Council Budget Chair Wants More Detail in Future Preliminary Budgets

Mayor Bill de Blasio needs to get his city budget details to the City Council earlier, Finance Chair Julissa Ferreras said today.

“What this is really doing to the council is, it doesn’t allow us the time to thoroughly look at the budget,” Ms. 731 more words

Police Accountability And Beyond: Developing Justice Panel At Columbia University School Of Social Work

Beyond The Bars: Transforming (In) Justice is the fifth annual student-driven interdisciplinary conference on mass incarceration held at Columbia University, this past weekend, March 6th-8th. Organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus at CSSW, the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Beyond the Bars Fellows, the conference kicked off with Friday night with Michelle Alexander, author of… 330 more words

Damon K. Jones

Tenant groups, pols rally for stronger rent laws

Mayor’s office pledges support but is short on details at Council hearing

By Sabina Mollot

With the Rent Stabilization Laws up for renewal in June, several city politicians and dozens of tenants gathered at City Hall on Monday to call on state lawmakers to strengthen the laws, most importantly by repealing vacancy decontrol. 1,300 more words


City Pols Push Albany for Stronger Rent Regulations

A bevy of New York City elected leaders joined tenant groups outside City Hall to demand the state government bolster protections for tenants of more than one million apartments across the city. 501 more words

Eric Garner Case Ignites Online War Between Democratic and GOP Lawmakers

An Eric Garner-related tweet has sparked an online war between a Staten Island Republican and a Brooklyn Democrat.

Assemblyman Joseph Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, lashed out on Facebook at Councilman Jumaane Williams, a Brooklyn Democrat, for calling an encounter with a member of the Bloods street gang at a Garner protest a “powerful moment,” even though Bloods members have killed police in the past. 583 more words


Pols Push Bill Banning Businesses From Inquiring About Convictions

Elected officials rallied with union leaders and community groups outside City Hall today to promote a bill that would prevent employers from inquiring early in the hiring process about potential employees’ criminal backgrounds—which the law’s proponents allege leads to discrimination and recidivism. 480 more words