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There was a turncoat, an Oscar award and a vote so confusing that politicians were left scratching their heads -- even after several intermissions.
The Yonkers City Council held a special meeting on electoral redistricting Monday that no lawmakers should be proud of -- that is if they actually know what happened.
In fact, the four-hour carnival ended with no resolution. It was a pathetic...Read more »
Anthony Weiner, the congressman who tweeted himself out of a job two years ago with a photo of his bulging underpants, is considering jumping into the New York City mayor's race.
Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.
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In firing scandal-tarred lawyer Joseph Savino, Clarkstown leaders acted swiftly in dealing with a potentially explosive situation.
But let's not break out the good government awards just yet.
Savino is the Bronx Republican Party boss whose White Plains-based law firm was hired by Clarkstown last year to handle tax-challenge cases even though he apparently had little expertise in that...Read more »
Was that a valedictory address on Thursday from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg? I think the answer is yes, but I don't believe the term valedictory does the event justice.
It was a public relations event staged by one of the most determined -- and successful -- salesmen America has ever seen.
Bloomberg does many things well. But I would put his ability to organize, sell and market...Read more »
The enormous power of Sandy savagely exposed the flaws of the Long Island Power Authority -- flaws that had been hidden for years by a political establishment that benefited from its cronyism.
LIPA’s vulnerable. The public is demanding change. But do state legislators have the political will to make a bold move? Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told Newsday’s editorial board Thursday that “the moment...Read more »
You’ve probably seen the United Federation of Teachers’ ads on television. Against a background of dark, brooding music, they accuse New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of “going after teachers again.” Why? Because he has “no strategy to improve schools.” Because it’s “his way or the highway.” Because “it’s time to put politics aside” and come up with a “fair evaluation system” for the city’s 75,000...Read more »
So why are the 8,800 school bus drivers of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1811 planning to strike on Wednesday morning?
If you watch the union’s television ads, you might think it’s because New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg would rather pinch pennies than invest in the safety of children by giving the drivers more job security.
“This is about safety and experience,” says Local...Read more »
New York City police need to find a way to combat guns and crime without treading on the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of people to do it.
Indiscriminately stopping and frisking mostly black and Hispanic young men in the streets isn’t it, according to Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin. She ruled Tuesday that officers violated the constitutional rights of people...Read more »
Here a great bit of news in an otherwise dismal 2012: New York City closed out the year with homicides at a 50-year low. The New York Police Department recorded approximately 414 killings last year, compared with 2,020 in 1992 and 2,245 in 1990.
The political and business classes are ecstatic, naturally. They see one more sign that the city has shed its seediness from the 1970s and 1980s...Read more »
If only we had those manual lever machines, then Tuesday’s election night count would be easier to tally.
Those days are long gone.
Officials in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and New York City are facing unprecedented challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and since this is a presidential election year, those problems will only be compounded as turnout will be larger than normal.
But...Read more »