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Adriano Espaillat

Adriano Espaillat is a current New York State Senator who launched an election bid against Charles Rangel that would have made him the first United States congressman of Dominican descent. Espaillat c... READ MORE»

Al Sharpton

Reverend Al Sharpton serves as an activist and advocate for Black America. He is consistently associated with race and r... READ MORE»

Andrew Cuomo

In November 2010, Andrew Cuomo became the 56th Governor of New York. After graduating from Fordham Law School, Cuomo briefly experimented with a law career. However, Cuomo left his job in 1988, foundi... READ MORE»

Anthony Weiner

Anthony D. Weiner, former U.S. Representative, ran for mayor in 2005 and 2013. Before his 1998 election for the congressional seat, Weiner was a member of the New York City Council. After replacin... READ MORE»

Barack Obama

In November 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African American President in United States history. Background Obama was born to a black, Kenyan father... READ MORE»

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton served for the majority of the 1990's. In 1996, he helped oversee an overhaul of federal welfare policy by implementing welfare to work. After his term ended, he set up a... READ MORE»

Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio is the 109th mayor of the City of New York.

Cathleen Black

In November 2010, Mayor Bloomberg chose Cathie Black to replace Joel Klein as Chancellor of New York City schools. As a longtime magazine executive, Black had no experience in education. Black resigne... READ MORE»

Charles Rangel

Charles Rangel was recently re-elected to represent the area of Harlem and parts of the Southern Bronx in Congress. The results of the election were disputed upon when runner-up Adriano Espaillat chal... READ MORE»

Charles Schumer

As a United States Senator, Schumer is one of the most powerful and influential politic... READ MORE»

Chris Christie

In January 2010, Chris Christie became New Jersey’s 55th governor. His and his administration’s priorities are centered on energy, higher education, budget control, property taxes, reformation of the ... READ MORE»

Christine Quinn

Democrat Christine C. Quinn was a City Councilmember from Manhattan and the first female and first gay person to serve as Council speaker. She ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013.

David Jones

Dennis Walcott

Ed Koch

Ed Koch served three terms as the 105th Mayor of New York City from 1978 until 1989. Search archives back to 1976 on Scribd.

Geoffrey Canada

Gifford Miller

Hillary Clinton

Jane Jacobs

Jay Walder

Though thought to be the messiah of New York’s outdated transportation system, Jay Walder resigned on July 21, 2011 as head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. After only two short years at ... READ MORE»

John Liu

John Liu was New York City's 43rd comptroller and the first Asian-American elected to a citywide office. A former Councilmember from Queens, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013.

Jonathan Bowles

Kathy Wylde

Mark Willis

Mark Winston Griffith

Marty Markowitz

Marty Markowitz is a former state senator who served as borough president of Brooklyn from 2002-2013.

Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg was New York City’s 108th mayor.

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»

Robert Moses

Robert Moses was New York City and the region's "master builder" during the 20th century. He was responsible for numerous public projects that New Yorkers recognize today including the Brooklyn Batter... READ MORE»

Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. Giuliani ran in 1989 in an effort to unseat Ed Koch but lost to David Dinkins. He eventually defeated Dinkins in the 1993 election, wi... READ MORE»

Scott Stringer

As the 26th Manhattan Borough President, Stringer advocated for stronger community boards and more pow... READ MORE»

Shaun Donovan

Shaun Donovan is New York City's former head of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development and is currently the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in President Barack Obama's cabin... READ MORE»

Sheldon Silver

Sheldon Silver is New York’s longest-serving Democratic speaker. For many years he held a great deal of power in Albany. ... 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»

Vin Cipolla

Vin Cipolla was named President of the Municipal Arts Society of New York in January of 2009. Prior to taking his position at MAS, Cipolla served as President and CEO of the National Park Foundation a... READ MORE»

William Thompson

A former president of the New York City board of education, Bill Thompson served as New York City’s comptroller from 2002 through 2009. He was the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2009 and a candidate ... 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