City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito came out swinging this evening against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is planning a trip to New York City this week to try to lure businesses to the Lone Star State. 309 more words
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Mayor Bill de Blasio today hailed the closure of the NYPD’s so-called Demographics Unit, which used undercover officers to “map” Muslim neighborhoods, and was accused of spying on innocent residents and businesses across the city. 289 more words
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, eager to push a bill creating city identification cards accessible to undocumented immigrants, is rolling out endorsements from a list of left-leaning advocacy groups supporting the measure. 1,086 more words
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York City Council apparently wants to go on a spending spree — on itself.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is seeking a whopping 10 percent increase in the council’s operations budget, CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported. 378 more words
The City Council has always had its prickly, sharp-tongued and press-savvy independents.
Among the roster of rogue lawmakers who have recently filled its ranks: Charles Barron, a self-identified Black Panther who frequently decried the “racist” powers-that-be; Peter Vallone Jr., a motorcycle-riding law-and-order crusader; and Tony Avella, who didn’t flinch before launching a quixotic campaign for mayor against the Democratic establishment’s choice. 686 more words