State does little to rein in corporations that routinely exceed campaign contribution limits

Between 2011 and 2013, the board made 164 such referrals to district attorneys across the state. Not a single prosecution resulted, however, prompting the board to stop sending referrals. Meanwhile, corporations continue to regularly make contributions in excess of the $5,000 annual limit. In fact, more than 150 companies have doled out at least $350,000 in excess campaign contributions since Jan. 1, 2012, according a New York World analysis of state campaign finance data. ⧸ Full Story

Cuomo’s post-Moreland reforms, so far, are a bust

Campaign finance package agreed to with Legislature off to a weak start. ⧸ Full Story

Robots of New York

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How Rob Astorino lost millions in federal aid for Westchester

A charged standoff with HUD over housing segregation has cost the county, and the candidate for governor isn't backing down ⧸ Full Story

De Blasio inaugural committee member exceeded campaign contribution limit

Homeless shelter operator Isaac Leshinsky holds $168 million in city contracts — and his operation is about to get one more ⧸ Full Story

Can these bills be saved?

The New York World's 2014 legislative session tracker follows the progress of some of the highest-stakes measures under consideration in Albany this session — and facing tough odds against passage ⧸ Full Story

Political consulting firm delivers more newspaper endorsements

Two Queens publications gave editorial-page nods to candidates who hired in-house election-services company ⧸ Full Story

De Blasio refunds campaign cash to donors who do business with city

Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio exceeded Campaign Finance Board limit more than tenfold ⧸ Full Story

INTERACTIVE: Meet your new City Council (and its money)

As new speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito takes the helm, financial disclosures reveal the baggage and benefits 51 members bring to public service ⧸ Full Story

Pictures from an inauguration

From the public to the political elite, guests at the swearing in of New York City's new mayor, comptroller and public advocate show the event through their eyes, as captured by CityBeat ⧸ Full Story

Exit interview: Councilmember Dan Halloran

Still fighting federal corruption charges, the Queens council member says loss of a GOP seat ‘weighs on my conscience’ ⧸ Full Story

INTERACTIVE: The Bloomberg legacy timeline

What happens when a mayor runs a city like a business? Lessons from New York’s 12-year experiment with a billionaire-in-chief. ⧸ Full Story

Exit interview: John Liu

The departing city comptroller does combat with the Bloomberg administration until the bitter end ⧸ Full Story

Who can attend the inauguration of Mayor Bill de Blasio?

It’s shaping up to be the hottest New Year’s party in town — and it it won’t be watching the ball drop. On Jan. 1 New York City’s new mayor, comptroller and public advocate will be sworn in on the steps of City Hall. And for the first time in recent memory, members of the public will be be there. ⧸ Full Story

Public forums seek influence on closed-door City Council speaker contest

Organizers allied with City Council's progressive caucus say open airing of positions will lead to accountability from leadership down the line ⧸ Full Story

What am I voting on?

Backside ballot proposals leave some voters stumped ⧸ Full Story

UPDATED: Low interest in Lhota land

In Staten Island, turnout to the polls is usually tops in the city. This year, maybe not. ⧸ Full Story

The mayoral money bandwagon

Who's banking on goodwill with the next mayor of New York? ⧸ Full Story

Winner in City Council contest — for most contributions to fellow members

Manhattan's Dan Garodnick, reported to seek the speaker's seat, lavishes nearly $35,000 on other council campaigns ⧸ Full Story

Lawmakers mull fate of scandal-tied campaign contributions

One possible scenario: donate tainted money to charity ⧸ Full Story