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NYPD Officer Accused Of Hacking Into Other Officersâ€™ Emails (Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2013)
Former Staffer Says Silver â€˜Repeatingâ€™ Mistakes With Lopez (Daily News, May 22, 2013)
More Questions In Assembly Harassment Case (Associated Press, May 22, 2013)
Three Hurt In Anti-Gay Attacks Days After Hate Killing (DNAinfo, May 22, 2013)
The Stop-And-Frisk Trials Of Pedro Serrano: NYPD Rat, NYPD Hero (New York Magazine, May 21, 2013)
Lawsuit Targets NYPD Sting Tactic 'Operation Lucky Bag' (Daily News, May 21, 2013)
NYPD Messages To Muslim Informant: 'Get Pictures' (Associated Press, May 21, 2013)
Judge Criticizes â€˜High Error Rateâ€™ Of Police Stops (NY Times, May 21, 2013)
NYPD To Step Up Presence Following Anti-Gay Murder (Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2013)
Internal Bloomberg Report: Stop-And-Frisk Judge Has Cop Bias (Daily News, May 15, 2013)
Liu Campaign Most Aggressive In Courting Muslims (Daily News, May 14, 2013)
Kimani Gray's Parents To File Suit Against City (Daily News, May 8, 2013)
Stop-And-Frisk Critics Start Voter Drive (Associated Press, May 7, 2013)
Use Of Stop-And-Frisk Drops By Half (Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2013)
Assembly Passes Gender Expression Protection Act (Gotham Gazette, May 2, 2013)
In Bronx Misdemeanor Cases, Long Waits For Elusive Trials (NY Times, May 1, 2013)
In Its Defense, NYPD Cites Laziness Of Its Officers (NY Times, Apr 30, 2013)
What Happened to Cuomo's Women's Agenda? (Gotham Gazette, Apr 25, 2013)
NYPD Commissioner Calls For More Surveillance Cameras (WNYC, Apr 23, 2013)
Bloomberg: Interpretation of Constitution Should Change After Bombing (Politicker, Apr 23, 2013)
Some Testimony in Bias Case Undermines Bias Claim (NY Times, Apr 18, 2013)
For 3 Years After Killing, Evidence Fades As Suspect Sits In Jail (NY Times, Apr 16, 2013)
More Jewish Mezuzahs Burnt (Daily News, Apr 10, 2013)
Suit Settled With Occupy Wall St. Over Seizure Of Library (NY Times, Apr 10, 2013)
State Proposes Letting Jails Shut Law Libraries (Associated Press, Apr 10, 2013)
NAACP: Stop-And-Frisk A National Priority (Associated Press, Apr 10, 2013)
Hope, Skepticism For Fire Department's Blacks Amid Diversity Push (City Limits, Apr 9, 2013)
Crime Commission Backs NYPD Monitor (Crain's, Apr 9, 2013)
Police Surveillance May Earn Money For City (NY Times, Apr 4, 2013)
Who Policies Prosecutors? (WNYC, Apr 3, 2013)
Lhota Turns Up Heat On Quinn For Supporting Police Monitor (NY Times, Apr 2, 2013)
Councilman Poses With Man Charged With Photographing Sex-Assault Victim (NY Post, Apr 2, 2013)
Kelly Wanted To Instill Fear In Blacks, Latinos: Senator Testifies (NY Times, Apr 2, 2013)
Report: Most Gay And Lesbian Students In New York City Are Harassed (Daily News, Mar 27, 2013)
In Reversal, Liu Opposes Inspector General For NYPD (Wall Street Journal, Mar 26, 2013)
Ten Domestic Violence Victims File Lawsuit Against NYCHA (Daily News, Mar 20, 2013)
NYPD Officer: Police Brass Dictate Stops, Arrests (Associated Press, Mar 20, 2013)
Police Unnerve Many In East Flatbush (Wall Street Journal, Mar 19, 2013)
Mayoral Candidate Catsimatidis Facing $1.45 Million Sex-Bias Settlement (Daily News, Mar 19, 2013)
Focus On Three Encounters In Stop-And-Frisk Trial (NY Times, Mar 19, 2013)
Activists Say NYPD Surveillance Harmed Muslims (Associated Press, Mar 12, 2013)
Riot Breaks Out In Brooklyn After Vigil For Boy Shot By Cops (Daily News, Mar 12, 2013)
Victim Of Illegal Stop-And-Frisk Gets $14,000 Settlement (Daily News, Mar 6, 2013)
Coalition Pushes For Women's Rights Agenda (Albany Times Union, Mar 5, 2013)
How Dov Hikind Survived the Blackface Backlash (Politicker, Feb 27, 2013)
Roosevelt Island Safety Officers Accused Of Excessive Force (WNYC, Feb 27, 2013)
Black and Hispanic Supervisors File Suit Against Sanitation Department (Daily News, Feb 13, 2013)
Police Stops are Down; So is Murder (NY Times, Feb 6, 2013)
Top Judge Says Bail in New York isn’t Safe or Fair (NY Times, Feb 6, 2013)
Innocent of Crime, Tainted by Time: Exonorees Struggle (City Limits, Jan 30, 2013)
Senate Coalition Leaders Disagree Over Abortion Rights (WNYC, Jan 30, 2013)
Modesty in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn is Enforced by Secret Squads (NY Times, Jan 30, 2013)
Center Named After NYPD Shooting Victim In Jeopardy Of Closing (Amsterdam News, Jan 28, 2013)
Judge Lets NYPD Resume Suspicion-less Stops (Associated Press, Jan 23, 2013)
Speaker Silver Spent $35,000 in Campaign Funds on Legal Fees for Lopez Probe (Daily News, Jan 18, 2013)
Suit On Police Stops is Reinstated (NY Times, Dec 21, 2012)
Sikhs, With Ally Liu, Push For Change In NYPD Dress Code (Gotham Gazette, Dec 18, 2012)
NY's Top Court: Gang Member Not a Terrorist (Associated Press, Dec 12, 2012)
Amid Criticism from Minorities, Senate Coalition May Give Power to Outside Democrats (Daily News, Dec 10, 2012)
City is No Longer Reporting the Costs of its Settlements of Federal Cases (NY Times, Dec 10, 2012)
City Amassing Trove of Cellphone Logs (NY Times, Nov 27, 2012)
Most Hurricane Sandy Looting Cases Tossed Out (Daily News, Nov 20, 2012)
Queens Sen. Addabbo Against Gay Marriage Again (Daily News, Oct 29, 2012)
Informant: NYPD Paid Me to 'Bait' Muslims (Associated Press, Oct 24, 2012)
New York’s Highest Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Appeal (Bloomberg, Oct 24, 2012)
Bloomberg to Spend $500,000 on Gay Marriage Campaigns (Associated Press, Oct 23, 2012)
Charges Dropped Against Man Seen Beaten by Police in Video (NY Times, Oct 23, 2012)
Law Banning Masks at Protests to Be Challenged (NY Times, Oct 22, 2012)
Stop-and-Frisk Hearing Turns Into Debate Over Trespassing in Building Vestibules (NY Times, Oct 18, 2012)
Politicians Wonder How Many NYPD Beatings Aren't Caught on Tape (Village Voice, Oct 17, 2012)
Video of NYPD Officers Beating Man in Community Center Sparks Investigation (WNYC, Oct 16, 2012)
Prosecutor Testifies on Stop-and-Frisk Tactics (NY Times, Oct 16, 2012)
Officers repeatedly pummeled man in Brooklyn Jewish youth center (Daily News, Oct 15, 2012)
Stop-and-frisk court hearing begins today (NY Post, Oct 15, 2012)
Court asks if a gang member is a terrorist (NY Times, Oct 10, 2012)
Teen stopped-and-frisked: 'For being a fucking mutt' (The Nation, Oct 10, 2012)
Lawmakers consider new rules for NYPD street stops (Associated Press, Oct 10, 2012)
Gang member conviction as a terrorist for girl's death is up on appeal (Associated Press, Oct 9, 2012)
For judge in firefighter discrimination case, an evolving opinion (NY Times, Oct 8, 2012)
Loitering rules in projects are too vague, judge says (NY Times, Oct 5, 2012)
Use of isolation in state prisons criticized (Associated Press, Oct 3, 2012)
Proposed council map is called unfair to minority groups (NY Times, Oct 3, 2012)
NYCLU probes solitary confinement in state prison (Associated Press, Oct 2, 2012)
White firefighters rally at Brooklyn federal court over Fire Department hiring (Daily News, Oct 2, 2012)
Group that won discrimination suit against Fire Department eyes back pay (WNYC, Oct 2, 2012)
Domestic abuse victims not only beaten but often left in debt by their tormenters (Daily News, Oct 2, 2012)
An ugly message sent on marriage vote (Albany Times Union, Oct 1, 2012)
Bronx DA curtails prosecuting people arrested for trespassing at housing projects (NY Times, Sep 26, 2012)
Occupy organizers: NYPD targeted and arrested leaders before anniversary (Politicker, Sep 20, 2012)
NYPD to videotape all post-arrest questioning to avoid ‘false’ confessions (Daily News, Sep 20, 2012)
Assembly spent additional $2,400 on sexual harassment suit, documents show (NY Times, Sep 18, 2012)
A look back at the rise and fall of Occupy (Associated Press, Sep 17, 2012)
Demonstrators mark 1st anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (WNYC, Sep 17, 2012)
Twitter gives judge three months' worth of protester's tweets (Daily News, Sep 17, 2012)
Twitter must produce Occupy protester’s tweets: judge (Wall Street Journal, Sep 12, 2012)
NYPD issues rules for use of social media during investigations (Daily News, Sep 12, 2012)
Video of police assault may play lead role in lawsuit (NY Times, Sep 11, 2012)
Activists call for more Latino and Asian-American council districts (Daily News, Sep 5, 2012)
$3.5 million settlement in mortgage bias case (NY Times, Aug 29, 2012)
NYPD official's dubious rationale for spying on Muslims (Mother Jones, Aug 27, 2012)
Cycle of mistrust leaves crimes unprosecuted in the Bronx (WNYC, Aug 22, 2012)
Majority in city see police as favoring whites, poll finds (NY Times, Aug 21, 2012)
Report: NYC Women Fare Worse in Economic Recovery (Wall Street Journal, Aug 15, 2012)
Police sought cellphones for video of Times Square shooting (NY Times, Aug 15, 2012)
NYPD videotaping of interrogations in virtual pause (Wall Street Journal, Aug 13, 2012)
Conflicting stories after photographer allegedly beaten and arrested in The Bronx (Politicker, Aug 8, 2012)
Twitter denies NYPD info on account threatening theater shooting (NY Post, Aug 7, 2012)
When bad voter registration info goes viral (WNYC, Aug 7, 2012)
NY Times photographer arrested on assignment (NY Times, Aug 6, 2012)
Courts sides with NYPD on no-protest zones (Wall Street Journal, Aug 6, 2012)
FBI considers NYPD spying waste of money, affront to constitution (Daily News, Aug 1, 2012)
NYPD releases 911 call that outed NJ spying operation (Associated Press, Jul 25, 2012)
At least 8,200 same-sex marriage licenses issued in past year (Associated Press, Jul 25, 2012)
Court rejects MTA’s ban against ‘demeaning’ transit ads (Wall Street Journal, Jul 23, 2012)
NYPD finds most guns outside stop-and-frisk hotspots (WNYC, Jul 16, 2012)
Second weapon conviction overturned on frisk issue (Bloomberg, Jul 4, 2012)
Judge tells Twitter to give up protester's tweets (Daily News, Jul 3, 2012)
Protesters say Quinn used NYPD to thwart them (Wall Street Journal, Jul 2, 2012)
Coalition calls for reform of stop and frisk (City Room, Jun 28, 2012)
Appeals court calls a stop-and-frisk illegal (NY Times, Jun 27, 2012)
Former officer gets five years for false arrest of black man (Wall Street Journal, Jun 25, 2012)
NYPD has new training video for stop and frisk (Daily News, Jun 21, 2012)
City joins suit against Defense of Marriage Act (City Room, Jun 21, 2012)
More swastika graffiti in Borough Park (Daily News, Jun 19, 2012)
Council to introduce bill creating independent monitor for police department (NY Times, Jun 13, 2012)
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Associated Press sues NJ police department over Muslim spy data (Associated Press, Jun 12, 2012)
State lawmakers agree to crack down on domestic violence offenders (WNYC, Jun 12, 2012)
Stop-and-frisk policy ‘saves lives,’ mayor tells black congregation (NY Times, Jun 11, 2012)
Judge says he was struck by a police officer (NY Times, Jun 6, 2012)
Advocates Urge Reform to Guard Against Wrongful Convictions (Albany Times Union, May 31, 2012)
MTA Settles Bias Lawsuit (Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2012)
City Fines Salons and Barbershops for Gender-Pricing Discrimination (Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2012)
Jersey Muslims to Meet Again with State Officials About NYPD Surveillance (Associated Press, May 22, 2012)
Sharpton Plans Father's Day March Against Stop-and-Frisks (Daily News, May 16, 2012)
Police Agree to Stress Rules on Searching Livery Riders (NY Times, May 16, 2012)
New Funding for Civilian Complaint Review Board (Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2012)
Despite Opposition, State Joins Fed’s Secure Communities Program (WNYC, May 15, 2012)
Stop-and-Frisks Do Not Always Drive Homicides Down, Data Shows (WNYC, May 15, 2012)
New York's Congressional Delegation Tackles NYPD Surveillance (Wall Street Journal, May 11, 2012)
Republican Senator Who Backed Gay Unions Won’t Run (NY Times, May 10, 2012)
Rikers 'Fight Club' Continues (Village Voice, May 10, 2012)
Public Advocate to Call for Audit of Stop-and-Frisk Tactic (NY Times, May 9, 2012)
Twitter Fights Subpoena in Occupy Arrest Case (Associated Press, May 9, 2012)
De Blasio: NYPD Administering 'Fatal Dose' of Stop-and-Frisks (Capital, May 8, 2012)
Groups Push for Gender Law (Albany Times Union, May 7, 2012)
Comptroller Signals Stop on Taxi Deal (Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2012)
Trial Set for 22 People Arrested for Protesting Stop-and-Frisks (Associated Press, Apr 30, 2012)
After Man’s Death, Scrutiny for a Police Chase (NY Times, Apr 26, 2012)
Cops Fire 84 Shots at Armed Criminal Who Lives (NY Post, Apr 25, 2012)
Twitter Evidence Allowed in ‘Occupy’ Trial (Wall Street Journal, Apr 24, 2012)
Over Half Approve of Muslim Surveillance, Less Than Half Support Stop-and-Frisk (Daily News, Apr 24, 2012)
Former Intelligence Division Cop Used Database to Rob Jersey Warehouse (Associated Press, Apr 24, 2012)
Rape Suspect Freed, Long After a Woman Recants (NY Times, Apr 19, 2012)
Pro-Choice Groups Seek Cuomo's Support on Reproductive Rights Law (WNYC, Apr 18, 2012)
Blacks, Latinos More Likely to be Enrolled in Lowest-Performing High Schools (Daily News, Apr 18, 2012)
Associated Press Wins Pulitzer for Stories on Police Spying (Associated Press, Apr 17, 2012)
City Settles Lawsuit That Claimed Bias and Retaliation for $750,000 (NY Times, Apr 17, 2012)
Occupy Protesters Take to Sidewalks (NY Times, Apr 13, 2012)
New State Office to Review Questionable Convictions (NY Times, Apr 11, 2012)
State Attorney General Looking Into City's Stop-and-Frisk Policy (Daily News, Apr 11, 2012)
Commissioner Kelly Once Opposed Stop-and-Frisk Tactics (NY Times, Apr 10, 2012)
Owner Had Right to Clear Zuccotti Park, Judge Says (NY Times, Apr 9, 2012)
Monitor for Fire Department Minority Hiring Has Charged the City $310,000 (Daily News, Apr 5, 2012)
Wrongful Marijuana Arrests Rose After Kelly's Order (WNYC, Mar 30, 2012)
Poll: Most New Jersey Residents Approve of Muslim Monitoring (Associated Press, Mar 30, 2012)
Activists Decry Police Department Monitoring of Liberal Groups (Associated Press, Mar 29, 2012)
Public Advocate Defends Police Department’s Muslim Surveillance (Wall Street Journal, Mar 29, 2012)
Councilmembers Wear Hoodies and Rally Over Florida Boy's Death (Daily News, Mar 29, 2012)
'Wedge' Strategy for Gay-Marriage Foes (Associated Press, Mar 28, 2012)
Taking on Stop-and-Frisks, Critics Hit Racial Divide (NY Times, Mar 23, 2012)
Documents Show Police Department Infiltrated Liberal Groups (Associated Press, Mar 23, 2012)
Repeat Domestic Violence Offenders Need Harsher Penalties: District Attorrney (WNYC, Mar 22, 2012)
Cops Oust 300 OWS Protesters From Union Square (Daily News, Mar 21, 2012)
Council Members Support OWS (Daily News, Mar 21, 2012)
Report Details the Top 10 Precincts for Stop and Frisks (Daily News, Mar 20, 2012)
Three Councilmembers Join Protestors in Police Treatment Complaints (Wall Street Journal, Mar 20, 2012)
Most of City’s Voters Back Police’s Surveillance of Muslims, Poll Finds (NY Times, Mar 13, 2012)
Principals: Cultural Rift Explains Higher Discipline Rate for Blacks, Latinos (WNYC, Mar 12, 2012)
US Attorney General Disturbed by Police Surveillance of New Jersey Muslims (NY Times, Mar 9, 2012)
Uptown Latinos Push to Increase Political Power Through Redistricting (Daily News, Mar 9, 2012)
Documents Show Police 'Focus' on Muslim Americans (Associated Press, Mar 9, 2012)
FBI Official Faults Police Tactics on Muslims (NY Times, Mar 8, 2012)
Muslims Meet with Police to Talk About Surveillance (Associated Press, Mar 7, 2012)
City Pays $250,000 Settlement for Police Harassment of Firefighter (Daily News, Mar 2, 2012)
Photos of Neo-Nazis from Greenpoint (Daily Mail UK, Mar 1, 2012)
City Opens Full-Service Gay Senior Center (Associated Press, Mar 1, 2012)
Black Firefighter Group Turns Whites Away from Exam Workshop (NY Post, Mar 1, 2012)
New Jersey Governor Slams Police Department Over Muslim Spying (NJ.com, Mar 1, 2012)
Republican Who Backed Gay Marriage Loses Some Constituent Support (NY Times, Mar 1, 2012)
More Blacks and Latinos Admitted to City's Elite Public Schools (NY Times, Mar 1, 2012)
Coalition Says Unfair, Ineffective Stop-and-Frisk Policy Has to Change (Daily News, Feb 29, 2012)
U.S. Attorney General 'Reviewing' Police Spying Complaints (Associated Press, Feb 29, 2012)
Accessible Lawsuit Could Effect City's Taxi Plan (WNYC, Feb 28, 2012)
Backlog in Bronx Courts (Daily News, Feb 27, 2012)
NYPD Defends Surveillance of Muslims (Daily News, Feb 24, 2012)
Councilman Wants Police to Handout Business Cards (Daily News, Feb 24, 2012)
Police Unit Faces Scrutiny After Fatal Shooting in the Bronx (NY Times, Feb 23, 2012)
Stop-and-Frisk Opponents Set Sights on Mayoral Race (NY Times, Feb 22, 2012)
Mayor Defends Surveillance of Muslim Students (WNYC, Feb 22, 2012)
Rutgers Wants Probe of Police Department Surveillance (Wall Street Journal, Feb 21, 2012)
Associated Press Reporting on Police Department Wins Polk Award (Associated Press, Feb 20, 2012)
Civil Liberties Group Aides OWS (City Room, Feb 17, 2012)
Critics Assail Police Stop-and-Frisk Tactics (Wall Street Journal, Feb 15, 2012)
In Albany, Top Judge Seeks to Curb False Convictions (NY Times, Feb 15, 2012)
Occupy Protesters Sue City Over Pepper Spray Incident (Reuters, Feb 14, 2012)
Community Rallies for Teen Shot by Police (Associated Press, Feb 13, 2012)
Some Who Decline an Optional Iris Scan are Kept Longer in Jail (NY Times, Feb 13, 2012)
Albany Wants More Oversight of City Police (NY Times, Feb 10, 2012)
Minorities Slam Revised Political Districts Map (Wall Street Journal, Feb 10, 2012)
Police Commissioner Orders Street Narcotics Team Reviews After Shooting (WNYC, Feb 10, 2012)
School-based Churches Look to Albany for Eviction Reprieve (WNYC, Feb 8, 2012)
City to Pay $15 Million for Arrests Under Unconstitutional Loitering Law (Daily News, Feb 8, 2012)
Quinn Hits Police Over Stop Policy (Wall Street Journal, Feb 8, 2012)
Senate Backs Church Use of Schools (NY Times, Feb 7, 2012)
In Policing the Police, How Does New York Compare to Other Cities? (MetroFocus, Feb 3, 2012)
Albany is Urged to Let Churches Keep Using Schools (NY Times, Feb 3, 2012)
Drug Planting Cop Gets Avoids Jail (NY Post, Feb 3, 2012)
Document Shows Police Monitored Shiites Based on Religion (Associated Press, Feb 3, 2012)
Prosecutors Ask Twitter to Reveal Wall Street Protestor's Tweets (The Guardian, Feb 2, 2012)
Cops Probed in Video Beating (NY Post, Feb 1, 2012)
Councilmember Wants Independent Police Oversight (Associated Press, Jan 31, 2012)
Albany Redistricting Plan Faulted as Unfair to Minorities (NY Times, Jan 31, 2012)
Gay Marriage Sponsored Gets Married (Daily News, Jan 30, 2012)
Bloomberg Defends Commissioner Kelly Over Anti-Muslim Film (WNYC, Jan 27, 2012)
Occupy Unlikely to Get Permit For Protest (Wall Street Journal, Jan 20, 2012)
Report: Wasted Time Rampant at New York’s Courthouses (Wall Street Journal, Jan 19, 2012)
Money Flows to GOP Backers of Gay Marriage (NY Times, Jan 18, 2012)
New Yorkers Honor Martin Luther King (Daily News, Jan 17, 2012)
Food Stamp Recipients Have Mixed Views on Being Fingerprinted (WNYC, Jan 12, 2012)
Occupiers Return to Zuccotti Park (NY 1, Jan 11, 2012)
Groups: Barricades at Zuccotti Park Illegal (Associated Press, Jan 10, 2012)
New Yorkers Demand More Police Accountability (Associated Press, Jan 9, 2012)
Bomb Defendant at Bellevue for Psychiatric Evaluation (Wall Street Journal, Jan 5, 2012)
Police Monitored Immigrant Communities 90 Years Ago Too (NY Times, Jan 4, 2012)
The Rules on News Coverage Are Clear, but the Police Keep Pushing (NY Times, Jan 3, 2012)
Muslim Leaders Boycott Bloomberg's Interfaith Event Over Spying Reports (Reuters, Jan 3, 2012)
Cuomo Gets Leverage on Bloomberg in City's New Taxi Deal (Daily News, Dec 22, 2011)
Hate Crime Investigation Underway at the Bronx Parks Department (WNYC, Dec 22, 2011)
Deal Struck to Broaden Taxi Service in the City (NY Times, Dec 21, 2011)
Voters Side With Wall Street Protesters Over Bloomberg (Wall Street Journal, Dec 15, 2011)
