Life of the Law

The Hardest Time: Moms in Prison

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mother’s Day is the one day of the year we set aside to honor mothers. Some do it with flowers and cards. For women who are in prison and their children who are being raised by grandmothers, aunts or guardians on the outside,



A Festival of Speeches and Selfies—Oh, and a Lot of Legislation

Thursday, December 19, 2013

There were 26 bills—a record, according to Council Speaker Christine Quinn–but most were foregone conclusions.



City May Ban E-Cigarettes from Bars, Restaurants and Parks

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A new bill being that will be introduced next week in the New York City Council could take some of the oxygen out of the fast-growing market for tobacco-free e-cigarettes.



Today In Politics: Democratic Candidates Take Shots at Rivals During Final Debate

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The leading Democrats running for mayor took turns going after front-runner Bill de Blasio in Tuesday night's final debate before the primary election. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows the Public Advocate with a substantial lead.



With de Blasio Surging in Polls, Quinn Sharpens Attack

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Council Speaker Christine Quinn accused Public Advocate Bill de Blasio of being a hypocrite after the Daily News reported his campaign received thousands of dollars in donations from people on his own "Worst Landlords Watchlist." De Blasio's campaign hit back, saying some of those donors contributed to Quinn's campaign as well.



This Week In Politics: Dante's Inferno

Friday, August 23, 2013


Dante de Blasio provides a big lift for his dad, who finds himself increasing in the line of fire as the primary approaches.  Meantime, the primary gets hotter and hotter, with slaps, verbal jabs, and frantic elbowing between the candidates.  And a sound rejection of a key plank of the Bloomberg legacy characterizes This Week in Politics.  WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Anna Sale, and Jessica Gould break it down.

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New Yorkers React to Weiner's Gains in Polls

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Two polls are showing former Rep. Anthony Weiner gaining ground among the city's Democrats in his bid for the party nomination in the New York City mayoral race.

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Quinn Speaks to Barnard College Students about Personal Struggles

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn spoke candidly about her personal struggles with alcohol and bulimia, and answered earnest questions from about three dozen young college women seated in a small, intimate room at Barnard College Tuesday.


Transportation Nation

NYC Speeds Up $1 Billion in 'Unglamorous' Infrastructure Work

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Comptroller John Liu

New York will be accelerating more than $1 billion worth of work on infrastructure projects already in the city's capital plan.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg cautioned that these are not big ticket items. "The bulk of them are completely unglamorous," he said, adding that most of them can be completed within a 20-month time frame. The city is accelerating the work to take advantage of low interest rates.

A description of the authorized projects includes road and bridge repairs, waterfront infrastructure development, and improvements to city buildings and libraries. The mayor said an additional 300 miles of city roadways will be resurfaced, and it will also speed up the removal of PCBs from lighting fixtures in schools.

These are projects that are "ready to go, need to happen, and will be finished in the fixed timetable," the mayor said. He estimated that the work would create 8,000 jobs, mostly in the construction industry.

Read more about the project here, or watch a video of the announcement.

Bonus: hear the mayor announce the initiative in Spanish.

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