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The Winners & Losers From Tuesday's Widely Ignored NYC Primary

The Winners & Losers From Tuesday's Widely Ignored NYC Primary

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Democratic challenger Sal Albanese at a primary debate, August 23,2017 (Sam Hodgson, NY Times via AP pool) Only 14 percent of the city's registered Democrats bothered voting in yesterday's primary...

Your Voting Guide For Tuesday's Hottest Primary Races In NYC

Your Voting Guide For Tuesday's Hottest Primary Races In NYC

City Council Chambers at City Hall, where dozens of candidates are vying to take a seat come January. (City Council Flickr) Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to trounce his long-shot challengers in Tuesday's Democratic primary...

Will Queens Voters Elect A City Councilman Who Stole Their Money & Assaulted His Girlfriend?video

Will Queens Voters Elect A City Councilman Who Stole Their Money & Assaulted His Girlfriend?

Hiram Monserrate after he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault in 2009. (Getty Images) Disgraced Queens politician and convicted felon Hiram Monserrate is in the midst of yet another attempt at a political comeback. Monserrate, who...

Report: NYC Lags Behind Other Cities In Female Representation In Government

Report: NYC Lags Behind Other Cities In Female Representation In Government

Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Housing Works) Despite New York City's idea of itself as a progressive capital of the planet, it lags behind cities across the country and the...

Who Will Be The Next City Council Speaker?

Who Will Be The Next City Council Speaker?

(Courtesy NY City Council Instagram) The speaker of the City Council is, arguably, the second most powerful elected office in New York City, though it’s still a distant second behind the mayor. As the leader of...

Bay Ridge City Council Candidate Khader El-Yateem Thinks Southwest Brooklyn Is Ready For Socialism

Bay Ridge City Council Candidate Khader El-Yateem Thinks Southwest Brooklyn Is Ready For Socialism

Reverend Kahder El-Yateem, who's running for City Council in southwest Brooklyn with a DSA endorsement. (via the El-Yateem campaign) In a continuing push to become a force in New York City politics, the Democratic Socialists of...

Brooklyn Councilman Resigns Just In Time To Give Someone Else His Ballot Line

Brooklyn Councilman Resigns Just In Time To Give Someone Else His Ballot Line

And too late for would-be contenders who were reluctant to go up against an incumbent. Ain't New York City politics grand?

Legislation Advances To Require DOH Letter Grades For Food Trucks

Legislation Advances To Require DOH Letter Grades For Food Trucks

(Bitch Cakes/Flickr) Like brick-and-mortar restaurants before them, food trucks and food carts may soon be displaying the letter grade results of Health Department inspections alongside the price for hot dogs. On Tuesday, legislation introduced by Queens...

City Council Members Introduce Series Of Bills To Prevent Tenant Harassment

City Council Members Introduce Series Of Bills To Prevent Tenant Harassment

With their powers combined, City Council members are trying to make sure this doesn't happen to you. (Lauren Evans/Gothamist) Cases of tenant harassment in the city are as old as time, but it doesn't mean that...

Meet The Democratic Socialist Running For City Council In Brooklyn

Meet The Democratic Socialist Running For City Council In Brooklyn

(courtesy Jabari 2017). Six months out from NYC's local 2017 elections, only one declared City Council candidate is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Jabari Brisport, a 29-year-old actor-activist, tutor, and Prospect Heights native,...

NYC Poised To Ban Employers From Asking About Salary History In Effort To Close Gender Wage Gap

NYC Poised To Ban Employers From Asking About Salary History In Effort To Close Gender Wage Gap

It's not easy being a City Council member, but then again neither is being a school teacher. (New York City Council/Flickr) The City Council passed a bill on Wednesday banning employers from asking about salary history...

NYC Poised To Reform Law That Allows NYPD To Padlock Homes & Businesses On Flimsy Grounds

NYC Poised To Reform Law That Allows NYPD To Padlock Homes & Businesses On Flimsy Grounds

(Getty) The City Council is expected to pass a series of reform bills today that would curtail the NYPD's ability to padlock a private residence or shutter a business over a minor offense or even suspicion...

Vision Zero Needs To Focus More On Criminal Drivers, City Councilmembers Say

Vision Zero Needs To Focus More On Criminal Drivers, City Councilmembers Say

Kent Street in Williamsburg after pedestrian was struck and killed by a truck driver. (via @WMSBG) The New York City Council held an oversight hearing on the performance of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative Thursday,...

City Council Approves Four More Years Of Selling Off Property Debt To A Bank

City Council Approves Four More Years Of Selling Off Property Debt To A Bank

(Scott Heins / Gothamist) New York City will continue to enlist a private, multinational bank to collect debt from thousands of delinquent property owners for at least four more years, following a 10-0 Finance Committee vote...

Trump Tower Security Is Blowing NYPD Overtime Budget 'Out Of The Water'

Trump Tower Security Is Blowing NYPD Overtime Budget 'Out Of The Water'

(Getty) In the immediate aftermath of the November presidential election, Mayor de Blasio took a wait-and-see approach when asked about how security measures around Trump Tower might impact midtown after Inauguration Day. "I don't think we...

