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Who Wants to be Mayor?

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top_012913 By Morgan Pehme For the first time since 2000, the mayoralty of New York City will be an open seat, and there are a lot of people grabbing for it. Depending on how you count the candidates—most are still technically undeclared—there are at least a dozen hopefuls vying for the job, and possibly as many [&hellip
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Advice for New State Legislators: Don’t Have Secret Family in Albany

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Liz Benjamin New members of the state Senate and Assembly received some sage advice beyond where to eat and stay in Albany from reporters, professors and veteran politicians during City & State and the Baruch’s School of Public Affairs’s state legislator orientation this weekend. Former Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch told several rookie pols to seek out the legislature’s budget analysts to [&hellip
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City & State’s Power 100 List

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01_powerslider-1da07d562c   Who are the 100 most powerful people in New York City politics? Of course, the answer is both subjective and controversial. Still, in an audacious attempt to arrive at a ranking that reflects who really are the movers and shakers that drive New York City’s agenda, City & State has solicited the off-the-record opinions [&hellip
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The Tech Effect: New York Looks To High-Tech To Boost Upstate Region

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is pushing for high-tech investment in New York, has touted the University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. (Photos from College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering) New York City isn’t the only part of the state that has been attracting a growing number of high-tech companies. In upstate areas struggling to rebound from the recession and recover from the longer-term decline in manufacturing, the state has been recruiting companies like Yahoo! and IBM to add or expand operations, create new jobs [&hellip
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Is This Vito Lopez’s Last Election?

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VitoRampup1-300x224 Assemblyman Vito Lopez coasted to re-election on Tuesday, fending off a challenge from Republican stand-in Richy Garcia, but he signaled that it might be his last term in office. The embattled legislator had already lost his coveted housing committee and Brooklyn Democratic Party chairmanships this summer when news broke of allegations that he sexually harassed [&hellip
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Board of Elections In Disarray As Election Day Approaches

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NYC Board of Elections Commissioner “J.C.” Polanco (via Twitter) With Election Day rapidly approaching, the devastation from Hurricane Sandy could have residual consequences that may alter the outcome of local and federal elections. With many polling sites still without power and thousands of residents displaced due to flooding and damage to their homes, the New York City Board of Elections has been scrambling to [&hellip
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No Gas, Food or Electricity – But They’re Still Going to Vote

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ManhattanBeach1-300x224 Their offices were flooded, their phones were down and the power has been out, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers in Zone A from helping their constituents. Legislators who use social media to inform their constituents of events and accomplishments posted prolific messages about their relief work, provided updates on their appeals for help from responders [&hellip
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Robert Caro and the Nonfiction ‘War and Peace’

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BobCaro Anyone who has studied New York city or state politics seriously has read The Power Broker. When it came out in 1974, Robert Caro’s massive, illuminating, enthralling biography of Robert Moses instantly established Caro as one of America’s greatest nonfiction writers and historians—a legacy that he has continued to cement over the past five decades [&hellip
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