New York City Council

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

A food cart worker fills a plastic foam take-out container with food for a customer in New York City on Dec. 19, 2013. (credit: Getty Images)

NYC Council Inches Closer To Banning Plastic Foam Food Containers

New York City lawmakers paved the way Thursday for an eventual ban on plastic foam containers.

12/19/2013

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

Ariel Russo (Handout)

City Council Passes Emergency-Response Bill In Honor Of Girl Killed By SUV

The New York City Council passed legislation Tuesday honoring a 4-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle in June.

12/10/2013

Council member-elect Laurie Cumbo (Credit: lauriecumbo2013.com)

Council Member-Elect’s Comments On ‘Knockout Game’ Draw Ire

Brooklyn Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo recently said on Facebook that she believes the attacks against Jews in that area are related to a sense of resentment.

12/05/2013

Electronic Cigarette BIG DL

City Council To Mull E-Cigarette Indoor Smoking Ban

The bill’s sponsors say allowing e-cigarettes in places where tobacco cigarettes are banned threatens “effective enforcement” of the smoking ban and sends the wrong message to children that smoking is safe.

11/27/2013

A girl texts on her phone. (credit: CBS 2)

OMG, New York City Council OKs Text Donations For Elections

The City Council voted Tuesday to allow residents to donate via text message. Under the bill, which must be signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a voter could use their phones to give up to $99 to a candidate in an election cycle.

11/26/2013

A Right of Way's speed limit sign on Prospect Park West (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

Safety Group’s Speed Limit Signs Look Official

A group advocating to lower speed limits in New York City has posted signs along Prospect Park West in Brooklyn. The signs, however, look an awful lot like official speed limit signs.

11/24/2013

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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