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Details Murky in Cuomo's Goal for Minority Contracts

Details Murky in Cuomo's Goal for Minority Contracts

The governor has set an ambitious goal for directing state contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. But why did it take so long? And who is really benefiting?
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Many Biz Owners Hurt By Gas Blast Still Waiting for Aid

The governor in August announced a loan program to help small businesses who were still reeling six months after the East Harlem gas explosion. But the money is still not flowing.

Labor Trafficking Persists Amid Outrage Over Sex Trade

Sex trafficking is the target of increased awareness and enforcement. But other forms of the human trade—which might be more common—are proving hard to publicize or prosecute.

Battle on Many Fronts to Get NYC Wired

Utilities jousting with pols, questions about who owns fiber infrastructure and a mix of efforts to bridge the digital divide: The push to get more New Yorkers on the web is a web of its own.

Struggle Amid Progress: To Be LGBTQ in Foster Care

New York City is working to build a foster-care system that welcomes gay and trans youth. New training has made gains against still-common cultural and religious hangups among caseworkers and foster parents.

Exclusive Interview: New Child-Welfare Chief Eyes Change

New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about juvenile justice, foster care and how to improve her agency's reputation among the families it serves.

Juvenile Justice Reform Falls Short of Goals

The Close to Home initiative was supposed to move detained kids to less restrictive settings and improve their ability to complete their education. That hasn't happened.

Students, Teachers Say Roll-Out of New GED Has Been Flawed

They say they haven't had the resources and preparation to gear up for the newer, tougher TASC exam.

Outer Borough BIDs Struggle With Low Budgets, Little Impact

While well-funded business improvement districts are major players in thriving commercial districts, many outer borough BIDs have too few resources to make a difference.

Looking After the Welfare of Child Welfare Workers

Burnout among child welfare workers hurts kids in foster care. In 2011, an effort was launched to give New York City caseworkers the support they need to stay on the job.

For Sunset Park, Proposed BRT Routes Could Help Foster Jobs

After a campaign pledge by Mayor de Blasio, a report suggests eight new bus routes around the city that would help fulfill it.

Why Big Newspapers Skip the Bronx

Income levels appear to drive the decision, as surveys indicate the poor consume less news.

New, Tougher GED Has Students Scrambling

With more rigorous standards for the high-school equivalency diplomas set to arrive in 2014—and get harder after that—people are racing to prep for and take the test now.

How Vito Lopez Changed Bushwick

Many think the former assemblyman and powerbroker is a creep. Some hail him as a hero. In Bushwick, his legacy—and the story of his downfall—are more complicated than either label suggests.

Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals

Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.

Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law

In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.

NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead

As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.

MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny

Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.

Cabrera Rallies Against Armory Plan

The councilman is trying to build pressure against the plan to turn the long-vacant Kingsbridge Armory into an ice sports center.

Bronx Councilman Urges Council to Kill Armory Plan

Fernando Cabrera says he still hopes to support the plan to build an ice sports center in the historic Kingsbridge Armory, but has concerns about traffic and funding.

Young Men's Initiative Shows Promise—and Limits

Mayor Bloomberg gets credit for making young black men a government priority. But there are questions about YMI's scope, scale and future funding.



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Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

By Benjamin Mandel and Joe Seydl

Good News Mixed With Danger Signs for NYC's Job Market

The overall employment picture is improving. But the economy is still plagued by trouble for young w... Read More»

Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

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Political Inertia Protects Flawed Poverty Measure

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Bob Herbert's keynote address at Tackling Poverty

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Mainstream Media, Campaigns, & Coverage of Poverty

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Targeted SNAP Outreach RFP - Queens Outreach

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