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Bill de Blasio

De Blasio Calls For Sick Leave Protections As Flu Pounds Area

As the flu epidemic pounds the Tri-State Area, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling for the immediate passage of paid sick leave legislation that is now stalled in the City Council.

01/12/2013

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

New Legislation Requires Better Access To Taxis For Visually Impaired

Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday signed legislation that will improve access to taxis for the visually impaired.

12/12/2012

Police respond to the scene of a shooting of East Harlem pharmacy robbery and shooting on Apr. 12, 2012. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Sen. Schumer Calls For Tougher Pharmacy Robbery Penalties

Schumer called for passage of the Safe Doses Act at the Harlem drug store on Saturday.

04/14/2012

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

Lawmakers To Consider New Aid To NJ Cities

The Senate Budget Committee will consider legislation appropriating the money — plus $1.5 million for oversight — on Thursday.

12/08/2011

NYC Food Cart (Credit: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Queens Senator Wants Letter-Grading System For Street Food Vendors

State Senator Jose Peralta will introduce legislation this week that would require local health departments to implement a letter-grading system for street vendors, similar to the current restaurant grading system.

11/27/2011

Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Mount Laurel, NJ - Aug 15, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Gov. Christie Proposes Temporary Ban On ‘Fracking’

The state Legislature passed a bill in June to permanently ban the procedure known as “fracking.” On Thursday, Christie sent it back with a conditional veto recommending that the ban be lifted in a year.

08/25/2011

Gov. Chris Christie is seen at the Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - May 26, 2011 (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

Peer Counseling Bill For NJ Vets Heads To Gov. Christie

Vet-2-Vet, a toll-free confidential help line, was created years ago by the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

08/07/2011

Horse Carriage-Taxi Crash (credit: CBS 2)

Tourists, Horse Carriage Driver Expected To Recover From Crash With Taxi Near Central Park

Three tourists from Ohio and a hansom cab driver were injured when the carriage was flipped on its side by the crash late Monday night, knocking the horse onto the street.

07/27/2011

Passengers wait to check in with their baggage at a United Airlines counter. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Sen. Schumer To Airlines: Refund Baggage Fees When Bags Are Lost

Sen. Charles Schumer said if airlines don’t start reimbursing their rising fees when passengers’ bags are lost, he’ll introduce a bill to force the issue.

07/18/2011

New York Senate (credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

NY Legislature Approves Bill Allowing Birth Certificates For Stillborn Children

The Certificate of Still Birth Bill was first introduced in New York in 2003, but failed to pass because opponents feared it would impinge on abortion rights. The language of the bill has since been rewritten to address those concerns.

06/29/2011

New  York State Senator Bill Perkins (L) (credit: AP)

State Troopers Arrest NYC Lawmakers At Rent Control Rally

Sen. Bill Perkins, a Manhattan Democrat and the first escorted out, said they are trying to get rent laws renewed or reformed. Bronx Assemblyman Jose Rivera also was arrested.

06/14/2011

Sen. Schumer Pushes Bill For Childhood Brain Tumor Research

The New York Democrat said brain tumors are the second most prevalent cancer for children. His National Childhood Brain Tumor Prevention Network Act would coordinate research into the causes and ways to prevent the disease.

05/25/2011

Crossover mirror (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

NY Lawmakers Push For Crossover Mirrors On Large Trucks

The push for so-called “crossover” mirrors to compensate for blind spots in large trucks is taking on added urgency after last week’s death of a 4-year-old who was hit by a truck while riding his tricycle in Williamsburg.

05/20/2011

NY Senators Push To Toughen Texting-At-Wheel Law

The state’s Senate Republicans promised Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow police to stop and ticket motorists for texting while driving.

05/03/2011

New Jersey State Assembly

NJ Lawmakers Seek Boost In Life Science Tax Credit

Some New Jersey lawmakers want to boost the amount of life sciences research tax credits that are made available to state businesses.

03/27/2011

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