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About a year after the 2009 Rick Santelli rant that helped trigger the rise of the Tea Party, a reporter from a national newspaper called and asked what I thought “Rules for Radicals” author Saul Alinsky would have said if he’d been told that many of the organizing tools and concepts promoted by Alinsky had been studied and applied by Tea Party leaders.

EXLCUSIVE: Scott Stringer, parents urge Education Dept. to fix online system they say deprives special needs students

City Controller Scott Stringer and New York parents are calling for a fix to a flawed Education Department computer system blamed for ruining the educations of kids with special needs.

NYCHA launches Mold Busters team to combat moisture and growth in its developments

If there’s something strange in your NYCHA home, who you gonna call? Obviously, Mold Busters! The New York City Housing Authority will announce on Monday the launch of a pilot program to abate pervasive mold from its aging buildings. Under the program — dubbed Mold Busters — workers will be equipped with special meters to monitor moisture in apartments and accurately target the cause of the mold.

The true toughness Jeff Sessions must show

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a message to America: He’s going to be tough on crime. To those so us who live, work and pastor in the killing fields of Baltimore, or Cleveland or Chicago, or the former killing fields of the South Bronx or East Brooklyn, that could be good news. We’ll see.

Barack Obama can save lives with push for 'smart guns'

Among President Obama's actions this week on guns, the most far-reaching may be the brief memorandum he sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three largest gun-purchasing agencies in the U.S. government. Each has a substantial research budget. The President's memo directs them to research "smart guns" and other gun-safety technologies, and to purchase these technologies as appropriate.

Top pols urge Mayor de Blasio to invest city’s money in smart guns for the NYPD

Two top pols want to see NYPD cops carrying smart guns. Controller Scott Stringer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries pushed Mayor de Blasio Monday to use the city’s purchasing power to push gun manufacturers to make smart guns, ordering up a weapon to put on the NYPD’s approved firearms list.

Gun ex-con used to shoot two cops in Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by different man, who listed fake address

The gun used by an ex-con to shoot two cops in the Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by a different man who said he lived there but was later found to be living in the Bronx, police sources said Friday.

Judge blasts NYCHA, agrees to appoint special master to deal with toxic mold in aging apartments

A federal judge — fed up with NYCHA’s inability to abate toxic mold in its aging apartments — has agreed to appoint a special master to enforce a two-year-old pact to fix the problem

Bill breaks the mold at NYCHA

Ho, hum, a judge imposed a special master on Mayor de Blasio in the hope of preventing one of his agencies from further damaging New Yorkers’ health. Ho, hum, the agency is the New York City Housing Authority, which the mayor had vowed to reform as a top priority.

Parents and educators call on de Blasio to improve services for disabled students

More than 300 parents, educators, and activists called on Mayor de Blasio to improve services for disabled city students at a Monday night rally at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan.

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