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The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks Equity, Big and Small

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mayor de Blasio's proposed budget didn't include increased funding for city parks, but one city council member is trying to change that.

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Schoolbook

Mayor Puts Free Lunch on Ice

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Despite the City Council's urging, Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't ready to offer free meals to all New York City students because he's not sure that the city won't lose federal funds.

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Schoolbook

City Council Flexes (Limited) Authority Over Charter Schools

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A City Council hearing on charter schools focused less on the bill in question and more on concerns about charter schools' disciplinary and enrollment policies, as symbolized by a certain orange t-shirt.

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WNYC News

Broad Support For Municipal IDs During First City Council Hearing

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The City Council on Wednesday held its first hearing on the proposed bill to create municipal identification cards, addressing issues ranging from ensuring the card had a broad appeal, to fraud prevention.

“Obviously with the implementation of any sort of new ID there’s going to be immediate concerns regarding ...

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WNYC News

City Council's Budget Wish List

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In the annual back-and-forth known as the "budget dance," New York City Council is now taking the lead.

The council submitted its response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's nearly $74 billion preliminary budget that outlined its priorities, ranging from universal free lunches in schools, to a new commission to ...

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Schoolbook

Push for School Door Alarms Hits Wall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The disappearance and death of the autistic teenager Avonte Oquendo has led to a proposal to install door alarms in schools, but at what cost?

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WNYC News

Businesses Are Waiting for Sandy Aid, Too

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Homeowners aren't the only ones waiting for the city to hand out federal aid.

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WNYC News

Now Hired: The Man Who Will Look Over the NYPD's Shoulder

Friday, March 28, 2014

The police department has a new watchdog.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City Council Speaker Wants Instant Runoff Voting

Friday, March 07, 2014

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito traveled to Albany earlier this week with 35 agenda priorities, and one of them was instant runoff voting. She and other supporters want to abolish expensive runoff elections and instead have voters rank their preferences. Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, explains why he supports the policy, and whether it could become reality. Plus: a roundup of other changes to rules and operations in the City Council, and the latest on Bill de Blasio, who was in Chicago yesterday at a meeting of big-city mayors, while poll numbers back in New York City show only a 39% approval rating for the new mayor.

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WNYC News

Shoddy Public Housing Boilers Cost City $1 Million a Month

Thursday, February 27, 2014

The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rules for the New City Council

Monday, January 27, 2014

City Council deputy majority leader and chair of the Rules Committee (Brooklyn 39th) Brad Lander talks about his City Council leadership role and the progressive bloc's agenda.

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WNYC News

Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Rewards Rival With Top Spot

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WNYC

Check out who got plum committee assignments and the extra dough that could come with them.

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WNYC News

New, Young and Progressive Council Members Inaugurated

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Several New York City Council members took their oaths of office on Sunday.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Ally Mark-Viverito Elected Council Speaker

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Harlem Democrat was elected unanimously after her main rival withdrew just before the vote.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Against Clemency for Snowden; The Role of the City Council Speaker; The Bisexual Label; War on Poverty Anniversary

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

While some are calling for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be granted clemency, Slate’s Fred Kaplan disagrees. He explains his position. Plus: The new City Council convenes to pick a new speaker today. Capital New York’s Sally Goldenberg reports on the race and the evolving powers of the speaker; the bisexuality label and changing attitudes toward bisexuality; Peniel Joseph, author, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, discusses poverty in the U.S. today, 50 years after President Johnson declared a war on poverty; and “because” – the American Dialect Society’s word of the year. 

WNYC News

Is the Race for the Next City Council Speaker Over?

Thursday, December 19, 2013

As City Councilwoman Christine Quinn presided over the final council hearing of the year, a new speaker looks poised to take her place.

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WNYC News

Anti-Tobacco Experts Spar Over E-Cigarettes

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Everyone who works in public health opposes smoking — but that doesn't mean they all agree about 'vaping.'

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WNYC News

'Vapers' Heat Up E-Cig Debate in Council

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

WNYC

New York City Hall played host to a raucous—and vapor-filled—hearing Wednesday on a proposal to extend the city's smoking ban to also prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes indoors.

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WNYC News

Foam: Ban it — or Recycle it?

Monday, November 25, 2013

WNYC

Two foam monsters made out of dirty cups and take-out containers towered 20 feet high on the steps of City Hall as schoolchildren urged council members to pass a bill to ban foam plates and cups, because they are not biodegradable.

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WNYC News

NYC Considers a Ban on Foam Cups, Containers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

WNYC

The foam ban would only apply to cups and take-out containers. Are you willing to say goodbye to foam?

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