Critics Say Assemblyman Vito Lopez Is On Blatant Power Grab In the hip neighborhoods of Brooklyn, critics call it a most uncool move. Assemblyman Lopez, under fire for sex harassment, wants to pick his successor as Democratic party boss.
Questions Abound After Reported Secret Payout Involving Speaker Silver, Assemblyman LopezThe New York Times said in June, powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver quietly approved a secret payout to at least one Vito Lopez staffer, who accused him of sex harassment.
Parents, Teachers Protest Unsafe Conditions At Williamsburg SchoolDozens of people gathered on Friday outside MS 577 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, protesting that the school has been plagued by problems for years -- including mold inside the classrooms.
National Unemployment Rate Drops But Many New Yorkers Still Out Of WorkThe unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level in more than two and a half years, falling to 8.6 percent in November, the Labor Department said Friday.

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