New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present his final budget after 11 years in office with spending choices limited by billions of dollars tied up in disputes over state aid, taxi revenue and labor contracts.
New York City Comptroller John Liu stood in a Chinatown banquet hall last week surrounded by hundreds of guests who paid $100 each to celebrate his 46th birthday. There were platters of noodles, balloons and enough American flag-themed cake to feed the entire room.
Occupy Wall Street, the global movement against inequality that ignited in Manhattan last year, will mark its first anniversary by trying to block traffic in the financial district and encircle the New York Stock Exchange.
The United Federation of Teachers went to court to stop the New York City Department of Education from publicly disclosing the names and performance reports of teachers in the biggest U.S. public school system.