterson greeted communters at the Bryant Park subway station this morning, in celebration of the MTA bailout plan that Albany passed last night, though no one seems in a celebratory mood -- not even the Governor. "The one thing that I learned through this process," Paterson said, "is that ... More >>
From the department of ICWUDT: the Post howls in outrage at the new state taxes to be suffered by three specific classes of New Yorkers: the "Average Joes," the "Well-Off Family," and the "Single Guy." They make their best case for the Joes, first by putting a picture of black people in their graph ... More >>
With Governor Paterson at a low ebb and Kirsten Gillibrand's future popularity under the manipulation of New York's Democratic elite (and others) uncertain, some noise is being made for the return of Rudolph Giuliani. Randy Mastro, Giuliani's former deputy mayor and close aide, told the Observer, "I ... More >>
Every New York governmental agency has its hand out for government largesse from tax-and-spend liberal Obama. At the New York Post, the Manhattan Institute's Nicole Gelinas says they shouldn't. It's "a bad idea for wealthy cities like New York to depend on federal policies for rational infrastructur ... More >>
Gawker says freelancers have been notified that today's edition of the New York Sun will be the last. If that's true, we thank the six-year-old broadsheet for some good fun, some great writers, and today's article on a topic dear to our hearts, bedbugs. The Sun says that New York bedbug control lags ... More >>
The New York Sun today flogs a paper by the right-wing Manhattan Institute that asserts, as does the Sun's headline, "New York Would Suffer Under Obama Tax Plan." The Institute's report was unavailable at this writing, but as described by the Sun, the premise seems to be that Obama would tax the ri ... More >>
The NYPD is reaching out to kids of South Asian, Guyanese, and Caribbean descent with a cricket league, reports the New York Sun. They've had so many applicants they've had to turn kids away. Normally the slow-paced British pastime makes baseball look like cage fighting, but the cops' young charges ... More >>
The New York Sun touts SeeThroughNY, a website from the Empire Center of New York that allows citizens to look up school district labor contracts, state agency expenditures (via another website, the state comptroller's Open Book), state and community budget line-items, and even your public servants' ... More >>
Locked in a stalemate with a developer over the future of Coney Island, city officials unveiled a new vision for the area that seemingly solves the problem: Make the disputed land into parkland. The parcel of Coney that includes the much-beloved Astroland would keep its current amusement zoning bu ... More >>
According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>
Will a toll booth at the corner of 60th and Fifth solve midtown's traffic nightmare?
Now you can find out if you're being surveilled by the FBI or the NYPD.
From all reports, one of the more common sentiments expressed by strike-bound New York commutersalong with "Is it worth taking the LIRR to Jamaica?" and "I can't feel my fingers!"has been that the transit workers, regardless of whether they deserve a better contract, are being selfish in ... More >>
Joel Klein claimed that the axed 'social promotion' dissenters resigned. This was a lie.
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