Posts Tagged ‘features’

Political Mutton Chops

Written by City & State on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Housing, News & Features

There may have been seven candidates on stage at Hofstra University for the gubernatorial debate, but only one seemed to make an impression on the bored and frustrated audience: Jimmy McMillan, leader of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party. With his mutton chops, his gloves, his nunchucks and his rapid-fire, blog-friendly sound bites, McMillan quickly stole the show, even spurring Democratic frontrunner Andrew Cuomo to agree that the rent was indeed rather elevated—or as he modified the line at a… [More]

Elections Pick

Written by City & State on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News & Features, Profiles

After six months of deadlock following the resignation of Marcus Cederqvist, the surprise candidacy of former State Sen. Serf Maltese quickly crystallized the selection process of George Gonzalez as the new executive director of the City Board of Elections. Though new in the top job, Gonzalez has been with the agency since the early 1980s, and says he has become very familiar with its ins and outs, as well as the criticisms that are often leveled at its operations.… [More]

Birth Pangs As Hospital Closings Prompt New Model For Health Care Delivery

Written by City & State on . Posted in Health Care, News & Features

A rare moment to engineer opportunity from crisis has come to the health care system in New York. Between health care spending that exceeds any other state's, a lagging economy and successive hospital closings, community health care groups and advocates are seizing what they see as an opportunity to reform health care delivery.… [More]

With No Challengers, Meng Will Achieve Flushing Milestone: Re-election

Written by City & State on . Posted in News & Features

In 2002 Barry Grodenchik became the first to represent the new Assembly seat in Flushing. Then, in 2004 Jimmy Meng knocked Grodenchik out in the primary. Two years later, Meng retired and Ellen Young took over. After a bitter primary battle in 2008, Grace Meng—Jimmy’s daughter—snagged the Democratic line and the district.… [More]

Elsewhere: Chicago, IL

Written by City & State on . Posted in Economic Development, Labor/Unions, News & Features, Real Estate/Construction

In June, after months of discussion, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved Wal-Mart’s plan to build a store on the South Side of the city. This will be the company’s second store in Chicago, but the first time they negotiated with the city’s Federation of Labor on issues including wages and union construction. Wal-Mart disagrees that the agreement reached with the union can be called a negotiation, but many viewed the discussions as a positive change for the company that could… [More]