Occupy Wall Street Protesters Report to Court (NY Times, Dec 15, 2011)
Bloomberg and Nadler Clash on Police at OWS Protests (NY Times, Dec 9, 2011)
Cuomo May Veto Livery Car Bill (Daily News, Dec 8, 2011)
Marijuana Arrests Dip After Order, But Allegations of Improper Arrests Continue (WNYC, Dec 8, 2011)
Kelly: Officers Who Posted Comments Will Face Discipline (Wall Street Journal, Dec 8, 2011)
Cuomo to Veto Livery Cab Bill Unless More Cabs Made Accessible (Daily News, Dec 6, 2011)
OWS Protesters On Hunger Strike Arrested (Daily News, Dec 5, 2011)
City Cracking Down on Performances at Washington Square Park (NY Times, Dec 5, 2011)
White Males Earn Twice as Much on Wall Street Than Other Groups (Wall Street Journal, Dec 2, 2011)
Told to Diversify, Dock Union Offers a Nearly All-White Retort (NY Times, Dec 1, 2011)
Judge Allows Suit Challenging Marriage Equality to Proceed (NY Times, Nov 30, 2011)
Police Ordered Not to Interfere with Reporters (NY Times, Nov 24, 2011)
Landlord Balks Over New School Occupation (Wall Street Journal, Nov 23, 2011)
Angry Over Spying, Some Muslim Leaders Discourage Cooperation with Police (Associated Press, Nov 14, 2011)
March Protests Likely Hate Crime in Brooklyn (NY 1, Nov 13, 2011)
Health is a Growing Concern at Wall Street Protest (NY Times, Nov 11, 2011)
Police Disciplined for Arresting City Officials at West Indian Day Parade (NY 1, Nov 11, 2011)
Police Department Copes with Spate of Corruption Allegations (Associated Press, Nov 10, 2011)
Bloomberg Defends 'Law-Abiding' Wall Street Protesters (NY Post, Nov 10, 2011)
Occupy Wall Street to March to Washington (Associated Press, Nov 9, 2011)
Albany Offers New Rules for 'Occupy' (Albany Times Union, Nov 7, 2011)
Hundreds in State Care Die of 'Unknown Causes' (NY Times, Nov 6, 2011)
Safety, Sanitation Concerns Raised About Shelter for Homeless Youth (NY Times, Nov 6, 2011)
Taxi Summit Fails to Reach Agreement on Key Issues (NY Post, Nov 5, 2011)
Rejecting Plea Deal, Most Occupy Protesters Request Trials (Bloomberg, Nov 4, 2011)
Occupy Wall Street Emerges as Test for Bloomberg (NY Times, Nov 4, 2011)
Bloomberg Faults Self-Policing by Occupy Wall Street (Wall Street Journal, Nov 4, 2011)
Experts Say Police Department Isn’t Policing Itself (NY Times, Nov 3, 2011)
Albany City Officials Hold Talks with Wall Street Protestors (Albany Times Union, Nov 2, 2011)
Wall Street Protest Causing Quality of Life Issues: Local Lawmakers (Reuters, Nov 2, 2011)
Bloomberg and Koch Deeply Split Over Blame on Fiscal Ills (NY Times, Nov 2, 2011)
Detective Convicted of Planting Crack on Innocent People (Daily News, Nov 2, 2011)
City Asks Judge for Two-Month Delay on Firefighter Exams (NY Post, Oct 27, 2011)
Deep Backlog is Detailed at City’s Bias Watchdog (NY Times, Oct 27, 2011)
92 Percent Stopped and Frisked in Bronx are Black or Hispanic (Daily News, Oct 27, 2011)
Police Department Shadows Muslims Who Change Names (Associated Press, Oct 26, 2011)
Over 100 State Workers Accused of Hurting Mentally Disabled Face Charges (Daily News, Oct 25, 2011)
Bloomberg Calls Taxi Accessiblity Suit Unfair and Wasteful (Daily News, Oct 20, 2011)
De Blasio Pushes for Transparency on Agencies' FOIL Requests (NY Times, Oct 20, 2011)
Bloomberg to Argue Against Monitor for Fire Department Hiring (NY Post, Oct 19, 2011)
Kelly Urged to Appoint Latino as Deputy Police Commissioner (Daily News, Oct 18, 2011)
Justice Department says New Yellow Cabs Should be Wheelchair Accessible (Wall Street Journal, Oct 14, 2011)
Wall Street Protests Evolved from Magazine Appeal (Associated Press, Oct 13, 2011)
Campaign Finance Boost for Republicans Who Voted for Same-Sex Marriage (NY Times, Oct 13, 2011)
Teens Storm Brooklyn Bridge to Protest Police Stop and Frisks (Daily News, Oct 13, 2011)
Protestors Asked to Leave for Cleaning, Then Abide by Rules on Return (Wall Street Journal, Oct 13, 2011)
Protesters Visit Millionaire Homes (Crain's, Oct 12, 2011)
Police Department Infiltrated Muslim Groups on Campuses (Associated Press, Oct 11, 2011)
Protestors Say Cold Weather Won't Shut Them Down (Wall Street Journal, Oct 11, 2011)
Democrats See Hope. Danger in Wall Street Protests (NY Times, Oct 11, 2011)
Leaders of Occupy Wall Street Emerge (Wall Street Journal, Oct 10, 2011)
Bloomberg, Cuomo Endorse Right to Protest (NY Times, Oct 10, 2011)
Bloomberg Says Protesters Can Stay (NY Post, Oct 10, 2011)
Protesters to March to Millionaires' Homes (Daily News, Oct 10, 2011)
Bloomberg Calls Protests Bad for the City (NY Post, Oct 8, 2011)
Protests Remind Bloomberg of Vietnam Era (NY Times, Oct 8, 2011)
Seven Democrats Call for Probe of Police Department Spying (Associated Press, Oct 6, 2011)
Monitor Must Oversee Fire Department Hiring Practices, Judge Rules (NY Times, Oct 6, 2011)
Police Department Spied on City’s Muslim Anti-Terror Partners (Associated Press, Oct 6, 2011)
Judge Lets City Require Unionized Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Demonstrators (Businessweek, Oct 5, 2011)
Wall Street Protesters Sue City (Businessweek, Oct 5, 2011)
Unions to Rally With Wall Street Protesters (am New York, Oct 5, 2011)
Some Officials Concerned About Police Spying, Most Silent (Associated Press, Oct 4, 2011)
Lawyers Ask Judge for Review of Police Department Monitoring of Muslims (NY Times, Oct 4, 2011)
Videos Show Chaotic Scene on Brooklyn Bridge (Associated Press, Oct 3, 2011)
Union Condemns City Use of Buses to Transport Arrested Protesters (Daily News, Oct 3, 2011)
Bloomberg Defends Banks Against Protestors (Capitol Confidential, Oct 2, 2011)
Police Arrest More than 700 on Brooklyn Bridge (WNYC, Oct 2, 2011)
Police, Protesters Give Conflicting Versions of Brooklyn Bridge Confrontation (NY 1, Oct 2, 2011)
Police Actions Build Sympathy for Protests (NY Times, Oct 2, 2011)
Wall Street Protesters Vow to Keep Up Fight (NY Times, Oct 2, 2011)
Hackers Join Wall Street Protests (NY Post, Oct 2, 2011)
Police Commanders Seen as Taking Enforcement Role Against Protesters (NY Times, Oct 2, 2011)
Semi-Corporate Zuccotti Park May Be Boon to Protesters (Capital, Oct 2, 2011)
Wall Street Demonstrators to Protest Police Tactics (WNYC, Sep 30, 2011)
Power of Police Department -- and Kelly -- Has Grown Unchecked (NY Times, Sep 30, 2011)
Videos Conflict with Officer's Description of Pepper Spray Incident (NY Times, Sep 28, 2011)
Tricking People in Marijuana Busts is Inappropriate: Kelly (Daily News, Sep 28, 2011)
Cuomo Wants to Broker Deal on Livery Cab Bill (City Room, Sep 27, 2011)
Police Seem Flummoxed by Wall Street Protests (NY Times, Sep 27, 2011)
Police Department Ethnic Tracking Included Citizens (Associated Press, Sep 23, 2011)
'Ground Zero Mosque' Opens with No Protests (Daily News, Sep 22, 2011)
CIA Investigates Whether it Broke Laws Helping the Police Department (Associated Press, Sep 14, 2011)
Bloomberg Defends Police Surveillance of Immigrant Communities (Associated Press, Sep 8, 2011)
Williams Blasts Police Department (Daily News, Sep 7, 2011)
Council Member Says Racial Bias Led to His Detention by Police (NY Times, Sep 7, 2011)
Officials Assail Police Stops (Wall Street Journal, Sep 7, 2011)
Stop and Frisk Targeted After Council Member's Arrest (Crain's, Sep 7, 2011)
NYPD Gathered Info on 250 Mosques, Muslim Student Groups (Wall Street Journal, Sep 6, 2011)
Police Department Near Record for Stops (Daily News, Sep 1, 2011)
Judge Won't Dismiss Racial Profiling Case Over Police Street Stops (NY Times, Sep 1, 2011)
Inside the Police Department Spy Unit they Deny Exists (Associated Press, Aug 31, 2011)
Under Pressure, Fire Department Takes Steps to Diversify (NY Times, Aug 28, 2011)
Reports of Racism in Fire Department are Overblown, City Says (Daily News, Aug 26, 2011)
Judge Blasts City's Handling of Bias in Fire Department (NY Post, Aug 26, 2011)
As Irene Nears, City Begins Preparations (Wall Street Journal, Aug 25, 2011)
Police Department Moves Covertly in Muslim Areas With CIA Help (Associated Press, Aug 25, 2011)
Police Department Intelligence Unit Seen Pushing Rights Limits (NPR, Aug 24, 2011)
Bloomberg Defends his Company's Treatment of Mothers (Wall Street Journal, Aug 19, 2011)
Muslim Group's Mosque Plans Face no Outcry After Move (NY Times, Aug 19, 2011)
Foreclosure Crisis Fades to Black and Brown (City Limits, Aug 18, 2011)
Black Firefighter Testifies About Finding Noose in Locker (Daily News, Aug 17, 2011)
Highway Fight Widens Gulf Between State and Seneca Nation (NY Times, Aug 17, 2011)
Firefighter Captain Says Racism Rampant in FDNY (Daily News, Aug 16, 2011)
Fire Commissioner Testifies on Diversity Efforts (NY Times, Aug 10, 2011)
Official Says Fire Department Anti-Bias Office was Short-Staffed (Associated Press, Aug 10, 2011)
Fire Department Chief Admits Pals Get Personnel Boost (NY Post, Aug 9, 2011)
Access-A-Ride Users Criticize Service (Staten Island Advance, Aug 7, 2011)
Fire Chief Doesn't Recall Plagiarism Incidents (NY Post, Aug 4, 2011)
Domestic Violence Jumps 12.3 Percent in City; Brooklyn Highest (Daily News, Aug 4, 2011)
Judge Blasts Fire Department over Cheating on Entrance Exams (NY Post, Aug 3, 2011)
State Challenges Defense of Marriage Act (Reuters, Jul 28, 2011)
New York Challenges Defense of Marriage Act (City Room, Jul 27, 2011)
Quinn Fundraises for State Senate Democrats (Daily News, Jul 26, 2011)
Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Sue to Overturn New York Law (am New York, Jul 26, 2011)
Many Same-Sex Couples Avoid Gay Marriage Over Federal Laws (WNYC, Jul 22, 2011)
It's the Luck of the Draw for Gay Couples Seeking to Wed Sunday (WNYC, Jul 20, 2011)
After Discrimination Suit, Fire Department Aggressively Courts Minorities (WNYC, Jul 19, 2011)
Judges Sign up to Officiate First Day Same-Sex Marriage Legal (NY Times, Jul 15, 2011)
Bloomberg Maxes Contributions to GOP Senators Who Supported Gay Marriage (NY Post, Jul 14, 2011)
Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage Persists (NY Times, Jul 13, 2011)
Nearly Half of Prisoners Held Longer Than 24 Hours (NY Post, Jul 12, 2011)
Judge Dismisses Suit Against Islamic Center (NY Times, Jul 11, 2011)
Immigrant-Targeting Database Prelude to Broader Identification Database (Daily News, Jul 7, 2011)
City Introduces Gender-Neutral Marriage Form (Associated Press, Jul 6, 2011)
Under Bloomberg, Number of Bias Suits Filed by City Workers Rises (NY Times, Jul 6, 2011)
Same-Sex Couples Can Soon Apply for Marriage Licenses (NY 1, Jul 5, 2011)
Gay Couples Losing Perks (Wall Street Journal, Jun 29, 2011)
Giuliani Ignores Friend's Request to Officiate Gay Marriage (NY Post, Jun 29, 2011)
Corrections Department Explores Conjugal Visits For Gay Inmates (NY Post, Jun 29, 2011)
Vote in New York Changes Battle on Same Sex Marriage (Wall Street Journal, Jun 27, 2011)
Pride Parade Celebrates Passage of Marriage Law (NY Times, Jun 27, 2011)
How Gay Marriage Passed (NY Times, Jun 26, 2011)
Senate Approves Same Sex Marriage (Daily News, Jun 25, 2011)
New York Becomes Sixth State to Legalize Gay Marriage (NY Times, Jun 25, 2011)
Euphoria Greets Marriage Vote (NY Times, Jun 25, 2011)
City Reacts to Approval of Same Sex Marriage (Wall Street Journal, Jun 25, 2011)
Still No Vote on Same Sex Marriage (WNYC, Jun 21, 2011)
Same-Sex Marriage Vote Could Come Today (NY Post, Jun 20, 2011)
Concern for Vast Social Services Database on the City’s Neediest (NY Times, Jun 17, 2011)
GOP Senators Stalled in Talks on Marriage Bill (NY Times, Jun 16, 2011)
Republican Senator Switches on Marriage Equality (NY 1, Jun 15, 2011)
Gay Couples Still Wary about Bill's Passage (Wall Street Journal, Jun 15, 2011)
Alesi Predicts 35 Will Vote for Marriage Equality (NY Post, Jun 15, 2011)
Archbishop Condemns Same-Sex Marriage (NY Post, Jun 15, 2011)
GOP Chair Says Lanza Would Not Face Primary for Marriage Vote (Staten Island Advance, Jun 15, 2011)
Lanza Faces Pressure on Marriage Equality (Staten Island Advance, Jun 15, 2011)
Eight Undecided Senators Face Pressure on Same-Sex Marriage (NY Times, Jun 13, 2011)
Wrinkle Wrinkle in Voting Laws Could Break Conservative Party Chair's Block on Same-Sex Marriage (The Capitol, Jun 13, 2011)
Seven GOP Senators Could Back Marriage Equality (NY Post, Jun 13, 2011)
Civil Rights Community Split Over Charter Schools (NY Times, Jun 11, 2011)
State Ranked 'Least Free' From Taxes and Regulation (ABC News, Jun 9, 2011)
Senator Says Marriage Equality Won't Pass Without Religious Exemptions (Daily News, Jun 7, 2011)
Church Exemptions May be Key in Gay Marriage Fight (Daily News, Jun 6, 2011)
Same-Sex Marriage Push Gaining Steam (Daily News, Jun 6, 2011)
Record Number of Stop-and-Frisks to Start the Year (Wall Street Journal, Jun 1, 2011)
Reporter Sues Mayor Over Information Denial (Associated Press, May 27, 2011)
Lawsuit Alleges Illegal Stop-and-Frisk of Livery Cab Passengers (WNYC, May 27, 2011)
Bloomberg States Case for Same-Sex Marriage (NY Times, May 27, 2011)
State Given False Promises About Fingerprint Sharing Program (Daily News, May 27, 2011)
City Will Pay $2 Million After an Inmate’s Death (NY Times, May 26, 2011)
Most Immigrants Checked in Databases Not Charged With Crimes (Daily News, May 26, 2011)
Disabled Advocates' Suit Against City Cabs Can Move Forward (NY 1, May 25, 2011)
Cuomo Intensifies Push on Gay Marriage (Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2011)
Conservative Party is Obstacle to Gay Marriage (NY Times, May 20, 2011)
Court Fight Over Where to Count Inmates (Associated Press, May 19, 2011)
Thousands March in Bronx to Protest Same Sex Marriage (WNYC, May 16, 2011)
GOP Donors Give to Effort for Same Sex Marriage (NY Times, May 14, 2011)
Cuomo Pursues Gay Rights With Caution (Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2011)
Cuomo Presses for Passage of Same Sex Marriage (Daily News, May 11, 2011)
Gay Marriage Advocates Court Staten Island Republican (Staten Island Advance, May 11, 2011)
Same Sex Marriage Bill Introduced in Assembly (City Room, May 11, 2011)
Group Pledges $1.5 Million to Fight Same Sex Marriage (New York Magazine, May 11, 2011)
Cuomo Robo-Calls For Same-Sex Marriage (Daily News, May 10, 2011)
Faith Groups Campaign to Block Gay Marriage (NY Times, May 6, 2011)
Detained Chinese Artist Misses His New York Unveiling (Wall Street Journal, May 5, 2011)
Cuomo Hitting Road for Gay Marriage, Ethics Reform (Gotham Gazette, May 5, 2011)
Clergy Support Same Sex Marriage (Albany Times Union, May 4, 2011)
City Muslims Hope Death of bin Laden Will Bring End to Difficult Time (Wall Street Journal, May 2, 2011)
Business Leaders to Send Letter Urging Albany to Legalize Gay Marriage (NY Times, Apr 29, 2011)
Technology Consultant to Schools Charged with Stealing $3.6 Million from City (NY Times, Apr 29, 2011)
State Prisons Allow Conjugal Visits for Gay Inmates (Daily News, Apr 23, 2011)
Mother Sues City for Handcuffing 7-Year-Old (Daily News, Apr 23, 2011)
Gay Marriage Effort Taps GOP Strategists (Wall Street Journal, Apr 22, 2011)
Cuomo Helps Mobilize For Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, Apr 20, 2011)
Despite Court Ruling, Police Department Chief of Patrol Keeps His Job (Gay City News, Apr 19, 2011)
Bill Would Target Cyberbullying (Daily News, Apr 18, 2011)
Transcript of Deposition Reveals a Snide, Sarcastic Bloomberg (NY Times, Apr 15, 2011)
Few Domestic Workers Aware of New Rights Laws (NY Times, Apr 15, 2011)
Suit Alleges Bias in Disability Denials by Queens Judges (NY Times, Apr 13, 2011)
Critics Call Terrorism Hearing in Manhattan Anti-Muslim (NY Times, Apr 7, 2011)
Abortion Foes Highlight High Citywide Rate (Associated Press, Apr 6, 2011)
Construction Giant to Pay $20 Million in Minority-Hiring Scam (NY Post, Apr 1, 2011)
City Shutters Notorious Bronx Juvenile Detention Center (WNYC, Mar 31, 2011)
Gay and Lesbian Jamiacans Find Refuge in NYC (Daily News, Mar 30, 2011)
Program for Diversifying Elite City Schools Failing (Daily News, Mar 25, 2011)
Caseworkers Dispirited Over Charges in Girl’s Death (NY Times, Mar 25, 2011)
Suit Challenges City Rules on Birth Certificates for Transgender People (NY Times, Mar 23, 2011)
Boos for Bloomberg at St. Patrick's Day Parade (NY Times, Mar 18, 2011)
Four Teens Charged in Killing Man in Alleged Bias Attack (NY 1, Mar 16, 2011)
Judge Hears Arguments in Suit to Block Lower Manhattan Islamic Center (WNYC, Mar 16, 2011)
Lawyers Urge Court to Overturn Landmark Ruling that Would Allow Construction of Islamic Center (NY Post, Mar 16, 2011)
Dispute Over Islamic Center Flares Again (NY Times, Mar 16, 2011)
Bloomberg Slams Cabbies Who Refuse to Go to Outer Boroughs (NY Post, Mar 10, 2011)
Cuomo Vows to Push for Gay Marriage Legalization (NY Times, Mar 10, 2011)
City Settles With Some Alleging Discrimination at Public Housing Projects (NY Times, Mar 5, 2011)
Council OKs Bill Mandating Pregnancy Center Disclosure (Associated Press, Mar 3, 2011)
Council Favors Pregnancy Center Disclosures (NY Times, Mar 3, 2011)
Court Rules New Yorkers in Gay Marriages Can Inherit as Spouse (Wall Street Journal, Feb 25, 2011)
Anti-Abortion Billboard in SoHo to Come Down (WNYC, Feb 25, 2011)
Taxi Drivers to Face Steeper Fines for Refusing Passengers (NY Post, Feb 25, 2011)
Teachers Say Bias-Based Bullying Program Ineffective (Daily News, Feb 24, 2011)
Police Issue Fewer Summonses Amid Rising Stops (Daily News, Feb 24, 2011)
Council Funds Went to Anti-Abortion Group (Gotham Gazette - Wonkster, Feb 23, 2011)
Police Stop and Frisks Topped 600,000 Last Year (Daily News, Feb 23, 2011)
Freed Prisoner Alleges Prosecutorial Misconduct (Wall Street Journal, Feb 17, 2011)
City to Pay $500,000 to Settle Suit Over Rikers Island Death (Daily News, Feb 11, 2011)
Bloomberg's Irish 'Joke' Draws Gags (NY Post, Feb 11, 2011)
Cuomo Says He’ll Push for Vote to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NY Times, Feb 10, 2011)
Imam Steps Down from Ground Zero Project (City Room, Feb 6, 2011)
Prison Towns Worry Closures Could Upend Communities (WNYC, Feb 4, 2011)
Smoking Ban for Beaches and Parks Is Approved (NY Times, Feb 3, 2011)
New York Snuffs Out Smoking (Wall Street Journal, Feb 3, 2011)
Fire Fighters File Suit to Block City Cuts (Associated Press, Feb 1, 2011)
Nominee for Federal Judge in Manhattan Could be First Openly Gay Man on Bench (NY Times, Jan 28, 2011)
City Hit with Class-Action Suit Over Cabs Unfit for Wheelchairs (Daily News, Jan 14, 2011)
Firefighter Sues to Block Lower Manhattan Islamic Center (NY Times, Jan 12, 2011)
Minorities Gain in Police Department Ranks (Wall Street Journal, Jan 7, 2011)
Judge Criticizes Stop-and-Frisk Police Tactics in Housing Projects (NY Times, Dec 23, 2010)
Police to Change Way They Deal with Rape Victims (Wall Street Journal, Dec 22, 2010)
Peter King to Hold Hearings on 'Radicalization' of American Muslims (Daily News, Dec 20, 2010)
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Overturned by Senate (Daily News, Dec 20, 2010)
Gay Marriage Supporters Plan New Vote in Senate (Wall Street Journal, Dec 17, 2010)
Comptroller: City Overlooking Women, Minorities in Awarding Contracts (Daily News, Dec 17, 2010)
Both Sides in Islamic Center Controversy Plan Their Next Moves (WNYC, Dec 15, 2010)
Why the City Fire Department Remains So White (Village Voice, Dec 15, 2010)
Taxi Advocate Suggests Drivers Use Race Profiling (Reuters, Dec 9, 2010)
No Last Push by Paterson to Legalize Gay Marriage (NY Times, Dec 2, 2010)
Construction Firm Admits Defrauding Government on Minority Hiring (NY Times, Nov 30, 2010)
Cuomo Unveils Diverse Transition Team (Daily News, Nov 12, 2010)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/nyregion/11rikers.html (NY Times, Nov 11, 2010)
Sharpton Assails Lack of Diversity on Cuomo Team (Daily News, Nov 10, 2010)
Lawmakers Probe Street Harassment of Women (Associated Press, Oct 29, 2010)
Paladino Supports Workers Opposed to Mosque (Wall Street Journal, Oct 28, 2010)
Aqueduct Project's Minority Hirings Called into Question (Daily News, Oct 28, 2010)
Tens of Thousands of Police Stops Lacked Justification, Report Finds (NY Times, Oct 27, 2010)
City May Reduce Gun License Fee (NY Post, Oct 27, 2010)
