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New York Times, By Michael M. Grynbaum. Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeking to recapture the energy that propelled him to victory last November, marked his 100th day in office on Thursday with a rhetoric-heavy speech that called on his supporters to help him create a “people-powered government” in New York. Looking to begin a new phase of his mayoralty after a bruising winter in Albany, the mayor ...

Newsday, By James T. Madore. Last month's negotiations for a new state budget showcased the continuing disagreement between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature over how to award more than $700 million in business aid each year. Critics of how governments dole out business aid were generally supportive of the regional councils. The Alliance for a Greater New York is lobbying for improvements, but ...

Apr 10 2014

City and State, First Read. Fresh off of a sit-down at City Hall with the de Blasio administration’s Superstorm Sandy recovery team, the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding has released an “Action Plan” for rebuilding after the storm, hoping to influence the mayor as he revamps the slow recovery effort. The Alliance met with the mayor’s new director of the Housing Recovery Office ...

AdaptNY, By Matt Surrusco. [View the story "City Council Hears Criticism from Homeowners on Sandy Relief Program" on Storify]

El Economista, By AFP. New York City will provide free Universal Pre-K for children 4 years and older. This central campaign promise of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio will be implemented, thanks to a state funding agreement. The compromise reached with Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Assembly and Senate, and the State of New York this weekend included $1.5 billion (of which $300 million was allocated for ...

CBS New York, By Jim Smith. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new initiatives to speed the delivery of storm relief to those still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. De Blasio joined Sen. Charles Schumer in the Rockaways on Saturday to announce his new plan for the city’s Build It Back program. It includes reallocating $100 million to fund the rebuilding of homes destroyed by Sandy regardless of ...

Mar 29 2014

Wall Street Journal, By Laura Kusisto. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that he plans to retool the city’s recovery efforts, appointing a superstorm Sandy “czar” and promising to significantly increase the pace of distributing assistance. Mr. de Blasio appointed Bill Goldstein to serve as senior adviser to the mayor for recovery, resiliency and infrastructure, and Amy Peterson to oversee housing recovery. He ...

Albany Times Union, By Sara Niccoli. I live in the town of Palatine, on a second-generation farm, where my husband and I raise sheep, market vegetables and a little girl. It’s a deep-rooted community, where the road you live on might also be your last name, where the dots between people all connect up sooner rather than later. The things we expect from government are ...

City and State, By Hugh Hogan and Nathalie Alegre. Now is the crucial moment for Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his promise to address the needs of Superstorm Sandy survivors. During his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised to address the unmet needs of Superstorm Sandy survivors in the Rockaways, Staten Island and other parts of the city. Low-income homeowners, renters, public housing residents and undocumented ...

Truthout, By Amy B. Dean. New York and Boston have elected mayors who have vowed liberal reforms. Two organizers discuss what it could take for social movements to turn such promises into reality.