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

Black and Latino Council Members Push for More Access to Gifted and Talented Programs

The Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus today called on parents in their districts to apply to have their kids take the city’s gifted and talented exams by the November 9 deadline—and demanded the city open more programs for academically advanced students in low-income minority areas. 606 more words

Michael Bloomberg

Local councilman, former NYPD detective look into report on cops' use of excessive force

More claims of excessive force against the NYPD and this time it’s not coming from angry civilians, but from the Inspector General.

The report accuses police officers of making tense situations worse and not doing enough to reign in officers who get out of line. 38 more words


Who Should Take Ownership for the Annual J'Ouvert Festival?

Each year, the West Indian American Day Parade through Central Brooklyn attracts bright costumes, steel drums and elected officials shaking hands with throngs of New Yorkers. 1,504 more words

Bill De Blasio

Bill Bratton Punches Back at Comptroller and City Council

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton offered an aggressive defense of his police department this morning—ripping the city comptroller for calling city crime statistics “politicized,” pushing back against City Council reform efforts and knocking “headlines that misinform” during a morning address to the Association for a Better New York. 1,128 more words

Bill De Blasio

Democrats Say Violence-Marred West Indian Day Celebration Is Still Very Safe

A day after violence surrounding the annual West Indian Day Parade left one man dead and a Cuomo administration aide in critical condition, a trio of City Council members declared that the annual celebration is still safe. 620 more words

Eric Adams