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Can the Pandemic Give Commercial Rent Control a New Lease on Life?

Shopkeepers say the COVID recession proved the precarious position of small business owners. Landlords, staggered by empty storefronts, say they can’t afford restrictions. Now, a last-ditch rent regulation bid is headed to the City Council.

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NYPD Gang Database Targeted By City Council Member

Antonio Reynoso proposes bill to ban list of tens of thousands of Black and Latino New Yorkers monitored by police as potential members of criminal crews.

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Boost to Skimpy Low-Income Housing Vouchers Leaves Formerly Homeless at Risk of Return to Shelters

Workers who get a raise above minimum wage will lose their housing aid under a deal struck this spring between the City Council and de Blasio to cover a higher range of rents. There’s time to fix that income cliff danger before the Sept. 1 upgrade.

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Perkins Loses Harlem Council Primary Recount by 114 Votes to Democratic Socialist

Kristin Richardson Jordan prevailed over the longtime Central Harlem leader in a manual recount by the Board of Elections that took nearly a month to certify — and marks the official end of the city’s first ever ranked-choice-vote primary.

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Gowanus Could Become More Diverse After Rezoning, Racial Impact Study Finds

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Your Guide to the Latest NYC Primary Results — From Mayor to City Council

Overwhelmed by all the information coming out about initial tallies of in-person, ranked choice first-place votes? Here’s the latest, at a glance.

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Women Make Forceful Showing in First Round of City Council Votes

Out of 35 open seats, female candidates had the edge in in-person, first-choice votes in 29 races, including progressive women of color seeking to change the face of the historically male-dominated body. Check out our map to see who’s ahead so far.

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Progressives Push for City Council Turf Eastward in Queens

Democratic Socialists and other groups are betting wins for candidates like AOC in the borough’s western neighborhoods herald a shift for traditionally more conservative areas, too.

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Democratic and GOP Candidates Rage Against the Staten Island Political Machines

A nod from the local GOP or Democratic Party once usually spelled primary success for Staten Island candidates. But now, contenders on both sides of the aisle are running proudly without party backing — and are raising enough cash to compete.

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Check Out Your Council Candidate’s Constituent Service Track Record

Since 2015, CouncilStat has let elected officials and local voters see what complaints are coming in to local City Council offices. But not every member is generous with the information.

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AOC-Backed Council Candidates ‘Too Dangerous’ to Elect, Pro-Business Super PAC Declares

Common Sense NYC has spent over $300,000 to oppose seven progressive Council hopefuls — six of whom gained the nod of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’ PAC. The real estate-backed group is worried about crime and defund-the-NYPD push.

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Big Tech-Backed Gig Worker Union Bill Fails to Get in Gear in Albany

As an industry-supported proposal to allow gig workers some union rights dies in Albany, efforts to regulate food app delivery companies ratchet up in the City Council.

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Taxi Medallion Crisis Drives Council Candidates on Road Toward a Rescue

Some seeking office have been shaped by family suffering in the yellow-cab medallion financial collapse — or their own experiences driving cabs. They say only a bold bailout will avoid calamity.

Red Hook NYCHA Tenants Face New Gas Outages in Maddening Pattern

Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.

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Here’s the Ballot Lineup for June 22 New York City Primaries

The number of candidates for everything from mayor to City Council has narrowed. But a lot of hopefuls still pack the first citywide ranked choice voting ballot. We’ve got some lists.

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Find the City Council Candidates Running to Represent Your Neighborhood

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What to Know About the 2021 New York City Council Races

What does a City Council member do, exactly? How will the massive change-over in the Council help shape the city’s future? And who will become our next speaker?

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Cops Defend Taking Kids’ Phones as Others Decry Rampant Practice at Council Hearing

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Food Delivery Workers Could Get Relief From Council Bills to Open Restaurant Restrooms and Regulate Apps

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Do You Know Who to ‘Yell’ at in New York City Government?

Knowing how to solve a problem on your block or in your community often means knowing who has the power to fix it — and how to get their attention. As the big citywide primary approaches, here’s a look at how to tap officer holders to get things done.