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State of the City

Putting Soul Back in City Hall

Gregory Floyd | Posted 04.30.2014 | New York
Gregory Floyd

The purpose of government is to help people, not to turn a profit. This issue was at the heart of the anger directed at the previous mayor, who too often seemed to view city governance through numbers and the bottom line, not through the eyes of those he represented.

Hancock Celebrates Connection, Touts Power of Public Sector In 'City' Speech

The Colorado Independent | Tessa Cheek | Posted 07.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Tessa Cheek. DENVER—In an upbeat State of the State address Monday, Mayor Michael Hancock expressed a vision wher...

Bloomberg's FINAL State Of The City Speech

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 04.16.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- His 12 years in office may be winding down, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday signaled that he has plenty of business ...

The State of Our City Is Fragile

Bradford Frost | Posted 04.16.2013 | Detroit
Bradford Frost

While full of possibility and enormous opportunity for growth and renewal, Detroit's future remains tenuous. Our civic leaders must urgently confront the deep historical challenges that are engulfing us today with three essential tasks.

Quinn Vows to Build 40,000 New Middle-Class Apartments

DNAinfo | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York

CITY HALL — City Council Speaker Christine Quinn vowed to build 40,000 affordable, middle-class apartments over the next 10 year during her final St...

Thinking for Ourselves: State of Our City

Shea Howell | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit
Shea Howell

What was lacking in the State of the City speech was not so much the specifics, but the inability of the mayor to follow through on the recognition that we need to think very differently about where we are and what we need to do.

NYC Takes the Garbage Out

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.18.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

New York City's leaders have run the numbers and understand that shipping garbage to distant landfills is not only bad for the planet; it's bad for the pocketbook.

My Response to the State of the City

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 03.16.2012 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

A central part of Mayor Bloomberg's speech was on education, an issue where I feel he has largely come up short.

WATCH: Bloomberg Jams To Lady Gaga On His Way To The State Of The City

Posted 01.12.2012 | New York

Mayor Bloomberg decided to spice up his annual State of the City address on Thursday by starting things off with this silly little video (and name dro...

Mayor Bloomberg Offers Top Teachers $20,000 Raise

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | New York

(Corrects paragraph 4 to read "1.1 million students," not "teachers") By Joan Gralla Jan 12 (Reuters) - New York City t...

Albany Considering Handing Check Cashers Blank Check for Predatory Lending

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 09.17.2011 | New York
Jonathan B. Mintz

A very dangerous bill has made alarming progress in Albany the last few legislative sessions and I fear more of the same in the next session.

Leading the Way on Immigration Reform

Sayu Bhojwani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sayu Bhojwani

Anti-immigrant sentiment and xenophobia shape too much of the discourse in our country. Bloomberg's call to fix our broken immigration system is a policy call our new Congress needs to hear.

Bloomberg's State Of City Speech: Mayor Sets Sights On Pension Reform

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned in his "State of the City" address Wednesday that New York still faces deep budget problems and promis...

Media Reactions To Villaraigosa State Of The City Speech

LA Observed | Kevin Roderick • April 21 2010 1:24 AM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Mayor Villaraigosa said on Tuesday that "I think everybody realizes the urgency of our present financial condition. This is a tough time for everyone ...

In Somber Speech, Mayor Lays Out Plan For Layoffs, Furloughs, Reforms

AP | MICHAEL R. BLOOD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Tuesday that Los Angeles will lay off more than 700 workers in the coming months and eliminate tho...

Mayor Villaraigosa's State of The City Speech

Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Watch LIVE coverage of Mayor Villaraigosa's 2010 State Of The City Speech at 4pm ...

Let Cities Put Funds Where They Want

Jonathan B. Mintz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan B. Mintz

It is time to end the anticompetitive restrictions limiting local governments from depositing their funds in institutions that provide the greatest benefits to their residents.

State of the City

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

This year, my State of the City address will stay confined to one subject: our City budget and how we can put Los Angeles back on a path to fiscal health.

New York City Moves the Money

Amy Traub | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Amy Traub

Is New York City climbing on board with the Move Your Money movement? Mayor Bloomberg announced the city would seek to deposit $25 million in tax dollars in neighborhood credit unions.

Bloomberg State Of The City Speech: Mayor Promises Efficiency, Will Grant Protected Status To Haitians

AP | SARA KUGLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered nothing splashy in a reserved "state of the city" speech Wednesday, saying his third term wo...

A Sorry State of the City

John Petro | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Petro

Mayor Bloomberg needs to acknowledge that residents require more than just minimum-wage employment to survive and thrive.

An Interactive State of the City

Gavin Newsom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gavin Newsom

Instead of a traditional speech behind a podium, this year I am delivering my State of the City address directly to my constituents in a series of ten webisodes.