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Participatory Budgeting

Borrowing an experiment in direct democracy from Brazil, constituents in four City Council districts are getting a direct say in how $1 million of discretionary capital funding is spent.

Payday Loans

New York State has one of the nation's toughest bans on payday lending, which involves small loans that come with high interest rates. But the ban hasn't stopped online lenders from operating in the E

Placing Our Bets: Gambling in New York

New York is on the verge of deciding whether to allow casino gambling. But the state has long been in the business of drawing revenue from games of chance. This series looks at the winners and losers

Private Contractors

City Limits special investigation "Beyond City Time" reports that the past 10 years have seen a profound change not just in the amount New York City spends on outside contractors, but what they are b

Public Housing (Last Stand)

City Limits' 2009 investigation on the complicated past, troubled present, and uncertain future of the nation's oldest and largest public housing system. This project was funded by the Independence C







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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

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

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

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