New Council Begins Work by Overturning Bloomberg Vetoes

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Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras at her first hearing as chair of the council’s Finance Committee. (Photo: Twitter/William Alatriste)

In three unanimous votes, the City Council committees on health, public safety and transportation began their terms by moving to overturn vetoes from former Mayor Bloomberg.

The committees, which met for the first time this afternoon since the city’s new elected officials took office, voted to move forward with Bloomberg-vetoed legislation including a law to create a citywide animal abuse registry, and laws that would require the NYPD to report more information regarding park crime statistics and hit-and-run accidents. Continue reading “New Council Begins Work by Overturning Bloomberg Vetoes”

Joe Lhota Suggests Bill de Blasio Has ‘No Soul’

Staten Island borough president endorses mayoral candidate Joe Lhota during a press conference today.
Staten Island borough president endorses mayoral candidate Joe Lhota during a press conference today.

Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota pounced on his rival Bill de Blasio today, suggesting his opponent had “no soul” during an endorsement event with Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro.

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NYPD Says Nik Wallenda’s Skyscraper Stunt Won’t Fly

Nik Wallenda walks without any harnesses or any safety precautions on a tightrope stretched across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013.  The two-inch (five-centimeter) thick wireline starting from a Navajo reservation just outside of the Grand Canyon National Park is suspended 1,500 feet (450 meters) above the ground (about 50 feet higher than the Empire State Building) and is 1,400 feet long (about the length of five football fields).  US daredevil Nik Wallenda became the first man to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope Sunday, completing his latest record-breaking feat in just under 23 minutes.       AFP PHOTO /JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Nik Wallenda walks without any harnesses across the Little Colorado River Gorge near the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013. (Photo: Joe Kalmar/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly shot down a proposed plan by daredevil Nik Wallenda to tightrope between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.

“I would say no,” Mr. Kelly told reporters Monday when asked about Mr. Wallenda’s idea of making the 4,000-foot trek above Midtown Manhattan. Continue reading “NYPD Says Nik Wallenda’s Skyscraper Stunt Won’t Fly”