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New York City Councilman James Vacca speaks at a hearing on civil rights on March 17, 2014. He has proposed a measure that would allow unpaid interns to sue for sexual harassment, discrimination like paid employees. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

City Council Proposal Would Give Unpaid Interns Right To Sue For Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

Under the city’s current civil rights law, unpaid interns cannot sue for sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

03/17/2014

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, right, talks with Councilman Jumaane Williams on Aug. 22, 2013. Williams is one of seven council members vying to replace Quinn as speaker. (credit: Getty Images)

NYC Council Members Make Their Pitches To Be Next Speaker

Seven council members attended a forum Wednesday night as they vie to fill a position that could provide key support — and potentially fierce opposition — to incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio.

11/20/2013

An E-Bike in New York City (file / via Wikipedia)

Mayor Bloomberg Expected To Sign E-Bike Ban

The bikes are often used by delivery people and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the new law plugs loopholes and totally bans electric bikes from the streets of New York.

04/26/2013

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Transport Workers Union Handing Out Bloody MetroCards To Subway Riders

The transit workers union is sending a grim message, reminding straphangers of the dangers of the subway system.

02/07/2013

Traffic in New York City - Jan. 23, 2013 (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

NYC Council Members Still Awaiting Traffic Safety Info From DOT

Two members of the New York City Council say they are waiting for the city Department of Transportation to obey the law.

01/24/2013

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer (file/credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Stringer: New York City On Track For Twice As Many Subway Deaths This Year

There have been six subway deaths already in 2013. The circumstances in the incidents vary, but Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said the rash of death on the tracks deserves a closer look.

01/23/2013

FILE - Passengers wait on a subway platform in NYC. (credit: CBS 2)

Man Killed By Subway Train In Times Square

Transit spokeswoman Judie Glave says the incident around 10 a.m. Tuesday involved a No. 2 train.

01/22/2013

Pregnant Woman (file / credit: clipart.com)

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

West Side Highway - Sept. 27, 2012 (credit: NYC DOT)

Traffic Fatalities On The Rise In NYC

For the first time since 2007, the number of traffic-related fatalities in New York City has risen.

09/27/2012

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Councilman Vacca: ‘Unacceptable’ That Delivery Bikers Break Rules Of The Road

The City Council is promising to crack down on the speedy bikers with a series of measures designed to strengthen enforcement, increase education and improve safety.

09/06/2012

New York City Taxi (file / credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

City Council Cracks Down On Sex Trade By Taking Aim At Cab Drivers

Council Speaker Christine Quinn warned that from now on New York City will have zero-tolerance for any taxi owner or driver who facilitates sex trafficking with a vehicle.

06/13/2012

Times Square subway station (file/credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Subway Grades Could Be Coming To NYC If Councilman Vacca Has His Way

Councilman James Vacca said it was unacceptable that complaints come from riders despite the fact that they keep “paying more and more.”

05/24/2012

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NYC City Council Set To Discuss Bill On Use Of Unexpired Muni-Meter Time

The bill would allow drivers to hold on to their receipts and park in spaces with the same meter rates.

04/09/2012

Commuters step off the subway (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

City Council Warns Transportation Bill In DC Could Hurt NYC Commuters

The bill in Congress could cut close to $1 billion in MTA funding. City Council members say that would mean many of the improvement projects that are planned would be stopped short and straphangers could end up paying the difference.

03/14/2012

From center: Port Authority chairman Patrick Foye, New York City Transit president Thomas Prendergast, City Councilman James Vacca, and transit advocate Gene Russianoff being questioned by former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams and current MTA board member Charles Moerdler - New York, NY - Mar 1, 2012 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

MTA’s Trash Can Free Subway Experiment Succeeding!

There were predictions the subway stations in an MTA experiment that removed trash cans would become landfills with rails. But there is early evidence the riding public is on board with the concept.

03/01/2012

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