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Lax Compliance With Post-Hevesi Scandal Reforms

After the 2010 controversy, 25 firms signed a code of conduct for dealing with the state's pension funds. Most appear not to have made the disclosures necessary to show they are playing by the rules.

As Klein Solidifies Support, Koppell Backers Say They Can Win

Oliver Koppell faces long—but, supporters insist, not impossible—odds in his quest to unseat Sen. Jeff Klein and steer the State Senate back to Democratic control.

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.


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Analyzing the 2014 Primaries - Jarrett Murphy

A quick look at the Cuomo-Hochul vs. Teachout-Wu aftermath, the future of the IDC, the legislative agenda and Mayor de Blasio a year after the 2013 primary.

Advocates: NYS Must Simplify Laws Barring Felons from Voting - Jarrett Murphy

Right now, New York prevents prisoners and parolees from voting. Civil rights watchdogs say the system is so confusing it deprives legally eligible people from actually casting ballots.

Primary Day Reading List: What's Your Favorite Campaign '14 Storyline? - Jarrett Murphy

As voters across the state head to the polls to weigh in on races for statewide and legislative offices, here's a guide to the stories we've been following through the campaign season.

Cuomo's Right (Sort Of): Debates Can Be Bad for Democracy - Jarrett Murphy

But not because we have too many. Only because we have too few of the good ones.

Primary Day Looms. Study The Races! - Jarrett Murphy

A run-down of CityLimits.org's coverage of primary season.

Mayor's Trip Raises the Question: Who Does No. 2 Work For? - Jarrett Murphy

Vacancies at City Hall are exceedingly rare. That hasn't stopped recent mayors from thinking about what would happen if one occurred.

Help Wanted: 10,000 More Summer Youth Job Slots - Jarrett Murphy

A rally today will call on the de Blasio administration to add money to the budget for summer youth employment, which has shrunk even as teen unemployment remains startling high.

Update: Corrected Library Budget Numbers - Jarrett Murphy

When pre-payment is taken into account, the current year's budget and Mayor de Blasio proposed fiscal 2015 spending are almost identical.

Woops! Turns Out Libraries Aren't Getting Big Increases - Jarrett Murphy

The mayor's executive budget does not include massive increases for the city's library system, as City Limits previously reported.

Libraries Win, Emergency Management Loses in Budget - Jarrett Murphy

The modest growth in the city budget proposed by Mayor de Blasio encompasses the ups and downs that individual departments face. <b>This story has been corrected.</b>

What to Look For in de Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan - Jarrett Murphy

From preservation to permanence, housing court to homelessness, here are some of the elements we'll be eyeing.

Rangel Clarifies Comments on Dominican Immigration Dispute - Jarrett Murphy

In response to an inquiry by City Limits, the Congressman says he did not endorse a court ruling that threw 200,000 Haitians in the DR into immigration limbo.

Report: Richest 1 Percent Pay Less Than Their Share - Jarrett Murphy

New York City's wealthiest pay a disproportionately large share of the city's income taxes. But when property and sales taxes are figured in, the picture changes.

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.

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.

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.

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EVENTS

New York Cares Autumn Affair

Thursday, September 18, 2014
:p - 10:00p

Resolve 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014
:p - 10:00p

Step-Up New York Cocktail Reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
:p - 9:00p

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CONVERSATIONS/OPINONS

Participatory Budgeting: Catch the Fever!

By Sondra Youdelman

Participatory Budgeting: Catch the Fever!

First there were four. Then there 10. This year 22 Councilmembers will let constituents decide how to spend money. The dollar impact is impressive. The democracy impact could be even more so.

ACS Responds to Our Story on LGBTQ Foster Care

By Gladys Carrion

ACS Responds to Our Story on LGBTQ Foster Care

"Our approach to improving child welfare and juvenile justice services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children, young people, and adults featured in the piece deserves a closer look."

Property Taxes Key to Solving Housing, Inequality Crises

By Lucas Anderson

Property Taxes Key to Solving Housing, Inequality Crises

Inequities in the tax system punish renters, reward owners and contribute to economic inequality and the shortage of affordable housing in New York.

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

By Bich Ha Pham

Time for de Blasio to Reform 'Welfare Reform'

Reducing income inequality depends on a sound, fair social safety net—something the city has not had in 20 years.

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.

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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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