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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James Backs Marijuana Legalization

Public Advocate Letitia James, a rumored 2021 mayoral candidate, is calling for the legalization of marijuana for adult recreational use in New York State amid a nationwide movement pushing for legalization and renewed attention around racial disparities in drug-related arrests. 952 more words


Shodeen Project at Plan Commission Wednesday

Update: Zoning Overlay amendments approved 5-1. On to the City Council.

Design Review approved unanimously, with some changes to allow Staff to determine final parking space configuration and to work on making the Wilson St. 378 more words


Misconduct Complaints Against New York City's Cops Are Increasing—But Why Exactly?

The Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) says the number of allegations of misconduct against members of the NYPD increased in 2017 for the first time in eight years. 1,202 more words


Will the First-Ever 'Bike Train' Help Commuters Deal With the L Train Shutdown?

As Brooklyn commuters worry about how they will get around when the L train is shut down in April 2019, the nonprofit group Transportation Alternatives is proposing an alternative they say could help Brooklyn commuters: a “Bike Train” in the form of a weekly group bike commute from Brooklyn to Manhattan. 1,286 more words


Will 800,000 New Yorkers Receive Half-Priced Metrocards?

Roughly 800,000 low-income New Yorkers would save $726 a year if a proposal by the New York City Council and advocates to fund half-priced Metrocards for the poorest New Yorkers is adopted as part of the city’s final budget. 1,094 more words


Law Requiring Fire Sprinklers in NYC High-Rises May Return—Against Trump's Wishes

A New York City lawmaker is looking to mandate that residential buildings—including Trump Tower—adopt fire sprinkler systems after one civilian was killed and six firefighters were injured in a… 715 more words


Olivia Benson Lied to Us: NYC Lawmakers Seek to Reform the NYPD's Sex Crimes Unit

It looks like the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) isn’t as sharp as Law and Order makes them out to be.

The New York City Council is looking to reform the NYPD’s Special Victims Division (SVD) amid a scathing report finding substantial understaffing and under training—but the NYPD is objecting to such reforms and maintaining that the division is well-equipped. 1,232 more words