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Sheldon Silver

SCHOOL BOARD GROWS TIRED OF ITSELF, REQUESTS DISMISSAL

Attempting to head off the state legislature’s own conclusions on the future of school governance in the Big Apple, the school board in one of the city’s top-ranked districts plans to weigh in this week, and ask that all local boards, itself included, be disbanded.

SERVICE GROUPS GEAR UP TO LOSE MEAT AND POTATOES

The state budget items some criticize as "pork" actually help keep some social services groups running, but with the governor calling to trim any "extras" from the budget, these groups are now preparing to slash programs from food delivery to counseling.

CASH FOR KIDS

After months of delays, state leaders began to complete their unfinished budget work last week, agreeing to spend part of their surplus federal welfare dollars on child care for low-income families.

NO STATE AID YET FOR BUDGET VICTIMS

Albany hasn't yet revoked the "bare bones" budget from last July, and New York State's social service agencies are getting closer to slashing services and laying off staff.

THE DAY AFTER: STATE BUDGET COULD CRIPPLE SERVICES

As state legislators dare Gov. Pataki with a $2 billion cut to social services, providers look on with apprehension.

MANUFACTURING A TAX

A proposed tax break meant to bring manufacturing jobs to New York could actually cost the state millions of dollars.

A UNION MAN IS DEAD

Remembered for his tenacity and his leadership in political and labor movements, Ernest Jofre died last week at the age of 63.

SLOPPY FRAUD NIXES REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY BID

Republican Leonard Wertheim's bid for state Assembly ends when a particularly egregious case of forgery is linked to the Board of Elections.

PATAKI BUDGET VETO A CASH-TASTROPHE FOR LEGAL AID AND HOUSING

Legal Services, Legal Aid and housing programs all took massive budget cuts when the Governor slashed the state budget last week.

CITY GETS LITTLE GREEN BACK IN '98 ENVIRO BOND CASH

The details are in, and New York City will get only a small percentage of the money for a wide variety of projects funded by the state's environmental bond.

SHELLY’S POSSE GETS THE DROP ON GOP IN TEEN THUG SHOWDOWN

Politics is behind the get-it-done-quick juvenile justice rehaul being planned in Albany these days.

SNUBBING AWAY IN MARGARITA-VILLE

Despite her two decades of experience with low-income housing, new Council member and political outsider Margarita Lopez has been left off the Housing and Buildings Committee.

LOPEZ NEEDS THE HOUSING DOUGH

Albany pol Vito Lopez lays out how he would more than double the state's budget on housing.

LOISAIDA'S LOPEZ WINS TIGHT COUNCIL RACE ON TENANT ISSUES

Tenant organizer Margarita Lopez won the Democratic primary for a City Council seat in part because of aggresive registration in the Lower East Side's housing projects.

A PRIMARY PRIMER: CITY COUNCIL RACES TO WATCH ON SEPT. 9

A rundown of some political horse races in next week's Democratic primary.

TENANT GROUPS PLOT LAWSUIT CHALLENGE TO NEW RENT LAW

A lawsuit against the new rent regs is likely to be filed in the fall, targeting two new provisions in the laws governing Housing Court.

BUG PESTERS NONPROFITS?

Nonprofits that have recieved grants from the Brooklyn Union Gas Company are finding that the money comes with a strong-arm request to endorse the utility's proposed merger.

COMMISH: CITY MAY TEST REALITY OF WELFARE-TO-WORK

Mayor Giuliani boasts about how well the city's workfare system works. Now, for the first time, the city might keep track of how well participants fare.

ALBANY WELFARE PLAN ON SPEED

The state's new rule's for welfare are being written in record time, but the details are far from friendly.

ALBANY RENT REG BATTLE BEGINS WITH VITO (LOPEZ) OVERRIDE

Rent regulations will soon be challenged by state Republicans, who are planning on two notable changes to the status quo.


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Sheldon Silver is New York’s longest-serving Democratic speaker. For many years he held a great deal of power in Albany. He was crucial during the budget crisis by convincing Governor Paterson to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers.

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