De Blasio Moves to Expand Living Wage With Executive Order

Bill de Blasio delivering his State of the City speech. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio delivering his State of the City speech. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

As part of his State of the City address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to expand living wage legislation using a tool he has previously rarely mentioned: an executive order.

Mr. de Blasio announced that he will move to drop a lawsuit filed by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to halt legislation passed by the Council guaranteeing so-called “living wage” salaries to employees of projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to Expand Living Wage With Executive Order”

Councilman Levin Moves to Regulate Youth Football

(screengrab tv.esquire.com)
(screengrab tv.esquire.com)

Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin, taken aback by the Esquire Network’s new Friday Night Tykes documentary series chronicling the intensity of youth football, is backing legislation to regulate the sport in the five boroughs. Continue reading “Councilman Levin Moves to Regulate Youth Football”

Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records

From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.
From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.

As the seven candidates for City Council Speaker jockey for the city’s most powerful legislative post, much attention has been paid to their agendas, their temperaments and their stances on various issues.

Far less attention has been paid to their legislative records in the body they’re hoping to lead. But an analysis of City Council records shows the candidates have had vastly different levels of success when it comes to passing bills–arguably a crucial indicator of the kind of legislative leaders they might be. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records”

Assemblyman to Introduce Bill to Close Unpaid Intern Harassment Loophole

Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)
Joe Borelli. (Photo: Facebook)

“This should be filed under the category of ‘How is this not a law already?’” Assemblyman Joe Borelli declared today.

Mr. Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, was reacting to today’s news that a federal judge recently dismissed a harassment suit filed by Lihuan Wang, a former intern at Phoenix Satellite Television’s New York bureau, because, as an unpaid intern, she apparently didn’t have standing in the case.

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Lawmakers Propose Mandatory Fee for Plastic Bags in New York City

An art piece representing plastic bag usage.
An art piece representing plastic bag usage, displayed at today’s press conference.

City Councilmembers and advocates announced a plan today to slap a 10 cent charge on all plastic and paper carry-out bags at grocery and retail stores across New York City.

Customers would be required to bring their own bags or pay the fee, which stores would get to pocket, according to the proposed legislation, unveiled this afternoon at City Hall.

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State Legislature Moves to Ban Novelty Lighters

Some especially cute cigarette lighters. (Photo: Getty)
Some especially cute cigarette lighters. (Photo: Getty)

New Yorkers may no longer be able to buy lighters that look like the Statue of Liberty or that cute cow in the photograph to the left.

The New York State Assembly approved a ban on novelty lighters today, joining the State Senate, which did so last week, and leaving the bill just a gubernatorial signature away from becoming law.

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