Posted inCity Council

Council Members Get Cash Boost for Office Rent as Voter Services Lag in Pandemic

City Council members feeling the squeeze from high rents at their district offices got help last month from Speaker Adrienne Adams, who said she would pick up part of the tab in the upcoming budget.  The change will allow the 51-member body to direct more money to their staff salaries, addressing longstanding complaints over low […]

Posted inCampaign 2022

Candidates Race to Run for Reconfigured Seats Following New District Maps

Candidates are streaming in and out of congressional and state races now that New York has adopted new political district maps. Democratic state lawmakers last month aggressively redrew state and congressional boundaries to favor their party, including reconfiguring three congressional districts won by Donald Trump in 2020. Gov. Kathy Hochul approved the new lines on […]

Posted inSmall Business

New York’s 100-Year-Old Businesses Offer Lessons in Survival

What’s reliable about New York City is change. It’s what a batch of businesses around the boroughs have been adapting to — and counting on — for at least a century, even before construction of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings.  These businesses made it through the Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression, all the […]

Posted inCampaign 2021

Fossella Thanks ‘President Trump’ in Staten Island Borough President Comeback Win

Ex-Rep. Vito Fossella’s political comeback bid appeared complete Tuesday night as he took the Staten Island borough president’s race — thanking “our great President Donald Trump” for his victory. The Republican’s win came in the only competitive boroughwide or citywide race as most New Yorkers elected their local mini mayors, comptroller and public advocate with […]

Posted inClimate Change

Staten Island Sewer Project Stuck in the Drain for 24 Years as Climate Change Ups Stakes

Additional reporting by With Clifford Michel When Rudy Giuliani was being elected to a second term as mayor, his administration announced it would install a storm sewer in a flood-prone section of Staten Island.  Nearly 24 years later, the $10.7 million project planned under a three-block stretch of Willow Avenue in Rosebank is finally set […]