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The Naked Cowboy Launches Mayoral Bid

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Watch out Mayor Bloomberg!

Times Square street performer The Naked Cowboy (aka Robert John Burck) launched his campaign for Mayor of New York City this morning with a speech and a song. His promise: "To do more with less."

The announcement was a media circus with journalists ...

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'Los Cuatro Amigos'... The Four Friends?

Monday, July 20, 2009

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With the issue of mayoral control of schools hanging in the balance, State Senators Ruben Diaz, Sr., Pedro Espada, Jr., Hiram Monserrate and Carl Kruger met for lunch to publicly discuss the amendments they want included in the controversial legislation. The group wants a parent training center ...

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Mayoral Control - How the Deal Fell Apart

Monday, July 20, 2009

Albany's leadership crisis is apparently far from over, judging from what took place this week as lawmakers failed to pass a bill to extend Mayor Bloomberg's control of the city schools.

According to sources involved in the negotiations, once the Democrats reclaimed control of the Senate on July 9th they agreed to vote this week on the same bill the Assembly passed last month. That bill would continue mayoral control with a few checks and balances, such as making the Independent Budget Office responsible for tracking school data.

But some Senate Democrats wanted more changes. The three amendments they proposed called for changes such as a council to monitor police in schools, another council to promote the arts , and a new parent training institute to help parents (and students) navigate the school system.

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Minor League Baseball or Law School? A Sotomayor Diary

Friday, July 17, 2009

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Reporter by Marianne McCune and Zila Acosta

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor captured the attention of millions of Americans during her confirmation hearings this week. Twenty-year-old Zila Acosta comes from a part-Puerto Rican, part-Dominican family. Her mother is a ...

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Obama Gives Boost to NJ Gov

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Gatekeepers managed the list for the fundraiser held behind the scenes at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. About 200 top Democrats got past the person with the clipboard to spend some time with President Barack Obama and ...

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Eye on the Comptroller Race: David Yassky

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This week marked the deadline for municipal candidates to get their petitions in so their names will appear on the September primary ballot. Citywide office hopefuls need 7,500 valid voter signatures to qualify. The experienced candidates will file many more than that just to be on the safe side. In ...

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Brooklyn's Fishing Contest Underway

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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The sun is out, the sky is clear, the wind is blowing a light breeze...and it's a great day to go fishing.

Prospect Park has launched its 62nd annual kids fishing contest. From Wednesday through Sunday children will get to ...

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NYC Streets: Pedestrian Friendly Or Deadly?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group, is recommending City Hall do a better job of enforcing city traffic laws that protect pedestrians. Wiley Norvell, the group's spokesman, says not enough is done to punish reckless drivers.

Norvell says he wants to see more resources dedicated to safer traffic control, ...

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Jane Jacobs Way

Monday, July 13, 2009

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A block of Hudson Street in the West Village has been named "Jane Jacobs Way" in honor of the urban planning activist who fought to preserve the neighborhood by campaigning for sidewalks and against highways.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says Jacobs' spirit and vision are ...

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Bloomberg On The Ball

Monday, July 13, 2009

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Ana Irene Lalin, head counselor, relieves Mayor Bloomberg as the pitcher in a kickball game at the Goodhue Center summer day camp on Staten Island. Goodhue is one of ten Children's Aid Society community centers throughout the City.

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Is Sotomayor Hispanic or Latino?

Monday, July 13, 2009

by Alex Goldmark and Janaya Williams

With Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor starting next week, be prepared for the words "Hispanic" and "Latino" to scroll across the bottom of your TV a lot! She is set to be the first Latina on the Court, or ...

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Look Who's Working for Mayor Bloomberg

Friday, July 10, 2009

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Definitely the oddest tidbit I have unearthed so far in sorting through Mayor Bloomberg's latest campaign spending report: Rudolph Giuliani is working for the Bloomberg campaign.

That's Rudolph S. Giuliani...the second cousin of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, according to Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Jill ...

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Meet the Mayor of the Block

Friday, July 10, 2009

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by Alex Goldmark and Janaya Williams

Meet the Mayor of Columbia Street, Brooklyn.

We know, we know, Mike Bloomberg is the mayor of New York, and Cory Booker presides over Newark, New Jersey. But we’re talking more local than that! So ...

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Working Families Party Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

Friday, July 10, 2009

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For weeks now Mayor Bloomberg's early multi-million dollar ad campaign had created an air of inevitability. But with this week's endorsement of Comptroller Bill Thompson by the Working Families Party, the mayor had his first political setback in his bid ...

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The NYC Real Estate Bust

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

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Two interesting indicators on NYC real estate today in the Wall Street Journal:

1) New York City leads the nation's cities in the 12-month percentage decline in average monthly residential rents: -5.8% compared with #5 Miami, at ...

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NYC Fans Remember Michael Jackson

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Undeterred by scattered showers, and big crowds, hundreds of New Yorkers watched the televised memorial service of Michael Jackson on big outdoor screens in Times Square and Harlem. Hundreds of people were there mourning the death of Michael Jackson. But they were also visibly celebrating his life. They were singing ...

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PAL Closes Harlem Street for Play

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Police Athletic League is closing off a street in Harlem today for this summer's first "Play Streets" event. Kids were playing sidewalk games, like double dutch, hopscotch and tug-of-war under the hot sun, until they were joined by Manhattan District Attorney and league chairman Robert Morgenthau, who helped ...

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Ethnic Media Call for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hundreds of ethnic media organizations across the country are organizing to demand action on federal immigration reform. New America Media, an association of ethnic news outlets, has produced an editorial calling on the White House and Congress to enact a "just and humane" reform package.

Marcelo Ballve, contributing editor of ...

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NY State Offers Businesses Programs to Survive the Recession

Monday, July 06, 2009

rangelDepartment of Labor Commissioner Patricia Smith is traveling throughout New York State encouraging businesses to take advantage of three government programs. Smith says these programs can help employers and workers survive the recession.

The Shared Work Program

If a business ...

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