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Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

Rosenthal Takes Lead in Drug Policy Rethinking

BY NATHAN RILEY | Upper West Side State Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal is emerging as a principal player among legislators aiming to unravel New York’s decades-old,  counterproductive War on Drugs. From her influential post as chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, she is lead sponsor on a bill offering care for drug users while they […]

Resistance Town Hall Shows Tough Task of Voter Mobilization

Resistance Town Hall Shows Tough Task of Voter Mobilization

BY EDDY MARTINEZ | Manhattanites packed an auditorium last week to listen as a state senator and a leading progressive policy advocate addressed how to craft an effective local resistance to the administration in Washington. But in the process, they found themselves searching for an answer to a question years in the making: How can Democrats […]

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

Mayor Presents Increased Budget With Big Asterisk

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to increase spending by roughly $2 billion in the city fiscal year that begins on July 1, cuts in federal and state support for the city may force the mayor to curtail those plans. “This budget proceeds against a backdrop of tremendous uncertainty,” the […]

At Packed Inauguration, Johnson Makes It Official

At Packed Inauguration,  Johnson Makes It Official

BY EILEEN STUKANE  | Every seat in the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Morris W. and Fannie B. Haft Theater, capacity 700, was filled by the time City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s formal inauguration opened on Jan. 28. In introductory remarks, Aleta Lafargue, president of the Tenants’ Association at Manhattan Plaza, said, “I know I speak for […]

Gale Brewer Emphasizes Residents’ Input on Land Use Choices, Updating City Charter

Gale Brewer Emphasizes Residents’ Input on Land Use Choices, Updating City Charter

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In 1989, after the US Supreme Court ruled that New York City’s powerful Board of Estimate, which gave each borough equal say despite enormous population disparities, violated the Constitution’s one person-one vote principle, voters approved the most sweeping Charter revision since the city became unified in 1898. Now, Borough President Gale Brewer […]

Again, A Massive Women’s March in Manhattan

Again, A Massive Women’s March in Manhattan

BY EILEEN STUKANE | The pink “pussyhats” showed up on thousands of heads again as the second Women’s March on New York City brought an estimated 200,000 people onto Central Park West from W. 61st St. to W. 80th St. and beyond. “I love the fact that I cannot see the end of this,” said […]

Honoring King While Resisting Trump

Honoring King While Resisting Trump

BY REBECCA FIORE | Nearly a half-century after the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on the holiday memorializing him, hundreds gathered together in the freezing cold of Times Square for a Rally Against Racism, held in response to President Donald Trump’s most recent inflammatory and racist comments — referring to Haiti, […]

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

Corey Johnson Faces the Daunting Budget Realities of Trump’s America

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Corey Johnson assumes the role of speaker of the City Council, he has made some important and expensive promises that multiple constituencies are expecting him to keep. But he is also facing the prospect of cuts in federal and state dollars that could make fulfilling those promises difficult. “Almost a […]

Nearly Unanimous: Corey Johnson Is the New Speaker

Nearly Unanimous: Corey Johnson Is the New Speaker

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | One thing was said over and over again about Corey Johnson as the City Council convened to elect its new speaker — the 35-year-old works hard. “Everybody in this body cannot deny that Corey Johnson worked harder to be the speaker of this body than anybody else in this body,” said Laurie […]

Electeds Thirst to End NYC’s State Liquor Authority Dry Spell

Electeds Thirst to End NYC’s State Liquor Authority Dry Spell

BY REBECCA FIORE | With a vacant seat on the State Liquor Authority (SLA) board, state Senator Brad Hoylman introduced a bill to the State Senate requiring at least one member of the board be a resident of New York City. Hoylman, along with Assemblymember Deborah Glick, penned a joint letter on Jan. 3 urging […]

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