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De Blasio FDNY Commissioner Struggles to Douse Council Budget Doubts

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro today pushed back against assertions from Queens Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and her colleagues that the city’s fire and emergency medical services are understaffed. 486 more words

Rikers Healthcare Provider Corizon Under Fire at City Council Hearing

Members of the City Council grilled representatives of Corizon, the for-profit company that provides healthcare on Rikers Island, over what many have deemed inadequate care and preventable deaths of inmates during a hearing today—and raised the specter of ending the city’s relationship with the company. 962 more words

De Blasio Administration: No Guaranteed Day Off During a Disaster

At a City Council hearing today, top officials from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Emergency Management said they were powerless to force employers to close during natural disasters. 260 more words

Council Slams Airbnb for Having No Idea How Many Listings Are Illegal

Members of the City Council slammed popular home-sharing website Airbnb today for saying it has no idea how many of its New York City apartment listings violate state law. 1,046 more words

Board Votes to End Solitary Confinement for Rikers Inmates Under 21 By 2016

The Board of Correction today approved a plan for an enhanced supervision unit touted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte—but also voted to end solitary confinement for all inmates on Rikers Island under 21 by 2016, a sweeping change that will set the department apart from jail systems nationwide. 1,078 more words

State Senator: 'Entirely Possible' Women Don't Want to Be Firefighters

Staten Island State Senator Diane Savino today dismissed Queens Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s allegations of sexual discrimination in hiring at the Fire Department, instead arguing that most women are uninterested—and even unfit—to become firefighters. 626 more words

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City to FDNY: Hire More Women Firefighters

New York has been forced to accept a massive defeat against San Francisco—and almost the rest of the country—when it comes to employing female firefighters. While coastal frontrunner San Francisco’s department is currently made up of thirteen percent women, NYC’s numbers are staggering in lack: only 44 women currently serve in the 10,500-person New York City Fire Department (FDNY), a chunk that amounts to less than half of one percent of the entire force, according to a press release. 316 more words