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Buildings Get High Marks—From Feds, Not Tenants

Federal officials are supposed to screen the apartments that receive Section 8 rent assistance. But their inspection results are often at odd with what residents find.

Disappointment with Obama, in Obama Country

The Bronx went solidly for the Democrat in 2008 and likely will back him by a large margin this year. But according to one Democratic pol, that doesn't mean people are satisfied with the president, especially when it comes to his "urban agenda."

Voting for Obama, but Playing Romney

At Bronx Community College, some students took on candidates' roles for a debate, and teachers are seeing a mixture of apathy and interest among other voters on campus.

NYC's Congressional Delegation: Got Impact?

Of the 13 people who represent parts of the city in Congress, 10 are seeking—and very likely to win—reelection. But what do they do in Washington, on legislation, for their party and for their districts?

From Capitol Hill to Murray Hill: NY's Reps at Home

Members of New York City's congressional delegation help decide national policy. But they also play a role in very local, and even personal, matters. How do they do?

Confused and Frustrated in Line for 'Obama Gas'

When the crowd in Crown Heights learned the free gas was made possible by FEMA , some laughed and chanted, "Obama gas! Obama gas!" But if time is money, the wait wasn't free.

Obama + Romney = Lesson for Brooklyn Students

How do you get today's high school students engaged in American democracy? One Brooklyn high school math teacher is campaigning to improve civic participation by turning pupils into pollsters.

Brooklyn's Red Coast

In heavily Democratic Kings County, there's little suspense in the presidential race. But Mitt Romney's a heavy favorite in a few neighborhoods that favored GOP candidates in 2004 and 2008.

Hospitals Face Pressure, Six in Brooklyn Could Close

With 15 hospital closings in the past decade, and six more in Brooklyn on shaky ground, New York's healthcare system is caught between balancing the budget and providing the medicine people need.

Foreclosure Crisis: Buzz Fades, Protests Continue

Four years after the housing crisis transformed the presidential race, it's barely mentioned on the campaign trail. But foreclosure is still an issue in New York, and some believe federally-chartered agencies can do more to help.

Beyond the NRA: Pro-gun Groups Aren't in Lock-Step

Are you a liberal who likes guns? Or a conservative who feels the NRA shows too much willingness to compromise? Chances are there's a gun group out there for you.

Packing Heat: Meet a Concealed Carrier

More and more Americans are carrying concealed weapons, fueling a steep increase in sales of small—and increasingly powerful—handguns.

Gun Violence in the Birthplace of Gun Industry

Springfield, Mass. is where basketball was invented and Dr. Suess was born. It's also where one of America's largest gun-makers is located, and where gun violence is a growing concern.

Are New York City's Gun Laws the Next Target?

After two Supreme Court decisions clarifying the right to bear arms, many thought New York state and city gun restrictions would be the next target. So far, challenges have been few and unsuccessful.

Politics of Prison Rape: How PREA Came To Be

In 2003, Congress voted unanimously for the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, which President Bush signed on Sept. 4 of that year.

Flatbush Designs a Fight Against Poverty

A federal Promise Neighborhoods grant in hand, one Brooklyn organization is asking residents how best to address the causes and consequences of poverty in their neighborhood.

Will Cities Be Heard in Campaign 2012?

Great nations feature great cities. But American campaigns usually don't. Four years after voters elected a president who pledged to do more for cities, is that about to change?

Detroit: Beyond the Bailout, Immigration Is Key Issue

While many hands have shaped the good and bad of today's Detroit, the impact of current federal policy is easy to spot.

New York: Local Transit's Future Depends on the Feds

Transportation advocates in the nation's largest city believe the 2012 election will decide the future of mass transit in the United States.

Oakland: Federal Ammo Running Short for War on Crime

Oakland is a place where urban America is confronting two questions: Does the federal government know how to help fight local crime? Can it afford to?

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NY Pols Tout Bill Targeting Jobless Youth - Kiera Feldman

The Urban Jobs Act would provide $20 million for services to unemployed young people. Amid partisan rancor, will the idea survive Congress? Against record youth unemployment, will it make a difference if it does?



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What if Campaigns Put Out Aid Instead of Ads?

By Steve Lilienthal

What if Campaigns Put Out Aid Instead of Ads?

Corruption, cronyism—much was wrong with old-fashioned machine politics. But compared to today's campaigns of sound-bites and surveys, yesterday's ward heelers fused genuine relationships between politics and people's lives.

Can NYCHA Be Saved?

By Julia Vitullo-Martin

Can NYCHA Be Saved?

Yes, says this writer, but it will require vision and renewed drive by the Bloomberg administration: Doing a few things better will not be enough.

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

By Denise Scott

Feds' Green Could Be Even Greener

Federal weatherization funding can be used to address not only the energy efficiency of buildings but also their financial sustainability, resident health and safety, all while upgrading green skills for workers.

Time for a Food and Farm Bill that Helps Farmers and Consumers

By Mark Dunlea

Time for a Food and Farm Bill that Helps Farmers and Consumers

The collapse of the Supercommittee process gives New York City anti-hunger activists a chance to help shape a farm bill that fights hunger, promotes health, protects the environment and bolsters independent farmers.

Why it's Time to Hire the Disabled

By Charles Archer

Why it's Time to Hire the Disabled

The economy is sluggish and the job market is weak. But that's all the more reason, this writer says, to make sure disabled workers get their shot at the work that's out there.



Homes Underwater: Forebearance Alternatives for Sandy-Affected Homeowners

A report by Franklin Romeo and Jennifer Ching of (Queens Legal Services and Legal Services NYC) explores foreclosure risks in neighborhoods hit hard by Sandy and finds that some of the steps taken by banks in the wake of the storm "[create] a situation where a homeowner is likely to fall into a mortgage delinquency."