Norman Siegel

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Occupy Wall Street Sues Bloomberg And New York City Over Library Destruction

    Six months after the New York Police Department launched a secretive dead-of-night military-style operation to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters from Zuccotti Park, conducting mass arrests and destroying thousands of dollars worth of property, Mayor Bloomberg, Police Chief Ray Kelly, and others ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Legal Loophole OK's Creepy New York Teachers

    Nobody likes a loophole - law and order is often thwarted by technicalities, usually favoring the unjust players involved and screwing the rest of us. But what's more frustrating than a legal shortcut? One that involves children.Over the past three months, 14 cases involving 16 different teache ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    The Occupy Wall Street Library: Librarians Display the Ruins

    Mike Bloomberg has already come under fire for just about every aspect of the late-night raid that cleared Occupy Wall Street out of Zuccotti last week. From reports of police violence, to keeping members of the press from observing the action, to disregarding a restraining order reopening the park, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2010

    Voice Video Shows NYPD Snapping Photos of School Demonstrators at Mayor Bloomberg's House -- Protestors Call It A Legal No-No

    Civil Rights attorney Norman Siegel called a press conference Sunday, "outraged" that the NYPD was taking photographs of demonstrators at last Thursday's school closing protest in front of Mayor Bloomberg's house. He was responding to a story posted by the Voice last Friday, in which our video sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    Happy MLK Day

    ​If your boss is part of the 28 percent who gave you the day off, congratulations! In The Bronx, some church groups are doing volunteer work in celebration and would love to have you; if they can't accommodate you, there's the Corporation for National and Community Service. Bronx assemblyman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Ha, ha, ha. The sweet release of death is a week closer. In the afterlife we can forget all about Kanye and all these ridiculous (but highly amusing) tributes. New York had a big Primary Day -- or, judging by turnout, a dinky one. Our hero Tony Avella went down to defeat. The heavily fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Norm Siegel on Election Night: People Aren't Voting (At Least Not For Me)

    When civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel showed up at his Madison Avenue law office at 9:30 on election night, he rested his hands on the shoulders on his young daughter and told a crowd of disappointed supporters that people had become disenfranchised in the city of New York. "I was at the polling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    VID for Siegel, NARAL for Gillibrand, Johnson for Bloomberg (and Unemployment)

    The Village Independent Democrats just announced their endorsements for the primaries. It's not the biggest Democratic club, but it's influential around these parts. The VID made mostly expected choices, among them Bill Thompson for Mayor, John Liu for Comptroller, and Richard Aborn for Manhattan D. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Justice Denies: Feds won't stop Bloomie's term limits coup

    Yesterday afternoon, the Justice Department shot down one of the last legal challenges to Mayor Mike Bloomberg's controversial term limits extension. In a fifty-page appeal, lawmakers and civil rights groups had asked the federal government last month to consider the term limits extension a violatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    3rd Time's The Charm? Siegel and Mastro Ask the Feds to Restore Term Limits

    After losing their federal lawsuit challenging the City Council's right to overturn term limits for Mayor Bloomberg, advocates are turning to the federal government. Last month veteran civil rights attorney (and current candidate for public advocate) Norman Siegel, along with the corporate law fir ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 26, 2008
  • News

    April 29, 2008

    What Sean Bell's Legacy Needs To Be

    A permanent, independent prosecutor to handle police crimes

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2008

    Lawsuit: Columbia Expansion Poses 'Biohazard' Risk

    The largest landowner threatened by Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion has filed a suit against the school and city, alleging that the environmental review process for the expansion was insufficient. The process may have even ignored the risk for potential biohazard threats to the West Harlem com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    Bike Raid on East 6th Street

    Parking a bike can be a crime. 'Voice ' slideshow Around 9 p.m. last Wednesday, Robert Carnevale got an emergency call from his girlfriend. Police had showed up on his block of East 6th Street, between 1st and 2nd avenues. They were cutting the locks off bicycles chained to street signs, Caroline ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2006

    Harlem Suit: State Keeps Secrets

    A group of West Harlem business owners and activists sued the Empire State Development Corporation on Thursday, alleging that the agency violated the state's Freedom of Information Law by refusing to divulge documents related to Columbia University's plan to take over 17 acres north of 125th Street. ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    July 18, 2006

    Annie Get Your Cell Phone Gun

    The Crobar shooting inspires odd rumors, while the anti-cabaret laws inspire ballet.

  • News

    April 11, 2006

    Grandmothers of Invention

    Older is bitter—when it comes to the war in Iraq. A peek inside the granny-power movement.

