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Tweeting You the Story of Election Day 2013
Legal Immigrants to Vote Tuesday in ‘Mock Election’
Inspired by a recent mock election for foreigners living in Berlin, Germany, this is the first such mock election in the United States, said Kevin Douglas, an organizer of the election. At Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, non-citizens will be able to cast their votes into ballot boxes using sample ballots from the Board of Elections. Jackson Heights was chosen because 55 percent of its residents are ineligible to vote.
Prison Reformers Hope De Blasio Keeps Promises
Clients and staff of the Fortune Society, an organization that helps recently released prisoners find housing and employment, note that while Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign currently pledges to address issues such as employment after prison, alternative incarceration programs and a reduction of stop-and-frisk, a lack of contact with the Democrat's campaign office has the Fortune Society wondering if a de Blasio administration will deliver.
Election Watchdogs Eyeing the Fine Print
“It’s disenfranchising in and of itself for voters who have sight issues or people who have trouble reading,” says Neal Rosenstein, government reform coordinator at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), which will be operating a voter helpline Tuesday.
“You gotta bring your glasses, if you own them,” Rosenstein says.
Stop and Frisk Ruling: Read the Judges' Code of Conduct
Specifically, Scheindlin allegedly violated Canon 2 of the code (which reads in part: "A judge should respect and comply with the law and should act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity and impartiality of the judiciary") and Canon 3 which requires a judge to bow out of a case n which his or her impartiality might be questioned.
Poll Sees Consensus on Next Mayor's Agenda
That's according to a survey published last week by the Community Service Society based on telephone calls to 1,500 New Yorkers from mid-July into mid-August—around the time Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's "tale of two cities" critque began gaining traction among the voters who'd eventually give him the Democratic nomination for mayor.
The Letters: One Family After the Superstorm
When filmmaker (and now City Limits intern) Karla Ann Cote met John, he and his wife Victoria were in the opening stages of their quest to rebuild their home and continue living at a place they loved. If John was bemused, Veronica was frustrated, even furious, with an aid system that she thought was adding insult to injury.
Update: Contractor Linked To Past Scandal Nears $100M Deal
The firm, H. Schrier & Co., is run by the sons of two brothers who once ran Irving Libertoff, Inc., a firm that was fined—and its president imprisoned—after a federal investigation of bid rigging in the 1990s, the New York Post reported today.
NYers Pan Mayor's Record on Homelessness; Want Shelter Time Limits
Only one in four survey respondents approve of the mayor's handling of homelessness, even though most say they haven't seen an increase in homelessness under the mayor.
New Yorkers overwhelmingly disapprove of Mayor Bloomberg's handling of homelessness, and most believe shelter should be provided regardless of where a person comes from, a new survey finds.
The poll of roughly 1,000 New York City adults—conducted over the summer at the behest of the Institute on Children, Poverty and Homelessness—finds that a third of Bronx residents and nearly two in five black New Yorkers knows someone who recently became homeless. One in 10 Bronx residents has spent at least one night in a homeless shelter, double the rate for the other boroughs.
Report: Three-Quarters Houses Are Troubled but Valued
The homes frequently violate certificates of occupancy, often have defective gas or electric systems and sometimes feature blocked exits. Their tenants report problems ranging from illegal evictions to open drug use. But those same tenants say they prefer three-quarter houses to other options.