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Mayor Bill de Blasio (credit: Getty Images)

De Blasio Tries To Sway City Council Speaker Vote

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the unusual and bold decision to forcefully interject himself into the race for City Council speaker.

01/07/2014

Charter school proponents rally at City Hall on Jan. 7, 2014. (credit: courtesy of Families for Excellent Schools)

Parents Rally Against Lawsuit That Threatens Charter Schools

If successful, a lawsuit by city officials and activists would be a setback for countless charter school students, some parents say.

01/07/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

City Council To Elect Speaker Next Week; East Harlem Councilwoman Projects Victory

With New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sworn in, attention turns to the second most powerful position in New York City. Members of the City Council will vote next week to select a speaker.

01/02/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

Mark-Viverito Claims She Has Votes To Be Next City Council Speaker

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito says she will be the next City Council speaker.

12/18/2013

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

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NYC’s Puerto Rican Community Lashes Out At Coors Over Beer Logo

Councilman Fernando Cabrera called having the flag on a beer can “an absolute insult to all Puerto Ricans.”

05/29/2013

A street in the South Bronx. (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Bronx Borough President Demands Apology From Company Running ‘Ghetto’ Tour

Three times a week, the $45 Real Bronx Tours bus ride took visitors past food-pantry lines, a housing project and a park a guide described as a pickpocket hangout.

05/23/2013

Occupy Wall Street protesters march on to the Brooklyn Bridge - New York, NY - Oct 1, 2011 (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Council Members Sue City Over Treatment Of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

The city and police violated demonstrators’ free speech rights, used excessive force, arrested protesters on dubious charges and interfered with journalists’ and council members’ efforts to observe what was going on, the four City Council members and others say in the federal civil rights suit.

04/30/2012

Street vendors rally outside City Hall in New York City on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 (credit: Stan Brooks/1010 WINS)

NYC Street Vendors Want Fines For Minor Violations Lowered

City council members, advocates and venders rallied in front of City Hall Tuesday morning complaining about $1,000 penalties vendors say is a big hit to their modest incomes.

04/24/2012

City Council members Letitia James (L) and Melissa Mark-Viverito (R) wear hoodies at City Hall. (credit: Stan Brooks, 1010 WINS)

City Council Members Wear Hoodies In Support Trayvon Martin’s Family

Councilwoman Letitia James says while the hoodie is a simple article of clothing, it “has become a powerful symbol of protest.”

03/28/2012

Members of the New York City Council and police commissioner Ray Kelly - New York, NY - Mar 15, 2012 (credit: Rich Lamb / WCBS 880)

Heated Exchanges Mark Ray Kelly’s Testimony Before City Council

New York City’s top cop was grilled Thursday during a City Council committee hearing over the NYPD’s controversial surveillance of Muslim communities and stop and frisks.

03/15/2012

Crash stats for 125th Street And Lexington Avenue (credit: Transportation Alternatives)

Report: Children In Low-Income Areas More Likely To Be Struck By Cars

The report, which focused on neighborhoods on Manhattan’s East Side, found that children are most often struck by drivers near public housing.

01/19/2012

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks - Albany, NY - Oct 17, 2011 (credit: Governor's Office)

Calls Continue For Gov. Cuomo To Extend Millionaire’s Tax

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hearing it from upstate and downstate. Protesters, politicians, and union leaders want him to extend the millionaire’s tax.

10/25/2011

Dave Warden shows off marijuana seen at a dispensery - Los Angeles, CA - Oct 19, 2009 (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

NYPD Loosening Up On Marijuana Arrests

New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly has ordered his officers to stop arresting people for possessing small amounts of marijuana.

09/28/2011

Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, and Eric Ulrich (file / credit: City Council Photos)

Four New York City Council Members To Let You Decide How Money Is Spent

There is a new effort to give New York City residents a louder voice in how the city should spend some of their tax dollars.

09/15/2011

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