Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

The NYPD won't be able to arrest people for certain old warrants.
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It’s Been Long Enough

Prosecutors from every borough except Staten Island dismissed 645,000 old warrants. The warrants, all more than ten years old, were for non-violent infractions and had been issued to people who have not since had any criminal justice issues. Many of the people subject to those warrants weren't even aware of them. They'd only find out about the…

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The Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights is part of a city-wide debate over affordable housing and gentrification.
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Will the Poor Pay the Price for NYC’s Affordable Housing?

That's the question a provocative new article in the New York Review of Books poses. As Michael Greenberg argues, building affordable middle-class housing in poor neighborhoods like East New York, South Williamsburg, and Crown Heights, leads to gentrification. (If the several-page article is too long, Curbed has a handy Cliff Notes.) What happens? Because the affordable housing…

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Phil Boyle could become Suffolk County Sherif as part of a corrupt deal.
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Something Suspicious in Suffolk

State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) is planning on leaving the Senate if he gets elected Suffolk County Sheriff. Now, on its own, that's not so weird--two other Senators are resigning or running for other offices and several Assemblymembers are trying to get elected to other jobs. The Sheriff also earns $193,123 a year, far more…

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State Senator Dan Squadron is heading for the exits.
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Quitting Time

State Senator Dan Squadron, a Brooklyn Democrat and leading reformer, announced in a Daily News op-ed that he's leaving the State Senate. He'll launch a new project focused on improving state government around the country. What's next? The Senate seat should be filled in a November special election. The Democratic nominee (and presumptive next Senator) will likely…

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Big News for NYC Commuters

There's a lot shaking in New York politics this week. We're covering and explaining a leadership shakeup at the Port Authority and MTA, New York City's quick pace on two wheels, and more. I have a question for you: would you be interested in either an online community to talk about New York politics or in-person…

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
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More Money, More Problems?

Speaking of weak candidates, Bill de Blasio isn't taking chances in his re-election campaign. Despite a lackluster primary field, he's asking the New York City Campaign Finance Board for an extra couple million to spend in the Democratic primary under the matching funds program. The program, meant to help candidates compete without raising money just from…

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