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In the wake of the Supreme Court decision striking down New York’s concealed carry law, the City Council is exploring one option: a law that would declare any area with more than 10,000 people per square mile a “sensitive location.”
A viral post of dilapidated pillars near the George Washington Bridge got New Yorkers wondering: How do you “say something” when you see iffy-looking infrastructure?
Citing THE CITY’s MISSING THEM reporting on the pandemic’s effect on children who’ve lost parents or other guardians, Council members want the child welfare agency to deliver quarterly reports on minors placed in foster care due to the coronavirus.
The new budget also significantly increases New York City’s “rainy day fund,” but will not be official (or detailed) until the Council’s vote next week.
Government transparency advocates argue politicians’ social media and campaign sites need to be treated as official documents with public access to archives.
In job ads all but the smallest businesses will have to say roughly how much they plan to pay, and just hanging up a “help wanted” sign won’t get an employer off the hook.
Speaker Adrienne Adams will use the Council’s central fund to pay rent at members’ district offices, freeing up money to dedicate to staff and the community.
Amendments to a salary transparency law would curb unintended consequences, business leaders claim. But advocates warn it would “gut” the law.
“Participatory budgeting” directing funds to community projects comes to parts of the borough formerly on the sidelines — but some local reps are reclaiming control over funds formerly steered by the people.
The City Council has still not introduced any measure to end solitary confinement in city jails despite a majority of members publicly opposing the practice. The public advocate’s office meanwhile has taken up the mantle and says a bill will be introduced in weeks.
Tiffany Cabán and Mercedes Narcisse plunge NYC’s legislature into a fierce debate dividing domestic violence advocates about the role of law enforcement in getting help for survivors.
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Illustrating a growing trend, a private equity firm that scooped up hundreds of rental units in The Bronx is forcing some tenants out, making the case for “Good Cause” eviction protections.
A number of agencies, boards and committees look out for corruption and malfeasance in municipal life but their investigation and enforcement powers vary.
Starting Monday, restaurants must let delivery people use restrooms on request. Another reform gives workers the right to see how their tips are allocated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.