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New City Council

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Colby Hamilton, City Hall reporter at DNAinfo, talks about how the City Council will change in January and who might be the next speaker.

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New Jersey News

Booker's Replacement as Newark Mayor: Luis Quintana ... For Now

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WNYC

Cory Booker is expected to step down as mayor of Newark within the next 10 days, according to the Newark City Council’s office.

Speaking of his replacement at a groundbreaking ceremony in Newark, Booker said, "Hug the man. He has a lot of work ahead of him in the coming weeks."

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Transportation Nation

The NYPD's Crash Data Is Bad and There's Not Enough of It

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WNYC

A New York City Council committee hearing that was convened to discuss bills about street safety highlighted the NYPD's reluctance to make more traffic crash data publicly available.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

City Council Races to Watch

Thursday, September 05, 2013

"Down ballot," things are pretty interesting for next Tuesday's primary elections. Ben Max, editor of DecideNYC.com, discusses some of the most interesting city council races, and take your calls to tout your race. Want to make the case for why your local race is of interest? Call 212-433-9692.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Democratic Candidates for Queens Borough President

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Peter F. Vallone Jr., City Council Member (District 22), and Melinda Katz, former New York City Council Member, talk about the platforms and campaign to be the Democratic candidate in the Queens Borough President race.

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WNYC News

Council Overturns Mayoral Veto of NYPD Bills

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The City Council voted Thursday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two bills that increase NYPD oversight and are seen as a sharp rebuke of his administration’s policing policies – namely, the police department's use of stop and frisk.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Local Race Check-In

Monday, July 29, 2013

Over the weekend, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gave a fiery speech about "Stop and Frisk" policy, comparing it to George Zimmerman's actions in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Anthony Weiner spoke with the Staten Island Advance about his sexting scandal, and Christine Quinn appeared on Meet the Press. We check in on the local races with Ruby Cramerbuzzfeed reporter covering Weiner, Spitzer and other local candidates, and Azi Paybarah, political reporter from Capital New York.

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York , 
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/users/a

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WNYC News

New York City Council Speaker Announces $300,000 Gun Buyback Program

Sunday, July 28, 2013

WNYC

The NYPD and City Council have each allocated $150,000 for a city-wide gun buyback program.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Council Bill Calls for Citywide Bus Rapid Transit Network

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WNYC

New York City's transit authority has introduced five Select Bus Service routes in recent years and proposed more than 20 others, but that's not enough for some supporters of faster buses who want to use legislation to speed the city's adoption of Bus Rapid Transit.

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WNYC News

As Police Bills Are Vetoed, Commissioner Defends Tactics

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

Mayor Mike Bloomberg vetoed a pair of City Council bills proposing more police oversight on Tuesday, including one that would expand the definition of racial profiling. The veto came the same day Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended his approach to crime fighting.

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WNYC News

City Council Invests $18 Million To Help Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The City Council announced Wednesday it will make millions of dollars available to help young immigrants qualify for a federal program that gives them a chance to work legally.

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WNYC News

What Exactly Would an NYPD Monitor Do?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The New York City Council approved some of the most sweeping plans in years to impose new oversight over the NYPD. There were two bills passed with a veto-proof majority. One would expand the definition of racial profiling and a second would establish an inspector general with subpoena power to recommend changes to the NYPD's policies and practices.

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WNYC News

Council Passes Sweeping Plan for NYPD Oversight

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The City Council passed with a veto-proof majority the most expansive plan in years to impose oversight on the NYPD and cleared the way to make it easier to bring racial profiling claims against the police early Thursday.

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WNYC News

Major BAM Development to Move Forward After Delays

Monday, June 17, 2013

The city council approved a 32-story, mixed-use apartment building and cultural center known as BAM South on Monday.

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WNYC News

Council Bill Would Allow Newsstands to Sell More Expensive Items

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

City Council members are considering a bill that would allow newsstands to sell more expensive items than they do now, like personal hygiene products that cost up to $10. Currently, they can only sell items under $5.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate How-To

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

With the petitioning period for September's primary about to start, Mark Winston-Griffith, executive director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, adjunct faculty at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, talks about what he's learned as a community organizer and "near-miss" insurgent candidate for city council about the ins and outs of running for local office in NYC.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Defends Legacy with Final Budget

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget functioned as a rebuttal to the candidates running to replace him.

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New Jersey News

Report: Foreclosures Cost City of Newark $56 Million

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

Foreclosures in Newark cost taxpayers $56 million over the last four years, according to a report by the activist group New Jersey Communities United.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Participatory Budgeting and Member Items

Friday, April 05, 2013

This year's expansion of participatory budgeting allows residents' of their districts to allocate some of the member items funds. Voting concludes this weekend for the 8 districts involved. 

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WNYC News

Calling It a Balance, Quinn Says She's 'Proud' of Sick-Leave Bill

Friday, March 29, 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reached a compromise Thursday night with supporters of a bill that would require companies to provide paid sick leave for thousands of employees in the city.

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