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Comptroller DiNapoli Seeks to Withhold Senators' Pay

Thursday, July 02, 2009

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says he's planning to withhold pay for state senators until there's a resolution of the leadership struggle that has paralyzed the Senate for weeks. DiNapoli is filing suit in state Supreme Court seeking a decision on whether he has the constitutional authority to ...

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Copious Franks, Hyperbole & Condiment Puns at Hot Dog Weigh-In

Thursday, July 02, 2009

“They say that competitive eating is the battleground upon which God and Lucifer wage war for men's souls, my friends, and they are right! For the battle that will occur on July 4 is a battle for the ages, a battle of the titans!”

Otherwise known as Nathan's International ...

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Boost in Jobless Benefits Stalled in Albany

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Unemployed mother Janet Francis of Brooklyn (in blue) looks for a job while her daughter Kayli, 2, sleeps on her shoulder at the New York State Labor Department's Division of Employment Services resource room July 2, 2009. (Getty)

Unemployed mother Janet ...

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The Board of Education Makes a Comeback

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The law that gave Mayor Bloomberg control of city schools expired at midnight. That means the Board of Education is back. Earlier this morning, the five borough presidents gathered at Gracie Mansion to determine their appointees; the mayor also makes two appointments. The newly reconstituted board's first meeting is expected ...

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Council Supports Muslim Holidays in Schools

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The City Council is urging the Bloomberg Administration to add two Muslim holidays to the public school calendar. Councilwoman Annabel Palma supported the resolution that passed this afternoon.

"This is not just another day off. This is a city embracing yet another culture, a city saying the Muslim community needs ...

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Spitzer Offers Advice on State Senate Upheaval

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer has some advice for Governor Paterson on dealing with the chaos in the New York State Senate. Spitzer says Paterson should encourage his constituents to use their 2010 voting power to eliminate uncooperative senators from the legislative body. Spitzer says that elected officials ...

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Governor Orders Senate Into Evening Session

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Report from Karen DeWitt in Albany:

Governor Paterson has ordered all 62 state senators to come together for another special session today. The session held earlier this morning ended in 20 minutes, with no legislative action, after Republicans refused to acknowledge a Democrat as the presiding officer.

"These people, who for some reason want to play political games, when they really need to be standing up for the public, should hang their heads in shame. They are now the do nothing Senate and should be known that way until they come in and begin to discharge the business of the people."

On Paterson's "Senate to do list" -- renewing mayoral control of the city's schools. The current law expires at midnight, reverting the school system back to a Board of Education. Mayor Bloomberg says Joel Klein will still be at the helm.

"The chancellor is still in charge of the school system, he has a contract and we will honor that contract, and we've started to work to see what we have to do."

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Senate Holds Session, Takes No Action

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

statecapitolAll 62 of New York's state senators met together for the first time in three weeks, because a judge had ordered them to do so. But the feuding Democrats and Republicans failed to act on any of the key measures ...

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Peace Trunks, Check. Loafers, Check.

Friday, June 26, 2009

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Mayor Bloomberg, all set to open the summer pool season with kids at Jackie Robinson Park in Upper Manhattan. Behind him is City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

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The Leonard Lopate Show: David Sedaris and Isaac Mizrahi

Friday, June 26, 2009

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Famed fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spoke with one of our producers about what the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots means to him. Mizrahi also offers his thoughts on ...

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The Takeaway: Remembering Stonewall

Friday, June 26, 2009

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Forty years ago this weekend, America mourned the death of Judy Garland. Among the saddened were denizens of a West Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. On June 28 of that year, New York City police raided the bar, ...

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Before Stonewall: A Century of Gay Musicians

Friday, June 26, 2009

 

Long before the cataclysmic effect of the Stonewall riots 40 years ago ...

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Today in History: JFK in Berlin

Friday, June 26, 2009

On June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed a vast crowd of Germans on Rudolph Wilde Platz near the Berlin Wall. In his speech, Kennedy condemns the wall separating East from West, calling it a "vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system" and praised ...

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Senate Shenigans Yield No Agreement

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Senators hold dueling factions on Senate floor on Tuesday, June 23.

Senators hold dueling factions on Senate floor on Tuesday, June 23.

If at first you don't succeed....try again. That appears to be Governor Paterson's philosophy when it comes to getting ...

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Subway Survey Says: Cars Are Cleaner

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Riders of the number 7 train apparently have the cleanest ride on the subway system. So says the annual "shmutz" report from the advocacy group the Straphangers' Campaign. In today's survey from late last year, 57 percent of all cars were marked as clean, up from 50 ...

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Atlantic Yards Hearing Draws Overflow Crowd

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

At the MTA headquarters dozens of people have signed up to speak for or against the new deal for the Atlantic Yards development in Brooklyn. There are so many spectators that the MTA has opened an overflow room with a closed circuit television. The board is expected to sell a ...

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Free to Bee

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Give bees a chance -- so says a group of renegade beekeepers. They want the city to legalize beekeeping instead of fining people up to $2000 for tending a hive. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer declared his support for beekeeping, calling it a step toward a greener city. ...

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A History of Pride: Post-Stonewall Activism on View at the NYPL

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

After the Stonewall riots, gay rights activists got louder, stronger, more organized. Some groups, like the Gay Liberation Front, took on a broad political platform, joining forces with movements for civil rights and women's rights. Other groups, like the Radicalesbians, had a more focused agenda.

The New York ...

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After Stonewall, New York is Welcoming... What About Other Cities?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Emily Reese, 27, is from a small town in New Mexico. She is an out lesbian currently living in New York City. Here she reflects on growing up gay in New Mexico, where it wasn't okay to be out, even decades after Stonewall.

"As a kid, I wasn't really aware ...

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Homophony Festival

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Celebrating the Music of Gay and Lesbian Composers

Sunday June 28, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots around Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, the night that galvanized the Gay Rights Movement. To mark the occasion, Evening Music celebrates the significant contributions by gay and lesbian composers to ...

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