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Bumpy Path for Ethics Reform in Albany

Thursday, May 02, 2013

A former prosecutor in then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's office is resigning her post as executive director of the state’s Joint Committee on Public Ethics. Ellen Biben has led the ethics panel since its launch in February of last year, and is the second member to resign in recent weeks.

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Jury Convicts Two Associates of City Comptroller John Liu

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Two former associates of a candidate seeking to become the city's first Asian-American mayor were convicted Thursday in a scheme to illegally raise campaign funds.


Obama Reiterates Promise to Close Guantanamo Bay

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

President Barack Obama is planning another push to try and close the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He tried and failed during his first year in office. Will this time be any different?


Discovered Wreckage from 9/11 Plane Believed to be Part of Wing

Monday, April 29, 2013

Authorities now say a 5-foot airplane part that's believed to be from one of the jets that struck the World Trade Center is from a wing.     


A Look at the Deal That Would Replace LIPA With a NJ Utility

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering handing the reigns of the troubled Long Island Power Authority, or LIPA, to a New Jersey utility.


NYC Was Next Target on Boston Bomber's Hit List

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects planned to come to New York City to conduct an attack in Times Square, the mayor said today. “New York City was next on their list of targets...


Sequester Scuttles Fleet Week

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The familiar sight of thousands of sailors and marines flooding the city will be missing this year.  

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Will Betting on Gambling Pay Off for Atlantic City?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Christie administration is betting on the gambling economy.


Implications of the (False) Tweet Sent Round the ‘Verse

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A tweet from a hacked Associated Press Twitter account spread like wildfire on Tuesday, with users tweeting and re-tweeting the false report that a bomb had gone off in the White House and had harmed the president.

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Cooper Union to Send Out Tuition Bills in 2014

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

For the first time in more than a century, the Cooper Union will begin charging all its students tuition. Undergraduates will be expected to pay about $20,000, which is half the tuition to attend the college.

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The Mayor's Race: Scandal Upon Scandal

Saturday, April 20, 2013


This week in politics, two aides to Comptroller John Liu faced the federal agent who wiretapped them allegedly committing fraud, and a formerly disgraced Congressman waded deeper into the mayoral waters. It almost makes you forget the guy who tried to bribe his way onto the mayoral ballot.


Boston Bombing: WNYC's Full Coverage

Friday, April 19, 2013

The 19-year-old college student wanted in the Boston Marathon bombings was taken into custody Friday evening after a manhunt that left the city virtually paralyzed and his older brother and alleged accomplice dead.

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Sen. Schumer: Blame NRA for Failure of Background Check Measure

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

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Brooklyn Site Wins Pulitzer for National Reporting

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A small, Brooklyn-based online news site dedicated to covering the environment won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.


To Expand, MoMA Must First Raze

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Museum of Modern Art has decided to demolish a building that's only 12 years old to make way for the museum’s expansion plans.

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Newtown Families Lobby Lawmakers as Vote Nears

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

As the Senate prepares to vote on a gun control measure, relatives of victims of the Connecticut school shooting have been in the nation's capitol making a personal plea.


Met to Receive $1 Billion Donation of Cubist Art

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Met has announced that it's about to receive one of the most significant gifts in its history.

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Eight NYC Districts Decide How to Spend Public Money

Sunday, April 07, 2013

While a few local politicians have been caught in bribery scandals this week, others are looking for an alternative way of doing city business.


At Jersey Shore, Some Push for Buy Outs

Friday, April 05, 2013

While a strong contingent of people — from beach front homeowners to Governor Chris Christie — are all for rebuilding the New Jersey shore, some others are saying the properties should be bought out and restored as a natural habitat area.

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U.S. Immigration Officials Agree to $1 Million Settlement

Thursday, April 04, 2013


The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has reached a $1 million settlement with 22 New Yorkers suing the agency for conducting raids on their homes without a warrant.