When New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was arrested last week on bribery and corruption charges — only a few months after assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver earned the same fate — it was more proof that Albany is a frigid, snow-blanketed cesspool of dirty dealing. It's no secret that the state of New York is lavishly corrupt, impressively so, actually, and has been for generations.
Politico earlier this week offered an explanation of sorts, citing the long tradition of making decisions based on the whims of "three men in a room," the governor and party leaders in the assembly and senate. The website also cited evidence that the distance between Albany and the state's largest population center here in the city — where the media scrutiny is most intense — might be a contributing factor, too. Jon Stewart weighs in below:
Meanwhile, the lower Hudson Valley's Journal News
Two years ago, while a freshman at CUNY, Austin Ochoa skipped class to fine-tune his résumé and fill out a thick application. Most students cut school to sleep off a hangover or head to the beach, but Ochoa had other things on his mind. It was the last day to apply for Manhattan community board membership, and at eighteen, he was just old enough to qualify. With dreams of becoming a district attorney and fighting for the disenfranchised, Ochoa figured he might as well jumpstart his political career.
Courtesy of Austin Ochoa Austin Ochoa is helping to usher in a new, younger breed of community board member.
Cantor Philip Sherman is exasperated.
Courtesy of Cantor Philip Sherman via website
Thousands of members of the Satmar Hasidic sect gathered outside the Israeli consulate in midtown on Tuesday evening to protest a speech by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu they say will lead to war with Iran.
Zach D. Roberts for the Village Voice Demonstrators of all ages display signs outside the Israeli Embassy in New York City as snow continues to fall.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was on the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Monday, talking cops, affordable housing, and, thankfully, weed.
Screenshot Mayor Bill de Blasio on the Nightly Show
New York State is considering higher taxes and more restrictions on e-cigarettes, and at least one group is not taking the move lying down.
Jon Campbell Doctor Gilbert Ross speaks at a rally against new taxes on e-cigarettes.
The mayor and Sergeants Benevolent Association president Ed Mullins have agreed on a roughly $252.1 million contract for the policemen that begins retroactively in 2011. The seven-year agreement, which will end in 2018, includes an immediate 4 percent raise. And it brings more than three-quarters of the city workforce under a contract, including all of New York City's police unions — except for the largest one, the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, run by notorious de Blasio–hater Patrick Lynch.More »
Efforts by New York mayor Bill de Blasio to curb the strong-arm and harassment tactics used by landlords and residential property owners are receiving mixed reviews from tenants'-rights advocates across the city.
Nick Lucchesi, Village Voice "As with 300 Nassau [shown], we see tenant harassment take the form of neglecting and destroying buildings," says Adam Meyers, a tenants'-rights lawyer.
De Blasio and state attorney general Eric Schneiderman spent much of February 19 trumpeting their new tenant-harassment task force, which, they say, will foster greater communication between the city and state in prosecuting bad landlords. But some housing advocates say the mayor is sending mixed messages, as the city is also currently in the process of rezoning neighborhoods with large swaths of affordable housing and allowing developers to build more luxury residences.More »
The attendees at the February 9 meeting of Bed-Stuy's Community Board 3, whom Krishnan was asking for support, stared back in silence. Leaning back in her chair, 55-year-old Brooklynite Juanita Lewis had a one-word answer to Krishnan's question.