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Bloomberg: 'Nobody Racially Profiles'

Posted 06.28.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out Friday morning at two bills recently passed by the New York City Council that aim to check the NYPD's controversial...

Standing Up for Low Wage Workers

Camille Rivera | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Camille Rivera

It has been amazing to witness the fast food-worker strikes that have swept the country in the past few months. One of the most shocking things that the workers have complained about is that their employers have been cheating them out of their full pay. These aren't isolated incidents.

MAJOR NYPD Oversight Bills Passed

AP | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — New York City lawmakers have passed the most expansive plans in years to impose new oversight on the nation's largest police force. ...

'Take Heart, Al Qaeda Wannabes'

Newsday | Anthony M. Destefano | Posted 08.24.2013 | New York

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several top law enforcement officials on Monday urged City Council members to reject two measures he said would hobble the...

City Council Has a Golden Opportunity to Stop Discriminatory Policing -- Will It Do the Right Thing?

Nahal Zamani | Posted 08.24.2013 | New York
Nahal Zamani

True community safety requires a police department for whom all New Yorkers are equally deserving of courtesy, professionalism, and respect. The Community Safety Act is an important step towards ensuring just that.

Rough Road Ahead: The Electric Bike Battle in New York

Gary M. Kaye | Posted 08.17.2013 | New York
Gary M. Kaye

Electric Bikes, or e-Bikes, are illegal in New York State. Because they have motors they do not qualify as bicycles. Because they cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles they are not vehicles.

Preparing For The Next Big Storm

AP | By JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) — After months of mulling New York City's response to Superstorm Sandy, lawmakers proposed Wednesday to require backup generators for ...

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Michael Winship | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Profit will out, whether in Wall Street boardrooms or in the ashes of a south Asian sweatshop. All of which makes for ever wealthier plutocrats, consumers kept content with cheap goods, and if we do nothing about it, lousy citizens.


AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 05.28.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- It was an unscripted moment made for Christine Quinn. One of her Democratic rivals in the New York City mayor's race had tried a bit of w...

World Youth Initiative: Tomorrow's Leaders, Solving Today's Issues

Jim Luce | Posted 07.11.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

Last fall, teen philanthropist Isaac J. Kassin was awarded our James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation's coveted Luce Leader 2012 Award for his work in phila...

Noncitizens Could Soon Vote In NYC Elections

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 07.09.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could get the right to vote in New York City elections under a proposal that would mark the bigge...

Paid Sick Days for a Million More New Yorkers

Brad Lander | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

Taking a day off when you are sick. It is something that is easy to take for granted, but many low-wage New Yorkers have no paid sick days and even put their job at risk if they stay home sick without pay. But soon that will be in the past.

NYC Set To Pass Paid Sick Days Bill

AP | JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — In a significant victory amid a push for paid sick time laws around the country, city lawmakers voted Wednesday to make businesses pr...

What We're For

Brad Lander | Posted 07.06.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

It is true that the members of the Progressive Caucus are working closely with labor unions and community groups to help bring about a more progressive New York City? It's not a secret conspiracy. We've been writing about it for months.

Public Safety for All?

Jumaane D. Williams | Posted 07.01.2013 | New York
Jumaane D. Williams

What the mayor offered New Yorkers Tuesday was a pep rally for his failing proposition that our city has to choose between better policing and safer streets, between saving lives and protecting our Constitutional rights.

Deja-Rudy Giuliani In NYC

Posted 05.01.2013 | New York

It's deja-Rudy in New York City. That's right, another Rudy Giuliani is said to be eyeing public office in the city. The New York Post reports Rud...

Spotlight on School Safety

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 06.14.2013 | New York
Christine C. Quinn

We recognize the devastating impact that arrests and suspensions can have on young people, that's why today, the City Council is holding a hearing that will focus on alternatives designed to keep schools safe while at the same time reducing arrests or suspensions in schools.

John Celock

Guns In Capitols Laws Sweep U.S. | John Celock | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics

Kansas may join at least 11 other states in allowing some civilians to carry guns inside the state Capitol, a move that not everyone accepts in states...

Prosecuting or Persecuting Working Families Party?

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 05.12.2013 | New York
Bennett L. Gershman

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York investigated allegations of election violations in the 2009 City Council elections and closed the case finding no evidence of wrongdoing. Now a new bloodhound has been hired to re-investigate.

Council Calls For Stricter Regulations On Intercity Buses

DNAinfo | Posted 03.12.2013 | New York

NEW YORK CITY — In the wake of the federal government shutdown of Fung Wah Bus, the City Council called for greater regulation of intercity buses, u...

Let's Hear It for and Thank the Vendors

Hugh Hogan | Posted 05.05.2013 | New York
Hugh Hogan

Last Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a bil that halves the fines that can be levied on vendors. Because of this victory thousands of new immigrants who enrich our city can go to work secure in the knowledge they'll be able to feed their families.

Carlos Menchaca Explains Why He's Running for New York City Council (VIDEO)

Wayne Anderson | Posted 05.01.2013 | New York
Wayne Anderson

His bid for office was spurred by his leadership experience during Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in Red Hook. If elected, Carlos would become the first openly LGBT elected official in Brooklyn, and the first Mexican-American elected official in the entire city.

Schools Unite to Support a Plastic Bag Ban, Fee or Tax in NYC

Veronique Pittman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Green
Veronique Pittman

Inspired to take action by the successes of large cities and many towns in NY in passing ordinances to ban or impose fees on single use plastic bags, K-12 schools are launching a campaign to pressure the City Council to consider the issue more seriously.

Bloomberg Blasts City Council Members Over Controversial BDS Event

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 02.06.2013 | New York

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted City Council members who threatened Brooklyn College's funding over a controversial panel the college in...

Sketches Released In Murder Of Gay Activist

| Posted 01.31.2013 | New York

By Jeanmarie Evelly, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer SUNNYSIDE — Family and friends of Lou Rispoli, a gay activist and longtime Queens resident who was...