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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

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

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

Peter Vallone Jr. (credit: petervallone.com)

Councilman Hopes For Passage Of Animal Abuse Registry Bill

Just like sex offenders must register on a list, animal abusers in New York City could have to do the same under legislation passed this week by the City Council and headed to the mayor’s desk.

12/21/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn waves while giving her concession speech in the New York Democratic mayoral primary elections on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Christine Quinn Bids Farewell To City Council

Christine Quinn said she was honored and proud to serve the council as speaker for eight years. Thursday was the final City Council meeting of the year and Quinn will no longer serve beginning in 2014.

12/19/2013

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