Thursday, July 31, 2014
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Mayor Bill de Blasio sat between police commissioner Bill Bratton and the Reverend Al Sharpton at the meeting that de Blasio convened on police-community relations, but he also appeared to act as a buffer between the two men. Elected officials and other clergy members gathered at City Hall on Thursday ...
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
By Janet Babin : Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
Should developers be forced to build affordable housing?
Friday, December 06, 2013
By Fred Mogul : Reporter, WNYC News
Anthony Shorris, the man appointed by mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to oversee the administration's day-to-day operations, at different times has managed large-scale hospital repairs following Sandy, the World Trade Center redevelopment at Ground Zero, and one of the city’s biggest public housing initiatives in decades.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Usually at this point in a mayoral election, the focus is on local issues, grassroots advocacy, and coalition building. This is not your usual mayoral election. David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses the issues central to the mayoral race that have been overshadowed by Anthony Weiner's texting saga. Listeners: What non-sexting issue is getting crowded out? Interest groups, this is your moment. Call 212-433-9692 and tell us what we'd usually be talking about in a "normal" election year.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Former NY Congressman and candidate for the Democratic mayoral nomination Anthony Weiner discusses his candidacy, and the key issues on the campaign trail from the calls for an NYPD Inspector General to his call to make all city contracts public.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins Brian Lehrer to talk about her State of the City address and the "middle class squeeze."
Thursday, January 24, 2013
By Kate Hinds
Listen to the audio from Thursday's press conference:
"In 2011, I authored a law called TrafficStat," said Jessica Lappin, who represents the Upper East Side. "The goal was to shine a light on the most dangerous intersections in the city." She and Bronx council member Jimmy Vacca recently sent a letter to DOT commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. It reads, in part: "Although the DOT has been legally required to provide the information noted above to Council Members and Community Boards since June 2011, to our understanding it has yet to do so. The Council has requested copies of traffic safety reports in recent months without success."
The law requires the DOT to identify the city's twenty highest crash locations and then come up with a plan to make them safer. In addition, it requires the DOT to inspect the locations where fatal traffic crashes occur within ninety days.
A clearly frustrated Lappin said it wasn't clear whether the DOT is inspecting the locations of fatal crashes. "How would we know?" she said "They haven't told us that they have. If they have, they should tell us."
A representative for the DOT, reached after the press conference, took issue with the council member's characterization. Spokesman Seth Solomonow said when it comes to traffic safety, "the last five years have been the safest in city history."
The press conference comes a day after the NYPD posted data on traffic crashes online, but then acknowledged that data was raw and contained "overcounts."
Lappin said the council has been asking for the information for five months. "And they keep saying 'oh, it's coming, it's coming, it's coming,' and we're just sick of waiting."
She said given the DOT's emphasis on safety, she was surprised by the agency's lack of compliance. "This is an administration that we know takes safety very seriously, so I don't understand why they are not complying with this law. We have been asking for months now for them to release this information, and they keep telling us it's on the way. But we don't want to wait when there are lives on the line."
"I don't care how cold it is," said Vacca. (Reporter's note: the temperature at 10am was 14 degrees.) "I think that we in the city of New York have been in the deep freeze too damn long at the Department of Transportation."
It wasn't clear exactly how the council planned for force the DOT's hand. Lappin said, "we're going to keep pushing them." A member of Vacca's staff said that the councilman would explore the possibility of an oversight hearing if DOT doesn’t comply "soon."
In his statement, the DOT's Solomonow said: "From the landmark pedestrian safety report to annual traffic fatality numbers to street-specific studies, there’s never been more safety data available for New Yorkers. This particular law requires not simply reporting statistics but then identifying locations and taking steps to make each even safer. In practice, this report goes above and beyond the law, documenting the engineering, designing, community outreach, scheduling and implementation efforts that have already brought community-supported safety redesigns to these locations. DOT continues to work overtime on safety, and not a single project has been delayed by this report, which we expect to be complete in a matter of weeks."
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Street vendors, selling everything from hot dogs to umbrellas and cell phone accessories, are an ingrained part of the New York City landscape. But on Thursday around 200 vendors, along with elected officials and advocates, gathered at City Hall to rally against excessive ticketing and thousands of dollars in fines.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
By Kate Hinds
(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) “No bike lanes to nowhere” was the message today from bicycle advocates, who were rallying on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to deliver about 2,500 handwritten letters to Mayor Bloomberg. They want the city to follow through on a proposed plan to build protected bike lanes along Manhattan’s First and Second Avenues, from Houston Street to East 125th Street. The lanes were initially endorsed by the city—but construction has stopped at 34th Street, with no plans to move northward at this time.
The rally, which was sponsored by Transportation Alternatives, drew about 50 people, including elected officials State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, State Senator Jose Serrano, and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito.
Viverito, who represents East Harlem, said that extending the lanes to 125th Street was only fair. “We're also talking about equity for our neighborhoods,” she said. “Why should only Midtown get the benefit of having these protected bike lanes and pedestrian islands?”
Monday, April 20, 2009
By Bob Hennelly
In a response to President Obama's call for a new commitment to civic engagement, Mayor Bloomberg launched 'NYC Service' at a high spirited rally geared toward young people in Washington Heights. The citywide initiative is designed ...
Monday, February 09, 2009
This time the three flight attendants, pilot and co-pilot were given a key to the city. The second they stepped into the packed room the flashes and clicks started and never stopped. Photographers and camera men yelled at each other and even the mayor requested that the 'stills get down'.
A city hall press aide remarked it's the craziest she's seen it - even crazier than when J-Lo appeared in the same room.
Monday, February 02, 2009
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by a ground hog during a ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo Monday morning.
Bloomberg spoke to the media about the incident later that day, suggesting that Chuck very well could be a 'terrorist rodent' agent.
The city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, bit through Bloomberg's glove when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn.