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City Council Set To Overhaul Neighborhood-Grant System

New speaker wants to reform the controversial member-item process.

01/29/2014
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High on the agenda of the new City Council and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is reform of the member-item funding process for neighborhood-based nonprofit organizations. Sources say that Council members have made clear to both the speaker and Mayor Bill de Blasio that they won’t support eliminating the grants, known as member items, which allow them to curry favor with their constituents’ movers and shakers.

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is said to be looking for ways to keep member-item cash flowing. Getty Images

Obama Backs de Blasio

President's praise for 'courageous' candidate is more emphatic than 2009 nod for Democrat against Bloomberg.

09/23/2013
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio picked up a powerful endorsement from the commander-in-chief Monday in his bid to become New York's first Democrat mayor in two decades.

Barack Obama: De Blasio agenda is "bold and courageous." Getty Images
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