Posted inPublic Safety

311 Assailed as ‘Epic Failure’ for the Deaf Community

Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. The city’s complaint and information hotline, 311, isn’t only frustrating for non-native English callers — it’s also an “epic failure” for deaf and hard-of-hearing users, a City Council member charged. “It was not designed […]

Posted inBrooklyn

Community Board Sprays Weed-Killer Its Council Pal Wants to Ban

Additional reporting by Clifford Michel Spray it ain’t so: A Brooklyn community board used $20,000 in special City Council funds to tidy its overgrown grounds with a weed-killer that a pending bill would ban on city property. Among the sponsors of the glyphosate ban bid is Councilmember Fernando Cabrera (D-The Bronx), who last year secured […]

Posted inQueens

No Cars Allowed: Community Boards Get New Funding Boost, With Warning

Additional reporting by Christine Chung and Yoav Gonen For the second year running, each of the city’s 59 community boards is in line for a $42,500 budget boost, courtesy of the City Council. There’s one new condition: no vehicle purchases allowed. The caveat comes after THE CITY last month revealed that a north Brooklyn community […]