Posts Tagged ‘City & State’

City & State: Winners & Losers, Feb. 24

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nyprotest-01 It was a political holiday this week, but for some reason there were still plenty of winners and losers to consider. Redistricting seemed to be nearing some sort of end game, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg raised the stakes on pension reform. Albany and Washington were on vacation, as were public school [&hellip
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City & State: WANTED: 2,000 Megawatts

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Politics

slider-replace The debate over the future of the Indian Point nuclear power plant can seem like a huge lose-lose proposition. Keep the plant open, and an earthquake-triggered meltdown could unleash a wave of toxic radiation upon millions of New Yorkers. Shut down the plant’s two units, and the region could face rolling blackouts, double-digit rate hikes [&hellip
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City & State: The End of the Rainbow

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

rainbow After gay marriage, a transformative coalition splinters into just another interest group As spring turned into summer last year, a battle over gay rights was brewing in New York City. This was not the years-long struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, a clash being waged at the highest levels of government, with millions [&hellip
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District Leader Prepping Challenge to Rhoda Jacobs

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

Rodneyse Bichotte, a district leader in Brooklyn, is seriously considering a primary run against longtime Democratic Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, according to Brooklyn sources, and recently registered a campaign committee for the seat. Jacobs, who was elected to the Assembly in 1978, represents a district that covers primarily Flatbush and Midwood. There is a heavy Caribbean [&hellip
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Threatening Letter Sent to NYC Council Members' Offices

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

1-33b546cfe3 Stefan Ringel, the media relations director for Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, passed along this threatening letter that he says has been received today by at least three New York City Council members’ offices. After Williams’ office got the letter today, Ringel said that he also reached out to two other Council members’ offices — those [&hellip
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City & State: Drawn Out

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Politics

summer-stroll Some wistful, some still bitter,  the victims of gerrymandering speak out Some still remember how frustrating it was. Some say it doesn’t really bother them. And some still disagree about how exactly it played out. Ten years on, the victims and the survivors of the last round of gerrymandering in New York offer mixed views [&hellip
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City & State: There Oughta Be a Law

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

DISTRICT This was the year redistricting was supposed to work. Guess what? Everyone but the winners in New York State’s unfair system of drawing election districts agrees New Yorkers deserve better. This was the year they were supposed to get it. But nothing has changed. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, the Legislature [&hellip
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City & State: Settling Schneiderman

Written by Andrew J. Hawkins on . Posted in Politics

President Barack Obama has proven willing to do something Gov. Andrew Cuomo has so far been reluctant to do: give Attorney General Eric Schneiderman more investigatory powers. The president recently tapped Schneiderman to co-chair a new joint mortgage-fraud investigation unit, giving him access to more resources and more ground troops to go after fraud and [&hellip
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