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Meet the New Boss: Same as the Old Boss?

Meet the New Boss: Same as the Old Boss?

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | While Bill de Blasio’s choice of William Bratton to head the city’s police department likely reassured New Yorkers that the declines in crime seen over the last 20 years will be sustained, few are asking if the management techniques that Bratton first put in place in the early 1990s are responsible […]

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

Will the de Blasio Express Deliver a New Council Speaker?

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Despite a mushrooming of candidate debates around town, the race for City Council speaker is limited to just 51 voters. But that’s not to say that this year’s seven announced candidates have suddenly decided to open up to a wider constituency an exclusive prerogative councilmembers previously guarded jealously. In fact, individual members […]

Talking Transition, Not Talking Money

Talking Transition, Not Talking Money

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | At the start of a town hall meeting held in the Talking Transition tent at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, Glennda Testone told the roughly 50 people who turned out why they were gathered there. “Our goal tonight is to start a conversation about the serious issues that face the LGBT community,” […]

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

Claiming Progressive Mandate, de Blasio Romps to Victory

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Standing before a cheering crowd, Democrat Bill de Blasio sounded the themes of progressive values that won him the earlier Democratic primary and that clearly appealed to a wide swath of New York City voters in the general election. “The people of this city have chosen a progressive path and tonight we […]

Coalition Lays Out Proposals for Post-Quinn Council Reforms

Coalition Lays Out Proposals for Post-Quinn Council Reforms

BY SAM SPOKONY | A coalition of City Council members and Democratic Council nominees likely to win on November 5 took to the steps of City Hall on October 30 to begin making their case for sweeping reforms to the Council’s rules. Two months before they take office — and a week before they are even […]

Fighting For New York’s Future

Fighting For New York’s Future

GAY CITY NEWS ENDORSEMENT | It’s been 20 years since New York, an overwhelmingly Democratic town, has had a Democratic mayor. During that period, a number of trends cheered many, probably most New Yorkers. Crime went down dramatically; the 414 murders in 2012 represented an astonishing decline of almost 80 percent since 1993. With safer […]

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

LGBT, AIDS Groups Look to Quinn-Less Future

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | As Christine Quinn’s 14 years in the City Council come to a close, some community groups are expressing concern that they are losing a sympathetic leader who steered millions of city dollars into their coffers. “As far as HIV, we lose an ally,” said Lyndel Urbano, the manager of government affairs at […]

The Torch Has Been Passed

The Torch Has Been Passed

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what many — though certainly not all — in the LGBT community will judge a bittersweet political moment, the first viable out gay candidate for mayor fell well short on September 10, even as three gay newcomers were elected to the City Council. Two came from boroughs never before represented by […]

De Blasio Scores Big Win in Primary, Potentially Avoiding Runoff

De Blasio Scores Big Win in Primary, Potentially Avoiding Runoff

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Having achieved a big plurality in the Democratic primary, with a good shot at avoiding a runoff when all the paper ballots have been counted early next week, a triumphant Bill de Blasio vowed to win City Hall on November 5. “What we achieved here tonight won’t just change the views […]

Frontrunner Status Evaporated, Quinn Runs Well Behind de Blasio, Thompson

Frontrunner Status Evaporated, Quinn Runs Well Behind de Blasio, Thompson

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a sharp rebuke to her eight years as City Council speaker, Christine Quinn finished a distant third in the September 10 Democratic mayoral primary. Fueled by anger over her close ties to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, her role in giving him the chance to run for a third term, and –– in […]

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