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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...

Participatory Budgeting in Year Two: Reinvigorating Local Democracy in NYC

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 03.30.2013 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

After we just completed an election season where democracy was under attack across the country, a movement has sprung up in New York City that seeks to strengthen rather than subvert involvement in the democratic process. It's called participatory budgeting.

Arthur Delaney

New York City Council Bans Discrimination Against The Jobless | Arthur Delaney | Posted 01.23.2013 | New York

The New York City Council passed a bill Wednesday that would ban businesses from discriminating against unemployed job applicants. The measure wou...

Activists, Pols Try To Revive Movement To End Stop-and-Frisk Police

DNAinfo | Posted 01.18.2013 | New York

HARLEM -- Elected officials and community activists gathered in East Harlem Thursday to try to jumpstart the movement against the NYPD's controversial...

Disgraced Queens Democrats To Serve Two Years In Prison For Using Taxpayer Money To Fund Campaign

AP | Posted 12.11.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- A disgraced New York politician will spend two years in prison for using taxpayer money to fund his 2006 campaign. Queens Democrat Hiram ...

Does NYC Live Up to Our Values?

Brad Lander | Posted 02.05.2013 | New York
Brad Lander

Electing real progressives won't be easy, but with this coalition, we have what it takes to win. Together, we can grow the Progressive Caucus and make real change in New York.

Quinn Crosses a Line

Tom Allon | Posted 02.04.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

Whether term limits or member items and now redistricting, Christine Quinn's approach has always been to play the angles for her own gain and advancement. We need a mayor who is focused on the needs of New Yorkers, not on their own ambition.

City Council To Vote On Setting Pedicab Rates

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — The New York City Council approved new regulations for pedicabs Tuesday intended to prevent tourists from being taken for a ride. Th...

NYPD Blues

Sadia Ahsanuddin | Posted 01.14.2013 | New York
Sadia Ahsanuddin

Given the expanding power of the NYPD, it was interesting to hear members of the Bloomberg administration articulate their opposition to the Community Safety Act, legislation seeking to increase transparency and oversight.

After $442 Fare, NYC Putting Foot Down On Pricey Pedicabs

AP | KAREN MATTHEWS | Posted 12.23.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has bec...

Steps Toward a Better NYPD - and a Safer, Fairer City

Brad Lander | Posted 12.12.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

This week, we took some big steps forward toward a better NYPD. With independent oversight, we will finally be able to take a close look at NYPD policies that impair civil liberties, put officers in danger, or lead to ineffective policing.

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Christine C. Quinn

The Huffington Post | JR Tungol | Posted 10.03.2012 | Gay Voices

Christine C. Quinn, 46, was first elected to the New York City Council in 1999 where she represented Manhattan's lower west side. She has not only cha...

Faculty, Preservationists Sue Over NYU Expansion

By Matt Chaban As promised, a group of NYU faculty, preservationists and community groups, a dozen parties in all, have filed a suit against the ci...

Should NYC Have An Animal Abuser Registry?

Posted 09.19.2012 | New York

City Council member Peter Vallone Jr. has introduced a bill to create an animal abuse registry that would prevent previous offenders from being able t...

Kelly Meets WIth Black And Latino City Council Members

DNAinfo | Posted 08.24.2012 | New York

NEW YORK CITY — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had a long-awaited meeting Thursday with members of the City Council's minority caucus to discuss ...

Paid Sick Leave Bill Advocates Frustrated With Quinn

| Posted 08.23.2012 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer CITY HALL — Advocates of a mandatory paid sick leave bill upped the pressure on City Council Speaker Ch...


| Posted 08.19.2012 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer NEW YORK CITY — A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ruled that the city's Five-Borough Taxi Plan — wh...

Bloomberg Sues City Council Over Living Wage

The New York Times | Posted 07.28.2012 | New York

By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sued the City Council on Friday, fulfilling a vow to fight two laws that would raise the wages of...

Councilman GUILTY Of Corruption

AP | TOM HAYS | Posted 09.25.2012 | New York

NEW YORK — A veteran politician was convicted Thursday on nine of 12 counts in a corruption case accusing him of putting hundreds of thousands o...

WATCH: Fifth Grader Deliver Amazing Pro-Gay Marriage Speech To City Council

Posted 07.26.2012 | New York

Kameron Slade-- the Queens fifth grader initially prohibited from delivering a pro-gay marriage speech at his school before the INTERNET heard about i...

Saki Knafo

How Bloomberg's 'Dance Macabre' With City Council Saved New York Children's Services | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

In their apartment in a rough neighborhood of Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon, Carmen Torres and her 10-year-old daughter, Jaylee Nieves, rattled off so...

A Stronger NYPD, a Safer New York

Brad Lander | Posted 08.15.2012 | New York
Brad Lander

This Sunday, on Father's Day, I will be marching with tens of thousands of other New Yorkers to call for reform of stop-and-frisk. We cannot accept a New York where people are subject to civil liberties violations based on the color of their skin.

City Councilmembers Bravely Defend Outdoor Brunch

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

Brunch is a New York City institution-- a ritual to heal hangovers, catch up on gossip, and eat oh-so-delicious eggs and bacon while sipping on Bloody...

NYPD Oversight Bill Introduced; NYPD Thinks It's Unnecessary

Posted 06.13.2012 | New York

Members of the New York City Council are introducing a bill Wednesday that would create an independent inspector general's office to oversee the NYPD....

Making the City Stronger

New York City Council Progressive Caucus | Posted 08.01.2012 | New York
New York City Council Progressive Caucus

As the New York City Council grapples with a budget that proposes cuts to child care, senior services and homeless shelters, to name a few, the handouts to corporations and big banks with little accountability or transparency are appalling.