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David Dinkins

David Dinkins

David Dinkins is a former New York City-politician and serveas as Mayor from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and is, to date, the only African American to hold that office.

David Jones

Dennis Walcott

Department of Corrections

The New York City Department of Corrections is the body responsible for administering the city's jailing facilities and inmate population. In recent years, issues related to solitary confinement, the ... READ MORE»

Department of Environmental Protection

The Department of Environmental Protection is an agency aimed at overseeing the city's environmental health, welfare, and natural resources for the city's residents. The agency oversees New York's wat... READ MORE»


Disconnected Youth

While New York City is home to a large student population, there are a number of adolescent youth who have dropped out of the city's high schools and are unable to find employment. For this population... READ MORE»


Beginning in the 1970s under President Richard Nixon, the War on Drugs has fought dealers and addicts for four decades. Though originally focusing on big dealers and cartels, officials now arrest many... READ MORE»


DUMBO is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It is a generally residential neighborhood that grew most significantly after real estate prices in Manhattan began to soar. The Brook... READ MORE»



A key factor in the city's history, but largely left out of today's discussions of crime, arson has seen a dramatic decline in New York. But changes in investigative techniques and cuts to the city's ... READ MORE

Reading Room

Far from obsolete in the digital age, New York City's libraries are filling critical gaps: offering technology to low-income neighborhoods, a lifeline to immigrants, a safe space for after school. Usa... READ MORE

The MWBE Program

In 2005 New York City set out to reverse historic patterns of discrimination in contracting by adopting goals for the share of city procurement spending received by minority- and women-led businesses.... READ MORE



Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee for United States President in 2012.

Raymond W. Kelly

Raymond W. Kelly is the current police commissioner for the New York Police Department. Kelly was appointed in 2002 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve once again after representing the organization u... READ MORE


New York City is home to a number of veterans who served in several wars throughout history. The New York Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs strives to find housing and jobs for veterans once they retu... READ MORE