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
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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
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
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
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
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