Today, Council Speaker Christine Quinn held a big press conference about a munimeter problem of indeterminate size that afflicts New Yorkers in the voter-rich outer boroughs.(1)
Amid all the talk about gun control, City Council members today launched an effort to address violence of a more prosaic sort: car crashes, and what councilmembers described as the police department's inadequate methods of investigating them.
Walmart has once again given money to New York City's summer jobs programs, as the retail giant quietly continues its push to open a store in New York City. Unrelated, the mayor defended his inclusion of revenue from non-profit garbage pick-ups in this year's budget, allegedly without telling the Council.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of super-sized drinks doesn't need City Council approval, which is just as well.
There aren't many places in New York City where the winning strategy includes painting your opponent as a Democrat. Welcome to the "super Jewish" State Senate district in Brookyln.
Former City Councilman Simcha Felder walked into the offices of Hamodia, an Orthodox Jewish newspaper, and announced he was running for the newly created "super Jewish" State Senate seat in Brooklyn.
The district includes Borough Park and Flatbush and currently is divided up between six state senators. Combining those two neighborhoods was "a longstanding dream" of Jews in the area, according to Hamodia. Felder's successor in the Council, David Greenfield, disagrees, calling it a "super ghetto."
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has left for a trip to Israel with ten Council members.
The trip is being paid for the by Jewish Community Relations Council and does not include taxpayer funds, a source told me.(4)
City Council speaker and 2013 mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said she remained opposed to a legislative mandate for paid sick-leave during a City Hall press conference this afternoon, as proponents of the legislation wrapped up a rally outside.