Advocates Renew Push to Pass Police Reform Bills Stalled in City Council

Advocates and Council members rallied outside City Hall today to call for the passage of a pair of police reform bills that have languished for two years, despite support from more than half the body’s members. 926 more words

Bill De Blasio

Council Members Rage Against Brooklyn Judge and Prosecutor in Akai Gurley Case

Several African-American members of the City Council ripped into Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and Judge Danny Chun over the sentencing of former NYPD Officer Peter Liang—who avoided jail time for the 2014 killing of black Brooklynite Akai Gurley. 535 more words

Jumaane Williams

Bernie Sanders Promises Massive Federal Investment in Public Housing

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders pledged today to dedicate federal funds to mitigate the troubled New York City Housing Authority‘s massive backlog in repairs and to establish new lead standards for public housing nationwide. 680 more words

Hillary Clinton

Jumaane Williams Endorses Bernie Sanders' 'Political Revolutionary Moonshot'

Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams this afternoon became the second member of the City Council to endorse Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

Taking the stage at the candidate’s massive rally in Prospect Park today, Mr. 406 more words

Hillary Clinton

War Over de Blasio Affordable Housing Plan Launches in Council

The City Council had one response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sweeping proposals to rezone the city for more affordable housing: this is not enough. 909 more words

Bill De Blasio

De Blasio Administration Agrees to Decriminalization of Low-Level Offenses

After resisting Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s push to reduce and replace criminal penalties for numerous quality-of-life infractions for nearly a year, the de Blasio administration assented today to a set of bills that would allow beat cops to charge minor offenders with a fine-bearing violation instead of a misdemeanor, based on a criteria the NYPD would have to generate. 553 more words

Bill De Blasio

Public Advocate Unveils New Regulations to Crack Down on 'Worst Landlords'

Public Advocate Letitia James announced today she would introduce two bills that would expand the city’s power to penalize property owners with outstanding code violations—and expand the power of her own office and its annual “ 373 more words

Bill De Blasio