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Success, Struggle as Library Branches Fill Gap in Services

The city's library branches offer a dizzying array of services, from job-search help to literacy lessons to fiction writers' circles. But limits on space and money could hamper the systems' ability to reach potential.

De Blasio's First 100 Days: Our Coverage

Relive the first three months of the mayor's term, as reported by our Nation-City Limits blog.

Exclusive Interview: New Child-Welfare Chief Eyes Change

New ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión talks about juvenile justice, foster care and how to improve her agency's reputation among the families it serves.

How de Blasio Can Fix FOIL

As public advocate, he saw shortcomings in the city's compliance with the public information law. A City Limits test of transparency in his young administration finds room for improvement remains.

Confusion Over Special Elections in the Bronx

No one knows yet how Governor Cuomo (even the governor himself!) will fill 11 empty seats in the state legislature, including two in the borough.

Bronx Council Newcomer Gibson Gets Key Post

Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joined almost every borough colleague opposing Mark-Viverito for Council, but nonetheless was awarded control of the public safety committee.

Council Freshman Cohen Steers Clear of Progressive Caucus

While not ruling out joining the group, the new District 11 councilmember—and self-described progressive—says he plans to focus on bread-and-butter issues.

Council Newcomer Torres Wins Early Power

The youngest member of the city legislature was named chair of the public housing committee last week, just days after being arrested in an MLK-day act of civil disobedience.

Is the Bronx as Progressive as De Blasio Says?

The mayor lauds the borough's "progressive values," but the buzzword's application to Bronx politics is uneven at best—a fact that may complicate the mayor's ability to execute his agenda.

Budgets Cut, But NYC's Libraries Thrive—For Now

Free access to technology, help for immigrants, a safe space for kids. Branch libraries play an increasingly important role. But funding hasn't kept up. Will the lack of support undermine a critical civic resource?

Bronx Pols Get Council Leadership Posts

Six committees will be led by members from the Bronx, including public safety and public housing.

Brooklyn Members Get Key Council Posts

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito gave members from the borough control of 15 of the Council's 37 committees, including the powerful Land Use panel.

Looking After the Welfare of Child Welfare Workers

Burnout among child welfare workers hurts kids in foster care. In 2011, an effort was launched to give New York City caseworkers the support they need to stay on the job.

New Brooklyn Beep Adams Offers Continuity and Change

In an interview with the Brooklyn Bureau, he talks about building on predecessor Marty Markowitz's efforts while broadening focus to the vulnerable.

What the Bronx Wants From De Blasio

In Bill de Blasio's inaugural address he told New Yorkers: "Our strength is derived from you." Here's how Bronxites we polled want the new mayor to use the power they've given him.

Our Top 10 Top 10 Lists About Mayor Bloomberg

We close out every year with a Top 10 list, but a single list just won't do for our outgoing three-term leader.

Five Brooklyn Stories to Watch in 2014

Keep your eye on the DA's office, borough hall, NYCHA developments, the coastline and more.

Advocates Say Armory Fight is Over, But Work Just Beginning

A two-decade debate over how to redevelop the massive Kingsbridge Armory ended with a City Council vote last week. Now promises to the community must be made real.

How Vito Lopez Changed Bushwick

Many think the former assemblyman and powerbroker is a creep. Some hail him as a hero. In Bushwick, his legacy—and the story of his downfall—are more complicated than either label suggests.

Push to Diversify City Contracting Falls Short of Goals

Eight years after the Bloomberg administration began an effort to get minority- and women-owned firms a bigger share of city contracts, targets have not been met. Part 1 of a three-part series.


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Widespread Fixes Needed to Protect Disaster Workers - Jarrett Murphy

More than a dozen years after rescue workers and others toiled in toxic fumes amid the ruins of the World Trade Center, a report recommends changes to practices—and culture—before the next disaster.

Breaking Down De Blasio's First Act - Jarrett Murphy

In the distance race that is a New York City mayoral administration, Bill de Blasio has moved beyond the starting-line cheers and into the long, grueling middle.

Is NYC's '1 Percent' Overtaxed? - Jarrett Murphy

They pay 46 percent of personal income taxes. That means they're important to funding city services. Does it also mean they're overburdened?

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.

Needed: A New Deal for City Housing Policy - Jarrett Murphy

The UPK battle is (for now) over, the 100th day is coming, and the question arises: What now for the first progressive mayor in a generation? The answer, in a word, is housing.

What Does the State Budget Mean for De Blasio? - Jarrett Murphy

The agreement between the legislature and the governor has big wins and painful losses for the mayor. Did he get what he needed?

NYPD Inspector General Named - Jarrett Murphy

A police oversight official from the nation's capital will be the NYPD's first IG.

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.

Building Collapses Pose Threat to Responders - Jarrett Murphy

Civilians appear to have been the victims of today's tragedy in Harlem. But building collapses also pose a grave threat to firefighters and other responders.

Is de Blasio's Cabinet Dominated by Left-Wingers? - Jarrett Murphy

So say some analysts. The truth is more complicated.

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.

For New Planning Chief, Process as Important as Product - Jarrett Murphy

Carl Weisbrod will have huge influence over individual rezoning plans. But some planners want him to think more about the process the city uses to plot its future course.

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

It's early, but here are five takeaways from the new mayor's first month in office.

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

The mayor's move to settle a lawsuit over the NYPD practice closes one chapter in the history of the NYPD. The next one is now being written.

Can de Blasio Make the Rents Less Damn High? - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor's appointments to the Rent Guidelines Board will be critical to protecting nearly a million households.

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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EVENTS

What Now? Jews and the Ukrainian Revolution 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014
07:00p - 08:30p

New York Ideas

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
09:00p - 05:30p

Do You Make These Mistakes When You Are Writing A Grant?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:00p - 8:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

By Arvernetta Henry

Shelter Resident Weighs In On Cuomo-De Blasio Debate

For Arvernetta Henry, the stakes in the budget talks are pretty simple. With a rent subsidy, she gets out of the shelter. Without it, she doesn't.

Against Poverty and Homelessness, Government Can Work

By Robert V. Hess

Against Poverty and Homelessness, Government Can Work

Conventional wisdom aside, there's no reason to believe that government cannot have a transformational effect on millions of lives, writes the late Robert Hess, because it already has.

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

By Jeff Foreman

Budget Must Address Low Wages of Social Service Workers

For six years, the lowest paid human-service workers in New York State have not had a cost of living adjustment, meaning their real wages have shrunk by nearly 12 percent. Is this the year Albany finally wakes up to that injustice?

De Blasio Must Get Youth Engaged in Civics

By Sarah Andes

De Blasio Must Get Youth Engaged in Civics

The mayor's progressive agenda will be incomplete unless he attacks the growing disengagement of New York's citizens—starting with these five steps to get young people excited about democracy.

Making NYC's Machinery Work

By Aaron Roller

Making NYC's Machinery Work

As a new team prepares to take over the NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations, a former staffer there offers some words of advice.

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MULTIMEDIA

Waste Not

"Mayor Bloomber says it's Manhattan's turn to help take out New York's trash, but opposition is numerous and staunch."

Betting on a Green Building Boom

New York can become a leader in environmentally sound development - if big business buys in. Here's how well-paid professionals are building a marketplace movement.

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