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Poorly Funded

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Housing, News & Features, Social Services

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his new antipoverty plan this month, he said he could no longer accept—“not today and not ever”—that more black and Latino young men in the city end up poor or imprisoned than in the career of their choice. But the mayor will likely have to live with the disparities a while longer, given the limited scope of his new $127.5 million initiative, the wavering U.S. economy and deep budget cuts that may only get deeper.… [More]

Master Of The “.NYC” Domain

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Economic Development, Government Operations, News & Features

An array of New York City-oriented websites could be popping up all over the Internet starting in 2013, with names like “pizza.nyc,” “parkslope .nyc” and “politics.nyc.” A localized “.nyc” domain name, which the city plans to apply for early next year, will likely be one of countless new alternatives to the well-worn “.com”—and could raise some extra cash for the city. But first city officials will have to work their way through a thicket of thorny issues: Who should be… [More]

Tough City Budget Faces Final Delay

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Government Operations, Other News

The New York City Council will not pass its $66 billion budget in in the dead of night – but not for lack of trying. Council members spent almost four hours in a holding pattern last night before Speaker Christine Quinn sent them home to make another attempt this morning. They were boxed in by her transparency rules, the technical requirements of the budget law and a computer glitch that fouled up the process. “For the capital budget we had… [More]

Critics Cite Bloomberg’s Albany Track Record In Doubts About Pension Proposals’ Chances

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Labor/Unions, News & Features, Other News

A camel, goes the old saying, is a horse put together by committee. And if Michael Bloomberg’s political opponents get their way, there will be a lot of humps—and bumps—coming for the agenda the mayor laid out in his State of the City address on Wednesday.… [More]