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City Gives $125M Boost to Underfunded Schools

The $125 million infusion will benefit 588,285 students in 854 underfunded schools. Brooklyn Technical High School New York City's schools are getting a $125 million boost in the 2018-19 school year, announced Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday.

Comptroller Calls on DOE for Policy Changes to Give Homeless Kids a Fair Shot

Stringer proposes to hire more social workers and to change the DOE's enrollment policies for transfer and late-enrolling students impacted by homelessness. The Help 1 shelter in Brownsville.
Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Restore Voting Rights to 35,000 Parolees

Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Restore Voting Rights to 35,000 Parolees

New York joins fourteen other states and the District of Columbia that restore the right to vote upon release from incarceration.
See the 10 NYCHA Developments where Mayor De Blasio has launched an 'All-Out Offensive' on Rat Infestation!

See the 10 NYCHA Developments where Mayor De Blasio has launched an 'All-Out Offensive' on Rat Infestation!

The city's Neighborhood Rat Reduction Plan includes dry ice treatment and full-time exterminators to aggressively combat rat infestation. Photo credit: nyc.
Brooklyn Councilmembers Push to Reform Disciplinary Actions for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses

Brooklyn Councilmembers Push to Reform Disciplinary Actions for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses

The newly introduced bills relate to populations that are disproportionately made up of people of color, which are more often targeted for low-level marijuana offenses than whiter or wealthier populations.

City Expands Neighborhood Policing Model to Brooklyn Subways

Officials hope that seeing the same officers on their daily commute will give subway riders a person to reach out to when they have a problem on the trains. Photo credit: nyc.

Jumaane Williams Tied in the Polls for Lt. Governor with Incumbent Hochul

Flatbush Councilmember Jumaane Willams positions himself as a strong progressive alternative to the present administration in Albany. Photo courtesy Office of Jumaane D.

New Comptroller's Report Shows: 'Despicable' Wage Gap for Women Persists

The analysis reveals that women are paid half of the earnings of white men among the highest-paying occupations - with women of color making as low as 39 cents on every dollar. Photo credit: NBC News Today, April 10, is equal pay day.

Comptroller's Audit Finds Hazardous Conditions at 70 Percent of NYCHA Playgrounds

The new audit not only reveals the hazardous conditions of NYCHA playgrounds, but it also shows that NYCHA has inadequate control over its inspection process and does not follow its own policies Photo courtesy Office of Comptroller Scott M.
Local Officials Demand Answers on Fatal Shooting of Saheed Vassell

Local Officials Demand Answers on Fatal Shooting of Saheed Vassell

Local elected officials expressed their condolences and concerns; a community vigil is scheduled to be held this evening. Photo credit: Facebook On Wednesday afternoon, New York City police officers fatally shot an unarmed black man in Crown Heights.