City Pays $1 Million for Bicyclist Arrests at Critical Mass (NY Post, Oct 20, 2010)
Quinn: Paladino Partly to Blame for Rise in Anti-Gay Hate Crimes (Daily News, Oct 20, 2010)
Judge: No New Hires Until Fire Department Creates New Exam (Daily News, Oct 20, 2010)
Judge Affirms Ruling City Can't Hire New Firefighters (NY Post, Oct 20, 2010)
Judge Scores City on Fire Hiring (Wall Street Journal, Oct 20, 2010)
Scolding City, Judge Bans New Hiring by Fire Department (NY Times, Oct 20, 2010)
Bartender At City's Oldest Gay Bar Attacked (Daily News, Oct 19, 2010)
City Agrees to Pay Critical Mass Cyclists Almost $1 Million (NY Times, Oct 19, 2010)
Cuomo says he will Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (Daily News, Oct 15, 2010)
Council Wants Answers About Homeless Study Denying Assistance (Daily News, Oct 15, 2010)
Nearly $1 Billion in Police Payments Over 10 Years (Associated Press, Oct 14, 2010)
Justice Department Sues to NY to Make Sure Millitary Votes Are Counted (NY Times, Oct 13, 2010)
Paladino Calls Gay Parades 'Disgusting' (NY Times, Oct 12, 2010)
Ninth Suspect Arrested in Bronx Attacks (NY Times, Oct 12, 2010)
Council Bill Would Set Rules for Pregnancy-Crisis Centers (Wall Street Journal, Oct 12, 2010)
Teens Charged With Bullying Muslim Face Hate Crime Charges (Staten Island Advance, Oct 11, 2010)
Cuomo Criticizes Paladino for 'Reckless' Comments (Capitol Confidential, Oct 11, 2010)
Republicans Slam Paladino's Comments on Gays (Wall Street Journal, Oct 11, 2010)
Paladino Deliver Anti-Gay Diatribe to Jewish Leaders (Daily News, Oct 10, 2010)
Man Lured, Then Tortured for Being Gay (NY Times, Oct 9, 2010)
Parallels with First Catholic Church and Muslim Center (NY Times, Oct 8, 2010)
Supreme Court Won't Hear Case on 9/11 Burials (Associated Press, Oct 5, 2010)
Two Men Charged in Stonewall Hate Crime (Staten Island Advance, Oct 5, 2010)
Queens DA Defends Controversial Program (NY Post, Oct 4, 2010)
Developer Says He Plans to Stick to Plan for Mosque (Daily News, Sep 21, 2010)
Italian Americans Accuse City University of Bias (NY Times, Sep 15, 2010)
Imam Talks of Compromise on Islamic Center (NY Times, Sep 14, 2010)
Imam says Moving Mosque Would Cause Muslim Backlash (NY Post, Sep 9, 2010)
For Holy Days, Rabbis Weigh Words on Islamic Center (NY Times, Sep 9, 2010)
Mosque Backers Appear Divided (Associated Press, Sep 9, 2010)
Mosque Funder Says He'd Sell Site (NY Post, Sep 9, 2010)
Bloomberg Defends Pastor in Florida (Wall Street Journal, Sep 8, 2010)
Of 11,500 Firefighters, Only 31 Women (Daily News, Sep 6, 2010)
Police Department Exonerates Officers in Arrests at Gay Porn Shops (Gay City News, Sep 4, 2010)
Court Halts Indian Cigarette Tax Plan (Associated Press, Sep 2, 2010)
Court Blocks State Tax on Tribal Cigarette Sales (NY Times, Sep 2, 2010)
Muslim 9/11 Responders in Pro-Mosque Ad (Daily News, Sep 1, 2010)
Hate Crime Charges Filed in Case of Slashed Cab Driver (NY Times, Aug 31, 2010)
Looking at Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S. (NY Times, Aug 26, 2010)
Bloomberg Cites Daniel Pearl in Mosque Push, but Father Differs (Daily News, Aug 26, 2010)
Muslims Downtown Have Faced Decades of Discrimination (Daily News, Aug 26, 2010)
Ground Zero's Boundaries Evolve (Associated Press, Aug 26, 2010)
Mosque Developer Claims Classic New York Background (Associated Press, Aug 26, 2010)
9/11 Families, Others Rally in Favor of mosque (Associated Press, Aug 26, 2010)
Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him (NY Times, Aug 26, 2010)
Bloomberg Affirms Support for Islamic Center as Rift Among Politicians Deepens (NY Times, Aug 25, 2010)
Attacks, Security Hurting Business in Port Richmond, Merchants Say (Staten Island Advance, Aug 25, 2010)
Center Draws Debate, Again (NY Times, Aug 23, 2010)
Jihadists Use Center as an Opportunity to Spread (Wall Street Journal, Aug 23, 2010)
Mosque Debate a Spectacle (Daily News, Aug 23, 2010)
Supporters and Opponents Clash at Mosque (NY Post, Aug 23, 2010)
Cop Files NYPD Suit Over 'Racially Motivated' Arrest (NY Post, Aug 23, 2010)
Dolan Says 'Saddened' By Hate Crimes (Daily News, Aug 22, 2010)
Muslims have Mixed Feelings on Center (NY Times, Aug 20, 2010)
Giuliani Opposes Mosque (NY Post, Aug 20, 2010)
FACT CHECK: Islam Already Lives Near Ground Zero (Associated Press, Aug 19, 2010)
Mosque Debate Divides New York Democrats (Associated Press, Aug 19, 2010)
Howard Dean Opposes Ground Zero Mosque (NY Post, Aug 19, 2010)
New York Archbishop Seeks to Help on Islamic Center (NY Times, Aug 19, 2010)
Questions on Funding for Mosque and Opponents (NY Post, Aug 19, 2010)
Governor to Meet with Mosque's Developers (NY Post, Aug 19, 2010)
Disabled Sue MTA on Cuts (NY Post, Aug 18, 2010)
9/11 Responders Slam Obama (Daily News, Aug 18, 2010)
Paterson Seeks Talks with Mosque Developer (Daily News, Aug 18, 2010)
Sen. Reid Opposes Ground Zero Mosque (Wall Street Journal, Aug 17, 2010)
Mexican Attacks Inflame Tensions (Associated Press, Aug 16, 2010)
Will Mosque Issue Hit Fall Polls? (Daily News, Aug 16, 2010)
Bitterness in Port Richmond (Staten Island Advance, Aug 15, 2010)
Obama on Mosque (NY Post, Aug 15, 2010)
Obama Defends Ground Zero Mosque (Wall Street Journal, Aug 15, 2010)
Obama Defends Mosque Downtown (NY Times, Aug 15, 2010)
Two Mosques Long Settled Downtown (NY Times, Aug 15, 2010)
Obama Enters Debate on Mosque (NY Times, Aug 15, 2010)
Mosque Developer Willing to Consider Paterson's Offer (Daily News, Aug 13, 2010)
Governor's Aide Surrenders on Assault Charge (Associated Press, Aug 13, 2010)
Paterson's Former Aide Turns Himself in; Charged with Assault (NY Post, Aug 13, 2010)
Aide to Paterson Is Charged With Assault (NY Times, Aug 13, 2010)
State Department Sending Ground Zero Mosque Imam to Mideast (Associated Press, Aug 11, 2010)
Governor Offers Help Moving Ground Zero Mosque (Associated Press, Aug 11, 2010)
For Mosque Sponsors, Early Missteps Fueled Storm (NY Times, Aug 11, 2010)
Paterson Would Offer New Site for Mosque Away From Ground Zero (NY Times, Aug 11, 2010)
Anti-Mosque Ads to Run on Buses (NY Post, Aug 10, 2010)
City to Appeal Fire Department Hiring Ban (Wall Street Journal, Aug 6, 2010)
Mosque Fight Goes to Court (Wall Street Journal, Aug 5, 2010)
Staten Island Youth Wrestle with Bias Crimes (NY Times, Aug 5, 2010)
Judge Blocks Hiring of 300 Firefighters (NY Post, Aug 5, 2010)
Quinn Unveils Plan to Fight Hate Crimes in Staten Island (Staten Island Advance, Aug 4, 2010)
Landmarks Commission Expected to Clear Way for Mosque (Daily News, Aug 2, 2010)
Fight Over Mosque Likely to Continue After Landmarks Vote (Wall Street Journal, Aug 2, 2010)
http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2010/08/after_latest_island_attack_pea.html (Staten Island Advance, Aug 2, 2010)
Police investigate Another Possible Bias Crime on Staten Island (NY 1, Aug 1, 2010)
Spate of Bias Crime Creates Anxiety in Staten Island Neighborhood (NY Times, Jul 31, 2010)
Debate Over Ground Zero Mosque Heats Up (NY Times, Jul 31, 2010)
Council Rejects Boycott of Arizona (Daily News, Jul 30, 2010)
Judge Rules Saggy Pants Legal (NY Post, Jul 29, 2010)
Wrongful Death Payouts Less Than for Serious Injuries (NY Times, Jul 29, 2010)
After an Ugly Breakup: What They Did and What They Said They Did (NY Times, Jul 29, 2010)
Inquiry by State Clears Paterson of Criminal Acts (NY Times, Jul 29, 2010)
Paterson Cleared, But Not Vindicated (Wall Street Journal, Jul 29, 2010)
Candidates Say Next Attorney General Could End Stop and Frisk (Crain's, Jul 28, 2010)
Police to Step Up Patrols Around Mosques for Ramadan (Wall Street Journal, Jul 28, 2010)
Settlement in Police Shooting Case Reached After Intense Negotiations (NY Times, Jul 28, 2010)
City to Pay More than $7 Million in Police Shooting Death (Daily News, Jul 28, 2010)
Police Beef Up Presence to Deter Bias Crimes on Staten Island (Staten Island Advance, Jul 28, 2010)
Gingrich to Oppose Ground Zero Mosque (Associated Press, Jul 22, 2010)
Woman from Paterson Scandal Still Seeking Charges (Daily News, Jul 22, 2010)
Police Department says Stop and Frisk Paper Records OK (Daily News, Jul 22, 2010)
Bias Crimes in Staten Island Increase Sharply (Staten Island Advance, Jul 18, 2010)
Bloomberg Says Stop and Frisk Bill Endangers New Yorkers (NY Post, Jul 18, 2010)
Kelly Stressed Importance of Stop and Frisk Data but Didn’t Convince Paterson (NY Times, Jul 17, 2010)
Paterson Signs Stop and Frisk Bill (Daily News, Jul 17, 2010)
Rank and File Police Say They Can Overcome Loss of Database (Daily News, Jul 17, 2010)
Paterson to Sign Street-Stop Data Retention Bill (NY Times, Jul 16, 2010)
Heated Hearing Focuses on Proposed Mosque Near Ground Zero (Daily News, Jul 14, 2010)
Crowd Splits Sharply at Hearing on Mosque (NY Post, Jul 14, 2010)
Planned Mosque Becomes Political Football (NY Times, Jul 14, 2010)
Beating Victims Decry Anti-Gay Bias on Staten Island (Staten Island Advance, Jul 14, 2010)
Ground Zero Mosque Hearing Today (am New York, Jul 13, 2010)
Paterson Urged to Veto Bill Limiting Use of Stop and Frisk Records (NY Times, Jul 3, 2010)
Council Weighs Hearings on Bloomberg's Hiring (NY Times, Jun 30, 2010)
With White Males in Control, Bloomberg Administration Less Diverse Than Giuliani's (NY Times, Jun 29, 2010)
State Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Anti-Bullying Bill (Gay City News, Jun 23, 2010)
Staten Islanders Protest Mosque (Staten Island Advance, Jun 14, 2010)
Senate Committee Fails to Approve Transgender Rights Bill (Gay City News, Jun 12, 2010)
Opposition to Proposed Mosque Grows (NY Times, Jun 11, 2010)
Confidential Police Reports Must Remain Secret: Appeals Court (NY Post, Jun 10, 2010)
Appeals Court Tosses Ruling on RNC Surveillance (Associated Press, Jun 10, 2010)
Court Lets City Withhold Data of Surveillance (NY Times, Jun 10, 2010)
Paterson Aide Languishes as Inquiry Moves Slowly (NY Times, Jun 9, 2010)
Three Months Later, Mum’s the Word on Paterson Investigation (Wall Street Journal, Jun 9, 2010)
Muslim Group to Buy Former Convent on Staten Island (Staten Island Advance, Jun 8, 2010)
The Whitest -- and Blackest -- City Agencies (City Limits, May 31, 2010)
Bloomberg Seeks to Remove Morgenthau as FDNY Monitor (Daily News, May 29, 2010)
Bias Found in Police-on-Police Shootings (NY Times, May 27, 2010)
All-White Democratic Ballot Raises Concerns (Daily News, May 27, 2010)
State Lawmakers Seek to Put Limits on Stop and Frisk Database (WNYC, May 25, 2010)
Bloomberg Aide Withdraws Bid to Lead Gay Rights Group (NY Times, May 22, 2010)
Lawsuit Targets the Data Drawn From Random Frisks (Wall Street Journal, May 20, 2010)
Police Accused of Ignoring Law on Sealing Stop-and-Frisk Records (NY Times, May 20, 2010)
Lawsuit Over Police Killing of Sean Bell Moves Forward (NY Times, May 19, 2010)
Minorities More Likely to be Frisked (NY Times, May 13, 2010)
Suit Claims Mistreatment of Foster Kids (NY Times, May 13, 2010)
Wrongful Arrests, Police Abuse Cost City $305 Million in 10 Years (Daily News, May 6, 2010)
Debate - Terrorist or Criminal? (Daily News, May 5, 2010)
Renewed Debate Over Suspect Rights (NY Times, May 5, 2010)
Judge Blasts Stall on New Fire Academy Test (NY Post, May 4, 2010)
Black Cabs Gouge Wheelchair Users (am New York, Apr 22, 2010)
City Reaches $33 Million Settlement on Prison Strip Searches (NY Times, Mar 23, 2010)
After Aide's Clash, Administration Scrambled (NY Times, Mar 19, 2010)
Robert Carter, Priest, Gay Rights Activist, Dies at 82 (NY Times, Mar 14, 2010)
U.S. Finds City Showed Bias in Ousting Principal of Arabic School (Gotham Gazette - Wonkster, Mar 13, 2010)
Council Calls for Fewer Names on Police Stop Lists (NY Times, Mar 11, 2010)
Investigators Are Told of Paterson Bid to Quiet Accuser (NY Times, Mar 3, 2010)
State Police Head Retires Amid Paterson Scandal (NY 1, Mar 3, 2010)
Albany at a Standstill (Daily News, Mar 3, 2010)
Friends: Paterson's Press Secretary was Pawn in Scandal (Daily News, Mar 3, 2010)
CUNY Diversity Questioned at Hearing (Daily News, Mar 1, 2010)
Campaign Attacks Opponents of Gay Marriage (NY Times, Feb 25, 2010)
Black Police Group Wants Cuomo to Probe NYPD for Racial Profiling (Daily News, Feb 21, 2010)
Police Department Pilots Watchdog Agency Prosecutions (Associated Press, Feb 19, 2010)
Police in School Face New Lawsuit (Village Voice, Feb 18, 2010)
Stop and Frisks Up Eight Percent in '09 (NY 1, Feb 17, 2010)
Bloomberg's Disposition in the Fire Department Discrimination Case (Village Voice, Feb 15, 2010)
Fire Department Minority Hiring was Smoke Screen (NY Post, Feb 10, 2010)
Hispanic, Asian Promoted to Highest Rankings in History (Daily News, Jan 27, 2010)
Judge Orders Fire Dept. to Hire Minority Applicants (NY Times, Jan 22, 2010)
Judge Cites Discrimination in Fire Department Hiring (NY Times, Jan 14, 2010)
Officials Hid Truth About Immigrant Deaths in Jail (NY Times, Jan 10, 2010)
Fire Department Could Get First Minority Commissioner (Staten Island Advance, Dec 21, 2009)
Judge Orders Police to Release Documents on GOP Convention (WNYC, Dec 16, 2009)
Senate Panel in NJ Approves Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, Dec 8, 2009)
Senators Make Gay Marriage Personal (NY Times, Dec 3, 2009)
Senate Rejects Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, Dec 3, 2009)
Senate Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Bill (Crain's, Dec 3, 2009)
Votes on Budget, Gay Marriage Postponed (NY Times, Dec 2, 2009)
Senate Delays Vote on Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, Nov 11, 2009)
Senate Fails to Put Gay Marriage to Vote (Newsday, Nov 11, 2009)
Development Under Investigation for Wages (Daily News, Nov 8, 2009)
Marriage for Gays on State Agenda (NY Times, Nov 6, 2009)
Flushing Residents Protest Police Profiling (City Limits, Nov 3, 2009)
Bloomberg and the Press (City Limits, Oct 29, 2009)
Vallone Battles Stop-and-Frisk Database (Daily News, Oct 22, 2009)
Giuliani Evokes Racial Tensions of the 1990s (NY Observer, Oct 21, 2009)
Police No Longer to Taser Suspects’ Chest (Daily News, Oct 18, 2009)
Contractor Accused of Cheating Minority Workers Out of Wages (NY Times, Oct 16, 2009)
Thompson's Response on Gay Rights Riles Advocates (AM New York, Oct 15, 2009)
Top Court Hears Cases on Gay Marriage (NY Times, Oct 14, 2009)
Second Arrest Made in Queens Bias Attack (NY 1, Oct 14, 2009)
Beating of Gay Man in Queens Seen as Bias Crime (Associated Press, Oct 13, 2009)
Queens Muslims Protest Racial Profiling by Investigators (WNYC, Oct 13, 2009)
Stop and Frisks are Growing National Trend (Associated Press, Oct 9, 2009)
By Mistake, City Releases Private Data it Collected (NY Times, Oct 8, 2009)
Police Tracking Cell Phone Owners (Daily News, Oct 8, 2009)
Results Rare in Civilian Complaint Review (NY Times, Oct 5, 2009)
Post Questions Rides to the Polls (NY Post, Oct 5, 2009)
Racial Test-Score Gap Narrowing (NY Post, Oct 1, 2009)
Liu: Serving City is Goal, Not Making History (Daily News, Oct 1, 2009)
Paterson Endorses Shinnecock Tribe's Bid for Recognition (NY Times, Sep 25, 2009)
Bloomberg Didn’t Think Fire Exam Was Biased (Daily News, Sep 20, 2009)
Minorities Near Majority in Council (NY Times, Sep 18, 2009)
Primary Results Show Progress for Gay Candidates (City Room, Sep 18, 2009)
Few Jewish Workplaces Have Family-Friendly Policies (The Jewish Forward, Sep 17, 2009)
Police Reword Report that Insulted Muslims (Associated Press, Sep 10, 2009)
Stop and Frisk Becomes Campaign Issue (WNYC, Sep 8, 2009)
In the Democratic primary, Councilman Tony Avella opposes stop-and-frisk outright as unconstitutional. Comptroller Bill Thomspson says it's a valid law enforcement tool that needs oversight. This week Mayor Bloomberg expressed support for the police tactic, but only with safeguards to prevent racial profiling.
Police Investigate Bias Attacks in Bronx (NY 1, Sep 2, 2009)
Paid Sick Leave Bill Disturbs Small Business Owners (Staten Island Advance, Sep 1, 2009)
Rejected Firefighter Applicants Respond to Bias Ruling (NY Times, Aug 28, 2009)
More Minorities Took SATs, but Scores Didn't Rise (Daily News, Aug 27, 2009)
Paterson Tries to Back Away from Race Remarks (Daily News, Aug 26, 2009)
Four Youth Prisons in State Used Excessive Force (NY Times, Aug 25, 2009)
Federal Report Rips Four Juvenile Centers (Daily News, Aug 25, 2009)
State Detention System Faulted in Juvenile's Injuries (Newsday, Aug 25, 2009)
Potential Hate Spree Against West African Muslims in The Bronx (NY Post, Aug 11, 2009)
Records from Spitzer Wiretaps Remain Closed (NY Times, Aug 8, 2009)
City Tilting Contracts to Minorities, Women (NY Post, Aug 6, 2009)
Independent Study Backs Limits on Great Lawn (Metro, Aug 6, 2009)
Transit Authority to Test Cameras on Trains (NY Times, Jul 29, 2009)
Stringer Aide Resigns After Gates Comments (City Hall, Jul 29, 2009)
Responding to Duane's Plea, Senate Caps Rents for People with AIDS (Gay City News, Jul 26, 2009)
Black Firefighters Call for Eliminating Written Test for Recruits (WNYC, Jul 25, 2009)
Racial Bias in Fire Exams Can Lurk in the Details (NY Times, Jul 24, 2009)
Markowitz Says Drinking on Stoops Should be Legal (Daily News, Jul 20, 2009)
After he was shown sipping wine on a stoop for a video segment, Markowitz spoke out against enforcing open container laws when people are on their own property.
President Obama Comes to the City to Honor Civil Rights Pioneers (Daily News, Jul 17, 2009)
Police Investigate Possible Bias Attack on Staten Island (NY 1, Jul 15, 2009)
The FBI's Informant in the Bronx Bomb Plot (Village Voice, Jul 10, 2009)
State Divests $86 Million From Companies Tied to Iran, Sudan (WNYC, Jul 2, 2009)
Two Gay Men Assaulted Days Apart in Upper East Side (NY Post, Jul 2, 2009)
Man Searched by Police 21 Times Settles Case for $25,000 (Newsday, Jul 2, 2009)
Gay Marriage Lost in Shuffle of Divided Senate (NY Times, Jun 29, 2009)
Parade Marks 40 Years After NYC Uprising (Associated Press, Jun 29, 2009)
Senate Confusion Sidelines Gay Marriage (Newsday, Jun 26, 2009)
Police Commissioner Plans to Put More Minority Officers in Top Posts (NY Times, Jun 26, 2009)
Forty Years After Stonewall Riots, Gays Still Fighting for Rights (Daily News, Jun 25, 2009)
Paterson Vows to Push Same-Sex Marriage Vote (NY Times, Jun 22, 2009)
In an interview this past Sunday, Governor Paterson vowed to make sure that the State Senate votes on same sex-marriage legislation before it breaks for the summer, hours after he and his administration had refused to commit to forcing a vote on the issue.
West Village Congregation counters Anti-Gay and Jewish Protesters (NY 1, Jun 21, 2009)
Lobbying Intensifies, but Fate of Sex Abuse Bill is Up in the Air (NY Times, Jun 19, 2009)
Death of Rikers Inmate Ruled a Homicide (Newsday, Jun 17, 2009)
Benefit Cards No Longer Accepted to Wed (Newsday, Jun 16, 2009)
Former Sen. Bruno Backs Same Sex Marriage (Daily News, Jun 14, 2009)
Civilian Complaints of Excessive Force Up 50 Percent (Daily News, Jun 11, 2009)
Poll Finds Continuing Support for Gay Marriage (NY 1, Jun 10, 2009)
Anti-Abortion Activists Worry About New City Law (NY Times, Jun 7, 2009)
Police Drills Seek to Prevent Mistaken-Identity Shootings (NY Times, Jun 3, 2009)
Survey Shows Gay Marriage Bill In Jeopardy (NY 1, Jun 3, 2009)
Witnesses: Officer Identified Himself Before Fatal Shooting (NY 1, Jun 2, 2009)
Gay Marriage will Pass Senate, Says Sen. Duane (Daily News, Jun 2, 2009)
Mayor Condemns Rangel Remark (Daily News, Jun 1, 2009)
Mayor Bloomberg condemned Rep. Charles Rangel's crack that even President Obama should be careful in Harlem without ID - a reference to the friendly fire death of a black cop.
Death to Prompt Changes in Training (Newsday, May 31, 2009)
Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said Friday that when officers go in for mandatory training next month, they will be taught how to better handle confrontational situations.
Black Police Face Special Risks (NY Times, May 31, 2009)
Its ranks are more diverse than ever, its training and rules on the use of force more rigorous than in the past, yet the New York New York Police Department still struggles with the problem of fraternal shootings across the color line.
