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Councilmen Ask Google To Create Map Option That Will Make Streets Safer

Many people turn to Google for answers, and now two New York City Council members say the technology giant has the answer to making city streets safer.

07/13/2015

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NYC Council Members Make Push For Plastic Bag Legislation

Councilman Brad Lander, D-Brooklyn, said the bill would require retail and grocery stores to charge customers a dime for each single-use plastic bag.

03/24/2015

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City Lawmakers Push For More Diversity In Public Schools

City Councilman Brad Lander is on board with leaders and activists supporting proposed laws to eliminate what he described as a segregated school system.

10/22/2014

The Kentile Floors sign has stood for 60 years in Gowanus, Brooklyn. (Credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Brooklyn’s Iconic Kentile Floors Sign To Find New Location

A 50-year-old outdoor sign that has come to symbolize Brooklyn’s industrial heritage will come down, but will eventually be reinstalled.

06/13/2014

Anti-Semitic graffit was spray painted around Borough Park, Brooklyn. (credit: CBS 2)

Former Cop Charged In Borough Park Spray-Paint Spree To Undergo Mental Evaluation

A former NYPD officer may be responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled across the heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park.

05/04/2014

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New York City Council Considers Shopping Bag Fee Legislation

The 10-cent carry out bag fee would apply to markets and bodegas, street vendors selling fruit, vegetables and general merchandise and retail stores including clothing, drug and department stores.

03/26/2014

NYPD officers monitor a march against stop-and-frisk tactics on Feb. 23, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

Mayor Bill De Blasio Drops Lawsuit Over NYPD Anti-Profiling Law

New York City will drop a challenge to a law making it easier to bring racial profiling cases against the police, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

03/05/2014

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City Council Committees Hear De Blasio’s Traffic Safety Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his “Vision Zero” plan as an aggressive crack down on speeding and other traffic violations in an effort to reduce fatalities in New York City.

02/24/2014

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NYPD Cracks Down On Drivers Who Don’t Yield To Pedestrians

City Councilman Brad Lander heaped praise on the 78 Precinct’s failure to yield sting operation in Park Slope in which plainclothes officers enter crosswalks when they have the walk signal.

01/30/2014

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. speaks during Mayor Bill de Blasio's inauguration on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

Dept. Of Sanitation Chaplain Causes Stir Comparing NYC To ‘Plantation’ At De Blasio Inauguration

Rev. Fred Lucas Jr. was one of four people to deliver an invocation during Wednesday’s ceremony.

01/02/2014

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Local Officials Rally For ‘Better, Smarter, Fairer’ Instant Runoff Voting

Elected officials pointed to the $13 million price tag to hold Tuesday’s public advocate runoff election that saw very low voter turnout as a reason to change the current procedure.

10/02/2013

Election worker Al Becker watches as a man votes on Election Day - New York, NY - Nov 3, 2009 - Photo: David Goldman/Getty Images

City Councilman Proposes Measure To Halt ‘Crazy’ Cost Of Runoff Elections

The Oct. 1 public advocate runoff will cost the Board of Elections $13 million. The public advocate’s office has a budget of $2.3 million.

09/19/2013

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NYC Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Reduce Use Of Plastic Bags

The bill would require a surcharge be placed on all carryout bags provided at grocery and retail stores. The same charge would also apply to paper bags.

08/20/2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) speaks during a news conference as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly listens at City Hall on Aug. 12, 2013.  (credit: CBS 2)

Bloomberg, Kelly Blast Judge’s Stop-And-Frisk Ruling That Says Practice Violates Rights

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin issued the ruling on Monday, but did not order an end to the practice. Instead, she has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes.

08/12/2013

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Lynch: PBA To Target ‘Pro-Crime Council Members’ Who Voted For NYPD Oversight Bills

PBA President Patrick Lynch said if the bills become law, the PBA intends to target the “pro-crime council members for defeat in the upcoming election.”

06/28/2013

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