  • NYC Life

    April 4, 2006

    Chelsea Mourning

    Nightclubs get the whip, but the cabaret law is still kicking

  • News

    February 14, 2006

    Critical Impasse

    With arrests growing and two cops hurt, Critical Mass gets messy

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    Father of the Movement

    How Al Sharpton rose from 'racial arsonist' to racial healer, and changed New York City

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2005

    West Side Story

    Anyone looking to score a souvenir Campaign 2005 poster ought to head to the Upper West Side. The place is plastered by them. Poll workers and posters for Manhattan beep runners Brian Ellner, Scott Stringer (his "Reformer Who Gets Results" slogan reminds some of Dubya's 2000 "Reformer with Results" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2005

    Shock and Awe (Shucks): War Comes Home

    The Iraq war wound its way into today's New York City campaign chatter, with Norman Siegel slamming Mayor Mike for refusing to take a position on the war and Gifford Miller accusing Anthony Weiner of airbrushing his record on the conflict. The knee-jerk reaction, as we all know, is "What the hell d ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2005

    Save This Office

    If Betsy Gotbaum wins another term, we may lose our only advocate

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Is Gotbaum Master of Her Domain?

    Public Advocate candidates dispute what's eminent and imminent in the Atlantic Yards deal What's worse, feigning ignorance or being ignorant? That is the question raised by the latest attack by public advocate candidates Andrew Rasiej and Norman Siegel on the woman they each want to unseat, incumbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2005
  • Specials

    August 16, 2005
  • Blogs

    August 11, 2005

    Big Union Backs Siegel

    From 1964 to 1986, Victor Gotbaum headed the city's largest municipal union, District 37, through six elections, four mayors, and one nasty fiscal crisis. That didn't stop the union on Thursday from—for the second election in a row—endorsing someone other than Gotbaum's wife Betsy for publ ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2005

    Finding Your Voice

    Candidates for Public Advocate clash over job description

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2005

    A School Near You: Readin', Writin', and Recruitin'

    In second run for public advocate, civil liberties vet Siegel parses the Pentagon's pitch It was hot and getting on toward dinner time Thursday night on Fulton Street and Atlantic Ave., but some of the passersby took the flyers that were handed to them, and a few even stopped to chat or sign a peti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2005

    Saving NYC's Liberties from America

    Proposed law seeks to protect New York's liberal laws from right-wing judges The steps of City Hall attract a motley crowd; sitting there all day, it would be possible to see a half-dozen or more press conferences and rallies for myriad causes and campaigns. One day last week Fernando Ferrer appear ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 21, 2005

    Dance Fever

    Getting down for Gay Pride; a challenge to the cabaret law

  • News

    August 31, 2004

    The Waiting Game

    City keeps hundreds in jail too long, chilling protests and angering families

  • NYC Life

    December 2, 2003
  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Who’ll Advocate for the Public?

    A Dramatic Contrast in Candidates

  • News

    September 4, 2001

    Green for Mayor

    Public Advocate Is the Best Choice

  • News

    August 14, 2001

    Imagining the Public Advocate

    Five Visions for a Young Office

  • News

    June 20, 2000

    Twice Soaked

    For Women of Central Park, Official Outcry Obscures Unmentionables

  • News

    May 30, 2000

    Stop, Drop, and Swab

    New York Police Ponder Portable DNA Labs

  • News

    October 19, 1999

    White Boys in the Hood

    The Dangers of Defending the KKK

  • Specials

    April 13, 1999
  • News

    March 30, 1999

    Father of the Movement

    How Al Sharpton rose from 'racial arsonist' to racial healer, and changed New York City

  • News

    March 2, 1999
  • Specials

    February 23, 1999
  • News

    October 13, 1998

    The Hunt for Khallid Abdul Muhammad

    The Million Youth March leader breaks his silence about the violent end to his historic rally, the demands for his arrest, and life as a possible fugitive from Giuliani-style justice

  • News

    October 6, 1998

    Spycam City

    The Surveillance Society: Part One

  • Specials

    September 29, 1998
  • News

    September 1, 1998

    Porn Free

    The city's war on sex shops has nothing to do with morality and everything to do with development. Especially around Times Square.

  • News

    May 19, 1998

    Camera [in the Can]

    Just in Time for Sweeps Month, TV News Discovers Rest Room Sex

  • News

    May 12, 1998

    Investigating New York's Finest

    Tolerance for Brutality Exists Throughout the Police Department

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