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Delivery Workers Cheer Restroom Access and Tip Transparency Alongside AOC and Chuck Schumer

Starting Monday, restaurants must let delivery people use restrooms on request. Another reform gives workers the right to see how their tips are allocated.

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Eric Adams Faces Second Council Defeat in Fight Over Investigations Post

Mayor Eric Adams’ team wants control over committee with subpoena power over city agencies — but another contender, city government veteran Gale Brewer, has the new speaker’s support, sources say.

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Bird Law Spells Lights Out for City-Owned Buildings in Bid to Save Feathered Friends

Up to 230,000 birds die annually in collisions, both drawn and confused by lights across the five boroughs. Avian advocates are already pushing the incoming City Council to extend the new bird- and electricity-saving rules to privately owned buildings.

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End to Eviction Moratorium Will Stress-Test Tenants’ Right to a Lawyer

Bill de Blasio guaranteed Housing Court attorneys to all in need. That may not be enough when the eviction freeze expires as soon as Jan. 15.

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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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New Council Members Assail Adams’ Plan to Restore Solitary Confinement in NYC Jails

A letter to the mayor-elect signed primarily by incoming Council members marked a preview of the dynamic between a band of rookie, mostly progressive lawmakers and Adams, a former cop whose crime-fighting promises helped get him elected.

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Politics in Surround Sound: The Double Speaker City Council Clash

A big shake-up in the governor’s race has rattled the field for attorney general — and could we have two City Council speakers? What’s going on? Find out in our latest Civic Newsroom report.

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New York City Banned Gas in New Buildings. Here’s What You Need to Know

A measure passed Wednesday by the City Council makes New York the biggest city in the country to turn from gas to electric. So when does the law go into effect? Will electric bills go up? What about rents? Good questions — we’ve got some answers.

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Borough Presidents Demand Probe Into City Hall’s Shielding of Neighborhood COVID Death Data

Manhattan’s Gale Brewer and Queens’ Donovan Richards issue call for transparency after THE CITY revealed the de Blasio administration withheld a map tracking fatalities at the pandemic’s 2020 peak: "This information could have saved lives."

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How New York Will Find Its Next City Council Speaker

Here’s what to know about who’s running for the Council’s top job, how the secret campaign process unfolds and why New Yorkers should care — even if they don’t get a say on who it will be.

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Homeless Youth Get on Fast Track to Housing With New Council Bills

Young people sleeping in New York’s youth homeless shelters and those leaving foster care will soon have direct access to housing vouchers, thanks to a pair of bills the City Council passed Tuesday.

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Chinese Voters Came Out in Force for the GOP in NYC, Shaking Up Politics

From Sunset Park in Brooklyn to Elmhurst and Flushing in Queens, frustrations over Democratic stances on schools and crime helped mobilize votes for Republican Curtis Sliwa for mayor and conservative Council candidates.

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Gowanus Housing Overhaul and Blood Center Expansion Headed for Approval After Council Strikes Deals

Meanwhile, negotiations to bring affordable housing to SoHo and NoHo appeared to be going down to the wire with the clock ticking on de Blasio’s term and his push to diversify city neighborhoods through rezoning.

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From SoHo to Gowanus to the Upper East Side, de Blasio Legacy Projects Hit Crossroads

Plans to rezone parts of Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn are headed to the City Council Tuesday. So is the NY Blood Center’s proposal to build a life science hub on East 67th Street — a project poised for approval despite the local lawmaker’s objection.

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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.

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Push to Make Diwali a NYC Public School Holiday is Starting to See Some Light

Mayor-elect Eric Adams has vowed to give a public school day off for the festival of lights, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney is proposing a national holiday. But this year, Diwali falls on a parents-teacher conference day for hundreds of thousands of students.

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City Council Adds Historic Number of Women to Its Ranks as Republicans Gain

New York City’s legislative branch will be packed with newcomers in 2022 and will have its first female majority. Meanwhile, the GOP gained at least one more Council seat.

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City, Union Push Back on Informing Parents of Rights in Child-Welfare Probes

The Administration for Children’s Services and its staffers’ union may have successfully scuttled two City Council bills that would require workers to advise parents and other caretakers of their rights at the start of a welfare investigation.

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Who’s Got Competition in the City Council? Look Up Who’s Running in Your District

We broke down the closest City Council races ahead of the general election on Nov. 2 — and mapped who will be on the ballot in your neighborhood.

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Find the City Council Candidates Running to Represent Your Neighborhood