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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

Citi Bike (file/credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Despite Popularity, Citi Bike Rate Hike ‘On The Table’ As Revenues Stay Flat

Citi Bike is wildly popular with 98,000 New Yorkers signed up for a $95 annual membership, yet it’s thus far unprofitable and remains in the red.

03/07/2014

Red light camera (credit: CBS 2)

City Councilman Pushes For Signs Alerting Drivers Of Red Light Cameras

The city currently does not post signs in an effort to deter drivers from running reds at all times. Violators caught running a light on one of the cameras are mailed a ticket.

02/26/2014

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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

De Blasio Meets With Clergy, Demands Vote For Universal Pre-K Funding Proposal

Mayor de Blasio has called for a tax on New Yorkers earning at least $500,000 a year to fund universal pre-K and after-school programs.

02/11/2014

Undocumented immigrants and immigration-reform advocates gather at a news conference Feb. 11, 2014, in lower Manhattan. (credit: Getty Images)

Immigration Advocates Applaud Mayor Bill De Blasio’s ID Card Plan

Undocumented immigrants and their supporters are cheering Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for creating city identification cards this year.

02/11/2014

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

City Officials Call For Equal Toll System For New York City Bridges

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Councilman Vincent Gentile said they plan to introduce a resolution in the New York City Council that will call for a fair system of fares on both sides of New York City’s bridges.

02/08/2014

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

Govt Watchdog: City Council ‘Broke A Promise’ By Voting To Dole Out Stipends

In its first meeting, the new council approved a long list of extra pay to be doled out to members. The speaker gets $25,000 and the majority leader $20,000, while ten members get $15,000 apiece. Thirty four other members get $8,000 each.

01/23/2014

City Councilman Ritchie Torres (credit: council.nyc.gov)

New City Councilman Reflects On Being First Openly Gay Bronx Elected Official

The City Council welcomed 21 new members at the swearing in ceremony Wednesday. One of the youngest members of the council is 25-year-old Ritchie Torres of the Bronx.

01/08/2014

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