Tuesday, May 06, 2014
By Beth Fertig
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.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
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 ...
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 ...
Friday, March 28, 2014
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
The police department has a new watchdog.
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.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
The 26 temporary boilers the New York City Housing Authority installed after Sandy are costly and unreliable. Residents say they smell, too.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Brigid Bergin : Reporter
Check out who got plum committee assignments and the extra dough that could come with them.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Several New York City Council members took their oaths of office on Sunday.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
The Harlem Democrat was elected unanimously after her main rival withdrew just before the vote.
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.
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.
Monday, November 25, 2013
By Sarah Gonzalez : Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
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.