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The NY Times: Those Who Live in Glass Houses...

Len Levitt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Len Levitt

It's not easy being a reporter for the Times. Besides the layers of assignment, desk and copy editors, reporters have to contend with a professional second guesser, known as the Public Editor.

A Vote on Paid Sick Leave in May

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

A bill on paid sick leave has been reintroduced in New York's City Council with 35 sponsors and seems certain to pass if it reaches the floor in May. The major opponents are businesses.

City Council Budget Increased By 4.6%

The New York Observer | Azi Paybarah | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Here's Christine Quinn defending a 4.6 percent increase in the City Council's operating budget. Quinn said it's mostly due to cost of living adjustme...

Paid Sick Leave: A Healthy Business Climate for NYC

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Today, the New York City Council will introduce a bill that would guarantee every worker in the city the right to earn paid sick leave. They should act quickly to pass it.

City Hall Renovation Leaves City Council Homeless

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

At City Hall, democracy is about to leave the building. Come July, the City Council will have to vacate its public and private spaces in the east win...

Questioning Sexual Orientation Is Out of Bounds

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

By denying Elena Kagan is lesbian instead of denouncing the inquiry, the White House is implicitly stating sexual orientation is a legitimate issue of discussion in the confirmation process.

School Bake Sale Wars Continue

nytimes.com | SARAH KERSHAW | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The battle over bake sales, a tenacious civic tradition, has struck a deep chord with home cooks and food historians. Whether in the chaos of New York...

The Harsh Reality for New York Carriage Horses

Laura Eldridge | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Laura Eldridge

At the end of the day carriage horses return to their tiny stalls in stables on the far West side of the city, or as Jon Stewart once called it, "The sad-eyed horse carriage district."

Larry Seabrook Indicted For Fraud: Doctored Receipt For A $177 Bagel Sandwich

nytimes.com | MANNY FERNANDEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Larry Seabrook, a Bronx Democrat and former assemblyman and former state senator, bought a bagel sandwich and diet soda for $7 one day and submitted a...

Larry Seabrook, City Council Member Charged With Corruption, Divorced Wife Without Telling Her

nydailynews.com | By Barry Paddock, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Long before the $177 bagel, there was the secret divorce. When accused City Council crook Larry Seabrook legally dumped his wife in 1993, he skippe...

The Post Pulls a "Scam" on its Readers

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

I am stuck by the sheer audacity of the editorial page of the New York Post. Their editorial begins by simply assuming every single member of the City Council is corrupt.

Larry Seabrook, City Councilman, Charged With Fraud And Extortion

nytimes.com | RAY RIVERA and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook surrendered to city and federal authorities in Manhattan on Tuesday to face a 13-count indictment accusing him of mo...

Common Sense on Workforce Development

Jessica Lappin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jessica Lappin

The city spends over $925 million a year on workforce development, without a single, organized system in place for administering those programs.

Downtown Activists Take On Bailout Recipients, Haiti Aid

HuffPost Eyes&Ears Local | Allison Kilkenny & Zachary Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Produced by HuffPost's Eyes & Ears Citizen Journalism Unit This past Friday, a coalition of groups under the banner "Bail Out the People" took to t...

Roll-Down Security Gates For Stores To Be Banned

nytimes.com | SEWELL CHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Citing high rates of graffiti, the City Council voted unanimously on Monday to gradually ban the use of roll-down metal security gates, a move that wo...

City Council Stands Up for Living Wage, Shuts Down Armory Project

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

In a vote that could affect how development deals are negotiated in New York, the City Council's Land Use Committee voted to reject the redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

Joe Nardiello, City Council Candidate, Annoys Voters With Fake Parking Tickets

Gothamist | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

If you awoke this morning with a parking ticket on your windshield, look closely, because the reviled orange and white leaflet might actually be a pie...

Miguel Martinez, Ex-Councilman, Gets 5 Years In Theft

nytimes.com | RAY RIVERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Miguel Martinez, a former city councilman from Upper Manhattan, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday on three felony counts involving the ...

The Living Wage Fallacy

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

In the Bronx, residents are fighting to ensure that a new retail development, which is receiving tens of millions in public subsidies, provides true economic opportunity for local residents.

City Council, Don't Throw Away Our Tax Dollars

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

The City Council should not approve the Kingsbridge Armory project unless the developer guarantees that future retail workers will be paid a living wage.

Shocking New Study: Half of NYC Without Paid Sick Days

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

If you’re sick, stay home. That’s not just common sense, it’s advice public health officials dealing with Swine Flu and other infectious diseas...

City Council Says "No" To Bloomberg

nytimes.com | MICHAEL BARBARO | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

When aides to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently sought backing from City Council members for a key development project, they heard something they we...

City Council More Diverse Than Ever After Tuesday Elections

nydailynews.com | Frank Lombardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

White City Council members will be in the minority for the first time based on Tuesday's general election results. And, as expected, voters certified ...

Gods Bless America! Queens NY GOP Won't Dump Pagan Candidate

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Lisa Derrick

The Queens GOP will not replace Pagan high priest Dan Halloran as their candidate for District 19 City Councilor. Quips a Wiccan: "Move over Christian right, here come the Pagans."

Change Strikes Again

Dan Cantor | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Cantor

The Working Families Party started this election year with a simple idea. If we have a community organizer in the White House, why not put a few community organizers in City Hall?