The Chief-Leader is a long-established newspaper focused on civil service and local government in New York City. Privately owned, it was established in 1897 by Joseph J. O'Reilly, and was first aimed at city firefighters.
The weekly newspaper is known for in-depth coverage of the unions representing civil servants. Its most popular features include listings of job certifications and articles on job openings in city government. Among the many areas it covers are Firefighters, Police, Sanitation Workers, Teachers, and other public servants. The paper also reports on state and Federal workers, in addition to issues related to the September 11 attacks, which affected many first-responders in the city.
Its current editor, Richard Steier, writes a weekly column called . He has also written about sports, especially horse racing.
The newspaper is owned by the Prial family and prides itself on a long tradition of independent reporting. Both the newspaper and website were recently updated with a more modern format. The Chief also expanded its web presence with an e-Edition of each issue, opinion polls and other interactive elements. The newspaper is also active on Facebook and Twitter. It's available via paper or online subscription.