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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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (credit: Getty Images)

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

FILE - Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch (Photo by Bonile Bam/Getty Images)

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

Mayor Bloomberg is joined by law enforcement officials in speaking out against City Council bills that would impact NYPD, June 24, 2013. (credit: Spencer T Tucker/Mayor's office)

City Council Prepares To Vote On 2 Bills That Would Impact NYPD

One of the proposals would make it easier for those who feel they’ve been racially profiled to sue the NYPD; the other measure would establish an independent inspector general to oversee the department.

06/24/2013

Belongings that were ruined by floodwaters sit outside a house devastated by Superstorm Sandy on November 2, 2012 in Union Beach, New Jersey. Over 200 homes in a town of only 6,200 residents were destroyed by the storm. (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Hundreds Of Families Still Stuck In Hotels After Sandy

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been scrambling to find homes for hundreds of families displaced by Superstorm Sandy, who have been living in hotels for months.

03/30/2013

Rockaway Real Estate

City Officials, Homeless Advocates Call For More Affordable Housing To Accommodate Displaced Sandy Victims

Superstorm Sandy significantly worsened the city’s affordable housing crisis, according to Brooklyn City Councilman Brad Lander.

02/26/2013

FILE - Passengers crowd onto a bus on First Avenue. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Lawmakers, Advocates Want Countdown Clocks Installed At NYC Bus Stations

Councilman Brad Lander and other lawmakers say countdown clocks at city bus shelters will make commuting for New Yorkers a little easier.

12/10/2012

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Legislation Proposed To Help Pregnant Women Working In NYC

More and more women want to work through their pregnancies and a measure introduced before the New York City Council might well help them.

11/28/2012

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