Investing in lobbying pays off

For years, researchers have reported on the market success of companies that invest heavily in lobbying, so a small California-based investment firm decided to offer a chance for its investors to benefit from that success.

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In pursuit of open records

The New York World and MuckRock filed 344 open records requests to 86 local and state agencies subject to New York state’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) as part of an effort to assess how effectively different agencies deal with such requests. The results were decidedly mixed, as some agencies quickly provided the requested documents in an easy-to-use format and at no cost, while other requests remain outstanding to this day, eight months after they were filed.

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FOIL review methodology

Beginning on Dec. 12, 2014, The New York World and MuckRock filed a total of 344 Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to 86 separate agencies across New York. Each agency received the same four requests: a list of employees a log of FOIL requests a list of records maintained by the agency (often referred […]

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City struggles to protect New Yorkers in need

For years, overloaded caseworkers at APS have struggled and sometimes failed to provide state-mandated services to the city’s most vulnerable adults. In at least two instances over the past several years, city officials determined that those failures contributed to the death of an APS client, according to disciplinary records obtained through an open records request. Illustration: Vincent Panzeca

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Summer in the city brings dreaded hot subway cars

Air-conditioning breakdowns on subway cars happened about 10 times a day during June, July and August between 2010 and 2014, according to analysis of Metropolitan Transportation Authority data obtained by The New York World through open records request. In total, there were nearly 6,500 “hot cars” over the five-year period covered by the data. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of those incidents occurred during the hottest months of the year.

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Access denied: MetroFocus interview

New York World reporter Jie Jenny Zou was interviewed as part of a segment on MetroFocus, a WNET/WLIW public policy program, that focused on New York’s prison nursery programs for female inmates. Photo: Flickr/Thomas Hawk

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A risky cargo on the Hudson River: WNYC interview

New York World reporter Harry Stevens joined the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to implement new inspection and safety rules to govern the tugboats responsible for transporting barges full of crude oil down the Hudson River, a relatively new and growing industry.

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