City Has Measured Reaction to Police Shooting (Daily News, May 31, 2009)
Calls to Investigate Police Shootings (NY Times, May 31, 2009)
Elected and civic leaders and the officer’s grieving relatives called on Saturday for circumspection and an appreciation of the split-second decisions officers must sometimes make. There was a march in Harlem, and City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito, who represents East Harlem, called for an outside or federal inquiry into the shooting — as have the Rev. Al Sharpton and others.
Governor, Comptroller Clash Over How to Help State Pension Fund (NY Times, May 30, 2009)
New York’s governor and state comptroller clashed on Friday over how to make up steep losses in the state’s pension fund. The comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, said that local governments other than New York City would have to significantly increase their payments into the pension system for the first time in several years. Gov. David Paterson sharply disagreed, saying such increases would have “a devastating impact on already overburdened local property taxpayers.”
Slain Officer Made Tragic Mistake (NY Post, May 30, 2009)
The off-duty police officer shot dead by friendly fire while chasing a suspect down a drizzly East Harlem street should have immediately thrown down his weapon when confronted by fellow cops, police said yesterday.
Man Claiming Police Assault in Subway Station Sues (NY Times, May 29, 2009)
Alleged Police Sodomy Victim Files Suit (Daily News, May 29, 2009)
Man Claiming Sodomy Sues Police for $220 Million (Newsday, May 29, 2009)
City to Pay $2 Million in Death After Hospital Wait (NY Times, May 28, 2009)
Hispanics Greet Sotomayor Selection with Pride, Concern (NY Times, May 27, 2009)
In restaurants, homes and offices across the country, Hispanics responded to Judge Sotomayor’s selection with a puff of pride, some gratitude and considerable discussion.
Data Show Minority Juveniles Arrested More Often (Associated Press, May 22, 2009)
Four Accused of Bombing Plot at Bronx Synagogues (NY Times, May 21, 2009)
Is Time Running Out for Same-Sex Marriage in NY This Year? (NY Times, May 18, 2009)
NYPD On Pace to Make Record Number of Stops This Year (NY Times, May 13, 2009)
Assembly Passes Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, May 13, 2009)
State Assembly Approves Gay Marriage (Daily News, May 13, 2009)
Same-Sex Marriage Bill in Senate (Newsday, May 13, 2009)
Same-Sex Marriage to Come Before Assembly Again (Daily News, May 12, 2009)
Fate of Gay Marriage Bill Uncertain (NY Times, May 10, 2009)
Police Keep Information on Innocent 'Stop and Frisks' (Daily News, May 7, 2009)
New York: 'The Least Free State' (City Journal, May 7, 2009)
New Data Raises More Questions about Police Stop and Frisks (WNYC, May 2, 2009)
Mayor to be Deposed in Discrimination Case (NY Post, May 2, 2009)
Mayor Bloomberg faces a grilling under oath over claims that his financial-news company discriminates against workers who become pregnant.
Paterson Settles Discrimination Suit for $300,000 of Public Money (NY Post, May 1, 2009)
Seabrook May Have Gotten Sister in Civil Rights Post (NY Times, Apr 28, 2009)
A few years ago when New York City was pressuring advertising agencies to hire more black executives, City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook, chairman of its Civil Rights Committee, approached one of the largest companies with a plan to address the issue.
Same-Sex Marriage Bill Stirs Debate (NY Times, Apr 27, 2009)
DA Hopefuls Support Medical Marijuana (Daily News, Apr 22, 2009)
The three Democratic candidates for Manhattan district attorney said Tuesday they back the legalization of medical marijuana.
Gay Marriage Gets Public Support, Poll Says (Daily News, Apr 21, 2009)
Queens Street Could Be Named for Sean Bell (NY Times, Apr 20, 2009)
Bloomberg Seeks Backing of Gay Rights Group (Daily News, Apr 20, 2009)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who stood with Gov. David Paterson last week as he unveiled a same-sex marriage bill and pledged to lobby for it in Albany, wants to land the support of the Empire State Pride Agenda as he continues his quest to be all things to all political constituencies. But the Pride Agenda is playing hard to get.
City to Pay $250,000 in Bushwick False Arrests (Daily News, Apr 19, 2009)
The city has agreed to pay more than $250,000 to 16 people who were arrested in Bushwick while on their way to a wake, according to their lawyer. The teenagers and young adults - who were among 32 people arrested in May 2007 - will receive between $9,000 and $23,000 each for being falsely arrested and prosecuted, said attorney Michael Scolnick. The other members of the group did not pursue legal action.
City Settles in Brooklyn Arrest (NY Times, Apr 18, 2009)
The city has agreed to settle false arrest lawsuits brought by 16 of the youngsters and will pay them from $9,000 to $23,000 each. The settlement papers are expected to be signed by the youngsters on Saturday, according to their lawyer, Michael Scolnick. Police officers had swooped in and arrested everyone in the group, boys and girls and young men and women, ranging in age from 13 to their early-20s.
Paterson Introduces a Same-Sex Marriage Bill (NY Times, Apr 17, 2009)
Suit: Yankee Stadium Ejection a Rights Violation (Newsday, Apr 16, 2009)
Bipartison Support for Gay Marriage Legislation (Albany Times Union, Apr 15, 2009)
Disabled Mets Fans Decry Stadium Subway Stop (Staten Island Advance, Apr 14, 2009)
Bloomberg Slams Virginia Candidate's Gun Stance (Daily News, Apr 14, 2009)
NYPD Reaffirms New Yorkers' Right to Bear Cameras (NY Post, Apr 13, 2009)
Stonewall Uprising Given Role in Tourism Campaign (NY Times, Apr 9, 2009)
Advocates on Both Sides Seek Momentum on Same-Sex Marriage (NY Times, Apr 9, 2009)
Paterson Urges Gay Nuptials Senate Vote (Daily News, Apr 9, 2009)
Paterson to Re-Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill (Ithaca Journal, Apr 9, 2009)
Council Moves to Protect Access to Clinics (Gotham Gazette, Apr 3, 2009)
Hynes Announces New Plan To Urge Reporting Of Abuse (The Jewish Week, Apr 3, 2009)
Bloomberg LP Discrimination Suit Grows Past 80 Plaintiffs (NY Post, Apr 2, 2009)
Racial Bias Rampant in Restaurant Hiring (NY 1, Apr 1, 2009)
A new study finds that workers of color are often denied employment opportunities at fine dining establishments.
Study to Highlight Bias in Restaurant Industry (Crain's, Mar 26, 2009)
Bloomberg Backs Gay Marriage (Daily News, Mar 26, 2009)
Mayor Bloomberg said Wednesday night he stands ready to ask the Legislature to allow gay marriage in New York State, but doesn't know when the time will be right.
City Eases Rule on Listing Lesbian Couples as Parents (Associated Press, Mar 26, 2009)
Schumer Now Supports Gay Marriage (Newsday, Mar 25, 2009)
Schumer Switches Gay Marriage Position (Newsday, Mar 24, 2009)
Feds OK Term Limits Extension (Daily News, Mar 18, 2009)
Police Behaving Badly Cost City $35 Million (Daily News, Mar 12, 2009)
Controversial cop tactics - including excessive force and false arrests - cost the city $35.2 million last year in settlements over charges of improper police action, up 40 percent over the previous year, a report out Thursday from city Controller William Thompson shows.
State Senate to Tie Drug Law Reform to Budget Bill (NY Post, Mar 7, 2009)
On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced plans to include reforms of the states mandatory minimum sentencing program for drug offenses in the state budget.
Drug Law Reform on Fast Track (NY Times, Mar 2, 2009)
Arrest in Brooklyn Killing of Ecuadorean Immigrant (NY 1, Feb 26, 2009)
Police Seek Comments on ‘Ring of Steel’ Data (City Room, Feb 26, 2009)
The Police Department is publicizing a set of proposed internal rules for how it will manage the data it collects in trying to secure Lower Manhattan against a potential terror attack — everything from the license plate numbers of cars to videotaped images of people walking the streets.
Murdoch Apologizes for the 'Chimp' Cartoon (NY Post, Feb 24, 2009)
Sharpton Calls for Investigation into Post (Daily News, Feb 23, 2009)
Protest Outside NY Post Over Cartoon (Crain's, Feb 20, 2009)
Brooklyn Man Sues Police Over Subway Bag Searches (Newsday, Feb 20, 2009)
City Agrees to Change Taxi Policy (AM New York, Feb 20, 2009)
Police Officer Who Shoved Bicyclist Is Off the Job (NY Times, Feb 20, 2009)
A police officer who was videotaped knocking a man off his bicycle and onto the ground during a cycling event in Manhattan last summer has been fired, the Police Department said.
Plan to Convert Catholic Schools to Charters Faces Hurdles (NY Times, Feb 16, 2009)
Hundreds of Same-Sex Couple Attempt to Marry (Newsday, Feb 13, 2009)
Public High Schools Partner with Army (Associated Press, Feb 12, 2009)
In Brooklyn, Controversial Orthodox Jewish Patrols Combat Crime (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb 12, 2009)
Police Stops Rose Sharply Last Year (NY Times, Feb 11, 2009)
Latino Small Business Owners Protest Excessive Rent Increases (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Feb 6, 2009)
Ten Years Later, Diallo Shooting Still Shaping Police Department (NY 1, Feb 5, 2009)
City Accused of Race Bias in Ban on Hiring Former Convicts (Daily News, Jan 27, 2009)
No Jail for Officers in Harassing of Staten Island Youth (NY Times, Jan 22, 2009)
Police Department Browses Recruits' Private Online Profiles (NY Post, Jan 21, 2009)
Gay Men Question Increased Prostitution Arrests at Video Stores (Gay City News, Jan 19, 2009)
Blacks, Latinos Make Up 80 Percent of Police Stop and Questions (Daily News, Jan 16, 2009)
Report: Jails Could Have Prevented Inmate Death (Village Voice, Jan 15, 2009)
Arbitron Settles Suits Over Radio Ratings System (Associated Press, Jan 8, 2009)
Council Approves Firearm Reporting (Gotham Gazette, Jan 8, 2009)
Where the Council Stands on Human Rights (City Limits, Jan 6, 2009)
When the New York City Council voted last March on a bill imposing safety requirements on the recycling of electronic equipment, its members probably didn't think they were weighing in on a human rights issue. But according to the Urban Justice Center, they were—and now they're being graded on it.
Conviction Overturned on Appeal in 2005 Brooklyn Hate Crime (Gay City News, Jan 4, 2009)
City Settles Sex Suit (NY Times, Jan 1, 2009)
New York City will pay $225,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former secretary who accused the recently resigned commissioner of the city’s Department for the Aging of sexual harassment and discrimination, the city’s Law Department said.
Racial Disparity in City on Gun Violence, Murders (WNYC, Dec 31, 2008)
Critics Attack Plan to Move High School as Racist (Daily News, Dec 17, 2008)
Barron Demands Sean Bell Protest Charges Dropped (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dec 5, 2008)
Councilmember Charles Barron was scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Criminal Court Thursday for disorderly conduct charges stemming from his arrest during the Sean Bell protests. Although protesters arrested in Downtown Brooklyn were offered an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal by District Attorney Charles J. Hynes as part of their plea bargains, Barron has refused and insists on going to trial unless charges are dismissed.
Insurance Companies in New York Must Recognize Same Sex Marriages, State Rules (Gay City News, Nov 28, 2008)
Ethnicity Cannot Cause Questioning, Court Rules (Newsday, Nov 25, 2008)
Blacks. Latinos Stuck in Worse City Schools (Daily News, Nov 24, 2008)
Bloomberg Backs Kelly Vs. Feds (NY Post, Nov 21, 2008)
The city needs broader powers to investigate potential terrorists to ensure "planes don't go into more buildings," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday. He took Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's side in a bitter dispute with the Justice Department over the Police Department's attempts to secure permission for more electronic surveillance.
New York Police Fight With U.S. On Surveillance (NY Times, Nov 20, 2008)
Police Department, Justice Department Feud Over Surveillance (Newsday, Nov 20, 2008)
Ring of Steel Center Opens (Associated Press, Nov 19, 2008)
Councilmen Spar Over Abortion Clinic Bill (NY Post, Nov 19, 2008)
Two legislators got into such a furious blow-up yesterday over an abortion clinic access bill that a City Hall hearing on the issue had to be recessed until tempers cooled.
Hikind Refuses Subpoena for Sexual Abuse Complaints (NY Times, Nov 13, 2008)
City Lawyers Seek to Settle Fire Department Bias Suit (Daily News, Nov 12, 2008)
Body Cavity Searches Restricted Under New Police Rules (, Nov 7, 2008)
Director Accuses Police Complaint Board of Bias (NY Times, Nov 6, 2008)
Bill Would Protect Women From Harassment Outside Clinics (City Limits, Oct 28, 2008)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and several other councilmembers have introduced a Clinic Access Bill to further delineate the ground rules about where the right to protest leaves off and the right to freely access health care begins.
Parolees and the Right to Vote (City Limits, Oct 16, 2008)
Military Recruiters Given Access to Student Data (WNYC, Oct 16, 2008)
Teachers Sue Over Political Expression (Associated Press, Oct 14, 2008)
Feds Would Have Final Say on Term Limits (Daily News, Oct 14, 2008)
The brouhaha may be about whether the fate of term limits is decided by special election or the 51-member City Council, but in the end it's up to the feds.
Velazquez Would Ask Justice Department’s Civil Right Division to Intervene in Term-Limits (Daily Politics, Oct 10, 2008)
City Agency Walk-Ins Lack Translation Services (NY Post, Sep 26, 2008)
"Few agency walk-in facilities offered easily accessible translation and/or interpretation services," said a report released by Mayor Bloomberg's Office of Operations.
Council Resolution Urges Days Off For Two Muslim Holidays (NY Sun, Sep 25, 2008)
City Council members are calling on the state to give New York City children the day off from school on two Muslim holidays.
Bloomberg LP Has More Mom Trouble (New York Magazine, Sep 16, 2008)
Lawmakers Call for Marriage Equality (NY Sun, Sep 15, 2008)
Hasids Protest Scantly Clad Bicyclists (NY Post, Sep 12, 2008)
Council Grills Arbitron Over Radio Ratings (Crain's, Sep 11, 2008)
Public Schools Turning Away Special Ed Students (NY Sun, Sep 11, 2008)
Group Files Suit For Details on Security Initiative Downtown (NY Times, Sep 9, 2008)
Bashed Bicyclist Beats Rap (Daily News, Sep 5, 2008)
All charges will be dropped Friday against a bicyclist who was body slammed by a Manhattan cop in a shocking incident caught on YouTube, sources close to the case said. Biker Christopher Long, 29, also will announce plans to sue the city over the unprovoked bashing in Times Square during a Critical Mass bike ride July 25.
New School Rules on Bias Bullying (NY Post, Sep 4, 2008)
Ruling Favors Gristedes Workers (Metro, Sep 3, 2008)
Gay Marriage Order Upheld (NY Times, Sep 3, 2008)
Brooklyn Artist Discusses Detention in Chinese Prison (Brooklyn Papers, Aug 29, 2008)
CIty Block Covered with 170 Cameras (AM New York, Aug 22, 2008)
Justice Department Proposes Sharing Intelligence With Local Police (WNYC, Aug 22, 2008)
City Pays $2 Million to Settle Suit with War Protesters (Newsday, Aug 20, 2008)
Judge Rejects Bid to Stop Data Release on Arrests (NY Times, Aug 14, 2008)
School Cop Reports Eyed by Council (NY Post, Aug 14, 2008)
The City Council is set to introduce legislation today that seeks greater transparency in the NYPD's school-safety program - as well as stronger oversight. The bill would force police and school officials to provide the council with periodic reports on arrests and suspensions - including a breakdown by students' race, sex and disability status.
Four Years of Clashes Between Police and Critical Mass Cyclists (NY Times, Aug 4, 2008)
The Life--and Arrest--of a Young Arab in Brooklyn (New York Magazine, Aug 4, 2008)
CUNY Sued Over NYPIRG Fee (NY Post, Jul 31, 2008)
Black AIDS Epidemic Rages in City (Crain's, Jul 31, 2008)
Video Shows Police Beating Suspect (NY Post, Jul 30, 2008)
Police Investigate Possible Police Racism In Harlem (NY 1, Jul 24, 2008)
Silver Wins a Ruling Related To Aide's Sexual Misconduct (NY Sun, Jul 17, 2008)
Police Department Appeals Order to Show Street-Stop Data (Associated Press, Jul 11, 2008)
Councilman Blasts New Graffiti Store (AM New York, Jul 2, 2008)
The spray paint is barely dry on Brooklyn's new graffiti-art supply store, but street artists -- and a fiercely critical councilman -- are already clashing.
Paterson, Bloomberg, Quinn March in Gay Pride Parade (NY Sun, Jun 30, 2008)
Lawyer Says She Was Fired for Questioning Taser Use (NY Sun, Jun 30, 2008)
A lawyer for the Mayor's Commission to Combat Police Corruption said she was fired when she asked too many questions about the NYPD's use of force. Willa Bernstein said she has asked why police officers Tasered a violent teenage after he was shackled and handcuffed in a police stationhouse.
Police Want Suspects to Sign Form Agreeing to Searches (Newsday, Jun 25, 2008)
At Gay Rights Protest of Golden, Some Democrats Also Warned (Politicker, Jun 23, 2008)
City Subpoenas for Access to Tapes of 2004 Protests (NY Times, Jun 20, 2008)
Gifted Programs in the City Are Less Diverse (NY Times, Jun 19, 2008)
Police Used Force in 20 Percent of Stops (Daily News, Jun 14, 2008)
Klein, Sharpton Ally on Achievement Gap (NY Sun, Jun 12, 2008)
Anointing themselves the "odd couple," City's schools chancellor, Joel Klein, and the Rev. Al Sharpton are teaming up to confront what they call the nation's most urgent civil rights issue: the educational achievement gap between white and minority students. The unlikely pairing of schools chief and activist appeared here yesterday with national education leaders to launch a coalition aimed at pressuring the presidential candidates to address racial disparities that persist in classrooms across the country.
Bloomberg's Weak Record on Minority Hiring, Contracts (Village Voice, Jun 11, 2008)
Suit Seeks to Block State Policy on Same-Sex Unions (NY Times, Jun 4, 2008)
RFK Still Resonates in City 40 Years Later (AM New York, Jun 4, 2008)
Tavern Settles Discrimination Suit (Daily News, Jun 3, 2008)
Longtime Anti-Beijing Protests Provoke a Sudden and Angry Backlash (NY Times, May 30, 2008)
Supporters Rally for Sean Bell in Union Square (Newsday, May 30, 2008)
Governor Moving to Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages (Associated Press, May 29, 2008)
Same-Sex Marriages To Be Recognized in NY (NY Sun, May 29, 2008)
New York to Back Same-Sex Unions From Elsewhere (NY Times, May 29, 2008)
State to Issue License that Meets U.S. Identification Standards (Newsday, May 28, 2008)
Suits Challenge Police Stops and Frisks (City Limits, May 28, 2008)
Police Are Out in Force in Crown Heights (NY Times, May 22, 2008)
Paterson Signs Anti-Noose Law (NY 1, May 16, 2008)
City Subpoenas Lawyers' Notes (Village Voice, May 15, 2008)
Village Restaurant Settles Bias Lawsuit (AM New York, May 14, 2008)
Case Sign of Police Bias, Critics Charge (Daily News, May 12, 2008)
The NYPD has a failed relationship with minority-group members - a problem illustrated by a recent incident in which a white cop ordered the highest-ranking black officer on the force out of his car, civil rights advocates said Sunday.
Blacks Remain Scarce in Top NYPD Ranks (NY Times, May 11, 2008)
Police figures show that the number of blacks among the roughly 700 officers who make up the department’s top tier — in the ranks of captain and higher — has remained unchanged from 2002 through 2007: 28.
Police Stop Top Officer (Daily News, May 10, 2008)
At least one cop has been disciplined for ordering the NYPD's highest-ranking uniformed black officer out of his auto while the three-star chief was off-duty and parked in Queens,
Suit Says Cops Stop Thousands for 'Walking While Black' (AM New York, May 8, 2008)
Sean Bell Protesters Slow City; Sharpton, Paterson Will Meet (NY Sun, May 8, 2008)
Hundreds Protest Sean Bell Verdict (Daily News, May 8, 2008)
Sharpton Arrested in Protest Over 50-Shot Slaying (Associated Press, May 8, 2008)
Sean Bell Protest Mostly Peaceful (AM New York, May 8, 2008)
Hundreds Held in Protests of Police Acquittals (NY Times, May 8, 2008)
Bias Suit Challenges Police Handling of Case of Missing Black Woman (Village Voice, May 7, 2008)
Protests of Verdict in Bell Case Set for Evening Rush Hour (Daily News, May 7, 2008)
Protests Planned Over Bell Shooting (Daily News, May 5, 2008)
Fifty-Shot Case May Affect Kelly's Chances in a Mayoral Race (NY Times, May 2, 2008)
The not guilty verdict in the Sean Bell shooting last week was welcome news to three New York City police detectives charged in the case; one even wept as a judge in Queens read the ruling. But Justice Arthur Cooperman's verdict also created some new challenges in the life of their boss, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
Fifty-Four More Women Accuse Bloomberg Firm of Bias (NY Times, May 2, 2008)
Fifty-Eight Discrimination Claims at Bloomberg (Associated Press, May 2, 2008)
Fifty-Eight Women Now Suing Bloomberg LP for Sex Discrimination (Daily News, May 2, 2008)
Fifty-Eight Claim Discrimination At Bloomberg LP (NY Sun, May 2, 2008)
Bell's Family, Supporters Plan Massive Protests (Daily News, Apr 30, 2008)
Report on Marijuana Arrests Sees Targeting of Black and Latino Men (Newsday, Apr 30, 2008)
Hevesi Condems Anti-Gay Flyer in Special Election (Daily Politics, Apr 30, 2008)
Ober, Ognibene Decry Anti-Gay Hate Mail (Daily Politics, Apr 29, 2008)
Ray Kelly for Mayor? A Voters' Guide (Village Voice, Apr 29, 2008)
Civil Rights Advocates Call for Policy Changes (Newsday, Apr 27, 2008)
Lawmaker Raises Flag on Trade Center Doctor (Daily News, Apr 18, 2008)
Judges Rule On Rallies, Secret Hearings (Newsday, Apr 16, 2008)
Bell Case Moves to Final Arguments (Newsday, Apr 14, 2008)
Tracking City Workers Costs Millions (Daily News, Apr 13, 2008)
The cost of a controversial tracking system for city employees has quietly ballooned to $410 million and is still climbing. CityTime, a tracking and payroll system after 10 years and more than $400 million covers just 15,000 employees at 26 agencies.
Final Defense Witnesses Testify in Bell Trial (Newsday, Apr 9, 2008)
Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming Race Tainted Police Response (Associated Press, Apr 4, 2008)
More Swastikas Found in Brooklyn (Metro, Apr 2, 2008)
Grand Jury Is Investigating Noose at Columbia University (NY Times, Apr 1, 2008)
City Subpoena Seeks GOP Convention Protesters' Text Messages (NY Times, Mar 30, 2008)
'I'll kill you!' - Cops caught on Video at UN Tibet Protest (Daily News, Mar 28, 2008)
Council Member Wants to Change Protest Permit Rules (Associated Press, Mar 27, 2008)
Rules for New York parade and protest permits would be relaxed under a bill introduced in the City Council on Wednesday. Manhattan lawmaker Rosie Mendez says the city's regulations for gatherings in public spaces are too strict. The bill would override the New York Police Department's rule requiring any gathering of 50 or more people to obtain a permit. Instead, it proposes that groups of 100 or fewer would not need permits.
