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Preet Bharara Skewers Bill de Blasio and Praises the Press at Political Gala

It seems that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s recent slapping of federal charges on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s closest associates in an alleged bid-rigging scheme has emboldened him to take jabs at just about everyone—right up to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his… 967 more words

Andrew Cuomo

Council Speaker: Mayor Needs to be More 'Proactive and Engaged' in Land Use Decisions

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said that it is the mayor’s responsibility to be “proactive and engaged” with Council members if he wants to see a particular development project go through. 617 more words

Bill De Blasio

Should Council Members Hold So Much Sway in Land Use Decisions?

It’s no secret that local Council members typically have veto power over what developments go up in their districts. But after the City Council rejected a rezoning proposal for affordable housing in Inwood when the local member dropped his support, the practice is getting more scrutiny—particularly from a mayor who once held the same sway when he sat in the Council himself. 1,390 more words

Bill De Blasio

More New Yorkers Facing Eviction Have Lawyers, But No Right to Counsel Yet

Mayor Bill de Blasio touted city investments in programs to provide lawyers to tenants facing eviction in housing court—but stopped short of endorsing the “ 628 more words

Bill De Blasio

NYC Council Speaker Calls on DHS to End Use of Private Immigration Detention Centers

After the Department of Justice announced this summer it would stop using private prisons, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is calling on the feds to end their use of privately-run immigration detention centers. 711 more words

Immigration Reform

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Normally, when my phone rings, it’s seldom a call I want to receive. Luckily, when the chime sounded the other day and the caller ID said “Jimmy Van Bramer,” it actually was a call I wanted to get. 361 more words

New York City

Controversial NYPD Reform Bill Blocked by Speaker Now Has Veto-Proof Majority Support

A hotly contested measure that would obligate cops give their name, rank and command during most routine stops now has enough backers it could theoretically override a veto by Mayor Bill de Blasio—if his ally Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito would ever let it get a vote on the City Council floor. 792 more words

Bill De Blasio