Melissa Mark-Viverito

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials call on the federal government to help Puerto Rico with its debt crisis. (Credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

NYC Officials Implore Washington To Help Puerto Rico Through Debt Crisis

Puerto Rico’s governor said last month that the island’s $72 billion public debt is unpayable given the current level of economic growth.

07/28/2015

Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other officials during a briefing on IDNYC on July 27, 2015. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito Make Nice After Uber Spat

The mayor and the speaker sought to make it clear they were on the same page when it comes to Uber down the road.

07/27/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Firefighters Union Sues City Council Speaker Over Disability Benefits

Uniformed Firefighters Association President Stephen Cassidy is pushing for legislation that would boost disability pensions for firefighters hired after 2009.

07/14/2015

FILE -- The Puerto Rican flag flies near the Capitol building in San Juan as the island's residents deal with the government's $72 billion debt. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

De Blasio: Federal Government Should Come To Puerto Rico’s Rescue

The U.S. Caribbean territory owes $72 billion in debts it governor has said publicly it cannot pay.

07/14/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Mark-Viverito: Illegal Synthetic Pot Rampant At East Harlem Bodegas

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday that illegal synthetic pot is rampant in East Harlem, and you don’t even need to find a dealer to get some.

07/07/2015

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NYC’s $78.5 Billion Budget Heads To City Council For Vote

The entire Fiscal Year 2016 budget will go to a vote before the full council later this week.

06/23/2015

A screen capture from the TLC's new public service announcement. (Credit: Taxi and Limousine Commission)

TLC Public Service Announcement Takes On Cabbies Who Refuse Service

The 30-second spot opens with an African-American couple looking frustrated as a cab zooms by them.

06/10/2015

Actress Rita Moreno (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Actress Rita Moreno Named 2015 Puerto Rican Day Parade Grand Marshal

Lorraine Cortez Vasquez chairs the board and said with about 2 million spectators and 20,000 marchers, it’s the fifth largest parade in the country.

05/11/2015

Residents and officials say rogue car dealers are taking up parking spots on New York City streets. (Credit: CBS2)

City Council Cracking Down On Used Car Dealers In NYC

The New York City Council has taken the first step to crack down on used car dealers.

04/29/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NYC Council Speaker: Police Should Lighten Up On Low-Level Offenses

The New York City Council speaker said Saturday that fewer arrests for low-level offenses would help police improve their relations with some communities.

04/25/2015

FILE -- Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio Opposes City Council Plan To Decriminalize Minor Offenses

When it comes to minor offenses such as drinking in public and turnstile jumping, a City Council plan would result in tickets, not arrests.

04/23/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NYC Council Weighing Bills To Decriminalize Minor Offenses

Under the proposals, police could no longer arrest people for urinating in public, consuming alcohol in public, bicycling on a sidewalk, being in a park after dark, littering, failing to obey a sign and making excessive noise.

04/20/2015

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NYC Council Speaker Wants City To Cover Bail For Poor, Low-Level Defendants

In 2013 — the most recent numbers available — 16,663 defendants couldn’t make bail of $2,000 or less, according to City Council data. And 6,327 people couldn’t make bail of $20 to $500.

04/15/2015

Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Takes First Steps Onto Bigger Stages

Mark-Viverito, whose political positions are largely to the left of the famously liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio, has becoming a prominent voice — and Twitter pundit — on such issues as immigration and criminal justice reform.

04/05/2015

People wait in line to be processed for their New York City municipal ID cards January 14, 2015 at a midtown library in New York. One piece of plastic, but its going to open so many doors for our fellow New Yorkers, New York mayor de Blasio said at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library, one of 11 locations where the cards will be available. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

NYC Council Speaker To Pitch Phoenix Officials Municipal ID Card

New York City officials who launched the city’s municipal identification card, the nation’s largest program, did so with the hope of inspiring other cities to follow suit and offer IDs to those without them, including many immigrants living in the country illegally.

03/31/2015

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