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Gay Marriage, Tenants' Rights, Albany Reform: The Primary Races To Watch

From southeastern Queens to the north central Bronx, background on the races that could determine what kind of State Senate will emerge from election 2010.

'Hothead' Sen. Kevin Parker Has Foes, Friends And A Familiar Rival

Kevin Parker is a regular tabloid target over angry outbursts and allegedly violent conduct. But allies cite his progressive record. His opponent, meanwhile, is making his ninth try at office.

Espada & Rivera Square Off In Tuesday's Primary

Despite the coalescence of an anti-Espada movement around Rivera, Rivera says the race is not just about dislodging Espada. He says it’s about bringing to the community much needed resources such as jobs and housing.

Queens Race Defies Narrative Of Gay Rights, Reform

Coverage of the matchup between Sen. Shirley Huntley and Challenger Lynn Nunes revolves around gay rights. But hospital closings, foreclosures and flooding are the issues closer to the district.

"Enemies" of Reform Question Koch's Agenda, Style

Some legislators labeled enemies of reform by the newly formed advocacy group New York Uprising are bristling over the categorization and writing letters or making phone calls to protest it.

Vandals Deface LGBT Homeless Shelter For Youth

The attack came two days after a New York State Senate bill that would have outlawed discrimination against transgender and gender-bending people was defeated.

Cuomo Agenda Sees City As Model

In his 250-page policy platform, the gubernatorial candidate models several proposals after what New York City is already doing. What does the city get in return?

Annual Tenant Lobby Day Wins Short Term Gains

Several pro-tenant bills passed the Assembly Tuesday, but activists fear they will get stuck in the Senate's housing committee.

Budget Deficit Threatens Teen Sex Worker Safe Harbor

New York has fundamentally changed the way it treats underage sex workers, replacing jail time with social services--if Albany can afford them.

Housing Activists Occupy Espada's Albany Office

The senator reportedly stayed in an inner office while the tenants chanted and rallied in the hall outside, "Na-na-na-na. Hey, hey, hey, good bye."

Bronx Activist Aims To Unseat Weakened Espada

An activist's bid to unseat State Sen. Pedro Espada may have just gotten a boost, but still faces plenty of challenges.

Espada Sued For Raiding Nonprofit

Pedro Espada, the Bronx senator at the center of last year's leadership battle in Albany, has been sued for allegedly looting a nonprofit he helped run. Read the attorney general's complaint here.

Lottery Opponents Want Warnings

The lottery is more important than ever to state finances. But counselors and a lawmaker want more done to protect those who don't have "a little bit of luck."

Coalition Battles Gov's Cuts

Business leaders and immigrant advocates have joined forces to resist cuts to English classes for New York's new arrivals.

Immigrants Reach New Heights

With city and state turmoil shaking up political alignments, some see a new opening for growing ethnic groups to claim power.

A Tough Gang To Follow

As Harlem's older generation of leaders fades, black officials define new paths toward prominence.

Feeling the Recession's Impact

The mayor's proposed city budget, which City Council just began examining, shows a nearly flat spending plan riddled with painful choices.

Fewer Services For The Homeless

Mayor Bloomberg's big goals to cut homelessness in half and greatly expand affordable housing are being reinterpreted in the next budget.

1.5 Percent Less For Education

How will $113 million less be felt across the public school system? How are other programs for children faring, from prenatal care to juvenile justice?

Thin Gruel For Soup Kitchens

Publicly funded help for the needy, from food assistance to job training, dries up further under the proposed budget.

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What’s Not to Like About the Cuomo Budget? - Jarrett Murphy

Amid a sea of praise for Gov. Cuomo's second budget, advocates for low-income New Yorkers raised complaints. That, plus the latest on NYCHA, city job creation and the sick leave bill —all in our policy roundup.

Cuomo Calls For Easier Food Stamp Access - Jarrett Murphy

In a wide-ranging annual speech, the governor said fingerprinting applicants is an unnecessary barrier to access. He also called for $1 billion in investment to renew Buffalo.

Hugh Carey, 1919-2011 - Jarrett Murphy

The former congressman who guided New York State through the 1970s fiscal emergency as governor, was 92. A 2010 biography reassessed Carey's role during the days of crisis.



Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Risky Talking with Kimberle Williams Crenshaw and Eve Ensler

Friday, October 24, 2014
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Juvenile Justice Reform Leaves Teens Behind

By Alexandra Cox

Juvenile Justice Reform Leaves Teens Behind

New York stands virtually alone among states in allowing teenagers to be tried as adults and sentenced to adult prisons. Amid a wave of juvenile justice improvements, these children seem to have been forgotten.

NYC's Comeback Was (Partly) Foreign-Made

By Greg David

NYC's Comeback Was (Partly) Foreign-Made

In an excerpt from his new book, noted business writer Greg David looks at the unheralded role immigrants played in fueling New York City's late-20th Century resurgence.

Why I'm Fasting To Protest Budget Cuts

By Heidi Hynes

Why I'm Fasting To Protest Budget Cuts

As leaders in Washington, Albany and City Hall have contemplated huge funding reductions, advocates have mounted protests, written letters and pleaded through the press. Now some are giving up food. One Bronx leader explains why.



Cuomo's Urban Agenda

The Democratic nominee's plan for New York's cities.

State of the Nation's Housing Report

A report by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies found 18.6 million American households – renters and homeowners alike – spend more than half their income on housing, up from 13.8 million in 2001.