New York City Council

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrate the city budget deal on Thursday, June 19. (Credit: CBS 2)

Mayor Bill De Blasio, City Council Agree On $75 Billion Budget Plan

New York City lawmakers have agreed on a $75 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

06/19/2014

Public Advocate Letitia James' bill would require New  York City college to report stats on sexual assault every month. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

NYC Council Bill Takes Aim At Campus Sexual Assaults

Public Advocate Letitia James is proposing a bill that would require colleges to coordinate with the local rape crisis centers and the NYPD and force them to release sex assaults stats to the public every month.

05/12/2014

Charter School (credit: CBS 2)

NYC Councilman On Charter Schools: ‘A Sort Of Educational Apartheid’

Education committee chairman Danny Dromm wore a bright orange t-shirt similar to the ones used to isolate students being disciplined at Coney Island Prep charter school during Tuesday’s hearing.

05/06/2014

Red Light Cameras BIG DL

AAA Opposes City Taking Over Control Of Its Red Light Cameras

“If the city were to take over the program, that it would mean lots of tickets going to drivers that perhaps don’t deserve them and the erosion of credibility,” AAA New York’s Robert Sinclair, Jr. said.

05/01/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

New York City Council Reforms Rules For Discretionary Spending

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has voluntarily given up her authority to decide how a large chunk of the council’s discretionary funding is distributed.

04/29/2014

New York City Hall (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

1,000 Additional Police Officers Included In City Council Budget Proposal

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed the proposal on Wednesday.

04/23/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio was surrounded by elected officials and advocates for interns as he signed a bill protecting interns April 15, 2014, at City Hall. (credit: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

De Blasio Signs Law Protecting Interns From Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

The law, passed by the City Council late last month, clarifies that the protections of the city’s Human Rights Law cover interns as well as employees.

04/15/2014

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format. (credit: Getty Images)

Some NYC Health Inspectors Might Soon Wear Video Cameras

A bill pending in the City Council would require 10 percent of the 160 health agents to wear some type of body camera when they inspect restaurants and bars.

04/10/2014

New York City Hall (file/credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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

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

NYC cab (file/credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Missing Persons Ads Could Soon Be Coming To Taxi TV

The New York City Council is considering a measure that would allow missing persons ads to run on TVs inside taxi cabs.

03/30/2014

Jerome Murdough (CBS 2)

City Councilwoman Grills Correction Head Over Ex-Marine Who ‘Baked To Death’ At Rikers Island

Acting Department of Correction Commissioner Mark Cranston told a City Council committee that a malfunctioning damper diverted heat to the upper-level cell where a mentally ill veteran was found dead last month.

03/27/2014

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

New York City Councilman James Vacca speaks at a hearing on civil rights on March 17, 2014. He has proposed a measure that would allow unpaid interns to sue for sexual harassment, discrimination like paid employees. (credit: Alex Silverman/WCBS 880)

City Council Proposal Would Give Unpaid Interns Right To Sue For Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

Under the city’s current civil rights law, unpaid interns cannot sue for sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace.

03/17/2014

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