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Gabriel cover Brooklyn for THE CITY. He previously was a researcher at ProPublica, and an intern at WNYC, ChicoSol, Chico News & Review and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He studied business reporting at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

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Albany Readies to Renew Remote Meeting Option for New York Government Bodies

With a law allowing Zoom sessions expiring even as omicron spreads, Gov. Kathy Hochul has a bill on her desk that would virtual sessions for as long as pandemic emergency lasts.

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Meet Your City Council: Learn More About NYC’s New Lawmakers

THE CITY surveyed incoming and recently arrived City Council members to learn about their priorities for their district, their first-term goals and more. What you don’t know about your new representative might surprise you.

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CUNY Law Students’ Call for Israeli Academic Boycott Ripples Through University Roiled by BDS Fight

A resolution expressing solidarity with the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement marks the latest example of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict playing out across some of CUNY’s 25 campuses, raising tensions and stoking dissension.

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Vaunted $67M Flushing Pool to Finally Reopen for a Quick Dip — Then Close Again

The Olympic-sized Queens public aquatic center that’s been closed since before the pandemic due to a crumbling roof is set to reopen next early year with protective netting. But swimmers will be ordered out again once redesign plans for the ceiling are finished.

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Threatened Coney Island Boardwalk Businesses Get a New Lease on Life — Except One

City officials use 10-year amusement park extension to leverage lower proposed rents for Luna Park tenants who’d faced steep hikes and barely weathered the pandemic. But longtime fixture Lola Star could be out of the Brooklyn destination.

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Armory Pool and Gym Prices Give Crown Heights Neighbors Sticker Shock

Parents and other neighbors express confusion over separate gym and pool memberships that exceed costs at other Brooklyn facilities — save for a limited number of long-promised hyperlocal discounts that may never grow beyond 250.

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Democrat Justin Brannan Declares Brooklyn Council Seat Victory in Squeaker

In a count that went to absentee ballots, the contender for Council speaker says he’s won over a Republican who rallied voters around opposition to COVID vaccine mandates. A Queens Republican and another Brooklyn Democrat also claimed wins Tuesday.

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International Visitors Land Post-Pandemic Shutdown Reunions at JFK Airport

Hugs and hopes for a tourism boom greet the arrival of the first flights following the reopening of U.S. airports to visitors from 33 countries, from China to Brazil to the U.K.

Homeowners Say Contractor Burned Them After Payments to Fix Fire Devastation

In Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, Manhattan and Long Island, more than a dozen say insurance payouts got pocketed by a home improvement company that left their homes incomplete or even uninhabitable. Authorities are contemplating action.

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GOP Gains in City Council Powered by Heated Voter Turnout and Discontent

The minority party rises up to as many as seven seats and threatening rising-star Democratic Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan.