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Minority Contractors Face Hurdles, Flaws in Law

In the city's effort to diversify city contracting, the administration is limited by procurement rules, MWBE firms by their small size and the law itself by the fuzzy process behind the goals it's set. Part II in our series.

NYC's MWBE Push: Cracking Down, Looking Ahead

As local law enforcement follows the feds' lead in going after city contractors that fake working with minority- and women-owned firms, the future of the MWBE program is in a new mayor's hands. Part III of our series.

MWBE Programs Face Court Scrutiny

Cities and states that want to diversify their contractor pool have to prove that genuine disparities exist. Part of our series on New York's M/WBE initiative.

Who Won Brooklyn's Campaign Money Race?

The votes are in. The inauguration looms. It's time to see who from Brooklyn gave, gathered and got the most in 2013 campaign contributions.

Serious Questions Greet Speaker Candidates in Bronx

At a forum featuring councilmembers hoping to be the city's next speaker, tough issues were discussed, different styles were displayed and the crowd was anything but silent.

Update: Election Board Defends Poll-Site Notifications

Voters complained of not being informed that their voting site had changed. But the BOE says at least a few of the confused voters were told well in advance.

Hopes for De Blasio: High and Low, Specific vs. Sweeping

Bill de Blasio's promise of progress has raised expectations. In Brownsville on Election Day, voters' hopes ranged from a vague desire for change to specific, ambitious goals.

Bronx Voters Skip Ballot Questions in Big Numbers

One in three voters who cast a ballot in the mayoral race didn't weigh in on the ballot questions. In some cases, poll workers may have failed to remind voters to flip their ballots.

High Hopes for De Blasio from Bronx Muslims

Muslim voters in the Bronx were confident on Election Day that the Democrat will address issues of security, surveillance, and Islamic holidays

Losing an Election 195 to 1, But Ready to Run Again

You see their names on every ballot—candidates you've not heard of from parties you may not have known existed. They run facing certain defeat. Ever wonder why?

An Election Day Saga at P.S. 6

Self-interest and civic spirit, friendship and suspicion, crisis and calm—all were on display at one polling place during the long day that was Election 2013.

Campaign 2013, Seen from Brownsville

We wanted to hear a little of what people in one somewhat forgotten piece of Brooklyn thought about the candidates, the campaign and the city.

Poll Site Changes Cause Confusion in Brooklyn

More than a hundred election districts changed their polling place after the September primary, leading to confusion and frustration for voters who said they were not informed.

For Bronx-Based Mayoral Candidate, It Ain't Easy Being Green

Tony Gronowicz ran for mayor on the Green Party line knowing he would lose, but hoping to gather enough votes to force the major parties to pay attention.

Little Enthusiasm Among Young Bronx Voters

If the atmosphere at Hostos Community College is any indication, the buzz around the Obama campaign has been followed by a whisper shrouding the 2013 mayoral race.

If Bronx Voters Wrote the Victory Speech

They'd focus on ending stop-and-frisk. At least that's what one sampling of voters said into our Election Day microphone.

2013 Mayoral Race Continues Lonely Era for Bronx Republicans

Despite an 11-1 registration disadvantage, no local election wins since 2002 and a mayoral candidate trailing by double digits, some Bronx GOPers still have hope.

Bet on Casinos Means Rewards, Risks

Casino supporters say they'll generate tax revenue and jobs. The success of nearby casinos suggests they're right. But new competition could flood the gambling market.

Senior Advocates Target Voters Despite Mayoral Polls

Surveys suggest there's little competition in the race for City Hall, but AARP believes the election is still a chance to educate Bronx voters about issues affecting older people.

Carrión Fights for Strong Bronx Finish

The former councilman and borough president who many thought could be the city's first Latino mayor trails badly in the polls and is focusing on his home turf on Election Day


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De Blasio Defines Governing Philosophy in 100th Day Speech - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor described a progressive ideal that, he promised, would encompass everything his administration does from Day 101 on.

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FDNY Case: Mayor Again Shapes City By Ending Legal Fight - Jarrett Murphy

The settlement of the long-standing legal fight over discrimination by the FDNY is at least the fifth time the de Blasio administration has broken off Bloomberg-era legal fights.

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City Council Weighs Rule Changes - Jarrett Murphy

The progressive wave that ushered in Bill de Blasio's election is also reshaping how the City Council operates—although a hearing this week revealed the nuances and complexities of tinkering with the rules.

De Blasio's Budget Talk Scorches Bloomberg - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor laid out a 2015 budget steeped in progressive policies, heavy on uncertainty and laced with criticism of his predecessor.

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De Blasio's State of the City: 'Despair Does Not Dissipate' - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor's first annual address offered a few new policy pledges and a starker theme to his critique of income inequality.

First Lady Can Improve City Hall Transparency - Jarrett Murphy

Now that Chirlane McCray is chairing the Fund to Advance New York City, she'll be positioned to address some of the weaknesses in disclosure that affect it and other city-linked nonprofits.

De Blasio, One Month In - Jarrett Murphy

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Stop-and-Frisk, Already Dying, Gets Buried - Jarrett Murphy

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History Informs Skepticism of Cuomo's Pre-K Plan - Jarrett Murphy

Gov. Cuomo is promising to provide Mayor de Blasio's UPK plan without a tax hike. Sixteen years ago, Albany promised to provide pre-K to every four-year-old in the state. It didn't deliver.

Sick Leave is Old Idea with Broad Reach - Jarrett Murphy

In an era when innovation has great currency in policy debates, the mayor's first big move on economic inequality was pretty old school: the notion that when you're sick, you can stay home and get better.

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Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

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