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FILE - Concrete foundations where houses once stood in Queens on October 24, 2013. (credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Storm Victims Testify At City Council Superstorm Sandy Recovery Hearing

The city acknowledged it has spent only a fraction of the money available for Sandy-related home repairs and rebuilding, but it’s something Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to fix.

03/31/2014

Plastic bag (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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

A woman smokes an e-cigarette. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Advocacy Group Files Lawsuit Against NYC E-Cigarette Ban

The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment said Tuesday it filed the papers in state Supreme Court.

03/25/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on signing the paid sick leave bill into law on March 20, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Mayor De Blasio Signs NYC Paid Sick Leave Bill Into Law

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

03/20/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his State of the City address on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. (credit: CBS 2)

De Blasio Announces Plans To Sign Paid Sick Leave Bill Into Law

The bill expands mandatory paid sick time coverage to businesses that employ five or more people. Once signed, the law will take effect April first.

03/17/2014

City Councilman Jumaane Williams speaks on the steps of City Hall following a ceremony honoring some hip-hop pioneers, March 12, 2014. (credit: Twitter/Jumaane Williams)

City Councilmen, Hip-Hop Legends Push For Creation Of Hip-Hop Museum In The Bronx

Afrika Bambaataa, of the South Bronx, said the museum would look at the historical and cultural roots of hip-hop and the contributions made by break dancers and disc jockeys.

03/13/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio (credit: Getty Images)

Mayor De Blasio To March In Queens St. Patrick’s Day Parade

According to a tweet from de Blasio’s office, the mayor will deliver remarks and march in the St. Pat’s For All parade in Queens.

03/01/2014

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

Melissa Mark-Viverito on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected NYC Council Speaker

Mayor Bill de Blasio ally Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected as New York City council speaker.

01/08/2014

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
(file/credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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

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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

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