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City Councilman Ritchie Torres (credit: council.nyc.gov)

New City Councilman Reflects On Being First Openly Gay Bronx Elected Official

The City Council welcomed 21 new members at the swearing in ceremony Wednesday. One of the youngest members of the council is 25-year-old Ritchie Torres of the Bronx.

01/08/2014

A smoker uses an e-cigarette, the battery-powered device designed as an alternative to cigarettes
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NYC Council Approves Ban On Indoor E-Cigarette Use

The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes from indoor public spaces where smoking is already prohibited.

12/19/2013

A smoker uses an e-cigarette, the battery-powered device designed as an alternative to cigarettes
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City Council To Consider E-Cigarette Ban

The City Council will consider a proposal to ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places such as restaurants and parks.

12/04/2013

Holiday shopping

City Slaps Macy’s With Subpoena Over Racial Profiling Case

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating anti-theft practices at Macy’s following multiple claims of racial profiling.

12/04/2013

Electronic Cigarette BIG DL

City Council To Mull E-Cigarette Indoor Smoking Ban

The bill’s sponsors say allowing e-cigarettes in places where tobacco cigarettes are banned threatens “effective enforcement” of the smoking ban and sends the wrong message to children that smoking is safe.

11/27/2013

Stryofoam Container In Food Cart (file/credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Public Hearing Held On Foam Food Container Ban

The City Council’s sanitation committee held a hearing Monday on proposals to ban the containers and explore recycling them.

11/25/2013

Cigarette Display In NYC (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images News)

City Council Votes To Raise Cigarette-Buying Age To 21

It’s the latest effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to target the cigarette industry. New York would become the first major city to raise the age for buying cigarettes.

10/30/2013

Cigarette Display In NYC (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images News)

Report: Bloomberg Administration Drops ‘Hide The Cigs’ Legislation

The Bloomberg administration has dropped piece of legislation that would have kept cigarettes out of sight in New York City stores, according to a published report.

10/28/2013

Grand Central Rezoning

City Planner: Rezoning Near Grand Central Will Transform Midtown East

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been thinking big even as his time at City Hall nears its end, pushing the City Council to approve a rezoning plan that could bring a new generation of skyscrapers to the area around Grand Central Station.

10/22/2013

Rendering of Willets Point redevelopment. (credit: NYC Economic Development Corporation)

City Council Approves Sweeping Redevelopment Plan For Willets Point

The City Council on Wednesday approved a redevelopment plan that will bring create a brand new neighborhood in Willets Point, Queens, anchored by a massive retail and entertainment complex.

10/09/2013

Restaurant Grading

City Council Approves Major Changes To Restaurant Grading System

The New York City Council on Wednesday approved a package of bills that will reduce the fines restaurant owners pay for minor health infractions.

10/09/2013

Tourists come far and wide to see the iconic "5Pointz" building in Long Island City. (Photo: CBS 2)

Lawmaker: Deal Reached On 5Pointz Redevelopment Plan

It’s a busy day for the New York City Council.

10/09/2013

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City Bill Would Ban Bosses From Demanding Facebook Access To Current, Potential Employees

The City Council held a hearing Wednesday on an Internet privacy bill that would ban employers from demanding access to the social media accounts of current or prospective employees.

09/25/2013

Damaged street lights on the Belt Parkway (credit: CBS 2)

Stretch Of Belt Parkway Remains In The Dark Due To Sandy Damage

Some of the overhead lights on the busy roadway between Knapp Street and Flatbush Avenue were badly damaged in superstorm Sandy nearly 11 months ago. The lights have still not been fixed.

09/19/2013

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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