Tag: de Blasio, Bill

New York Today: N.Y. Today: Changing Queens, From D.A. Brown to Ocasio-Cortez

Weather: Bright but wicked cold, with wind chills around 12 this morning and a high of 31. Cold all weekend. Chance of snow tomorrow night. Alternate-side parking: in effect till Jan. 21. ImageRichard Brown has been in office for a long time.CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times A lot […]

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Five Takeaways From Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City Address

Speeding up city buses. Creating new ferry routes. Expanding early childhood education. In his sixth State of the City address, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday offered several new proposals, including two he rolled out earlier this week: a plan mandating private employers to offer two weeks of paid leave […]

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Paid Vacation to Be Required for Private Sector Workers, Mayor Says

Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged on Wednesday to make New York the first city in the nation to require private employers to provide at least two weeks of paid vacation to all employees. The proposal, which requires City Council approval, comes a day after Mr. de Blasio announced a $100 […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects the New York Region

Weather: Coldest day in about a month — wind chills in the teens and 20s, a high of 34 and a vanishing sun. Then rain tonight as the mercury climbs back toward 50. Alternate-side parking: in effect till Jan. 21. ImageA closed Federal Hall stands along Wall Street.CreditSpencer Platt/Getty Images […]

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Why De Blasio Loves ‘The Simpsons’ (and Where He’d Take Homer in New York City)

On Sunday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear as himself — in animated form — on “The Simpsons,” his second time on the show. Mr. de Blasio does not pop up frequently in television shows or films, although he has made cameos on “The Good Wife,” a favorite of […]

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Of 800,000 Poor New Yorkers, Only 30,000 Can Get the New Half-Priced MetroCards

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The first phase of what was to be a sweeping plan to provide half-priced subway and bus rides to the poorest New Yorkers arrived on Friday, a few days late and many people short. […]

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Judge Blocks New York City Law Aimed at Curbing Airbnb Rentals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A federal judge on Thursday blocked a recent New York City law intended to crack down on Airbnb and other online home-sharing sites that city officials say have essentially turned residential apartments into illegal […]

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N.Y. Police Official Who Took Las Vegas Trip and Gifts Is Not Guilty on Bribery Charges

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A police commander was found not guilty of federal bribery charges on Wednesday after a seven-week trial in which prosecutors contended he had done favors for two businessmen in return for lavish gifts, including […]

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A Long-Awaited Ban on Foam, and Other New Laws in New York in 2019

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A note to New Yorkers waking up in a stupor on New Year’s Day: Foam food containers are so last year. New York City’s ban on the single-use plastic clamshells that have long been […]

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2 of New York’s Most Influential Offices Are About to be Held by One Person

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Corey Johnson, in his first year as speaker of the New York City Council, has gotten good at making Mayor Bill de Blasio uncomfortable. There was the grilling that Mr. Johnson and the Council […]

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Young Inmates Say They Were Shipped Upstate, Held in Isolation and Beaten

The young inmates were taken by van from a jail on Rikers Island in New York City to an airfield hours north of the city. There, the abuse started almost immediately, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Friday. A dozen correction officers from a county jail led them inside […]

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New York City’s Public Housing Is in Crisis. Will Washington Take Control?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Apartments lose heat in the winter. Buildings are bedeviled with leaks, mold and lead paint. Entire housing developments are overrun with rats. Conditions for the more than 400,000 low and moderate-income New Yorkers living […]

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Glocks, Ammo, Night Vision Gear: How a City Agency Stockpiled Arms to Fight White-Collar Crime

From its Lower Manhattan headquarters three blocks north of Wall Street, an unlikely city agency seemed to be ramping up for battle. It bought 140 Glock 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistols. It spent $155,000 on ammunition, $140,000 on body armor, more than $800,000 on two-way radios and $54,000 for night-vision goggles. There […]

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New York City Can Protect Tenants Now

Across New York City, landlords in fast-gentrifying neighborhoods, eager to bring in higher-paying renters, have driven out tenants by harassing them with dangerous and annoying renovations. Renters, tenant advocates, city officials and The Times have all documented the forced exodus of tenants from rent-stabilized apartments. That helps landlords glide through […]

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Amazon Hires Lobbyists for N.Y. Site and Tries to Fend Off Ocasio-Cortez

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon is trying to quell rising opposition to its plan for offices in New York, hiring well-connected lobbyists to make its case in the corridors of power even as it mounts a block-by-block neighborhood […]

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Mr. Mayor, Why No Outrage Over a Mother’s Brutal Arrest?

“The most sacred duty of government is to protect people,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “especially defenseless children. There is nothing more barbaric than separating children from their parents. There is no excuse for this horror and certainly no reason.” Was that the mayor’s response to a stomach-churning video of […]

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New York Today: N.Y. Today: Has the Mayor Lost His Focus?

Weather: More clouds, more cold, a high of 39, plus a chance of snow showers tonight. Alternate-side parking: in effect until Saturday. How hard is it to meet with Mayor de Blasio? Mayor Bill de Blasio spends far less time at City Hall than he once did, leading some city […]

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No Albany Pay Raise Without Limits on Outside Income

While the $79,500 salary for members of the New York State Assembly and Senate is among the highest for legislators anywhere in the country, it is comparatively low for top talent in a costly state, especially in New York City and its suburbs. Some lawmakers seek additional income from outside […]

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