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NYC Council Introduces Bill To Create Municipal Identification Cards

All city residents will be eligible for the cards. But they will be targeted to those who cannot easily get photo ID cards because they are not legal U.S. residents.

04/10/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Seeks Extra $5 Million For NYC Council

The move would be a departure from the belt tightening the City Council did over the past eight years.

04/08/2014

President Barack Obama speaks before signing an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees during an event in the East Room of the White House in honor of "Equal Pay Day" on April 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NYC Elected Officials Rally, President Obama Signs Executive Order On National Equal Pay Day

Obama cited Census Bureau figures show that the annual earnings of women were 77 percent of what men earned in 2012, a difference that has barely budged over the past decade.

04/08/2014

David Letterman

Move ‘The Late Show’ To Los Angeles? New Yorkers Don’t Like The Idea

Less than a day after David Letterman announced his retirement, the mayor of Los Angeles declared that he wants the “Late Show” to move out of New York altogether.

04/04/2014

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli (file/credit: Comptroller's Office)

NYS Comptroller Report: State Choking On $1.3 Billion In Annual Asthma-Related Costs

The study by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that Medicaid costs related to asthma were $532 million in 2013, an increase of more than 26 percent over five years.

04/04/2014

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in Harlem letting residents know the paid sick leave measure is now in effect,  April 1, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Half A Million New Yorkers Covered Under Extension Of Paid Sick Leave Law

Workers at businesses with five or more employees who are hired to work more than 80 hours a calendar year will now be able to accrue up to five paid sick days per year under the new provision.

04/01/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito Back N.Y. State Dream Act

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have told a conference of state lawmakers they are backing a bill to open state financial aid to students in the country illegally.

03/22/2014

A restaurant grade is seen at an establishment in Chelsea - New York, NY - Jan 19, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

City Council Moves To Eliminate ‘Gotcha System’ Of Restaurant Inspections

Fines will go down overall, but the city will maintain the letter grading system implemented by former mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010.

03/21/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on signing the paid sick leave bill into law on March 20, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Mayor De Blasio Signs NYC Paid Sick Leave Bill Into Law

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

03/20/2014

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference on Feb. 27, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Bill Bratton Bucks Trend, Will March In St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bratton, who’s Irish-American, was asked Thursday if he was planning to march during an unrelated press conference in Manhattan. He simply said “yes” and did not elaborate.

02/27/2014

FILE -- A man attends a rally in front of City Hall to show support for a paid sick leave bill on March 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYC Council OKs Bill Expanding Required Paid Sick Leave

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

02/26/2014

Revelers cheer on the marchers during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

NYC Council Follows Mayor’s Lead, Steps Away From St. Patrick’s Parade

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the council won’t have an official presence at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of rules that prevent gay and lesbian groups from identifying themselves while marching.

02/25/2014

Lawmakers and workers rally Feb. 14 at City Hall in support of New York City determining its own minimum wage. (credit: Public Advocate Letita James/Twitter)

Workers, Elected Officials Call For City To Set Its Own Minimum Wage

Ralliers chanted “poverty wages have to go” and “we want change and we don’t mean pennies” at a demonstration on the City Hall steps Friday.

02/14/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces an expansion of the paid sick days law on Jan. 17, 2014. (credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

De Blasio Announces Expansion Of Hotly Contested Paid Sick Days Law

The mayor is calling for businesses with five or more employees to provide five sick days, which would help more than 300,000 additional New Yorkers.

01/17/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected NYC Council Speaker

Mayor Bill de Blasio ally Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected as New York City council speaker.

01/08/2014

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