Bell Drove Straight at Police, Witness Says (Newsday, Mar 26, 2008)
Officer Adds Charges to Lawsuit Against City (NY Times, Mar 26, 2008)
Ruling Limits Cavity Searches (NY Times, Mar 26, 2008)
Appeals Court Rejects Claim by Arabic School Principal (Associated Press, Mar 21, 2008)
When Tradition and Taunts Collide: Gay Hockey Fans Criticize Garden (NY Times, Mar 21, 2008)
Several People Are Injured at Chinese Consulate Protest (NY Times, Mar 16, 2008)
Testimony in Police Shooting Trial Focuses on Victim's Car (Newsday, Mar 15, 2008)
Paterson Denies Firing Photographer Because He was White (Daily News, Mar 14, 2008)
Advocates Worry About Sex Worker (NY Sun, Mar 13, 2008)
Bell Trial Hears Testimony About Chaos at Nearby AirTrain Station (Newsday, Mar 12, 2008)
Foes of Sex Trade Are Stung by the Fall of an Ally (NY Times, Mar 12, 2008)
Columbia Maps the African-American Past (City Room, Mar 4, 2008)
Another Swastika Is Found on a Building in Brooklyn (NY Times, Mar 2, 2008)
Gallagher's Accuser Outraged by No-Jail Plea Deal (Daily News, Feb 29, 2008)
Gallagher Said to Be Considering a Plea Deal (NY Post, Feb 28, 2008)
Eyewitness to Bell Shooting Testifies at Trial (NY Times, Feb 27, 2008)
Hate Crimes Against Blacks, Jews Increase Sharply (AM New York, Feb 27, 2008)
City Settles Bias Case (NY Times, Feb 27, 2008)
Moving to close the books on a long and ugly chapter in New York’s employment history, the city has agreed to pay more than $20 million to settle a federal class-action lawsuit charging that the Department of Parks and Recreation systematically discriminated against black and Hispanic employees in awarding jobs and setting salaries, lawyers for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.
Desegregation Order Lifted From Brooklyn School (NY Times, Feb 23, 2008)
City Workers Object to Electronic Payroll System (City Room, Feb 22, 2008)
Workers Blast "Big Brother" Scheme (Metro, Feb 22, 2008)
Subway Stops by Police (Daily News, Feb 18, 2008)
Blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be stopped and questioned by police on the subway than white New Yorkers. Even though whites account for more than a third of all subway riders, less than 8 percent of the people stopped by police on the subways are white. On the other hand, blacks and Hispanics make up just under half of subway riders, yet account for nearly 90 percent of those stopped and questioned in the subways during the last two years.
Preliminary Mayor's Management Report (, Feb 15, 2008)
An interim look at the performance of various city agencies was released yesterday in a report called the Preliminary Mayor's Management Report. Published annually, it takes a look at the city's performance in the first four months of the fiscal year and forecasts performance expectations. Much of the information can be broken down by individual agency, issue, or community. Some significant highlights were: Sewer back up complaints jumped by 23 percent; the average response time to heat complaints rose by 50 percent (although stays within the goal of seven hours); and major felony crimes in schools were nearly a third lower than the same quarter last year.
Despite Critics, Thompson Resists Divestment Efforts (City Hall, Feb 14, 2008)
Quinn Looks to Keep Tight Grip on Base (City Hall, Feb 14, 2008)
Receiving huge cheers and screams of approval as she takes the stage at the Pride event, Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s support in the gay community seems solid. Yet, as her constituency and appeal broaden in preparation for next year’s mayoral race, certain pockets of the gay community, mostly activists and radical groups, have attacked her for some of the more mainstream positions she has taken over the past few years.
Education Department Seeks End to Racial Quota at Brooklyn School (NY Sun, Feb 13, 2008)
City Moves to Overturn 1974 Ruling on Race (NY Times, Feb 13, 2008)
Report: Applause for Mayor's Efforts--But Construction Still Very White, Male (The Real Estate, Feb 13, 2008)
Fewer Frisks in 2007 (Daily News, Feb 11, 2008)
Bloomberg Wants to Get in Your Genes (Village Voice, Feb 6, 2008)
Nonprofit Drops Support for City's Minority Program (Crain's, Feb 5, 2008)
Federal Investigation Into CUNY's 'Black Male Initiative' Widens (NY Sun, Feb 5, 2008)
State Court Recognizes Gay Marriages From Elsewhere (NY Times, Feb 2, 2008)
Where Sex Offenders Live (Time Out New York, Feb 2, 2008)
The Police Department's Fight Against Chalk Drawings (Village Voice, Jan 30, 2008)
Thompson Calls on Companies to End Gender Bias (Associated Press, Jan 30, 2008)
Charges Filed in Hate Crime Wave (AM New York, Jan 28, 2008)
Hate Crime Spike in Crown Heights? (Daily News, Jan 28, 2008)
Hate Graffiti Examined in Brooklyn (NY Times, Jan 27, 2008)
Paint on a Coat Brings an Arrest in Brooklyn Swastika Case (NY Times, Jan 25, 2008)
Judge: City Can't Use Secret Arguments (Associated Press, Jan 23, 2008)
Councilmember Protests Bank's Hours (NY Sun, Jan 21, 2008)
City Council Member Letitia James is leading a protest against Commerce Bank, saying that it should be closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day out of respect to the late civil rights activist.
School System Moves to End Quotas (NY Post, Jan 15, 2008)
Hours after an Indian couple filed a class-action suit challenging the racial quotas that kept their daughter out of an elite Brooklyn public school, the Department of Education announced yesterday that it will seek to end the quotas.
Rikers Island: Jail Death Investigated (NY Times, Jan 11, 2008)
City Settles Great Lawn Protest Lawsuit (NY Times, Jan 9, 2008)
DeBlasio Fundraiser Causes Racial Tensions (Daily Politics, Jan 9, 2008)
An invite by a supporter to the fundraiser read: "Councilman Bill DeBlasio has announced his candidacy for Brooklyn Borough President. At present, the only other person running for Brooklyn Borough President is Charles Barron, who has repeatedly proven to be antagonistic to the Jewish community. Councilman Bill DeBlasio has been a true friend to our community and to our causes both here and in Israel and has earned the community's united support." DeBlasio insisted he didn't sign off on the invite, nor does he condone the sentiment of his donor.
Hikind To Boycott DeBlasio Fundraiser (Daily Politics, Jan 9, 2008)
Assemblymember Dov Hikind will boycott a fundraiser hosted tonight for Councilman Bill DeBlasio's 2009 Brooklyn borough president bid by prominent Jewish campaign contributor and bundler, Rabbi Joseph Stamm, due to DeBlasio's failure to defend the host's characterization of Coucilmember Charles Barron as "antagonistic to the Jewish community."
Cops Request Bell Trial Be Moved (Newsday, Jan 8, 2008)
Swastikas in Brooklyn (NY Post, Jan 3, 2008)
Onerus Time for Visitors to Rikers Island (Village Voice, Dec 26, 2007)
Harassment Bills Clash at Council (NY Sun, Dec 18, 2007)
Quinn’s Pin on LGBT Vote Questioned (City Hall, Dec 12, 2007)
Bill Backs Immediate Birth Certificates for Former Inmates (NY Sun, Dec 11, 2007)
New Yorkers leaving prison would be granted free birth certificates upon request under legislation the City Council is expected to vote on today.
Equal Employment Practices Commission Will Audit City Council (NY Sun, Dec 7, 2007)
For the first time, the city's Equal Employment Practices Commission will audit the City Council to determine if its practices are in line with city law.
NYPD Sued for Arrest of Student Photographer (Metro, Dec 7, 2007)
Most Campuses Restrict Free Speech, Report Finds (NY Sun, Dec 7, 2007)
Of Race and Progress: How Blacks Fare Today (City Limits, Dec 6, 2007)
City Could Boost Care for Employed Caregivers (NY Sun, Dec 6, 2007)
Church Sues New York City Over Its Catering Permit (NY Times, Dec 5, 2007)
Getting Contractors to Look Like the City’s Population (City Limits, Dec 4, 2007)
Former Marty Markowitz Aide Files Lawsuit Alleging Torment (Daily Politics, Dec 4, 2007)
NYC Leaders Unite Against Hate Crimes (Newsday, Nov 30, 2007)
Christine Quinn and the Prisms of LGBT Advocate and Mayoral Candidate (Village Voice, Nov 30, 2007)
Tight Rein on Parades is Upheld (NY Post, Nov 28, 2007)
City Settles Kerik Race Case (Daily News, Nov 27, 2007)
The city will pay $125,000 to settle a suit by a former Correction Department officer who claimed that disgraced ex-Commissioner Bernard Kerik sidetracked his career because he's African-American.
New York Manhole Covers, Forged Barefoot in India (NY Times, Nov 26, 2007)
Report on Police Stops Finds Little Racial Bias (Daily News, Nov 21, 2007)
A private review commissioned by the police department of stop-and-frisk cases handled by the NYPD disputed allegations of citywide racial profiling by cops, but raised concerns about Staten Island and Brooklyn officers.
Police Less Likely to Frisk Whites (Daily News, Nov 21, 2007)
Whites and members of minorities have a roughly equal chance of being stopped by police officers and questioned on the street in New York City. But officers are more likely to frisk, search, arrest or give summonses to black or Hispanic people — or to use force against them — according to a study released yesterday.
Fired Principal of Arabic School Sues City (City Room, Nov 20, 2007)
Voyeurism Bill Advances (NY Sun, Nov 15, 2007)
A bill that could make it illegal to glance at a naked neighbor is moving forward in the City Council, despite objections from the New York Civil Liberties Union and some council members, who say it is overly broad and could criminalize innocent behavior.
Fourth Woman Joins Discrimination Suit Against Bloomberg L.P. (NY Times, Nov 14, 2007)
Civil Liberties Union Sues Police to Get Data (NY Sun, Nov 14, 2007)
Police Defend Shooting (Daily News, Nov 14, 2007)
A troubled Brooklyn teen told his mother he was "prepared to die," repeatedly yelled, "I've got a gun!" when she called 911 and then taunted cops before they killed him in a 20-shot barrage, police said Tuesday.
Panel Votes to Revise City Jail Standards (Associated Press, Nov 9, 2007)
NYPD Cracks Down on Trespassing – in Some Places (Village Voice, Nov 7, 2007)
Swastika Painted on Columbia Professor’s Door (Metro, Nov 1, 2007)
Civil Libertarians Stumble in Efforts to Fight DNA Database (Village Voice, Oct 31, 2007)
Woman Wins Second Suit Against NYPD (Newsday, Oct 26, 2007)
A civil jury awarded $1.35 million Thursday to Juanita Young, who sued police over injuries she suffered in an encounter with police in her Bronx home in 2003. In June, another jury awarded Young $10.5 million in the death of her son, Malcolm Ferguson, who was shot by a narcotics officer in 2000.
Spike in Possible Hate Incidents (NY Sun, Oct 25, 2007)
Bail’s Cost on the Poor (City Limits, Oct 23, 2007)
Civil Liberties Advocates Demand Details on "Ring of Steel" Plan (NY Sun, Oct 12, 2007)
Noose Found Near Ground Zero Post Office (Associated Press, Oct 12, 2007)
Gay Group Decries Quinn for Public Gathering Permits (Chelsea Now, Oct 12, 2007)
Rash of Noose Incidents Across Country, Including NY (Associated Press, Oct 11, 2007)
Noose Found at Columbia Professor’s Office (NY Sun, Oct 10, 2007)
Lesbian Sues Restaurant for Sex Discrimination (Metro, Oct 10, 2007)
3 Say Bloomberg Keeps Hand in Company (NY Times, Oct 4, 2007)
Jury Tells Madison Square Garden to Pay Millions in Sexual Harassment Case (Newsday, Oct 3, 2007)
Wheelchair Accident Feeds Transit Users Fears (AM New York, Oct 2, 2007)
Bloomberg Calls Surveillance-Camera Critics 'Ridiculous' (Daily News, Oct 2, 2007)
Iranian President Brings Fierce Debate (NY Times, Sep 25, 2007)
Many City Sidewalks Inaccessible to Disabled (AM New York, Sep 19, 2007)
Civilian Complaints on the Rise at NYPD (City Limits, Sep 18, 2007)
Staten Island Librarians Collect Stories From Liberian Civil War (NY Times, Sep 18, 2007)
Judge Upholds Verdict in NYPD Sexual-Orientation Case (Chelsea Now, Sep 14, 2007)
Gay Rights Group Criticizes Marty Markowitz For Endorsement (Brooklyn Papers, Sep 13, 2007)
A gay rights group normally supportive of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has sent out mailings urging the president to withdraw his endorsement of Civil Court candidate Noach Dear. The group calls Dear homophobic.
Minority Contractors Say Filtration Deck Stacked Against Them (Norwood News, Sep 6, 2007)
Despite laws requiring large firms to award a percentage of subcontracting jobs to certified minority contractors on large public projects like the Croton Water Treatment Plant in Van Cortlandt Park, small contractors are finding that the certification process, high insurance costs and a lack of political connections make it tough to win bids.
Arabic School Opens Smoothly (Newsday, Sep 5, 2007)
The Police Department’s Lower Manhattan Security Plan (Downtown Express, Aug 30, 2007)
Sex Offender Barred From Staten Island College (Metro, Aug 29, 2007)
Police Department Probing Police Race Bias in Howard Beach (Daily News, Aug 25, 2007)
Protests Over Arab Leader's Oust (NY Times, Aug 21, 2007)
New York City Police Report Explores Homegrown Terrorism (NY Times, Aug 16, 2007)
Report Tells How Regular Men Turn Into Terrorists (Daily News, Aug 16, 2007)
Plans for New Arabic School Aroused Old Prejudices, Rivalries (NY Times, Aug 15, 2007)
New Police Deputy Commissioner Promotes Diversity (NY Sun, Aug 15, 2007)
In an effort to improve relations between the police department and minority communities, Commissioner Raymond Kelly yesterday appointed Wilbur Chapman, who has a history of recruiting minority officers, as a new deputy commissioner to head up police training.
New Leader for Arabic School (NY Times, Aug 14, 2007)
Bloomberg: Immigrants Integral to City (NY Sun, Aug 14, 2007)
Defending New York City as a destination for immigrants, Mayor Bloomberg challenged presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and others who are calling for the federal government to slash funding for cities that don't strictly enforce immigration laws.
Judge Orders Release of Reports on GOP Convention Surveillance (NY Times, Aug 7, 2007)
Plummer Has Spent Life at the Barricades (Daily News, Jul 27, 2007)
Viola Plummer, the aide to City Councilmember Charles Barron whose firing has sparked a furor in the council, has spent 30 years at the revolutionary barricades in New York and is known for being outspoken.
Sean Bell fiancee sues NYPD over killing (Newsday, Jul 25, 2007)
Black Firefighters Push Discrimination Suit (Daily News, Jul 18, 2007)
Violence at Rikers Rising (Village Voice, Jul 12, 2007)
Extension Given to City Hall Staffer (Daily News, Jul 5, 2007)
A federal judge brokered a three-day extension Tuesday of the firing deadline for suspended City Council aide Viola Plummer.
Vote Scheduled on Gun Amendment (NY Sun, Jun 28, 2007)
Complaints Against Police Rise Sharply (NY Sun, Jun 27, 2007)
Brooklyn Girls Fight Back Against Harassment (Village Voice, Jun 21, 2007)
State Assembly Approves Same Sex Marriage (NY Sun, Jun 20, 2007)
Assembly Set to Approve Gay Marriage (NY Sun, Jun 19, 2007)
City Settles Offensive Art Suit (NY Sun, Jun 7, 2007)
Two Recent Jail Deaths Linked to Use of Force by Guards (Village Voice, Jun 6, 2007)
Judge Orders Police Department Files on Preconvention Surveillance Opened (NY Times, May 17, 2007)
The documents reveal police surveillance of protesters at the 2004 Republican convention in New York.
Arabic School Finds New Home (NY Times, May 10, 2007)
Gay Rites Will Help Families, Spitzer Says (NY Sun, May 8, 2007)
Keeping His Word, Spitzer Asks for Same-Sex-Marriage Law (, Apr 27, 2007)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer proposed legislation that would make New York the second state in the country to legally sanction same-sex marriage.
Spitzer Pushing Bill to Shore Up Abortion Rights (NY Times, Apr 26, 2007)
The plan could take on broad significance if the Supreme Court ever returns abortion law to states’ discretion.
Fire Department Hiring Practices Under Investigation (Daily News, Apr 24, 2007)
Does Gay Marriage Bill Have a Future in New York? (Metro, Apr 24, 2007)
Spitzer Plans to Introduce Gay Marriage Bill (NY Times, Apr 23, 2007)
Gov. Eliot Spitzer will introduce a bill in the coming weeks to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, his spokeswoman said Friday, a move that would propel New York to the forefront of one of the most contentious issues in politics.
Decision Not to Name Street After Activist Carson Sparks Protest (Daily News, Apr 20, 2007)
Council May Debate Whether to Protect Citizens Suspecting Terrorism (NY Sun, Apr 19, 2007)
A dispute over how to protect citizens who report what they believe is suspected terrorist activity is about to erupt at City Hall and could become a key issue in the 2009 mayoral race.
Bill Would Bar Housing Discrimination (NY Sun, Apr 11, 2007)
Landlords would be legally restricted from turning away tenants who pay rent with housing vouchers or other public assistance under a bill being considered by the City Council.
Terror Lawsuit Pits Bloomberg Against a Man He Appointed (NY Sun, Apr 5, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg appears to be lining up against one of his appointees to the city's Commission on Human Rights on a federal lawsuit. The commissioner, Omar Mohammedi, is representing six imams who filed a civil lawsuit seeking the names of the passengers who reported them for suspicious activity on an airplane. Mr. Bloomberg said citizens should have the right to report suspicious activity without fear of retribution.
NYPD to Add Muslim Clerics (Daily News, Apr 3, 2007)
In Turnaround, Man Denies He Said Bell Shot Him (Daily News, Mar 28, 2007)
Bloomberg Defends Convention Spying (NY Post, Mar 28, 2007)
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday vigorously defended the police department’s surveillance operations before the 2004 Republican National Convention, saying they were intended to uncover terrorists, as well as disruptive activists.
City Police Spied Broadly Before G.O.P. Convention (, Mar 25, 2007)
For at least a year before the 2004 Republican National Convention, teams of undercover New York City police officers traveled to cities across the country, Canada and Europe to conduct covert observations of people who planned to protest at the convention, according to police records and interviews.
Bell Case Shouldn (Newsday, Mar 22, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg waded back into the furor surrounding the fatal Sean Bell shooting yesterday when he appeared to side with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown's view that the case doesn't need to be transferred out of the city because of pretrial publicity.
Bloomberg Stands by Comments on Bell Shooting (NY Sun, Mar 21, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is standing by his comments that the police used "excessive force" when they killed Sean Bell and wounded two of his friends hours before Bell was to be married.
Prison Sued over Skullcap Ban (NY Post, Mar 16, 2007)
Revisiting the Police Crackdown on Protestors at the 2004 GOP Convention (Village Voice, Mar 7, 2007)
Two Police Officers Speak To Grand Jury On Killing Of Sean Bell (NY Times, Mar 6, 2007)
Key Witnesses Set to Testify about Police Shooting of Sean Bell (NY Sun, Mar 2, 2007)
Judge Restricts Police Surveillance (NY Times, Feb 16, 2007)
A federal judge ruled yesterday that the police must stop the routine videotaping of people at public gatherings unless there is an indication that unlawful activity may occur. The decision restricts the judge’s earlier decision to relax limits on police surveillance following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the city.
Speaker Quinn Introduces A Bill That Would Give Domestic Partners The Same Access To City Benefits (Daily News, Feb 2, 2007)
Quinn's bill to help partners City Council Speaker Christine Quinn introduced a bill yesterday that would give domestic partners the same access to city benefits and services that married people get.
Mayor Praises Police-Community Relations (Daily News, Jan 24, 2007)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that police-community relations are "probably as good as they have ever been." His comments came the day before the City Council holds hearings on police operations. Following the shooting death of Sean Bell last November.
New Scanners For Tracking City Government Workers, Arousing Fears Of Big Brotherism (NY Times, Jan 23, 2007)
At King Tribute, Sharpton Calls For Summit On NYC Police Practices (Associated Press, Jan 16, 2007)
Nation (Associated Press, Jan 12, 2007)
Nix The N Word; Councilmember Comrie Calls For A Council Resolution (, Jan 12, 2007)
In Police Shootings, Blame the Victim (Village Voice, Jan 10, 2007)
Governor Spitzer Will Propose Legislation Legalizing Gay Marriage (NY Sun, Jan 5, 2007)
By Day 365, Governor Spitzer will propose legislation legalizing gay marriage in New York, a top aide to the governor said yesterday.
Grand Jury Seated to Investigate Police Shooting of Sean Bell (Daily News, Jan 3, 2007)
Mother Blasts Light Penalty for Cop Who Killed Her Son (NY Sun, Jan 3, 2007)
Protest Over Bell Shooting on Wall Street (AM New York, Dec 22, 2006)
Federal Jury Rules The Police Department Violated First Amendment When It Locked Up Demonstrators (Daily News, Dec 19, 2006)
Stopped by Police, Black Men in New York Find They Often (Washington Post, Dec 15, 2006)
Police in Bell Shooting Had Not Finished Firearms Training, Group Charges (Metro, Dec 15, 2006)
Interviews with Two Witnesses to the Bell Shooting (ABC News, Dec 15, 2006)
Witness to Bell Shooting Says No Fourth Man, No Gun (Daily News, Dec 13, 2006)
Council Passes Incentives for Green, Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (Daily News, Dec 7, 2006)
Taxi owners could save a bundle by switching to cabs that are clean burning or wheelchair accessible under a bill passed yesterday by the City Council. Cabs normally have to be replaced every three years, but the bill extends that mandatory retirement period to five years for cars that are accessible or green.
Muslim Cop Sues City, Charging Religious Bias (Daily News, Dec 6, 2006)
Small Schools Excluding Students Learning English: Report (NY Post, Nov 29, 2006)
Charges of Housing Discrimination Aired at Council Panel (Daily News, Nov 29, 2006)
A city council panel heard a laundry list of housing complaints yesterday, leading some officials to charge illegal practices are segregating the city.
Cyclists, Others Say Proposed Changes to Parade Laws Would Restrict Protests (Metro, Nov 28, 2006)
Mayor Calls Barrage of Shots (NY Times, Nov 28, 2006)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg convened an extraordinary meeting of black religious leaders and elected officials at City Hall yesterday to calm frayed tempers over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Queens early Saturday morning, calling the circumstances "inexplicable" and "unacceptable." "It sounds to me like excessive force was used," the mayor said of the conduct of the officers, who fired 50 shots outside a Queens nightclub killing Sean Bell hours before he was to be wed, and injuring two others.
Walcott Takes Center Stage After Shooting (NY Sun, Nov 28, 2006)
As the senior African American member of the Bloomberg administration and as a resident of southeast Queens, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is playing a key role in handling Mayor Michael Bloomberg's response to this weekend's fatal shooting by police of an apparently unarmed man in Queens.
Students to Seek Bill of Rights (Metro, Nov 17, 2006)
Some City Buses to Get Surveillance Cameras (NY Post, Nov 8, 2006)
Council Considers Putting Surveillance Cameras in All Housing Projects (NY Sun, Nov 3, 2006)
Two City Council panels are debating a resolution that would request federal dollars to be used to outfit with cameras all 344 housing developments owned by the city housing authority where more than 400,000 people live.
