Category: New York

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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Stephanie Miner and Andrew Cuomo before they began butting heads.
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Syracuse must have something against Cuomo

We reported last week on the raft of Democrats and Republicans threatening to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, we can add two more potential candidates from Syracuse: Republican Senator John DeFrancisco, the number two Republican in that body and a conservative leader, and Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner. Interestingly, Miner is termed-out of office this year, so she…

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New York's State Capitol could get a little smaller.
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Do we really need so many politicians?

That's the core of a radical proposal by Richard Emery, former chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. He's supporting a New York Constitutional Convention (remember, we're voting on whether to have one in November) and wants it to replace the Senate and Assembly with a single body. In response, the opposition is circulating a letter from…

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