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Constitutional Convention Will Expand Voter Participation

BY RACHEL BLOOM | When looking at the extremely low voter turnout for New York City’s recent primary election, one wouldn’t know that city residents were deciding who would run for mayor this year. It is clear that New York needs to do more to encourage voter participation and competitive elections. While the need is […]

Albany Too Corrupt to Change Say Opponents of Change

Albany Too Corrupt to Change Say Opponents of Change

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | If New Yorkers vote for a state constitutional convention on November 7, they could empower the entrenched Albany establishment to make fundamental changes to the state’s founding document. If they oppose a convention, they will be leaving the entrenched Albany establishment in charge of the state government. What is a voter to […]

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 […]

Boro Prez Candidates Square Off on… and at NYU

Boro Prez Candidates Square Off on… and at NYU

BY KAITLYN MEADE | “Education, jobs, affordable housing” was the mantra that candidates for Manhattan borough president stuck to at a recent debate on the campus of New York University. All four Democratic candidates appeared comfortable in their skins at the August 7 event, settling in for what one of them called their 538th debate in […]