Peter Vallone

Crime in New  York City parks is up 40 percent compared to last year, City Councilman Peter Vallone said. (credit: CBS 2)

Seen At 11: NYC Park Safety Called Into Question

Park safety is underfunded, and the way Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are deployed is in dire need of reform, they argue.


Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) speaks during a news conference as Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly listens at City Hall on Aug. 12, 2013.  (credit: CBS 2)

Bloomberg, Kelly Blast Judge’s Stop-And-Frisk Ruling That Says Practice Violates Rights

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin issued the ruling on Monday, but did not order an end to the practice. Instead, she has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (file / credit: Edward Reed)

Bloomberg Blasts NYPD Oversight Bills, Calls Them ‘Dangerous, Harmful’ Legislation

Early Thursday morning, the City Council voted to create an inspector general to review and monitor the NYPD and expand the definition of racial profiling to include age, gender, sexual orientation and immigrant status.


Times Square Cookie Monster

New York City Councilman Proposes Crackdown On Costumed Characters

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-22nd) introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City.


The subway on Nov. 1, 2012. (credit: Jesse Zanger/

Proposed ‘Wall Of Shame’ Could Help Subway Riders Identify Convicted Sex Offenders

On Monday Vallone will introduce a resolution to the City Council that will call for a ‘wall of shame’; pictures of convicted sex offenders would be posted in the stations where attacks have occurred, and in stations near the offenders’ homes.


The casket carrying former Mayor Ed Koch is removed from Temple Emanu-El following the funeral - Feb. 4, 2013 (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Politicians, Public React To Ed Koch Funeral

Bagpipes played Monday as the casket of late former Mayor Ed Koch was carried out of Temple Emanu-El on the shoulders of NYPD pall-bearers and and was followed by mourners both connected and common.


Former New York mayor Ed Koch attends the third presidential debate in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University October 15, 2008 in Hempstead, New York. This is the final debate before voters will go to the polls in the 2008 general election on November 4. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dead At 88

Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital of congestive heart failure. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.


NYC City Council holds a hearing on the NYPD's practices on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 (credit: CBS 2)

City Council Considers New Rules For NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Policy

New York City police stops of hundreds of thousands of people each year are in the spotlight as city lawmakers consider setting new rules for the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practice.


New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio (file / credit: Facebook)

De Blasio To NYPD: Start Providing Data On Crime In Parks

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is calling on the NYPD to provide data on crime in parks, in order to help prevent another sexual assault.

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People ride the subway into Manhattan during the morning commute (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Lawmakers, Victims Want ‘Subway Grinders’ Labeled As Sex Offenders

The lewd act involves rubbing up against unassuming commuters and now local lawmakers are demanding stronger penalties for convicted grinders.


Keeping pets cool

Proposed Animal Abuse Registry Would Seek To Protect Pets From Abusive Owners

An East Harlem man arrested for savagely beating his dog in an elevator, and an Astoria man who threw a Shar Pei out of a window are just two examples of shocking cases of animal abuse in the city.


(credit: Peter Vallone/Facebook)

Pigs Beware: Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Vows To Find You

Queens Councilman Peter Vallone got his hands dirty yesterday digging through a city garbage can on Astoria Boulevard to find out who illegally dumped household trash into the container.


Michael Bloomberg

Queens Councilman Wants Bloomberg, Future Mayors To Report Long-Distance Trips

A councilman from Queens is planning to introduce legislation that would require mayors to file written reports when they’re traveling 250 miles outside city limits or out of the country for longer than 24 hours.


Mayor Bloomberg presides over bill signing ceremony on April 11, 2011 (credit: Edward Reed/NYC Mayor's Office/Flickr)

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bill Renaming Queensboro Bridge

“Just as he pulled our city back from the edge of collapse, you should know that Mayor Koch literally saved the Queensboro Bridge from near collapse and then began the process of reinvesting in then-crumbling bridges across the city,” Bloomberg said.


Oceanview Ave, off Brighton and 10th Street in Brooklyn (credit: Juliet Papa, 1010 WINS)

City Council Passes Blizzard Measures To Ensure Efficient Response

Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the seven bills will set guidelines requiring preparation, transparency and communication among government agencies.