The city council votes to urge U.S. Congress to pass the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act . Read More
Emboldened by Democrat Bill de Blasio’s decisive win in the mayor’s race, the state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus today rolled out a new agenda and pushed Albany to “walk the walk” in passing progressive legislation.
Joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, the lawmakers pressed their case to nearly 250 elected officials, union members, and community activists seated in the auditorium of Baruch College. Read More
Advocates trying to speed up the construction of affordable housing that was promised as part of the controversial Atlantic Yards project are letting bygones be bygones when it comes to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s support of the original deal.
A slew of pols rallied this afternoon to halt the project’s sale to a foreign-contractor, Greenland Holdings Group of China, in yet another effort to ramp up construction of long-promised affordable housing in the area. But when asked about whether Mr. de Blasio should have been more vocal on the issue, a complete silence followed a brief response from one official. Read More
This time, it was easy.
Manhattan Borough Scott Stringer took the stage tonight to claim his new position as the city’s next comptroller, after coasting to victory over his little-known Republican challenger. Read More
Representatives from the Oneida Indian Nation, a New York Native American tribe, met with officials from the Washington Redskins football team yesterday in an effort to get the team to change its name–called “a harmful racial epithet”–and mascot. Read More
Joe Lhota has a suggestion for the president.
Barack Obama is visiting a Brooklyn school today, where he will be joined by Bill de Blasio, the Democratic nominee in the mayor’s race, and a host of elected officials. But Mr. Lhota, the Republican Party’s pick, thinks they should have a debate as well. Read More
Nearly 40 supporters of Ken Thompson’s Brooklyn district attorney campaign gathered on the steps of Borough Hall today to demand incumbent Charles Hynes apologize for allegedly accusing Mr. Thompson of being a gun trafficker–which they linked to a larger plot to scare white voters in the November election. Read More
Bill de Blasio, the leading candidate in this year’s mayor’s race, held a press conference in front of a Burger King today.
His issue? The low wages of fast-food industry workers. Read More