Gay Rites Ruling In New Jersey Could Have An Impact On New York (NY Sun, Oct 26, 2006)
The New Jersey decision recognizing gay unions follows a ruling in July by New York's highest court that found that New York's Constitution does not give same-sex couples the right to marry. The New York court did not indicate if its decision would affect whether New York recognizes the marriages or civil unions performed elsewhere. With the New Jersey ruling, many legal observers say the Legislature or the courts must settle recent discrepancies in how the state honors same-sex marriages and unions performed elsewhere. "The next question is what will happen when couples from states like New York visit New Jersey and enter into same-sex marriage or civil unions and then return to their home state," said Kenneth Caruso, a lawyer who represented this year the New York State Department of Civil Service when it opposed recognition of a gay marriage performed in Canada. "Whether that status will accompany them when they return home is one of the most significant questions in this kind of litigation."
Cops: We Were Ordered To Frisk All Black Men Near Robbery-Plagued Park Slope Subway Station (Daily News, Oct 10, 2006)
Two White Men Chase Black, Gay Man Onto Brooklyn Highway, Where He (NY Post, Oct 10, 2006)
MTA Surveillance Tapes Will Not Be Erased, Manufacturer Says (NY Post, Oct 9, 2006)
Bloomberg Defends EMS (Daily News, Sep 27, 2006)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the promotion practices of the Emergency Medical Service yesterday, hours after five female officers filed a lawsuit charging they were unfairly passed over for top jobs because of their gender. "The only basis [the FDNY] uses for promotion is who is the most competent," Bloomberg said.
Judge Rules Discrimination Suit Against Parks Department Has Merit (Metro, Sep 22, 2006)
Fire Department Makes Progress on Recruiting (Daily News, Sep 20, 2006)
The fire department is making promising strides in its efforts to convince more minorities to join the overwhelmingly white department. Early figures reveal that of the roughly 40,000 people who plan to take the FDNY exam, 41 percent are black and 26 percent Latino.
Emergency Shelter For Gay Youth In Hells Kitchen (Metro, Sep 19, 2006)
Federal Judge Rejects City (NY Sun, Sep 12, 2006)
Police Proposed Parade Rule Attacked At Forum (Metro, Aug 18, 2006)
Gay Activists Oppose Nightclub Security Bill (NY 1, Aug 15, 2006)
Some gay activists are protesting a proposal announced last week by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that would require security cameras at nightclub entrances.
Plan for Cameras at New York Clubs Raises Privacy Concerns (NY Times, Aug 14, 2006)
With Black Enrollment Down at Some Colleges, CUNY Defends Admissions Policies (NY Sun, Aug 11, 2006)
City May Try to Limit Student (NY Sun, Aug 10, 2006)
Tennis Center In Flushing Will Be Renamed After Billie Jean King (Associated Press, Aug 4, 2006)
Compromise Reached On Black Gay Pride Party At Jacob Riis Park (Daily News, Aug 4, 2006)
Black Gay Pride Parade Claims Bias Over Permit Denial (Daily News, Aug 3, 2006)
Court Says Times Must Hand Over Phone Records (NY Sun, Aug 2, 2006)
City Must Continue Specical Education for Disabled Woman, Judge Rules (Daily News, Jul 21, 2006)
Quiet Settlements Being Made With War Protesters (NY Sun, Jul 20, 2006)
The city has been quietly settling cases with several dozen people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Politics Influenced Concert Decision (NY Sun, Jul 19, 2006)
A New York City parks department official took the upcoming mayoral election into account in denying permission for a concert of John Lennon's music last year on Central Park's Great Lawn.
Rules Would Limit Protests (NY Times, Jul 19, 2006)
The Police Department wants to require parade permits for bicyclists traveling in groups of 20 or more, and any bicyclists or walkers who take to the streets in groups of two or more and disobey traffic laws for parades, races or protests. The department also wants to require a parade permit for groups of 35 or more protesters who restrict themselves to the sidewalk. Taken together, the rules would redefine the type of protest and the number of protesters allowed to demonstrate in New York City without first applying for approval from the Police Department.
Gender-Neutral Marriage Licenses Eyed in City (NY Sun, Jul 6, 2006)
City's Small Schools May Be Discriminatory, Say Feds (Daily News, Jun 16, 2006)
Court Blocks Spray Paint Ban (Daily News, Jun 9, 2006)
The writing could be on the wall after a court yesterday blocked the city from enforcing a law that bars young adults from having spray paint. The three-judge Second Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a district judge's decision to table the spray-paint ban while the lower judge assesses its constitutionality.
Highest NY Court Hears Arguments For And Against Gay Marriage (NY Times, Jun 1, 2006)
State (Newsday, May 31, 2006)
City Lawyers to Fight Gay Marriage (Daily News, May 31, 2006)
Even though Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he supports gay marriage, he expects city attorneys to argue aggressively against same-sex marriage during a hearing at the state's highest court today. "I would never want to hire lawyers that tried to lose - they will try to win," Bloomberg said, noting the lawyers believe current state law does not permit gay marriage.
Bloomberg Vows He'll Honor Gay Marriage (Daily News, May 30, 2006)
Mayor Bloomberg landed another left on the right yesterday, coming out strongly in favor of gay marriage - and vowing the city will perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, if allowed.
FBI Probes Police Over GOP Convention Arrests (NY 1, May 18, 2006)
The FBI wants to hear from protesters who may have been wrongly arrested during the Republican National Convention, as part of a criminal civil rights investigation of the NYPD.
Students Threaten Suit Over Yearbook (NY Sun, May 10, 2006)
Top Police Criticized for Convention Arrests (NY Times, May 10, 2006)
The Civilian Complaint Review Board has charged that the actions of two top police officers led to unnecessary arrests during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. The board, which is investigating police actions during the protests at the convention, says two deputy chiefs yelled incomprehensible orders and did not give demonstrators enough time to disperse.
The First Amendment Doesn't Include A Right To Spray, Bloomberg Says (Daily News, May 3, 2006)
The First Amendment doesn't include a right to spray-paint your tag, Mayor Bloomberg declared yesterday after a judge nixed a key provision of the city's anti-graffiti law.
Bloomberg Presses Cell Phone Crusade (, Apr 29, 2006)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg continued his crusade against cell phones in the schools Friday, likening them to guns, knives and box cutters and saying kids used them to watch pornography and arrange dates.
City Teens Sue Defense Department For Recruiting At High Schools (Metro, Apr 25, 2006)
High Ranking Cop Could Face Discipline (Daily News, Apr 8, 2006)
Mayor Bloomberg refused to rule out disciplining the high-ranking police officer who has been accused of shouting slurs at Jewish mobs who taunted cops and ignited fires in Brooklyn earlier this week.
Legal Battle Over Police Surveillance Continues (Village Voice, Apr 5, 2006)
Thousands Rally in New York in Support of Immigrants' Rights (, Apr 2, 2006)
Thousands of people marched from Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan Saturday in support of immigrants' rights, the largest such rally so far in the New York area and the latest in a string of marches tied to immigration legislation under consideration in Congress.
Maloney Wins Support For Regulation of Abortion Ads (NY Sun, Mar 31, 2006)
A New York congresswoman's proposal to have the federal government regulate advertising for abortion counseling services has won the support of the American Civil Liberties Union, despite warnings from other civil libertarians that the measure is unconstitutional and unwise.
Police Say (NY Times, Mar 17, 2006)
Muslim Chaplain, Suspended for Remarks, Seeks to Keep City Job (NY Sun, Mar 13, 2006)
Or Will She? (Daily News, Mar 11, 2006)
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is out to broker an agreement that would finally let gays march as an identifiable group in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. he Ancient Order of Hibernians, which runs the parade, has steadfastly refused to let gay groups march under their own banner.
Charges, But No Penalty, for a Police Chief's Role in GOP Convention Arrest (NY Times, Mar 9, 2006)
Gay and Irish, Quinn Faces Tough Choice Over Parade (NY Sun, Mar 7, 2006)
Seven years ago, Christine Quinn was arrested for protesting the annual St.Patrick's Day Parade because it does not allow gay and lesbian groups to march. The newly elected City Council speaker, who is openly gay and Irish, has a difficult decision this year as leader of a body that historically has participated in the Fifth Avenue event.
Transgender Woman Arrested Over Restroom Use in Grand Central (, Mar 2, 2006)
A phone repair worker who is transitioning from male to female said Tuesday that she was arrested three times by transit police in the last six months for using the women's restroom at New York's Grand Central Terminal.
Feds Pay $300 G To Settle First Lawsuit In 9/11 Sweep Of Innocent Muslims (NY Times, Feb 28, 2006)
Black Cop Eric Adams Faces Disciplinary Hearing For Criticizing Bloomberg (Metro, Feb 21, 2006)
Less than a month before his scheduled retirement, a founding member of an African-American police organization will face disciplinary charges today for publicly criticizing how the city and the NYPD handled a terror threat last fall. Capt. Eric Adams, head of the 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, will appear before Judge Michael Sarner of the NYPD’s Advocate’s Office at Police Plaza today to answer disciplinary charges stemming from a six-minute interview in which he suggested the city waited four days before publicizing a Dept. of Homeland Security subway terror warning to distract attention from a mayoral debate in October at the Apollo Theater that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was criticized for skipping.
Court Decision Sets Up Gay Marriage Showdown (NY Sun, Feb 17, 2006)
Valentine's Day Protest: Same-Sex Couples To Request Marriage Licenses (Metro, Feb 14, 2006)
At 8 a.m. today Cathy and Sheila Marino-Thomas will show up at the City Clerk’s office to request a marriage license. They know they’ll be refused — it’s part of an annual protest organized by Marriage Equality New York, which wants to extend the right of civil marriage to same-sex couples. Cathy and Sheila are already married, having tied the knot two years ago in Massachusetts, the only state where same-sex couples can marry legally
City Activists Respond to Increased Police Surveillance (Village Voice, Jan 25, 2006)
Bin Laden Tape Won't Raise Security Level in the City (Newsday, Jan 20, 2006)
The city has no plans to heighten its security level in the face of a tape recording purported to be from Osama bin Laden saying al-Qaida is making preparations for attacks in the United States.
Indian filmmaker sues city over treatment by cops (, Jan 11, 2006)
A documentary filmmaker from India sued the city Tuesday, claiming police improperly detained him last May for videotaping city buildings.
Critical Mass Bicyclists Prevail In Permit Case (Newsday, Jan 11, 2006)
A criminal court judge in Manhattan has held that the city's main weapon in its campaign against the Critical Mass bicycle ride is unconstitutional.
Jail For Gay And Transgender Prisoners To Close On Rikers Island (Associated Press, Dec 30, 2005)
One of the nation's few jail dormitories specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from some activists who say it is a needed safe haven. The unit, which opened on the city's island prison complex in the late 1970s to assuage complaints about abusive treatment of homosexuals, stopped accepting new inmates last month at the direction of Department of Correction Commissioner Martin Horn.
Older Teachers Face Bias, Union Claims (NY Times, Dec 28, 2005)
The city teachers' union has charged that the Department of Education discriminates against teachers older than 40 by disproportionately bringing them up on disciplinary charges and giving them unsatisfactory performance ratings. Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, filed the complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission earlier this year. It accused education officials of "discriminatory use of the disciplinary system" and a "discriminatory pattern and practice of coercing, threatening and harassing teachers over 40 years of age to 'encourage' those teachers to leave their assigned schools."
Five Cops Sue the NYPD Over Mandatory Rehab (Daily News, Dec 28, 2005)
The NYPD has been slapped with a federal lawsuit that challenges its right to force boozing cops into recovery programs against their will. Four active-duty members of the Police Department and one retired cop charge in court papers that the NYPD's longstanding policy requiring officers to enter rehab or face suspension violates their civil rights.
City Human Rights Commission Marks 50th Birthday (, Dec 10, 2005)
The city's Commission on Human Rights is marking 50 years of work to end discrimination this weekend, but it says much more needs to be done.
Court Nixes Gay Marriages in NYC (Daily News, Dec 9, 2005)
Theaters Agree To Help Blind, Deaf Get Access To Movies (Associated Press, Dec 4, 2005)
Did you catch the new movie that everyone's talking about at school and at work? If you're visually or hearing impaired, you probably couldn't. That would change under a deal with eight national theater chains to make it easier for visually and hearing impaired people to enjoy movies in 140 theaters statewide, according to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Federal Judge Upholds Bag Searches On Subways (NY Times, Dec 3, 2005)
Citing a "real and substantial" threat of a terrorist bombing in New York's subways, a federal judge ruled yesterday that random police searches of passengers' bags and backpacks were constitutional because they were effective in helping to prevent an attack. Rejecting a challenge to the searches by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan found that the incursion on subway passengers' privacy was minimal enough to be justified by the deterrent effect on potential terrorists. City officials celebrated the ruling. "Common sense prevailed," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said through a spokesman. The civil liberties union said it would immediately appeal.
Kelly Orders Crackdown on Panhandlers at Penn Station (Daily News, Dec 2, 2005)
576 Cops Split $17 M In Racial Discrimination Settlement Against NYPD (Daily News, Nov 22, 2005)
Testimony Completed in Suit Over Searches in Subways (, Nov 14, 2005)
The New York Civil Liberties Union rested its case yesterday in its legal challenge to police inspections of bags and packages brought into the subway system, arguing that the searches were so infrequent and easy to sidestep that they served mainly to harass innocent riders.
Lottery to Be Used for Openings in Top Upper West Side Schools (, Nov 14, 2005)
Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein has approved the use of a lottery system to allocate hundreds of empty seats in some of the highest-performing neighborhood schools on the Upper West Side, the city's Department of Education said yesterday.
Trial Focuses on Legality of Bag Searches on Subway (, Nov 1, 2005)
The tension between public safety and personal privacy was the subject of vigorous debate yesterday, at the start of the trial of the New York Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit challenging police inspections of bags and packages at subway entrances... Judge Richard M. Berman, who will decide the case after closing arguments on Dec. 2, heard starkly divergent interpretations of the policy. Christopher Dunn, the civil liberties union's top lawyer in the case, said, "The only people being searched under this program are innocent New Yorkers." The searches have not uncovered any terrorist plot, or even contraband, he said. Gail Donoghue, the city's lead lawyer in the case, said the searches were part of a rational strategy calculated to "keep terrorist planning and operations off balance." By adding an element of unpredictability, she said, the policy "effectively hardens New York City targets and drives terrorist planning elsewhere."
Police Say Bag Search A Must (, Nov 1, 2005)
NYPD Deputy Commissioner David Cohen defended the city's decision to search the bags of subway riders following the deadly attacks on the London subway system in July....While searches at every station would "paralyze the system," he said random checks are an effective deterrent.
Gay Students Face Hostile Environment, Report Finds (Newsday, Oct 28, 2005)
Queens Teenager Indicted in Alleged Bias Attack (NY 1, Oct 28, 2005)
Anti-war Protesters Gather to Mark the 2,000th U.S. Military Death in Iraq (Newsday, Oct 27, 2005)
Small groups of protesters gathered to mark the 2,000th U.S. military death in Iraq.
Protection for Day Laborers (, Oct 19, 2005)
A law signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg Tuesday aims to provide protection to workers who congregate on street corners in the hopes of finding work for the day. The legislation calls for the city to create a commission to consider how to create sites where workers can meet employers through public/private partnerships. One of the goals would be to connect workers with employers who offer safe working conditions and good pay.
City Briefs: Mayor Extended Human Rights Laws to Cover Domestic Partnerships (Daily News, Oct 4, 2005)
Mayor Bloomberg yesterday signed legislation that will extend the protections of the city's human rights laws to cover all kinds of domestic partnerships.
P.R. Cycle (, Oct 2, 2005)
Review of the Critical Mass bicyclists’ movement in New York that has led to mass arrests of rides.
City Cab Drivers Set to Protest Taxi Tracking System (, Oct 1, 2005)
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is protesting a move that would require all city cabs to be equipped with a navigation system similar to a GPS device. Cab owners fear the device could violate drivers' civil rights by checking for speeding and by providing the courts with subpoenaed information.
Governor Bars Freedom Center At Ground Zero (, Sep 29, 2005)
After a summer of furious and steadily rising criticism, Gov. George E. Pataki evicted the proposed International Freedom Center museum yesterday from its place next to the World Trade Center memorial site. With that, the museum declared itself to be out of business. "The I.F.C. cannot be located on the memorial quadrant," Mr. Pataki said in a statement. That quadrant, at the southwest corner of the trade center site, contains the footprints of the twin towers. The Freedom Center, picked for the memorial site by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, was envisioned as a living memorial in which the story of Sept. 11, 2001, would be told in the context of the worldwide struggle for freedom through the ages. Critics said the sacred precinct of the memorial was no place for a lesson in geopolitics or social history, particularly when a separate memorial museum devoted solely to 9/11 was being planned entirely underground, within the trade center foundations... the center said in its own statement that there was no other location to explore, since the memorial quadrant was "the site for which the I.F.C. was created, at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's request, and as an integral part of Daniel Libeskind's master site plan." "We do not believe there is a viable alternative place for the I.F.C. at the World Trade Center site," said the statement from the center's executives, Tom A. Bernstein, Peter W. Kunhardt and Richard J. Tofel. "We consider our work, therefore, to have been brought to an end."
Constance Baker Motley, Civil Rights Trailblazer, Dies at 84 (, Sep 29, 2005)
Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights lawyer who fought nearly every important civil rights case for two decades and then became the first black woman to serve as a federal judge, died yesterday at NYU Downtown Hospital in Manhattan.
Bloomberg Wavers in Support for Freedom Center (Daily News, Sep 28, 2005)
Ex-union Chief Dies (, Sep 20, 2005)
Sandra Feldman, who led the city’s United Federation of Teachers and the national American Federation of Teachers, cut her teeth on the civil rights movement. She died at 65 breast cancer.
Monthly Mass Bicycle Ride Leads to 49 Arrests in Manhattan (NY Times, Aug 29, 2005)
Forty-nine bicyclists were arrested Friday night in Manhattan at the monthly Critical Mass ride, the police department reported...arrests took place in at least four locations: Astor Place; Houston Street and Second Avenue; West 18th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues; and along West 34th Street. The captain who was overseeing arrests at Astor Place said the bicyclists were being charged with parading without a permit, disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic.
Judge: Subway Bag Search Details Can Be Secret (Daily News, Aug 29, 2005)
At least for now, nobody but cops can know details of how random bag searches are conducted on city subways, a judge ruled Friday. Manhattan Federal Judge Richard Berman blocked the release of the information on the grounds that the city may be able to prove the controversial searches deter terrorism. He ruled that a magistrate judge had prematurely ordered the city to tell the New York Civil Liberties Union how many days in a one-month period searches were conducted, the number of subway stations each day where no searches were done and the total number of stations with no searches.
From Kanye West to Louis Farrakhan, new signs of gay friendliness among African Americans (, Aug 29, 2005)
“Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam—a leader with a history of anti-gay rhetoric dating back to the 1980s—has invited a gay and lesbian advocacy group to help convene the 10-year commemoration of the Million Man March.” Harlem gay activist Keith Boykin is interviewed, as are Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Case Is Appealed Over Lack of West Indians on the Jury (, Aug 28, 2005)
In an unusual reflection of New York City's growing diversity, lawyers for a West Indian man are arguing that he was denied justice because the Bronx jury that convicted him of rape, sodomy and burglary included only American-born blacks while all five potential jurors who were West Indian were improperly excluded by the prosecution.
Rights Agency Urges U.S. Not to Deport AIDS Patient (, Aug 27, 2005)
The human rights arm of the Organization of American States is asking the United States not to deport a terminally ill AIDS patient from the Bronx while it reviews her claim that deportation would violate her basic right to life.
Citing First Amendment, Judge Says City Must Allow Graffiti Party (, Aug 23, 2005)
In a tartly worded ruling, a federal judge ordered the Bloomberg administration yesterday to reinstate a permit for a block party in Chelsea featuring the painting of graffiti on mock subway cars. The judge, Jed S. Rakoff of Federal District Court in Manhattan, called the city's abrupt cancellation of the permit unconstitutional. He even poked fun at Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's argument that the party would incite the defacement of real subway cars. "By the same token, presumably, a street performance of 'Hamlet' would be tantamount to encouraging revenge murder," the judge wrote.
Mobster Says He Planned 1989 Bias Attack in Bensonhurst (Newsday, Aug 19, 2005)
Ground Zero Cultural Brouhaha -- Pataki's Sacrificing Free Speech "And TheRole of Culture In This Most Cultural Of Cities" (, Aug 16, 2005)
from NY Times editorial: "For the past few weeks, Gov. George Pataki has been putting pressure on the founders of the International Freedom Center, hoping to force them to decide - as if on their own - to abandon their plans to be part of the ground zero development. This is a fight over far more than the future of one proposed institution. It is a battle to determine whether the area where the World Trade Center towers once stood will become a vibrant tribute to the American spirit or a place of grief only, a public cemetery with no possibility of renewal or regeneration and no vital connection to the city around it. ...It would have been possible, even a few weeks ago, for Mr. Pataki to have acknowledged the dissent of some 9/11 families, and yet to have stood up for Daniel Libeskind's master plan and with it the rebirth of Lower Manhattan, the quintessentially American principle of free speech and the role of culture, in this most cultural of cities, in helping us understand 9/11. But when it comes to the International Freedom Center at ground zero, Mr. Pataki has sacrificed any illusion of leadership.
Bloomberg Slams Suit Over Subway Bag Searches (Daily News, Aug 5, 2005)
Mayor Bloomberg blasted the New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday for filing a federal lawsuit to stop random searches of bags in the subway, declaring: "We have a responsibility to keep this city safe."
Immigrants worry about deportation amid federal zeal on terrorism (, Aug 2, 2005)
The aggressive use of immigration laws, which authorities say has become a significant enforcement tool, has helped the authorities capture more lawbreakers, from people with outdated visas to sex predators. But it has settled somewhat incongruously across New York City, a metropolis largely shaped by its history as an immigrant gateway. After decades of ups and downs in the number of immigrants detained and deported from the United States based on evolving immigration laws and policies, deportations jumped to an all-time peak in 2003, the latest year for which government data are available. In that year, a record 186,151 people were removed from the United States -- along with their kin -- despite legal appeals. The total represented a 24 percent increase in deportations compared to the previous year. In the metropolitan area, the increase was 55 percent -- from 2,877 to 4,468 deportees, plus their family members. Advocates for immigrants contend the increases are the result of a clampdown climate that has weighed most heavily upon new arrivals from Mideast and South Asian countries, particularly Pakistan and Bangladesh.
When the Profile Fits the Crime (, Aug 2, 2005)
Paul Sperry's op-ed makes the case for profiling of suicide bombing suspects.
Terrorism and the Random Search (, Aug 2, 2005)
Editorial on searching bags of mass transit users.
More Travelers Faces Searches on Way to City (, Aug 2, 2005)
Hundreds of suburban commuters, from central New Jersey to Rockland County, N.Y., were asked for the first time yesterday to submit their bags for inspection by the police, as two major transit carriers in the region joined New York City authorities trying to buffer their train, subway and bus systems against a terror attack.
To Fight Terror, New York Tries London's "Ring of Steel" (, Aug 2, 2005)
Week in Review article on increased security systems for public transit.
Legal Issues Being Raised on Searches in Subways (, Aug 2, 2005)
The decision last week to have police officers inspect the belongings of thousands of subway riders has opened a thicket of legal and constitutional issues, involving criminal procedure, transit security and concerns about potential misuse of the new tactic.
Time is Right for Searches, Police Officials Tell New Yorkers (, Aug 2, 2005)
It took less than two hours after the bombing attempts in London's transit system on Thursday for the New York City police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly, to decide to begin random checks of passengers' bags in the city's mass transit system. But he said Friday that his decision had been nearly a year and a half in the making.
New York Starts to Inspect Bags on the Subways (, Aug 2, 2005)
The police last night began random searches of backpacks and packages brought into the New York City subways as officials expressed alarm about the latest bomb incidents in the London transit system.
