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”

City Council’s New Transportation Chair Wants More Citi Bikes and Ferries

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, the new chair of the council’s transportation committee, is hoping to bring more Citi Bikes and ferries to the five boroughs. But first he wants to override a mayoral veto.

Of course, it’s not Mayor Bill de Blasio’s veto Mr. Rodriguez will attempt to overturn tomorrow, but rather Michael Bloomberg’s. At the end of last year, the outgoing mayor moved to block a bill that would force the NYPD to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which the driver left the scene.

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City Counting Citi Bike Calories in Pints of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Cherry Garcia ice cream. (MunchyMarty.com)
Cherry Garcia ice cream. (MunchyMart.com)

What a long, strange, calorie-burning trip it’s been.

According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, the city’s bike-share project has reached a new milestone today: 5 million rides since Citi Bike was first launched last May. Continue reading “City Counting Citi Bike Calories in Pints of Cherry Garcia Ice Cream”

Joe Lhota Talks Bicycles, Communism and Sex Shops With Seniors

A bike. (Photo: Getty)
A bike. (Photo: Getty)

In the final hours before Election Day, underdog Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota held another tele-town hall with what he said were thousands of Democrats across the city, hoping to make up some much-needed ground against front-running Bill de Blasio.

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Prospective Mayors Spar on Transportation Policy

Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.
Bill Thompson and Anthony Weiner chatting at the forum.

At a Democratic mayoral forum this morning focusing on New York City’s transportation policies, the candidates often agreed on many of the issues–stated support for bike lanes, for example–but starkly disagreed when it came to several topics, including school bus contracts.

Setting up the dispute, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the leading candidate for the teachers’ union endorsement set to be announced later this afternoon, defended pricey school bus driver contracts and provisions that protect current employees.

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Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New Lime Green Taxi Cabs

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Mayor Bloomberg and the new "Apple Green" Boro taxi. (Photo: Kristen Artz/NYC Mayor's Office)

“Apple Green” taxis will soon be traveling the streets of the outerboroughs and Upper Manhattan that have long been ngelected by yellow cabs. Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the bright new “Boro taxis” at a press conference at City Hall this morning accompanied by Taxi and Limousine Commission Chairman and Commissioner David Yassky who described the new color scheme as “pleasing to the eye.”

“Apple Green is very fitting for the new Boro Taxis,” Mr. Yassky said. “It’s pleasing to the eye, easy to see from a distance and blends well with the urban landscape. Just as the yellow taxi and the black car were once new services that became a trusted part of their users’ lives, the Boro Taxi, too, will take its long-awaited place as a part of the city’s comprehensive transportation network.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Unveils New Lime Green Taxi Cabs”