Former NYFD Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta was deeply involved in the Deutsche Bank debacle that cost two firefighters their lives. Now a change has come: Salvatore Cassano is commissioner. And he, says Wayne Barrett, is even more deeply involved.
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It's snowing, you're trapped at home or office or somewhere in between, but you still have the Web, so check out these 20 selected stories on New York City's billionaire mayor, Mike Bloomberg, by two relentless reporters, Tom Robbins and Wayne Barrett:
Meet the New NYC Fire Commish, Salvatore Cassa ... More >>
After nearly three years of veritable civil war between two powerful real estate executives and thousands of tenants, the owners of the historic downtown residential complexes, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, will appear in court again today.
Landlords Jerry and Rob Speyer, and their part ... More >>
This week's New Yorker has an excellent piece on the city's pathetic "rubber rooms" -- where incompetent teachers rot (with pay) as the city tries, in vain, to fire them, a nearly impossible task under the current teachers' union contract. Writer Steven Brill (yes, that Steven Brill) points out t ... More >>
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The week was hot as hell -- which, a quick scan of our stories reveals, is an apt comparison.
In a tribute to democracy, people with guns started following around President Obama. Busybodies were all over Michelle Obama's butt. Old peo ... More >>
The Voice is now taking applications from enrolled college students for Fall internships working with investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. Wayne's interns help him research and report his stories, gaining extraordinary experience in investigative journalism. These interns never get coffee or fil ... More >>
We suppose we should mention it since some people find it exciting, but the news that a "deal" is "in the works" for the state senate to renew mayoral control of the city's schools seems pretty weak tea. The parent training institute, arts advisory council, and safety committees sound more like gest ... More >>
In today's rightbloggers column we mention a letter (pdf) from Sarah Palin's lawyers threatening legal action against reporters, bloggers, and anyone else who would, in their words, "propagate defamatory material" against the soon-to-be-former Governor of Alaska. Only a few specific individuals were ... More >>
You saw Wayne Barrett's story earlier about Paterson's "knee-jerk reactions and posturing, attempting to look like an ethics crusader for a day" in the State Commission on Public Integrity case? Where he fired most of the panel, but they refused to leave? So the Governor lined up state officials pas ... More >>
If you've read today Wayne Barrett story on Mayor Bloomberg's tendency to cut deals with the teacher's union, and why (if he's serious about school reform) he should cut it out, you may be interested in what PolitickerNY's Jason Horowitz reports about Bloomberg's mayoral control renewal campaign: he ... More >>
Our illustrious colleague Wayne Barrett was at the New School's Center for New York City Affairs yesterday and, in the course of a Q&A, took on the personality of one of his great subjects, Mayor Bloomberg. "I just want to see if there is anybody in the audience who has a disability and a tape recor ... More >>
[HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart Asset]Your Tuesday New York headlines...Ruth Madoff fights her husband's victims to keep their hands off $62 million she stashed away.Ex-Islanders owners accused of mini-Madoff scheme, stealing $554 million, whine to judge they'll starve if assets are frozen.Rap ... More >>
George Pataki has met with the head of the National Republican Senate Campaign Committee and is apparently considering a run for the Senate. Maybe those weak poll numbers for Kirsten Gillibrand have encouraged him. The free-spending former governor once had presidential ambitions, but those were dif ... More >>
You may have heard of the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Judith Kaye. But do you know the man who replaced her, Jonathan Lippman? Do you know he never practiced as an attorney, and barely served as a judge? So how'd he get appointed to this exalted position? Connections, baby -- chief ... More >>
Governor Paterson bailed on an interview today, complaining that he felt faint. Could be the burden of choosing Hillary Clinton's replacement -- which he said he'd do after tomorrow's inauguration -- is getting to him. Some politicians and press are beginning to tumble to what the Voice's Wayne Barr ... More >>