City Council To Hear Bill Setting Aside Parking Spots For Car Share Cars

City Council To Hear Bill Setting Aside Parking Spots For Car Share Cars

Make room for tiny cars. (via Flickr user GoToVan) More and more tiny Car2Go smart cars are seen around the city, and Zipcars can be found in more city parking garages. Given the spread of these...

Republican Queens Councilman Wants To Star In Reality Show About Maybe Running For Mayor

Republican Queens Councilman Wants To Star In Reality Show About Maybe Running For Mayor

(via City Council's Flickr) Now that President "You're fired!" elect Donald Trump has not just blurred but thoroughly erased the line between political campaign and reality television, a Republican Queens councilman has stars in his eyes....

City Council Debates Publicly Funding Citi Bike Expansion To 'Far Flung' Neighborhoods

City Council Debates Publicly Funding Citi Bike Expansion To 'Far Flung' Neighborhoods

(via Several Seconds' Flickr) Back from the 2014 brink of bankruptcy and busted spokes, Citi Bike is now the largest bike share program in the country, on track to hit 12,000 bikes by fall 2017 with...

Councilman Says City Craves Better Food Vendor Rules

Councilman Says City Craves Better Food Vendor Rules

(Bitch Cakes/Flickr) New York needs to get off its tush and clean up the process for permitting and regulating food vendors City Council Member Mark Levine writes in an op-ed in the Daily News. In October,...

Bill To Protect Freelancers From Deadbeat Employers Heads To A Vote In NYC

Bill To Protect Freelancers From Deadbeat Employers Heads To A Vote In NYC

Freelancers rally outside City Hall before a City Council hearing on the bill in March. (Victoria Law / Gothamist) The City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs on Wednesday unanimously voted out of committee a bill that...

De Blasio Admits More Than 1K Sandy-Ravaged Homes Won't Be Rebuilt On Schedule

De Blasio Admits More Than 1K Sandy-Ravaged Homes Won't Be Rebuilt On Schedule

Mayor de Blasio and HUD Secretary Julian Castro touring a Build It Back home in Breezy Point in October of last year (Mayor's Flickr). Late Wednesday night, days before the four year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy,...

City Council Wants To Reform Law That Allows For Evictions Without Proof Of Crime

City Council Wants To Reform Law That Allows For Evictions Without Proof Of Crime

(Getty) An obscure law created in the 1970s to help the NYPD bust brothels in Times Square gives police the leeway to padlock a private residence or shutter a business over a minor offense or even...

NYC May Double The Number Of Licensed Street Food Vendors In Next Seven Years

NYC May Double The Number Of Licensed Street Food Vendors In Next Seven Years

Cliff Burns/flickr The New York City Council is trying to make life easier for the thousands of food vendors in NYC who choose to sell their goods on the street instead of in a traditional restaurant....

De Blasio's Deputy Mayor Admits LES Rivington House Deal Was A Failure

De Blasio's Deputy Mayor Admits LES Rivington House Deal Was A Failure

First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris at yesterday's hearing. (NYC Council/Twitter) First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris appeared before the City Council on Thursday to speak for the de Blasio administration in its handling of a deed restriction...

Council Members Grill City Officials On Family Leave Policy

Council Members Grill City Officials On Family Leave Policy

New York City Council The City Council is trying to figure out who is covered by Mayor de Blasio's new paid parental leave plan for non-union city employees, which went into effect in December 2015. The...

City Council Cancels Meeting On Domestic Violence Bills After Not Enough Council Members Show Up

City Council Cancels Meeting On Domestic Violence Bills After Not Enough Council Members Show Up

James Vacca was the first and, for a while, the only Council Member in the meeting. A City Council committee was supposed to vote yesterday on a series of domestic violence bills that would require the...

City Council Bills Requiring NYPD To Document Use Of Force Are

City Council Bills Requiring NYPD To Document Use Of Force Are "Toothless," Critics Say

Officer Pantaleo was not indicted for applying this fatal choke-hold to Eric Garner. The City Council is one step closer to passing a trio of bills aimed at holding police officers accountable for excessive uses of...

NYC Plastic Bag Fee Postponed Until Next Year

NYC Plastic Bag Fee Postponed Until Next Year

Eric Harvey Brown/flickr Weeks after Albany lawmakers threatened to prohibit New York (and other cities) from imposing a plastic bag fee, the City Council has voted to postpone its proposed 5-cent fee on plastic bags until...

Why Do NYC Community Boards Have So Little Power?

Why Do NYC Community Boards Have So Little Power?

(Miranda Katz / Gothamist) If you've never attended a NYC community board meeting, allow me to set the scene: they are monthly affairs often lasting as long as three hours, and are typically filled with lengthy...

Cops Accused Of Using Greater Force On Black Protesters Who Interrupted City Council Vote

Cops Accused Of Using Greater Force On Black Protesters Who Interrupted City Council Vote

Henry surrounded by NYPD officers after being removed from the chamber (via Jose La Salle) The City Council was in the midst of approving two major pillars of Mayor de Blasio's $41 billion affordable housing plan...

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