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Mayor-elect Ras Baraka takes office July 1

During the course of his campaign, Mayor-elect Ras Baraka won the hearts of the citizens of New Jersey’s largest city with slogans like “Believe in Newark” and “When I become mayor, we all become mayor.” The 45-year-old councilman and former ...

Dem Assembly women fail on human trafficking bill

At a recent rally at City Hall, Brianna (who’s real name has been withheld for safety) urged lawmakers in Albany to “put aside the politics” and pass the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act. Her outcry aims to help prevent ...

City Hall celebrates Juneteenth

Last week, members of the New York City Council marked the 148th anniversary of the first Juneteenth with a celebration at City Hall. The event was a festive occasion complete with drum processions, libations, poetry and dance.

Brownsville Matters

Last Wednesday, June 18, new Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson stuck to a campaign promise and went deep into the heart of Brownsville, Brooklyn, to talk with the everyday people there.

Gov Cuomo announces free meals to help feed 400,000 children this summer

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently reminded parents that while the school year is drawing to a close, thousands of children remain eligible for free, nutritious meals at hundreds of sites around New York state this summer.

No fuss: De Blasio reveals city budget without ‘song and dance’

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed the city’s $75 billion budget, which represented a slight turn from the highly publicized tug-of-war it had become during Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure.

The Lion Roars: Charlie Rangle wins re-election

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Rep. Charlie Rangel looked to have won re-election in New York’s 13th Congressional District.

Cuomo to host local job fairs

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced eight job fairs taking place in six regions across the state this week. The events will be held in central New York, Long Island, mid-Hudson Valley, New York City, Southern Tier and Western New York.

City Council hearing discusses ‘Avonte’s Law’

Last Thursday, people gathered outside City Hall with banners, T-shirts and signs featuring 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s name and picture. The crowd chanted and pled with City Council members to pass “Avonte’s Law,” which would require alarms to be placed on ...

CWA Local 1180 endorses Liu for state Senate

Former New York City Comptroller and Council Member John Liu has shored up an endorsement from one of the largest public sector locals of the Communications Workers of America. Citing his track record as a “tireless fighter for working families ...

Mistrial for Malcolm Smith

Untranslated Yiddish recordings are what’s to blame for the mistrial declared Tuesday in the case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith.

Christie says bridge scandal is behind him

Chris Christie still faces investigations by a New Jersey legislative committee and a probe by the local U.S. attorney’s office because of last year’s bridge scandal, but last week, when the New Jersey governor mingled with some of the Republican ...

Obama once more between Iraq and a hard place

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Obama administration, it did.

President Obama focuses on student debt

College graduates and college students are starting to breathe a little easier thanks to President Barack Obama’s signing of a memorandum directing the secretary of education to propose regulations that would allow nearly 5 million federal direct student loan borrowers ...

Decision Day: Voters Go To The Polls June 24

Many political campaigns can seem like old episodes of CNN’s “Crossfire,” with opponents vying for the biggest applause and loudest opinion. This year’s congressional primary campaign between Rep. Charlie Rangel, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, pastor Michael Walrond Jr. and Yolanda ...