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The Trappings of Power — Whether you think the rumblings about New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer misusing his security detail to ferry his wife is the second coming of Alan Hevesi or a ginned up New York Post special, the allegations prompt the question of why the comptroller- the steward of the people's money-has a taxpayer-funded squad of police officers driving him around in the first place.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @CityAndStateNY: Politicians are only too happy to accept perks like a security detail because such trifles make them feel powerful:

Cory Booker Burns Through More Key Staff Members — Cory Booker may have one of the highest profiles of any member of the U.S. Senate, but he certainly has trouble keeping the staff members who cultivate that image. City & State has learned exclusively that Beth DeFalco, who left her job as City Hall reporter for the New York Post in June of this year to become Booker's director of communications, quietly departed from that post last week.
Nov 24, 2014

is this true? if so, why happening? Cory Booker Burns Through More Key Staff Members…

Nov 24, 2014

Exclusive: Two of @CoryBooker's highest-ranking staff members have quietly left his office in recent weeks:

Partners in Power: The Unlikely Alliance of Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie — Arriving well in advance, we were eventually whisked up to an upper floor conference room packed with New York and New Jersey law enforcement officials, many of whom I recognized or knew from my 13 years covering New Jersey politics. Cuomo arrived first.
Nov 24, 2014

Good stuff here from @ZackFinkNews on the Cuomo/Christie alliance. Great bit about TIshman's Rob Speyer… h/t @Azi

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Bronx BP: Wi-Fi Hotspots Should Be Solar-Powered — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposed resurrection of the New York's moribund payphones, in which existing installations would be converted into free Wi-Fi hotspots, has been widely praised as a cost-effective move that would modernize sidewalk and telecom infrastructure while promoting digital inclusion, even as the process by which the city selected a partner to run the new network elicited the ire of elected officials.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @CityAndStateNY: A plan to resurrect NYC’s moribund payphones as free hotspots is drawing the scrutiny of Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr.:

Which NYC Buildings Aren't Beholden to City Inspectors? — New York City landlords and small business owners know all too well just how strict the city's army of inspectors can be. Over the 12 years of the Bloomberg administration's rule, the city's take from levying fines spiked from $479 million to well over $800 million.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @Danjanison: City & State - Beyond the Law: Which NYC buildings aren't beholden to city inspectors?…

City & State - Why Sharpton? — GOP state chairman Ed Cox was surely having a go at Bill de Blasio when he prophesied that the mayor would be the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. At this point it isn't even even clear that de Blasio will be the 2017 Democratic nominee for mayor.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @NYCCouncilWatch: "Mayor of New York City is the ultimate dead-end job in American politics."…

Bridging the Digital Divide — "Teachers are scared to death sometimes that the kids know more than they do about technology," said Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, on the need to prioritize professional development in New York City public schools-one of several measures she called for Tuesday morning at City & State 's On Tech event, which was dedicated to the tech outlook in New York State.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @EPluribusUnum: User location determines relevant services: MT @rachelhaot: How #opendata personalizes the new @NYGov