City Council Approves Easing Punishments For Low-Level CrimesNew York City will reduce the penalties for minor offenses like littering and public urination under a package of bills approved by the City Council on Wednesday.
NYC Council Eyes Easing Punishments For Public Urination, LitterThe New York City Council is poised to pass criminal justice reforms that would curtail the punishments for low-level offenses such as urinating in public.
City Council Approves 5-Cent Charge For Plastic, Paper BagsSupporters of the bill argue that charging a nickel for shoppers using disposable bags is an easy way to reduce waste.
New Bill Would Require Anti-Sex Assault Training For NYC Taxi DriversA new bill being proposed to the City Council would require New York City cab drivers to complete anti-sexual assault training.
City Council Votes To Give Itself $36,000 Pay RaiseThe proposal boosts council members’ salaries to $148,500 — a $36,000 raise from their current $112,500 a year paycheck.
City Councilman James Vacca Comes Out Publicly As Gay ManBronx City Councilman James Vacca (D-13th) won praise from the council’s LGBT caucus as he came out publicly as a gay man Friday.
NYC Council To Introduce Bills To Change Low-Level OffensesCouncil officials said Wednesday that the package of bills is aimed at handing out fairer punishments while alleviating a glut of outstanding warrants and low-level offenders clogging in the courts.
De Blasio Agrees To Raises For City Council Members In Exchange For ReformsMayor Bill de Blasio has accepted recommendations by a panel that city elected officials should get raises in exchange for a ban on outside jobs.
City Council Approves Legislation Increasing Penalties In Hit-And-Run CrashesUnder the measure, a fatal hit-run accident would trigger a penalty of up to $15,000.
City Council Transportation Committee To Vote On Stricter Hit-And-Run PenaltiesThe move comes as more than a dozen pedestrians have died on New York City streets since Halloween.
Airbnb Defends Hosts Amid Complaints From New York City CouncilmembersAirbnb shared all sorts of data about its users in New York on Tuesday, amid complaints about how the site is used by some hosts.
Drone Safety At Center Of New York City Council HearingThe New York City Council is considering new laws covering the use of drones following several reports of close calls between airplanes and the devices in the air.

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