Bloomberg Apologizes To Sikhs Handcuffed In Midtown (, Jul 26, 2005)
Mayor Bloomberg apologized yesterday to a group of British tourists who were handcuffed and forced to kneel on a Broadway sidewalk after cops swarmed a sightseeing bus - even as another bomb scare rattled downtown Brooklyn. The mayor urged New Yorkers to call authorities if they see something suspicious, but added they should use "common sense" and avoid profiling people like the group of South Asian-looking visitors, who were Sikhs from Britain.
City Agreed To Pay $30M To New Yorkers Who Were Illegally Strip-Searched (Daily News, Jul 13, 2005)
The city has agreed to pay as much as $30 million to thousands of New Yorkers who were illegally strip-searched after being busted on minor charges, the Daily News has learned.
A Different New York -- Howard Beach 2005 vs. Howard Beach 1986 (, Jul 5, 2005)
Columnist Bob Herbert concludes about the latest Howard Beach incident, “A crime was committed in Howard Beach. The wisest response would be to investigate, prosecute and move on.” He also says, “A singular development in New York over the past several years, accelerated by the terrible experience of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a willingness to move beyond the chronic ethnic conflict and divisiveness of previous eras. People in and out of government have worked hard to address problems in constructive ways.”
Some Blacks In Howard Beach See Acceptance With Limits (, Jul 5, 2005)
Once a staple of Queens, all-white neighborhoods have largely become a thing of the past. But they still exist, and the area known as New Howard Beach--where early Wednesday morning a black man was attacked by a white teenager wielding a baseball bat--is one of them
Challenging The Cabaret Law's Ban On Most Dancing (, Jul 5, 2005)
The city law banning dancing in most places is called “a millstone around the neck of the arts of dance and music in New York City for decades” and is being challenged in court.
Prosecutors Are Calling A Marine Park Brawl "Race Rage" (, Jul 5, 2005)
Anti-Gay Bias Crimes On The Rise (, Jul 5, 2005)
’For the last two years, in New York City at least, in this region, hate crimes against the lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender community are up about 24 percent,’ says Clarence Patton of the Anti-Violence Project
Howard Beach Then and Now: Conditions and Voices Grow Calmer (, Jul 5, 2005)
Anti-Begging Law Ruled Unconstitutional In 1992 Still Being Used To Arrest Hundreds (Daily News, Jul 5, 2005)
An anti-begging law ruled unconstitutional in 1992 has since been used in more than 1,800 arrests and prosecutions statewide, a Daily News analysis of court data found
Three Black Men Attacked In Howard Beach Hate Crime, Police Say (, Jul 2, 2005)
A Queens man who allegedly used a baseball bat to attack another man has been charged with a first-degree hate crime. Police said the altercation involved three white men who attacked three black men walking in Howard Beach, a largely white neighborhood in Queens. Nicholas Minucci, a 19-year-old unemployed man, allegedly fractured the skull of 22-year-old Glenn Moore, who was walking with two friends who were also attacked. The incident happened blocks from the infamous 1986 beating of three black men whose car had broken down in the neighborhood.
Muslim Immigrants Confront FBI Over Tactics (, Jun 4, 2005)
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the relationship between Muslims and law enforcement agents has been predictably fragile. The two groups have engaged in a delicate dance, balancing self-interest with political calculation. People on both sides acknowledge a need for meaningful cooperation. But the relationship has frayed - and the voice of dissent among Muslims grown more audible - as a result of a series of criminal cases that have raised questions about the methods used by authorities in their fight against terrorism. The government's focus on undercover sting operations and the recruitment of a network of Muslim informers has provoked the sharpest criticism. The most recent sting, which produced arrests last week in New York and Florida, has further stirred debate, although many details of the investigation, which led to charges that two American Muslim men conspired to aid Al Qaeda, remain unknown.
New York Assembly Democrats Close Off Death Penalty (, May 14, 2005)
Democrats in the State Assembly closed the door Tuesday on reviving the death penalty in New York State this year, handing a significant victory to opponents of capital punishment who are trying to build national momentum.
Study: Homophobic Bullying Begins at Early Age (, May 14, 2005)
A study into bullying in British schools has found that boys as young as nine frequently use anti-gay bullying “to establish their masculinity.
Parks Dept Plans To Limit Gatherings In Central Park's Great Lawn To 50,000 (, Apr 27, 2005)
The city's Parks Department wants to limit gatherings on the Great Lawn in Central Park to 50,000 people, a move that would end an era in which hundreds of thousands of people turned to the park as a place to protest, or to see the pope, Pavarotti and Simon and Garfunkel, officials said yesterday. The proposal, which has not been widely disseminated and requires no other approval but the department's, would also cap the number of events on the Great Lawn to six each year, with four of those reserved for the annual performances of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. Parks officials say those musical programs draw "passive" audiences who go easy on the lawn's Kentucky bluegrass. The other two events would have to be held during a four-week period in August and September. The Parks Department said the rules would simply formalize what has been its informal policy since 1997, when the city spent $18.2 million to restore the 13-acre Great Lawn, which for years had been more dust bowl than lawn.
The Bully Blight (, Apr 12, 2005)
Bullies have always lurked in schools, and until recently, dealing with them was considered just another painful life lesson. But that attitude is changing. Last month UCLA researchers published two new studies showing that bullying is much more widespread and harmful than anyone knew.
Suit claims Billboard (, Apr 6, 2005)
Is Billboard magazine, the so-called ‘Bible of the Music Industry,’ guilty of racially profiling its employees? There's some eye-popping evidence in just-filed court papers from fired editors Keith Girard and Samantha Chang's $29million lawsuit against the mag's upper management and Dutch-owned parent company, VNU Business Media Inc.
Columbia Panel Reports No Proof of Anti-Semitism (, Apr 6, 2005)
An ad hoc faculty committee charged with investigating complaints that pro-Israel Jewish students were harassed by pro-Palestinian professors at Columbia University said it had found one instance in which a professor ‘exceeded commonly accepted bounds’ of behavior when he became angry at a student who he believed was defending Israel's conduct toward Palestinians. But the report, obtained by The New York Times and scheduled for release today, said it had found ‘no evidence of any statements made by the faculty that could reasonably be construed as anti-Semitic.
Columbia Chief Tackles Dispute Over Professors (, Apr 6, 2005)
Faced with complaints that Columbia University has tolerated anti-Semitism and intimidation in its Middle East studies classes, Columbia's president said last night that academic freedom has some limits when it comes to the classroom and the broader educational experience. ‘We should not elevate our autonomy as individual faculty members above every other value,’ the president, Lee C. Bollinger, said in a speech to the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
The Captive Mind (, Apr 6, 2005)
[T]he David Project has accused three professors of Middle Eastern origin of intimidating Jewish students. The latest target is the director of Columbia's Middle East Institute, Rashid Khalidi, a distinguished Palestinian-American historian and a longstanding contributor to The Nation. In late February the New York City Board of Education, under pressure from Jewish groups and from Congressman Anthony Weiner--a mayoral hopeful and ally of the David Project--announced that Khalidi would be purged from the K-12 teaching development program, owing to criticisms he had made of Israel, though his past participation in the program had aroused no controversy at all. The targeting of Khalidi is perhaps most revealing of the movement's larger aims, since he is a redoubtable Palestinian moderate.
A Free Speech War (, Apr 6, 2005)
First Amendment columnist Nat Hentoff on the dust-up between Columbia University and Chancellor Joel Klein over Klein’s ban on Columbia Professor Rashid Khalidi from a teacher training program.
How did Mayor Bloomberg Arrive at his Complex Position on Gay Marriage? (, Apr 6, 2005)
Says Mayor Bloomberg considered not appealing a State Supreme Court decision ordering the City to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but was dissuaded by his advisers.
Columbia Still Unbecoming: President Lee Bollinger continues to compromise his beleaguered administration (, Apr 6, 2005)
Voice columnist Nat Hentoff on Columbia University’s handling of the controversy over the teaching of Middle East studies.
Education Dept. Drops Columbia Prof. from Teaching Program for Teachers (, Apr 6, 2005)
The city's Department of Education decided yesterday to drop a Columbia University professor who has called Israel a ‘racist’ state from a professional-development course it is offering public-school teachers
No Defense (, Mar 7, 2005)
The conviction of Lynne F. Stewart for providing material aid to terrorism and for lying to the government is another perverse victory in the Justice Department's assault on the Constitution.
Death Penalty Seems Unlikely to be Revived (, Mar 7, 2005)
A solid majority of Democrats in the State Assembly now oppose resurrecting the death penalty, including key leaders who voted for the law in 1995, making it more likely that it will not be revived, according to lawmakers on both sides.
Bloomberg Criticized on Gay Marriage Laws (, Mar 7, 2005)
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom accused New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of being inconsistent when he said he personally supported gay marriage but challenged a court decision allowing it. ‘I think if you believe something, you've got to act on it,’ Newsom said at a news conference Thursday. ‘If you don't believe in it, don't act on it. But don't say you believe something and then do everything to stifle that belief.’
Lawyer is Guilty of Aiding Terror (, Mar 7, 2005)
Lynne F. Stewart, an outspoken lawyer known for representing a long list of unpopular defendants, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Manhattan of aiding Islamic terrorism by smuggling messages out of jail from a terrorist client. In a startlingly sweeping verdict, Ms. Stewart was convicted on all five counts of providing material aid to terrorism and of lying to the government when she pledged to obey federal rules that barred her client, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, from communicating with his followers. Her co-defendants, Ahmed Abdel Sattar and Mohamed Yousry, were also convicted of all the charges against them.”
City to Appeal Move Backing Gay Marriage (, Feb 7, 2005)
A day after a judge in Manhattan issued the first New York State court ruling in support of gay marriage, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said New York City would appeal the decision, effectively closing the door on such marriages until the issue is decided by a higher court.
Judge Rejects New York Ban on Same-Sex Marriage (, Feb 7, 2005)
In a victory for same-sex marriage advocates, a New York state judge in Manhattan ruled today that denying gay couples licenses to marry violates the State Constitution, and she ordered the city to begin issuing licenses in March unless a higher court intervened.
Kerik's History of Civil Liberties Abuses (, Jan 11, 2005)
Columnist Richard Cohen looked at the history of civil liberties abuses by former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik after he had been nominated by President Bush to the country’s head of Homeland Security.
Death Penalty Backers Fear N.Y. Law May Fizzle (, Jan 11, 2005)
“Death penalty supporters are complaining that an Assembly plan to hold hearings on the state's flawed capital punishment statute is a stalling tactic that will only kill the law.”
MTA To Revive Ban On Subway Photography (, Jan 10, 2005)
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has revived a plan to ban all photography on public transit and in stations as a way to prevent terrorist surveillance of the system. Artists who often take photographs in the subways are howling and do not believe it will have any impact on thwarting terrorists who can use hidden cameras to do their dirty work.
On Stand, Terrorist (, Nov 29, 2004)
After sitting silently for four months while federal prosecutors portrayed her as an eager accomplice of her terrorist clients, Lynne F. Stewart spoke at her trial yesterday for the first time, saying she was a ‘very, very adversarial’ lawyer but had never crossed the line to aid violence.
Gay nups OK to DA (, Nov 29, 2004)
When an upstate prosecutor decided last March to arrest the mayor of New Paltz for marrying homosexuals, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau declined to prosecute Manhattan ministers for defiantly doing the same on the steps of City Hall, saying that's a matter for the courts to decide. Now he has gone one step further on the hot-button political issue and endorsed same-sex marriages.
Domestic partner bill boost (, Nov 29, 2004)
Mayor Bloomberg lost a legal round yesterday when a judge refused to block a law requiring contractors doing business with the city to provide equal benefits to domestic partners.”
Eye ex is bias spree (, Nov 29, 2004)
A troubled Brooklyn woman admitted spray-painting swastikas on synagogues throughout Brooklyn and Queens as part of a bizarre plot to get back at her Jewish ex-husband for dumping her, police said.
New Law Gives Gay Partners Visiting Rights in Hospitals (, Nov 29, 2004)
Gov. George E. Pataki announced on Friday that he had signed a bill into law requiring that hospitals, nursing homes and other health care centers in New York State grant visiting rights to the domestic partners of patients who are unable to give permission on their own.
Lawyers Group Sues City Over Arrests of Protestors (, Nov 5, 2004)
Two lawsuits filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union last month claim New York police used improper arrest tactics against protestors involved in mass demonstrations during the Republican National Convention. The lawsuits claim police detained protestors too long in dangerous conditions, and that police improperly gathered fingerprints.
Taxicabs For Disabled Increase From 3 To 30 (, Oct 17, 2004)
New medallions will bring the total number of accessible cabs to 30 out of the 12,487 taxis on the streets. There are now only three cabs, all minivans with wheelchair ramps
Prosecutors Won't Pursue Cases of 227 in Disputed Protest (, Oct 7, 2004)
he Manhattan district attorney's office said yesterday that it would not prosecute cases against 227 protesters who were arrested in one of the most disputed demonstrations of the Republican National Convention, saying it would be difficult to prove that the protesters had deliberately defied orders. The decision effectively throws out one of the largest group arrests to occur on Aug. 31, the second day of the convention, when nearly 1,200 people were arrested around the city.
NYCLU: City Illegally Fingerprinted Those Arrested During Republican Convention (, Oct 5, 2004)
The Police Department illegally fingerprinted the majority of people detained during the Republican National Convention, civil liberties lawyers said yesterday. In a letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, lawyers with the New York Civil Liberties Union contended that the city overstepped legal limits in fingerprinting each detainee. Most were charged with violations like disorderly conduct and parading without a permit - offenses so minor they are not classified as crimes. "The blanket fingerprinting of those charged with minor offenses at demonstrations would not only be unlawful, but it would raise troubling issues about the department's fingerprinting practices," said lawyers Donna Lieberman and Christopher Dunn of the NYCLU. Under state law, they said, police are allowed to fingerprint people accused of violations only if police can't ascertain their identities, if they think the individual is lying about his or her identity or if they reasonably suspect the individual is wanted by authorities for another offense. "While we understand that some of those arrested fell within these exceptions, this could not justify the routine fingerprinting of the nearly 1,500 people reported arrested during the convention for minor offenses," the letter said. The city's criminal justice coordinator, John Feinblatt, however, said the prints taken of people charged with violations will not become part of their permanent records.
For Bloomberg, a looming showdown over civil liberties and the right to protest: Convention Detention (, Oct 4, 2004)
Just how Michael Bloomberg has handled the civil-liberties issues stemming from the convention-his refusal to allow an anti-war rally in Central Park and the controversies surrounding police treatment of protesters-would seem to be a likely issue for those eager to seek his job next year. But the top contenders have been mostly silent on the issue.
Pol's Accuser Got 8G Raise (, Oct 4, 2004)
The male staffer who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile got a promotion and an $8,000 raise just two months ago, city records show. "The accuser, whose name is being withheld by the Daily News, has charged Gentile with repeatedly pressuring him to accompany him to his home and on business trips, according to sources familiar with the complaint, which has not been made public. "Gentile, 45, continued to deny the accusation and expressed puzzlement as to why the 26-year-old aide would lodge the complaint with Council officials. "'It's beyond me what is occurring,' said Gentile, a Democrat who represents conservative Bay Ridge.
Committee Hears Testimony Against Jennings (, Oct 4, 2004)
A City Council committee heard nearly four hours of testimony Monday from one of the five women who have accused Councilman Allan Jennings of improper behavior, council sources said. "In the first day of the closed-door session, the Committee on Standards and Ethics listened to testimony described as 'powerful and emotional' at times, sources said.
Arrests at GOP Convention Are Criticized; Many in N.Y. Released Without Facing Charges (, Oct 4, 2004)
Feature on the more than 1,800 arrests during the Republican National Convention, mostly of legal protesters and some of bystanders. Exposes New York Police Department's refusal to prepare properly for the anticipated 1,000 arrests per day, the miserable conditions at the Pier 57 detention center that will surely be the subject of lawsuits against the city, and lying by government officials about the conditions at the pier and the length of time it took to process arrestees through the system.
Mike: Don't Protest Too Much (, Oct 4, 2004)
There is not 'one shred of evidence' that protesters arrested during the Republican National Convention were locked up for long periods to keep them from joining other demonstrations, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. "They broke the law. We will prosecute them. They might as well just plead guilty and go on," the mayor said.
Groups Claim Officers Displayed Noose At Precinct House (, Oct 4, 2004)
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday the department is investigating allegations that two white police officers displayed a noose inside their Bronx precinct house, NewsChannel 4 reported. Leaders of the Latino Officers' Association and 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement say the Bronx officers sent a racist message to members of the community they are supposed to protect. The two groups are asking the police department to take disciplinary action against the 42nd Precinct's commanding officer because of the alleged incident.
Protestors Arrested During GOP Convention Rally Against NYPD (, Oct 4, 2004)
Protestors who were arrested during the Republican National Convention earlier this month were back on the streets of Manhattan Saturday to rally against what they claim was mistreatment by the NYPD. A group called 'Arrestees Fight Back' was trying to call attention to how they say they were treated by police after they were arrested. The group says its biggest complaint is the condition of the building where they were held. The protesters say they're filing a class action suit against the city and the Police Department.
Shutter's Lifting on Subway Pix (, Oct 4, 2004)
Smile, straphangers, officials are backing off from plans for a total ban on photography in the subway system. Nearly four months ago, the Transit Authority proposed prohibiting photography and filming in the tubes and on buses, saying the measure was aimed at preventing terrorists from gathering information. "But transit sources told the Daily News a total ban may not be enforceable - and that the TA and cops are now working on crafting a more limited restriction. 'We are looking at a prohibition that will allow the police to make sure individuals are not photographing sensitive areas of the system - but that would still allow tourists and train lovers and people who just find beauty in the system - to photograph it without infringing on their civil liberties,' the source said."
Judge Keeps City on Notice Over Convention Protest Arrests (, Oct 4, 2004)
A state court judge in Manhattan, unmoved by irate objections from lawyers for New York City, declined yesterday to dismiss contempt proceedings against the city for holding protesters too long during the Republican National Convention. The judge, John Cataldo of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, found the city in contempt of court last week for failing to heed his order to release protesters still in custody without being arraigned after 24 hours. He set a fine of $1,000 for each person who was still in city custody at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2.
Council Puts a Hurt on Bullies (, Oct 4, 2004)
The City Council struck back at bullies yesterday, passing a law that requires city schools to crack down on the punks over Mayor Bloomberg's veto. Backers hailed the measure as a 'back-to-school present' for thousands of students who are subjected to taunts, threats and intimidation from fellow pupils. The new law, approved 43-to-3, requires the Department of Education to establish a formal policy that bans bullying and other acts of harassment. The law leaves the specifics, such as punishments, to the schools chancellor.
Protest Judge Lifts City Contempt Order (, Oct 4, 2004)
A judge lifted a contempt order yesterday against the city for holding Republican convention protesters in jail too long, but made clear the Bloomberg administration is not off the hook. "Manhattan Supreme Court Justice John Cataldo said he still intends to hold a hearing next week to determine if he should fine the city for violating his order to release protesters held more than 24 hours.
Final Tally Awaits Police and Protesters (, Sep 14, 2004)
"The story of exactly what came to pass between the New York Police Department and the nearly 2,000 people who were arrested last week continues to unfold, and the resulting narrative may affect history's view of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's performance during the Republican National Convention."
Council hearing: Cops & the RNC (, Sep 14, 2004)
"The City Council got ready yesterday to turn a spotlight on controversial police tactics used to corral protesters during last week's Republican convention. Stoked by complaints from demonstrators and civil rights lawyers, the Council's Governmental Operations Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday on the tactics. The hearing will focus on the use of Pier 57 - a former West Side bus garage, dubbed Guantanamo on the Hudson by critics - to hold hundreds of arrested protesters."
Officials: City violated protesters rights (, Sep 14, 2004)
"As the city scooped up protesters during the Republican convention, it also managed to snatch away their civil liberties by holding many longer than 24 hours, City Council members and legal advocates said yesterday. Councilwoman Margarita Lopez (D-Manhattan) accused the Police Department of intentionally holding protesters longer than the legally allowed 24 hours in order to keep them off the streets during the Republican National Convention." She also accused police of detaining arrestees longer than necessary and much longer than the 24 hours required by law before arraignment.
Rage, Peace, and Panty Lines (, Sep 14, 2004)
"The Republican National Convention lasted four well-documented days. The street action outside Madison Square Garden was also heavily scrutinized and more dramatically scripted. Here are some moments of mischief and mayhem, pain and protest."
The Waiting Game (, Sep 14, 2004)
"In New York City during this year's convention, Mayor Bloomberg had been publicly praising the police department for its performance all week long. Outside the courthouse, [attorney Norman] Siegel declared: 'Politicians are making a huge mistake because this will resonate. It should be a major issue in the city elections in 2005. Bloomberg needs to be held accountable for the erosion of civil liberties.'"
Police and Protesters Spar a Last Time, Over the Peace (, Sep 14, 2004)
Assessing the conflict between protesters and police during the week of the Republican National Convention.
Vast Anti-Bush Protest Greets Republicans in New York (, Sep 14, 2004)
The largest demonstration at a political convention in American history.
7th Ablaze with Anti-Bush Fervor: 240 Arrests as throng marches to the Garden (, Sep 14, 2004)
A raging sea of protesters opposed to President Bush and the Iraq war washed over Seventh Ave. yesterday in the biggest display of dissent at a political convention in U.S. history.
Stage set for days of Dissent (, Sep 14, 2004)
Throughout the day and into the night, protesters shadowed delegates from their hotels to restaurants.
Curtain raiser is a show Stopper (, Sep 14, 2004)
In the end, there was no need for a big rally in Central Park. No need for a string of angry speakers standing at some podium bashing President Bush and the Republicans. In the end, the torrent of people and placards that choked the streets of Manhattan yesterday was more powerful than any speech.
Abolish the Electoral College (, Sep 14, 2004)
The Times argues that electing the president indirectly as we do shortchanges the voters of larger states.
Protesters are Anti-GOP, but Democrats Don't Claim Them (, Sep 14, 2004)
Democratic leaders distance themselves from protests versus the Republican National Convention. Analysts look at the impact of the protests on the November vote.
Before Days of Marching, a Long Drive (, Sep 14, 2004)
Profile of some protesters coming to New York to demonstrate against the Republican National Convention.
Protest in the Park? Showdown is Tomorrow (, Sep 14, 2004)
After months of legal dickering, the city's elaborate plans to steer antiwar protesters away from Central Park will be tested tomorrow by what is widely expected to be one of the city's largest political demonstrations in decades. Although the main protest group, United for Peace and Justice, failed to win a city permit to hold a formal rally on the park's Great Lawn, it remains the ultimate destination for many participants in the march, which some organizers believe could draw up to 250,000 people. The city is equally determined to keep mass demonstrations off the park's grass, and the struggle for the moral high ground will set the tone for a week of political theater inside and out of the Republican convention.
They're Nude, They're Rude (, Sep 14, 2004)
AIDS activists had New Yorkers dropping their jaws when they dropped their trousers and everything else on Eighth Ave., across from the heavily guarded Madison Square Garden just after noon. 'We're telling the naked truth,' said a nude Sharonann Lynch, 35, of Greenwich Village, one of 11 ACT UP protesters who took part in the cheeky demonstration.
Kelly: Anarchy must be Axed (, Sep 14, 2004)
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called on leaders of peaceful protests yesterday to publicly shun anarchists and other agitators bent on igniting chaos at the Republican National Convention. 'Protest organizers have an obligation to condemn the vandalism and disruption advocated by the minority,' Kelly told the Daily News. The organizers could perform a public service by telling the extremists to stay away,' Kelly said. 'Instead, they obfuscate on this point.
