City Council Debates Medical Marijuana Resolution

Council members converse before vote today for medical marijuana resolution.
Council members converse before today’s vote for a medical marijuana-related resolution.

The New York City Council’s health committee gathered today to discuss a hot-button issue being considered by a legislative body far from home: medical marijuana legislation currently before the U.S. Congress.

In a 6-to-0 vote, a resolution was sent to the full council, urging the federal government to approve the Medical Marijuana Patient Protection Act, which would take medical marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances and enable certified medical providers and researchers to prescribe or access the drug without the threat of prosecution. But the unanimous vote didn’t mean a lack of dissent.  Continue reading “City Council Debates Medical Marijuana Resolution”

Scott Stringer Claims an Expected Victory in the Comptroller’s Race

Scott Stringer addressing his supporters. (Photo: Twitter/@audreygelman)
Scott Stringer tonight. (Photo: Twitter/@audreygelman)

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. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Claims an Expected Victory in the Comptroller’s Race”

Oneida Leaders Push Washington Redskins for a Name-Change

Ray Halbritter, representative for the Oneida Indian Nation, speaks during an event yesterday.
Ray Halbritter, representative for the Oneida Indian Nation, speaks during an event yesterday.

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. Continue reading “Oneida Leaders Push Washington Redskins for a Name-Change”

Bill de Blasio Keeps Focus on Brooklyn Hospital

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stands with Long Island College Hospital workers and healthcare union during a conference today.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stands with Long Island College Hospital workers and healthcare union during a conference today.

Bill de Blasio, who was arrested last June while protesting the imminent closure of  Long Island College Hospital, isn’t letting the issue go.

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Lhota Says Obama and de Blasio Should Have a Debate Today

Lhota speaks outside a charter school in East Harlem during a press conference today.
Lhota speaks outside a charter school in East Harlem during a press conference today.

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. Continue reading “Lhota Says Obama and de Blasio Should Have a Debate Today”

‘Give It a Chance to Work’: Bloomberg Defends Obamacare After Glitches

Barack Obama defending the health care reform roll-out earlier today. (Photo: Getty)
Barack Obama defending the health care reform roll-out earlier today. (Photo: Getty)

The rocky launch of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law may be generating front-page headlines and criticisms from all corners, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks everyone should wait before judging.

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Bill de Blasio Continues Pressing Fast-Food Fight

Bill de Blasio at today's press conference. (Photo: Twitter/@deBlasioNYC)
Bill de Blasio at today’s press conference. (Photo: Twitter/@deBlasioNYC)

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.

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