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Council Members Ask for Impact of Mayor’s Poverty Programs

Monday, December 12, 2011

During a city council hearing Monday, members asked how the Center for Economic Opportunity had reduced the number of impoverished families living in the city.  The CEO said it wasn't about the numbers, but the best practices being used by different organization to fight poverty.

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WNYC News

Supporters Rally for Living Wage as City Council Revisits Bill

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

As the city council revives the debate over a living wage bill on Tuesday, more than a thousand people packed Riverside Church Monday night to show their support for the measure.

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Schoolbook

For Homeless Students, Many Unanswered Questions

Friday, November 18, 2011

How many homeless students are enrolled in the city schools? How many live within walking distance of their schools? Those and other questions came into sharp focus this week with a news report about N-Dia Layne, a 4th grader searching for stability, with no clear answers from city agencies readily available.

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WNYC News

Council Challenges Controversial New Homeless Policy

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Before a controversial homeless policy goes into effect on Monday, City Council members questioned whether the city has the proper state approval to implement it. The policy would require single adults to demonstrate they have no other place to go before being considered eligible for staying in a shelter. 

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WNYC News

Analysis | Exploring Possible Unintended Consequences of Residential Parking Permits

Friday, November 04, 2011

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Issuing residential parking permits is one of those things that seems so self-evident to some New York City residents that it’s unimaginable it hasn’t happened already. But parking experts say they could have unintended consequences.

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Participatory Budgeting Comes to New York

Friday, October 21, 2011

This really sounds like a great idea in principle but in my experience in these so-called community projects is, usually better educated, more fluent, better organized people who in effect, take these things over. I would like to know if you're going to do anything to ensure that people who are less privileged and less well connected and less well organized are really brought into this process.

—  John from the Bronx, a caller on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Schoolbook

Too Few Homeless Students Appropriately Placed, City Concedes

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

At a City Council hearing, the Department of Homeless Services acknowledged that only about 35 percent of families that came through the shelter system were being placed in the district where their youngest child attends school.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Quinn on the Economy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses budget news and other city issues, including Occupy Wall Street, new jobs proposals, and the living wage bill. 

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Schoolbook

City Council Will Require More Detailed Inventory of School Space

Monday, October 17, 2011

"We actually don’t have any annual documentation and reporting from the Department of Education that answers simple questions like does the school in my neighborhood have a gym, does the school in my
neighborhood have an art room, does the school in my neighborhood have a library,'' City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said Monday, in explaining the new reporting requirement.

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Schoolbook

Math Do-Over for State Officials on School Safety

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Did state education officials' failure to read all the tabs on an Excel spreadsheet lead to the low count of violent episodes in New York City schools? State officials concede that they listed 20,000 fewer cases than had been reported to them, and say they are now recalculating the total, as well as revising the list of "persistently dangerous schools."

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WNYC News

High Suicide Rate Among Veterans Sparks Council Probe

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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One out of every five suicides in the country is committed by a military veteran, federal statistics show, and some city lawmakers are hoping to mitigate what they say is a growing but preventable health problem.

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WNYC News

Council Examines Sewage Spill Impact on Waterfront Businesses

Monday, September 19, 2011

WNYC

The sewage spill that for a time rendered the city's rivers unsafe for recreation this summer has prompted the City Council's Waterfront Committee to look for ways to improve the city's notifications to businesses directly affected.

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Schoolbook

City Council Promises More Transparency on PCBs in Schools

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Before protesters could make their way home from City Hall this morning, the City Council announced it will hold hearings on a bill to demand that the Department of Education notify parents of any PCB contamination found during inspection of public schools.

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WNYC News

Campaign Finance Board Penalizes Three Councilmembers

Friday, August 12, 2011

The City's Campaign Finance Board has levied penalties against three members of the City Council for campaign finance violations dating back to 2009.

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WNYC News

Council Passes Local Food Laws

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New York City Council passed a package of bills Thursday aimed at boosting local food consumption and helping more city residents build greenhouses.

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Features

City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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WNYC News

With Budget Deadline Looming, Advocates Keep Pressure on Mayor

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

WNYC

With the June 30 budget deadline looming, more than 100 advocacy group members gathered on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday to urge Mayor Michael Bloomberg to scale back cuts they say would devastate the city's social safety net.

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It's A Free Country ®

Campaign Finance Ruling May Make NYC a Model for the Nation

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A year after the Citizens United ruling opened the tap to allow corporate money to pour into elections, the Supreme Court appears poised to weigh in on whether public financing is a constitutional way to combat the influence of money in electoral politics.

In the next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of a program in Arizona that provides matching public funds to candidates for office who face opponents with greater resources. If that program is struck down, public financing programs nationwide may need to be reconfigured, and New York City's public financing system may become the new model. 

 

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WNYC News

Council Passes Bill Requiring More Transparency in City Government

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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The public will soon be able to learn more about decisions made by city government under legislation passed by the City Council Tuesday.

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Amid City Budget Crisis, New Scrutiny on Millions in NYPD Settlements

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

With the city paying out tens of millions of dollars every year on police misconduct cases, that cries out for some very close accounting and some very close accountability and we have neither.

-NYCLU lawyer Chris Dunn, on the tort payouts the city pays out in legal settlements.

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