Melissa Mark-Viverito

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.

18 hours ago

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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

Firefighters remove debris from the smoking site of an explosion in East Harlem on March 13, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Service In East Harlem Marks Anniversary Of Deadly Gas Blast

A memorial service Thursday is commemorating the one-year anniversary of a gas explosion in East Harlem that leveled two buildings and killed eight people.

03/12/2015

Cardinal Edward Egan waves before Timothy Dolan's Mass of Installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral April 15, 2009. (credit: Susan Watts-Pool/Getty Images)

Mourners Say Final Farewell To Cardinal Edward Egan During Funeral Mass At St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Cardinal Edward Egan was eulogized from the Fifth Avenue pulpit where he once preached.

03/10/2015

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

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Calls For Criminal Justice Reform

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is using her first State of the City address to call for criminal justice reform.

02/11/2015

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City Council Proposes Funding For New Bulletproof Vests For NYPD Cops

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced Thursday that the new vests for NYPD cops will be one of the things council members will be pushing for in next year’s budget.

01/15/2015

Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce says they got 29 tips on wanted poster, 10 ID'd Jason Polanco at news conference Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2014. (Credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

Police: 2 Arrested In Bronx Shooting Of 2 NYPD Officers

A massive manhunt had been under way for the suspects since Monday night’s shooting that happened around 10:30 p.m. on Tiebout Avenue.

01/06/2015

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City Council Speaker Puts Calls For Reform On Hold, Voices Support For NYPD

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito showed her support for the NYPD on Tuesday.

12/23/2014

PBA President Patrick Lynch speaks out about the case of Eric Garner, who died in police custody on Staten Island, on Aug. 5, 2014. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

PBA To De Blasio, Mark-Viverito: Don’t Come To Officers’ Funerals If They’re Killed On Duty

An icy wind is blowing from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association to City Hall, in the form of a letter directed at Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

12/12/2014

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NYC Council Takes Steps To Monitor Police Conduct In Wake Of Eric Garner Case

The New York City Council will formally direct the NYPD inspector general to investigate how the agency tracks, monitors and addresses abusive police conduct.

12/10/2014

A carriage horse trots near Central Park on April 21, 2014. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bill To Ban NYC Horse-Drawn Carriages Heading To City Council

Long-delayed legislation to ban horse carriages in New York City is finally going to be introduced at the City Council next week.

12/01/2014

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Former Policy Analyst Sues NYC Council Over Firing

Artyom Matusov filed a federal lawsuit against the council and its speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, on Wednesday.

11/20/2014

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City Council Votes For Bills To Protect Jailed Immigrants From Feds

The measure, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.

10/22/2014

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