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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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De Blasio Violated Fundraising Ethics Rules Even After Warning — Yet Mayor Faced No Penalty

Letters released after a protracted battle to shield them from public view show ethics board cited the mayor in 2014 and again in 2018 for asking real estate industry players with pending city business to give to his Campaign for One New York nonprofit.

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New Yorkers Will Get to Vote on Plans to Advance Racial Equity in the City

Proposals ranging from creating a new watchdog agency to rewriting the top of the City Charter to measuring the "true cost of living" are expected to be approved soon for next year’s ballot. Here’s what you need to know now.

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Sexual Harassment History No Obstacle to Getting a New Government Job for Some City Workers

Records obtained by THE CITY show employees remain on the payroll after they have been found responsible for misconduct on duty, including when termination was recommended.

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Retired de Blasio Labor Commissioner Wins $500-an-Hour Deal for Himself

Bob Linn gets big money to do part of his former job as the city’s top negotiator with municipal unions — thanks to a waiver of city ethics rules, THE CITY has learned. He also collects a $64,000-a-year city pension.

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Number of Million-Dollar NYC Earners Hit Record, New Stats Show, Even as Tax Bills Grew

The number of New Yorkers making $1 million or more a year jumped 20% between 2015 and 2018. As de Blasio backs more taxes on the wealthy to ease the pandemic economic crisis, Cuomo warns of a taxpayer exodus.

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NYPD Crime Response Time Still Lags Three Months Post-Protest

A review by THE CITY finds police take a full minute longer than a year ago to respond to shootings and other crisis incidents, while ambulances now arrive faster than before.

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No Placards Revoked Yet as de Blasio Takes Gas Out of City Employee Parking Crackdown

Dozens of city employees — including City Council members — ignored tickets on city-permitted vehicles after racking up parking and traffic-enforcement fines.

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Brooklyn Community Board Considers Suspending Its 2020 Election Over Pandemic Disruptions, Sparking Backlash

Community Board 1, which came under fire last year for using public funds to purchase an SUV for its leadership, weighs allowing executives to remain unchallenged until next June.

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City Hall Turns to Temps to Swiftly Staff Contact Tracing Squad

Support "monitors" paid as little as $20 an hour will help nudge coronavirus-exposed New Yorkers to get tested.

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City Council Bids to Save Nixed Summer Youth Jobs Program

With 75,000 left in the lurch, Speaker Corey Johnson floats some ideas — including hiring teens at food pantries and even as "disease detectives."

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Flooded With Requests, City Boosts Small Business Grant Fund — But Not Loan Pool

Mayor Bill de Blasio said $50 million is now set aside for emergency funds for New York businesses. An overwhelmed loan program, however, won’t grow.

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Nonprofits and Stringer Assail Funding Cuts as Harder Times Loom

Organizations that serve some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers worried they are being decimated just as life is getting even tougher for many.

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Election Punt to June Leaves Candidates for Vacant Political Seats Seeking Grip

Cuomo order postpones Brooklyn City Council election to June 23 while the contest for Queens borough president remains up in the air.

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NYC Health Department ‘Not Collecting’ Agency Coronavirus Numbers

In a memo Sunday, the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations advised city agencies not to report any workers with coronavirus signs to health officials.

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NYPD Stalls on Sharing Property Seizure Stats Required by City Law

Police miss a March 1 report deadline on cars and other property taken from people arrested. One man told us his story of a lost phone and car.

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Eviction Drop Fuels Push to Expand Free Housing Help for Low-Income NYC Tenants

Citywide eviction rate fell 18% over the last two years — credited, in part, to the Right to Counsel law. City Council mulls increasing eligibility.

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City Council Looks to Shed Light on Civic Construction Project Costs and Delays

From pricey park bathrooms to rebuilt schools, an online capital projects tracker would expose big-dollar city spending to public view.

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Top Corey Johnson Aide Running for His Chelsea Council Seat

Erik Bottcher, the speaker’s chief of staff, is building his campaign on community connections that stretch from Greenwich Village to Hell’s Kitchen.

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NYC’s Basement Apartment Crackdown Clashes With Census Outreach Efforts

Building inspectors targeting illegal apartments risk making immigrants even less likely to respond, city advisers warn.