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Harlem Democrat Melissa Mark-Viverito Likely Next City Council Speaker

Thursday, December 19, 2013

"She is viewed as one of the most liberal, most progressive members on the council," said Erin Durkin, city hall reporter for the New York Daily News. "Some of the things that she's probably going to want to push are similar to what's on Bill de Blasio's agenda."

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Top Court Rejects Bloomberg's Homeless Policy

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New York State’s top court on Tuesday blocked the Bloomberg administration's plan to impose new requirements on single adults trying to enter homeless shelters.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Voting on Syria; Scarcity; City Council Races; TV Preview

Thursday, September 05, 2013

John Dickerson of Slate talks about the latest from Washington on the vote for action in Syria and how the legislative ledger is developing. Plus: a close look at the competitive City Council races in the five boroughs; Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much; and Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine previews this Fall’s TV season.

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Quinn Legal Filing Calls For Immediate Action on Stop and Frisk

Sunday, September 01, 2013

With just over a week to go before the mayoral primary, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is keeping up the pressure on the Bloomberg Administration over the NYPD's use of "stop and frisk."

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Independent Expenditures To Influence Local Elections

Friday, May 31, 2013

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While it's a relatively new phenomenon for local elections, in the last presidential race groups with names like Restore our Future and Priorities USA Action spent hundreds of millions of dollars influence its outcome. But now a developer-related group is vowing to spend $10 million to influence local City Council races.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Oversight Plan; Education in NJ; Veterans for Hire

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A proposal in the New York City Council would create an Inspector General to oversee New York Police Department action. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, architects of the bill, talk about the oversight proposal and what chance it has of becoming law. Plus: Nancy Solomon of NJPR and John Mooney of NJSpotlight.com discuss highlights from Brian’s education panel discussion in New Jersey; an update on gun control measures in Senate; the “Ask a Bioethicist” series continues with a look at neuro-enhancement; and a discussion for veterans on how to nail a civilian interview and use skills to your advantage.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Speaker Quinn; “How to Survive a Plague”; <3 Advice Roulette

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her message for the middle class in her State of the City address and her proposals for making city living more affordable for them. Plus: author and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff on his hometown; the Oscar documentary nominee series continues with “How to Survive a Plague”; the February series on fashion; and a Valentine’s Day edition of advice roulette, where listeners give and get love advice.

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Connect the Dots

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

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Council Pushes Bill for Housing Fix

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

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The New York City Council wants to crack down on do-nothing landlords. Members unanimously approved a bill Wednesday aimed at forcing owners of approximately 100 buildings with a history of violations to make repairs or face fines.

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BOE Says It Performed Well in Problematic June Primary

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The New York City Board of Elections defended its performance in the June 26 federal primary election on Wednesday at a five-hour hearing of the City Council Governmental Operations committee.

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NYC Politicians, Advocates Protest Proposed Cuts

Thursday, March 29, 2012

New York City Council members and advocates are protesting proposed budget cuts that could reduce the number of city-subsidized child care slots and slice the funding for supportive housing services for New Yorkers with HIV and AIDS.

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Bloomberg Eyes Wetlands As Part Of Long Term Strategy

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Bloomberg administration is moving forward with a plan to protect and restore its existing wetlands.

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Program that Fast Tracks Restaurant Openings Set to Expand

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Opening a restaurant in New York City can be a tedious process that involves inspections by city agencies that include the Health, Buildings and Fire Departments. But the city says a pilot program started last March has shaved more than two months off the time it takes for restaurants to open in New York City. 

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Debate Over How to Stop Sex Trafficking Puts Focus on Car Services

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Several advocates for sex trafficking victims are pushing the City Council for legislation that would penalize livery car drivers for knowingly transporting individuals forced into prostitution.

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City Council to Sue Over New Homeless Policy

Monday, November 28, 2011

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The City Council authorized a lawsuit on Tuesday in an attempt to block the Bloomberg administration's new homeless policy.

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Living Wage Bill Debated in Committee

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friends and foes of a local living wage bill packed a New York City Council committee hearing Tuesday to examine the merits of a revised version of the legislation.

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Revised Living Wage Bill Gets Another Hearing

Monday, November 21, 2011

City council members are reviving the debate over a living wage bill by introducing a revised version of the legislation on Tuesday. The proposed measure, called the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, would require that businesses in development projects subsidized by the city pay workers $10 an hour with benefits.

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In a Data-driven City, How Good Are the Numbers?

Monday, November 14, 2011

When members of the public want to know how many people visited city-owned museums in a given year or how much city agencies paid workers in overtime, they can check the Mayor's Management Report. On Monday, city council members examined the merits of the report itself by asking: How well are we measuring the city's performance?

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Council Endorses Residential Parking Permit Plan

Thursday, November 03, 2011

New York City is one step closer to restricting on-street parking — in at least some neighborhoods — to residents.

 

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NYPD Overtime For Wall Street Protests Divides City Council

Thursday, October 27, 2011

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The controversy over the cost of NYPD overtime related to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protest continues to surface, but there are divergent opinions about the issue in the New York City Council, which oversees the city budget.

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