Councilman Says Explosion Exposes ‘Dire Need’ for Infrastructure Improvements

The scene in East Harlem. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
The scene in East Harlem. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Today’s building collapse in East Harlem reveals the New York City’s “dire need” for infrastructure improvements, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez declared this afternoon.

Mr. Rodriguez pointed to yesterday’s report from Center for an Urban Future that called for nearly $50 billion to improve the city’s infrastructure, including aging gas lines.  Continue reading “Councilman Says Explosion Exposes ‘Dire Need’ for Infrastructure Improvements”

Councilman Changes Tune on Lulu

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Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (left) at a rally last year.

In 2012, the Daily News hailed Ydanis Rodriguez for being one of only three City Council members who turned down the $10,000 stipends they were owed for chairing council committees. This month, Mr. Rodriguez again appeared in the editorial pages of the paper, though now he was slammed for accepting the stipend.

Mr. Rodriguez, an uptown Manhattan lawmaker, was the only councilman to take an 180-degree turn on the issue–but defended the change-of-heart, arguing the stipend system had already been reformed enough under new Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to allay his earlier fears. Continue reading “Councilman Changes Tune on Lulu”

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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Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs

Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Melissa Mark-Viverito and colleagues in the City Council chambers earlier this month. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will preside over the first full meeting of her tenure tomorrow, doling out prized committee assignments to early backers while trying to appease those who fought her in the hours leading up to her election as speaker.  Continue reading “Mark-Viverito to Dole Out Choice Committee Chairs”

Bill Thompson Supporters Start to Jump Ship

A man holds up a Thompson poster on Election Day. (Photo: Getty)
A man holds up a Thompson poster on Election Day. (Photo: Getty)

Even Bill Thompson’s supporters are now saying publicly that it’s time for him to end his campaign and rally behind Bill de Blasio as the Democratic Party’s nominee for mayor.

“In an election year with so many tough decisions on crucial issues, we must begin a new chapter today by uniting behind our Democratic nominee for New York City’s next mayor,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley, a former Thompson endorser, announced in a statement this afternoon. “I am proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.”

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New York Lawmakers Outraged at Trayvon Martin Verdict

City Council members in hoodies last March. (Photo: City Council/ William Alatriste)
Lawmakers rallying last March. (Photo: City Council/ William Alatriste)

City officials and various candidates for office joined in the flood of outrage tonight following the not guilty verdict in the racially-charged trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the mayoral race’s only major black candidate, released and tweeted a terse, one-line statement slamming the decision, which was read tonight just before 10 p.m.

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