Our Run-off Picks

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New York City’s Democratic voters will probably pick the city’s next C.F.O. and ombudsman in a run-off election on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Since no candidate in the four-way primary races for comptroller and public advocate reached the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a run-off, the top two vote-getters are now facing off. And because [&hellip
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Parents in Public Schools

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It is the middle of July, and few New Yorkers are thinking about school these days—except, perhaps, up in Albany. That’s where the recently un-deadlocked Senate is slated to take up the Assembly’s school governance bill, which passed June 17, leaving mayoral control of schools fairly intact. Senate Dems have a few amendments they’re rumored [&hellip
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Our Top Reforms

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As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, beer and Hudson River fireworks, New Yorkers—particularly the elected variety—can reflect on the sorry condition of their own state government. In decades past, Albany hasn’t exactly been a beacon of democracy. But things have gotten decidedly worse over the past month, with the Senate deadlocked in [&hellip
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An Exciting New School

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Parents in Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper West Side, as well as throughout the city, should be excited by an idea that was proposed at Brandeis High School last week: a racially and ethnically diverse new high school on West 84th Street emphasizing writing and literature that may open in September
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Run, Carolyn, Run

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We wholeheartedly encourage East Side Rep. Carolyn Maloney to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in next year’s Democratic primary. This is not a knock, necessarily, at Gillibrand’s qualifications, or at President Barack Obama and his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s recent appeal for “party unity.” It is an appeal to reaffirm the democratic process and the [&hellip
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THE SENATE FIDDLES WHILE TRANSIT BURNS

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Straphangers—and really everyone in the metropolitan area—ought to be outraged. The fare hikes and service cuts that were, at press time, set to become a harsh new reality for subway, bus and train riders are unconscionable. And the blame lies squarely with the State Senate, whose behavior over the past week has been downright embarrassing. [&hellip
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INTERN with WEST SIDE SPIRIT

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West Side Spirit is looking for strong writers who are NYC news-savvy and want hands-on journalism experience. Interns preferably should have some background writing for a newspaper. Ideal candidates are outgoing, smart and happy to pitch in as necessary. We have fall, spring and summer internships, according to academic calendar. A minimum of two days [&hellip
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