Poll: New Yorkers Support Protests (, Sep 14, 2004)
Democrats, who outnumber Republicans 5-to-1 among registered voters here, want their city to welcome not only Republican convention delegates but also the protesters who plan to demonstrate against the GOP. A sizable local contingent plans to join the marchers. Differing with their Republican-controlled city administration, 71 percent of the city's registered voters think protesters should be allowed to demonstrate in Central Park during the Republican National Convention. And 11 percent plan to go to a demonstration themselves, according to a poll released Thursday.
Judge Bars Big Rally in Park, But Protest March is Still Set (, Sep 14, 2004)
A state judge ruled yesterday that organizers of the largest protest planned during the week of the Republican National Convention may not hold a rally in Central Park on Sunday, throwing into doubt what thousands of people will do after marching to the Midtown convention site. In a strongly worded decision, Justice Jacqueline W. Silbermann of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, refused to issue an injunction that would have forced the city to issue a permit for the rally, which organizers expected would draw 215,000 people on the day before the convention convenes at Madison Square Garden. Leslie Cagan, the national coordinator of United for Peace and Justice, the protest group, vowed that the march - which is to begin at Union Square and go by the Garden - would go on, though there would be no rally. She said meetings were scheduled last night with the Police Department to discuss where marchers would disband.
Grass 1, People 0 (, Sep 14, 2004)
What a pity, then, that the mayor has put his hard-earned reputation at risk in a misguided bid to prevent two massive open-air political protests from going ahead this weekend in Central Park
New York Tramples Bill of Rights to Protect Grass (, Sep 14, 2004)
Worries about trampling on the city's grass are a weak excuse for treading upon Americans' First Amendment right to assemble to protest their government.
A Little Movement Toward More Taxis for Wheelchairs (, Sep 14, 2004)
Four years ago, taxi officials raised the possibility of making all the city's yellow cabs accessible to wheelchairs. But the idea never went anywhere, apparently fading into the ranks of other well-intentioned public accommodations that never seem to become reality in New York, like public toilets and direct train service to the airport. Today, only three of the city's 12,487 yellow cabs are accessible, meaning that someone in a wheelchair has about one chance in 4,162 of hailing an accessible minivan.
The FBI's Pre-Emptive Interrogation of 'Possible' Demonstrators: Chilling Political Speech (, Sep 14, 2004)
The conservative former Congressman from Georgia, now a consultant to the ACLU, decries a new FBI policy. "The Administration and campaign of George W. Bush is squelching any possible hint of disagreement or protest at every political rally or gathering," he writes.
Judge Rejects One Bid for a Central Park Protest (, Sep 14, 2004)
A federal judge in Manhattan refused yesterday to force the city to allow a rally on Saturday on the Great Lawn in Central Park, after the Bloomberg administration and protest organizers failed to reach a compromise during a sudden round of weekend negotiations. In denying the request, by the National Council of Arab Americans and the Answer Coalition, United States District Judge William H. Pauley III cited security concerns, the plaintiffs' delay in bringing the lawsuit, and the potential for damage from a rally of 75,000 people just two days before the start of the Republican National Convention.
Uncertainty Over Protest Location Creates Potential for Trouble (, Sep 14, 2004)
With just six days left before the largest planned demonstration of the Republican National Convention, organizers and the city have yet to reach an agreement on how to handle the masses of protesters, setting up the potential for confrontations with the police just as the Republican delegates arrive. At a moment when city officials and the protest's organizers, United for Peace and Justice, should be polishing the final details over the event next Sunday, they are instead locked in a court battle over the route of the march, which organizers say could draw 250,000 people. The group itself is fractured over how to proceed, and many protesters are vowing to use Central Park despite the vehement opposition of the city, which wants the rally to take place on the West Side Highway.
Judge Lets City Bar Convention Protest on Park's Great Lawn (, Sep 14, 2004)
A federal judge ruled today that two groups of protesters cannot use Central Park's Great Lawn for a demonstration related to the Republican National Convention in New York City that starts next week. The groups, the National Council of Arab Americans and the coalition Act Now to Stop War & End Racism, or Answer, had sought an injunction directing the New York City Parks Department to grant them a permit to use the Great Lawn for a demonstration of 75,000 people on Saturday, before the start of the convention on Monday. In denying the request by the National Council of Arab Americans and the Answer Coalition, the judge, William H. Pauley III of United States District Court in Manhattan, cited security concerns and a long delay in filing the lawsuit and rejected the argument that the city had violated the Constitution in denying the permit application for 75,000 people to rally."
If a Protest is Planned to a T, Is It a Protest (, Sep 14, 2004)
In this analysis of modern protests in New York, Representative John Lewis, a Democratic Congressman from Georgia, told the Times "that it was dangerous when the government tried to
New York Cites a Terrorist Threat (, Aug 10, 2004)
The New York Police Department, responding to new information that terrorists may be planning to attack corporations or large public institutions in the city, last night advised building managers and corporate security personnel to step up their procedures to guard against vehicles rigged with explosives and against chemical agents placed in ventilation systems.
A.C.L.U. to Withdraw From Charity Drive (, Aug 10, 2004)
The American Civil Liberties Union withdrew from a federal charity drive yesterday, rejecting the $500,000 it expected to receive through it this year.
A.C.L.U. Board is Split Over Terror Watch Lists, (, Aug 10, 2004)
The American Civil Liberties Union is in turmoil over a promise it made to the government that it would not knowingly hire people whose names appear on watch lists of suspected supporters of terrorism. Those lists are the very type it has strongly opposed in other contexts.
Contest Between Liberties and Security at Convention (, Aug 10, 2004)
When city officials recently denied a permit for use of the Great Lawn in Central Park for what could become the largest protest of the Republican National Convention, they cited potential damage to the grass as their chief concern. But according to a horticultural expert who worked on refurbishing the lawn, it was designed to withstand the abuse of large crowds since the grass was planted in a special soil mix so that it could take the weight and traffic without reverting to the great dust bowl it had once been.
City goes to court in bid to keep searches in bag (, Aug 10, 2004)
Security at Times Square on New Year's Eve is the main reason the city is appealing a court decision limiting bag searches, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Sweet ruled Monday that the NYPD can't search the bags of demonstrators outside the Republican National Convention unless cops can show ‘both a specific threat to public safety and an indication of how blanket searches could reduce that threat.
Protesters Accept a Stage Distant from G.O.P. Ears (, Aug 10, 2004)
The group planning the largest protest during the Republican National Convention agreed yesterday to hold a giant rally along the West Side Highway, acceding to the demands of the Bloomberg administration, which opposed the group's effort to demonstrate in Central Park. ‘We are not happy about this,’ said Leslie Cagan, national coordinator for United for Peace and Justice, an antiwar umbrella group. ‘The clock is ticking; we need to move on,’ she added. ‘So, we decided to take the high road here.’ More than a year ago, the group began seeking a permit for 250,000 people to rally on the Great Lawn in Central Park on Aug. 29, the day before the convention begins. But the Parks Department rejected that site, saying that the area could not hold that many people and that a huge rally would damage the lawn.
City to Appeal Limits on Searches of Protesters (, Aug 10, 2004)
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that the city would appeal a federal court ruling restricting searches and other police tactics during protests at the Republican National Convention next month. City officials could not say if they would seek an expedited appeal to ensure a decision before the convention, or which elements of the ruling would be appealed. The ruling, by Judge Robert W. Sweet of Federal District Court in Manhattan, bars general searches of protesters' bags at the convention and the use of four-sided pens to contain the demonstrators, but Mr. Bloomberg's comments indicated that it was the Police Department's ability to conduct general searches that was most at issue.
Early Court Win for Protesters on Searches, Barricades (, Aug 10, 2004)
A federal court in Manhattan has forbidden the NYPD from deploying some of its infamous crowd-control tactics at the Republican National Convention. In a July 16 decision, Judge Robert Sweet specifically blocked the use of the four-sided metal barricades known as ‘pens,’ because of their interference with free-speech rights, and the searching of people’s possessions without individualized suspicion of a specific safety threat. He also called the cops on the problem of disinformation that protesters found so infuriating at the large antiwar demonstrations last year—namely the turning away of participants from certain entry points with absolutely no guidance on where else they might find access.
NYPD Sets a Dangerous Ultimatum (, Aug 10, 2004)
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly’s ultimatum to a group that wants to hold a march and rally is alarming and should be denounced as such by all of us who believe in the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which guarantees ‘the right of the people to peaceably assemble.
150 Picket Near City Hall in Favor of Central Park Rally (, Aug 10, 2004)
About 150 protesters picketed outside of City Hall Park yesterday to demand that the Bloomberg administration allow a giant rally in Central Park before the Republican National Convention next month.
Police Offer Convention Protesters a Site Far From Garden (, Aug 10, 2004)
The Police Department drew a line in the sand yesterday for the group planning the largest protest during the Republican National Convention next month, telling the protest organizers they can hold a giant rally only along the West Side Highway, four long blocks from the convention site. If the group disagrees with the site, police officials said, its leaders can sue the city.
Morgan Stanley Settles Bias Suit with $54 Million (, Aug 10, 2004)
Morgan Stanley agreed yesterday to pay $54 million to settle a sex discrimination case rather than stand trial on the federal government's accusation that it denied equal pay and promotions to women in a division of its investment bank. The settlement, which could cover as many as 340 women, is the second largest the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has reached with a company it sued and is the first with a major securities firm.
Felons and the Rights to Vote (, Aug 10, 2004)
Voting rights should not be a political football. There should be bipartisan support for efforts to help ex-felons get their voting rights back, by legislators and by state and local election officials.
Park Lawn (, Aug 10, 2004)
Now along comes Mayor Bloomberg, claiming he can pick and choose which New Yorkers get to use the Great Lawn for a public event. If you're the Metropolitan Opera or the Philharmonic, Bloomberg says, you and your fans are okay. But if you are called United for Peace and Justice, and want to assemble more than 200,000 people in the park to protest the Iraq war on Aug. 29, the eve of the Republican Convention, the Great Lawn is off-limits.
Accommodating the Protesters (, Aug 10, 2004)
It does not require extensive polling to predict that when the Republican convention comes to New York, there will be a lot of protesters. If the city wants to be the host of a convention — and Mayor Michael Bloomberg vigorously pursued this one — it has to give reasonable access to those with alternative views. The city has not been forthcoming in its offers of protest sites, and it has been unduly dismissive of the free-expression interests at stake. It should do a better job of coming up with an acceptable site for the protesters.
UFPJ Says No to the West Side Highway (, Aug 10, 2004)
On August 29, United for Peace and Justice will hold a massive, impassioned, peaceful, and legal march past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican Convention, to protest the Bush Administration’s deceit and destruction. They will not, however, be rallying on the West Side Highway after the march.
City Council Affirms Domestic Partner Benefits (, Jun 30, 2004)
Overriding another of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's vetoes, the City Council voted yesterday to require that companies doing business with the city offer equal benefits to the domestic partners of their employees. The override, approved by 41 of the Council's 51 members, clears the way for New York to join a handful of other large cities that require businesses seeking municipal contracts to extend to same-sex couples the same family health insurance benefits provided to other workers." The mayor said he would probably have his Law Department sue to block implementation of the law.
Court Roster Will Decide Future of Death Penalty (, Jun 30, 2004)
Disappointed supporters of capital punishment lashed out on Thursday at a ruling from the state's highest court that effectively suspended the state's death penalty. The judges in the court's 4-to-3 majority, they said, showed that they were out to sabotage capital punishment and would never approve an execution. Death penalty opponents, in contrast, said the court had finally shown that it was not lost in a sea of technicalities and was finally focusing on fundamental injustices in the capital punishment law. Both assertions may have been premature - political theater designed, perhaps, to ratchet up pressure on the judges for the next case involving the death penalty.
A 4-3 Ruling Effectively Halts Death Penalty in New York (, Jun 30, 2004)
New York State's highest court ruled yesterday that a central provision of the state's capital punishment law violated the State Constitution. Lawyers said the ruling would probably spare the lives of the four men now on death row and effectively suspend the death penalty in New York.
N.Y. Court Ruling Appears to Invalidate Death Sentences (, Jun 30, 2004)
The state's highest court Thursday threw out the death sentence imposed on a Long Island killer and declared a sentencing provision of New York's capital punishment statute violates the state constitution. The 4-3 ruling by the state Court of Appeals not only spares the life of Stephen LaValle, who was convicted and condemned to die for raping and killing a jogger in 1997, but also appears to invalidate capital sentences against the other three men on death row in New York.
Reporter's Subpoenas Are Being Fought in the Case of a Lawyer Accused of Aiding Terrorism (, Jun 30, 2004)
Three news organizations are fighting subpoenas issued to four reporters to testify at the trial of Lynne F. Stewart, a lawyer in New York accused of aiding terrorism.
Fair-Housing Groups Say New York City is Falling Behind (, Jun 30, 2004)
New York City, once a leader in enforcing fair-housing laws, is now lagging behind even small cities, critics say.
Housing and Rights (, Jun 30, 2004)
Human Rights Commissioner Gatling counters charges that city is falling behind in fair-housing enforcement.
Housing Subsidies for Poor Threatened (, Jun 7, 2004)
New York City is facing a shortfall of at least $55.5 million in federal housing subsidies this year because of a recent regulatory change affecting the government's primary housing program for poor Americans.
Blocking the Raze (, Jun 7, 2004)
For five years, Gregg Singer has been seeking to capitalize on the old CHARAS/El Bohio community center on East 9th Street in the East Village, which the developer bought for $3.15 million at a highly contested auction in 1998.
Goodbye, Columbus (, Jun 7, 2004)
I am wearing shorts, a tank top, and flip-flops. You will see why this is relevant.
THOMPSON'S CHOICE (, Jun 7, 2004)
Mayor Bloomberg wants to funnel affordable housing funds into the Javits Convention Center. Will the comptroller let it happen?
HUD'S "WORST CASES" REPORT (, Jun 7, 2004)
The gap between people who need affordable housing and the existing stock has widened, according to a Department of Housing and Urban Development report. HUD is supposed to report to Congress every two years on the nation’s “worst case housing needs”—or the number of renters who earn less than half the median income of their area, don’t get housing assistance and either pay more than half of their income to rent or live in slums.
Remembering Lives, Given and Taken (, Jun 7, 2004)
For Memorial Day, recalling the life and contributions of New Yorker Andrew Goodman, slain in Mississippi 40 years ago with Michael Schwerner and James Cheney while doing civil rights work at age 20. His mother Carolyn Goodman is 88 and lives on the Upper West Side.
Police Waste No Time in Disallowing Subway Photos (, Jun 7, 2004)
Police have started stopping citizens from taking photos or videos in the subway system, despite the fact that the ban on such picture taking has been proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority but not yet enacted.
Subway Officials Seek Ban on Picture Taking (, Jun 7, 2004)
Citing the security of 7 million daily riders, 48,000 employees and its transportation network, New York City Transit yesterday proposed a ban on unauthorized photography, filming and videotaping on city subways, buses and Staten Island Railway trains. The press and businesses or individuals with permits would be exempt." Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign said that the ban could raise First Amendment rights issues.
Disabled Protesters Block Doors at End of Hearing on Elections (, Jun 7, 2004)
Disabled protesters used their wheelchairs to block the doors after a panel of lawmakers working to overhaul New York's aging election system ended a meeting on Tuesday without discussing ways to make polling places more accessible to the disabled.
Access-A-Ride Workers Reach Deal To End Strike (, Jun 7, 2004)
Faced with impending layoffs, Access-a-Ride workers struck a deal Wednesday to end their nearly three-week long strike.
Fighting for Free Speech Means Fighting for Howard Stern (, Jun 7, 2004)
Legal rulings about indecency have a way of quickly slipping into ridiculousness, and so it is with the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision imposing $495,000 in fines on Clear Channel for broadcasting an episode of the Howard Stern show.
Housing Subsidies for Poor Threatened by Aid Cuts (, May 7, 2004)
New York City is facing a shortfall of at least $55.5 million in federal housing subsidies this year because of a recent regulatory change affecting the government's primary housing program for poor Americans.
Green Gets Real With Affordable Housing and Affordable Bills (, May 7, 2004)
John Rodriguez knew he was lucky when he qualified to buy a brand new, subsidized three-family house in the South Bronx for just $300,000. But his luck did not stop there. Mr. Rodriguez, who now shares a duplex with his brother and rents out two apartments in the house, said his hot water and heating bills for the whole house — 4,000 square feet — have averaged just $225 a month.
Probe Reveals Creative Ways New Yawkers Scam Affordable Housing (, May 7, 2004)
Some people are just dying to get a cheap New York City apartment. Twelve ghoulish scamsters masqueraded as dead people to snag New York City Housing Authority rentals, a six-month city Department of Investigation probe found.
HUD Gives $400 Million to NYC (, May 7, 2004)
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has provided New York City with more than $400 million to construct and rehabilitate low-income housing and to help house the homeless and people with AIDS.
With Drugs in Open, Elderly Live Behind Locks (, May 7, 2004)
What you expect at Harborview Terrace Houses, a public housing project for the old and disabled at 530 West 55th Street, are small moments in slow motion. A willowy woman equipped with a cane totters home with a small bag of frozen meals and a gossip magazine. A visiting attendant watches betrayal on the soaps with a woman in a wheelchair. At the senior center, two men work at a measured game of pool, a whoop rising as the nine ball dives into the corner pocket.
Subsidized Renters Getting The Boot (, May 7, 2004)
Landlords, tired of paperwork and hoping for cash-paying tenants, are beginning to evict renters who receive federal rent subsidies as leases come up for renewal.
Housing Hud-Ache (, May 7, 2004)
New federal regulations will cut $40 million from city's 2004 rental subsidies.
NY Landlord Battles Trans Discrimination Suit (, May 7, 2004)
A New York City landlord is trying to block the city's largest Hispanic HIV/AIDS group from suing it for refusing to allow trans patients to use gender appropriate washrooms.
Affordable Housing Is Advocated (, May 7, 2004)
More than 50 people gathered yesterday in Randall Manor to start a campaign to convince authorities and politicians that Staten Island is in dire need of more affordable rental housing, and that neglecting to build and maintain affordable units could be detrimental for borough residents' quality of life.
In Public Housing, it (, May 7, 2004)
For Shaleema Malave, a resident of the Lillian Wald Houses on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the letter arrived unexpectedly about two weeks ago, and it read like a kind of draft notice.
Staten Island Row Houses To Be Demolished (, May 7, 2004)
The New York City Housing Authority plans to demolish 360 low-rise row houses in Staten Island and redevelop the area with a mix of affordable housing units.
City Demands the Final Word If It Wins 2012 Olympics Bid (, May 6, 2004)
The city is trying to control advertising messages on public structures in and around potential Olympic sights should the city win its bid to host the 2012 summer games. Civil libertarians are calling it "a dangerous precedent."
Access-A-Ride Strike: City's Infirm Are Left in the Lurch (, May 6, 2004)
Thousands of elderly and disabled New Yorkers were stranded yesterday after a sudden strike paralyzed the Access-A-Ride van system, leaving them without rides to their jobs, doctors and families.
Gay Marriage 35 Years After Stonewall (, May 6, 2004)
This gay attorney and Democratic District Leader looks at the progress of the gay and lesbian community since the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and sees equal rights on the horizon. "Marriage is the central organizing principle in society," Moss writes, "and we in the lesbian and gay community will never be equal until we have equal rights to marry if we wish to do so.
Merrill Lynch Ordered to Pay for Sexual Bias (, May 6, 2004)
Merrill Lynch and Company, the nation's biggest brokerage firm, discriminated against women who worked as stockbrokers, according to a panel of arbitrators that has awarded $2.2 million to one of them. That decision, which was made Monday but not disclosed until yesterday, was the first legal ruling to find that a Wall Street firm had engaged in systematic discrimination. The finding could be used to bolster the claims of about 40 current and former Merrill brokers who have not settled their discrimination claims against the firm. Merrill has already paid more than $100 million in settlements with hundreds of other women who joined a class-action case against the firm more than five years ago.
Wheelchair-accessible London (, May 6, 2004)
London's reputation as a wheelchair-friendly place rests largely on the accessibility of its taxis. It is downright revolutionary, the idea of rolling a wheelchair directly into a taxicab, any ordinary cab hailed on the street. For me, it eliminates an awkward transfer from the wheelchair to the car seat, as well as the need for someone to fold my chair and wrestle it into the trunk, where even my lightweight manual chair may not fit. For people with less mobility and larger chairs, the typical American-style taxi is out of the question. London's distinctive cabs have long been spacious enough for a wheelchair, but thanks to the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, all taxis built since 2000 are equipped with the fold-out ramp and wide doors. Older cabs now carry a portable ramp.
In a Lawsuit, Same-Sex Couples Say New York State Ruined Their Wedding Plans (, May 6, 2004)
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit yesterday against New York State's Department of Health on behalf of 13 same-sex couples whose plans to be married by the mayor of New Paltz were thwarted after criminal charges were brought against him. The marriages never took place because Mayor Jason West, who officiated at 25 same-sex marriages in February, was charged with 19 misdemeanor counts of solemnizing unlicensed marriages and placed under a court injunction to cease doing so. The same charge was filed against two Unitarian ministers who stepped in to solemnize marriages in the mayor's place.
Push is On to Give Legal Immigrants Vote in New York (, May 6, 2004)
The campaign to restore the right of non-citizen residents to vote in municipal elections.
From Schoolhouse to Jailhouse: Doing Hard Time in Public Schools (, May 6, 2004)
"Public schools have tumbled so far down the slippery slope toward the model of a correctional facility, where policing strategies substitute for enlightened pedagogy, that most Americans take for granted that schools and their pupils are out of control. The reality is far different." "The racial discrimination inherent in New York City's public schools - where majority white and Asian Stuyvesant High in posh Tribeca can produce Westinghouse Science Award winners while majority Black JFK High in the Bronx produces students with criminal records - is hardly surprising. And neither is it an accident. In New York as elsewhere, the educational tracking of students steers some into achievement and opportunity, while others are funneled into the prison track.
Amid Protests, Nielsen Delays New Tracking of Viewers (, May 6, 2004)
Nielsen Media Research on Tuesday abruptly postponed until June plans to change the way it gathers local television ratings in New York, the country's biggest market. The company, whose ratings have been used for decades to help set prices for television commercials, bowed to widespread criticism that the system it planned to introduce on Thursday in New York would severely undercount the number of black and Hispanic viewers.
Cops Catching Flak from Rallies (, May 2, 2003)
Anti-war protests in the city have fueled a surge in civilian complaints of police misconduct this year, the Daily News has learned.
Disabled Taken for a Rough Ride (, May 2, 2003)
"New York's paratransit vans are getting involved in more serious accidents and failing more safety inspections than ever before, a Daily News investigation has found."
New Yorkers Will March in the Face of War In Shock and Awe (, Apr 2, 2003)
How the organizers of the anti-war march on March 22 were able to secure a permit from the New York Police Department.
Why Mike Banned the March (, Mar 4, 2003)
By Wayne Barrett, Village Voice, Feb. 19.
When Peace is a Threat (, Mar 4, 2003)
By Sarah Ferguson, Village Voice, Feb. 11. "The City Labels Anti-War Marchers a Security Breach"
Life After SONDA: Gay Politics Will Never be the Same (, Dec 25, 2002)
Richard Goldstein writes in the Village Voice about how the passage on December 17 of a state lesbian and gay rights bill that excluded people of transgender experience exposed some of the fault lines in the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement.
Hugh B. Price Stepping Down as Head of the National Urban League (, Nov 6, 2002)
After more than eight years as head of the New York City-based National Urban League, Hugh B. Price announced in November that he is leaving as president in April 2003. Read his memo to the board of directors at their website listing his many accomplishments for the 93-year old organization from health and education to ensuring that African Americans get their fair share of this country's wealth.