Councilman Pleads Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud. He Has No Plans to Quit.

Chaim Deutsch, a city councilman from Brooklyn, falsely deducted business expenses, according to federal prosecutors.

#city-council-nyc, #deutsch-chaim-1969, #federal-taxes-us, #frauds-and-swindling, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #tax-evasion

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How Weeksville, a Center of Black History, Fought to Survive

A slice of Brooklyn that was home to one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America sought the promise of steady financial help from the city.

#bedford-stuyvesant-brooklyn-ny, #black-people, #city-council-nyc, #codrington-raymond, #cornegy-robert-e-jr, #crown-heights-brooklyn-ny, #cultural-affairs-department, #cultural-institutions-group, #cumbo-laurie-a, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city, #race-and-ethnicity, #weeksville-heritage-center-brooklyn-ny

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It May Soon Be Easier to Sue the N.Y.P.D. for Misconduct

A year after nationwide protests against police brutality, the City Council passed a bill limiting qualified immunity, a longstanding legal protection officers had against lawsuits.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #city-council-nyc, #civilian-complaint-review-board, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #johnson-corey, #levin-stephen-t, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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Tackle the Big Problem With Hiring Workers in 2021

How a proposed law could combat the racism, sexism and biases associated with applicant-screening technology.

#artificial-intelligence, #careers-and-professions, #city-council-nyc, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs

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‘My Turn to Get Robbed’: Delivery Workers Are Targets in the Pandemic

Armed robbers are targeting delivery workers in New York, stealing the expensive electric bikes that are the key to their livelihood.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #rivera-carlina, #wages-and-salaries

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Corey Johnson Exited the N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race. Will He Run for Comptroller?

Mr. Johnson, the New York City Council speaker, said he expected to decide in the next two weeks whether to run to be the city’s fiscal watchdog.

#campaign-finance, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-comptrollers, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city

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Homeless Man Arrested in Subway Stabbings That Left 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was arrested on murder and attempted murder charges. The police said he ambushed homeless people who were sleeping in the subway.

#city-council-nyc, #far-rockaway-queens-ny, #homeless-persons, #lopez-rigoberto, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #subways, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

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$20,000 for a Permit? New York May Finally Offer Vendors Some Relief

In an attempt to shut down a thriving black market, the City Council passed a bill that would increase the number of permits for street vendors.

#black-markets, #city-council-nyc, #food, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #new-york-city, #small-business

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N.Y.P.D. Concludes Anti-Harassment Official Wrote Racist Online Rants

The official, James F. Kobel, who will now face a departmental trial, filed for retirement as the inquiry was winding down.

#anti-semitism, #captains-endowment-assn, #city-council-nyc, #discrimination, #kobel-james-f, #police-department-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity, #torres-ritchie-1988

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Fast Food Workers Win More Job Security in N.Y.C.

The New York City Council passed a bill that would shield workers from being fired without a valid reason. Fast food restaurants say the new rules will make it harder to hire and keep the best workers.

#chipotle-mexican-grill-inc, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #fast-food-industry, #local-32bj, #new-york-city, #organized-labor, #service-employees-international-union

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Minneapolis City Council Votes to Remove $8 Million From Police Budget

The move comes as the city grapples with efforts to overhaul the department after the police killing of George Floyd.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #floyd-george-d-2020, #frey-jacob-1981, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #minneapolis-minn, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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A Watchdog Accused Officers of Serious Misconduct. Few Were Punished.

An analysis by The New York Times found that the N.Y.P.D. has reduced or rejected recommendations for stiff discipline of officers in about 71 percent of 6,900 serious misconduct charges.

#bratton-william-j, #city-council-nyc, #civilian-complaint-review-board, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-civil-liberties-union, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc

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Affordable Housing for SoHo

New York needs affordable housing in wealthy areas, too.

#affordable-housing, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #income-inequality, #manhattan-nyc, #moses-robert, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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Is a Second Wave Starting in N.Y.C.?

There’s an alarming trend in the city: Coronavirus cases are on the rise as winter nears. The mayor is warning of tighter restrictions.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #jones-daniel-1962, #lamont-ned, #lee-miya, #levine-mark-d, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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Second Coronavirus Wave in NYC: Is it Starting?

There’s an alarming trend in the city: Coronavirus cases are on the rise as winter nears. The mayor is warning of tighter restrictions.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #jones-daniel-1962, #lamont-ned, #lee-miya, #levine-mark-d, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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N.Y.P.D. Anti-Harassment Official Accused of Racist Rants

The official was relieved of his command after City Council investigators amassed evidence that he posted vitriolic messages online under the name “Clouseau.”

#city-council-nyc, #discrimination, #kobel-james-f, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity, #torres-ritchie-1988

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The Future of Wealthy SoHo

Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed rezoning the neighborhood in a move that could become a blueprint for affordable housing in affluent areas.

#affordable-housing, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #gentrification, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #molly-clark, #new-york-city, #soho-manhattan-ny, #subways, #tiktok-bytedance

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Andy King Removed From New York City Council After Ethics Inquiries

Andy King, a Bronx Democrat, was voted out after facing three ethics inquiries.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #king-andy-jr, #new-york-city, #sexual-harassment

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Andy King, N.Y. City Council Member, Faces Expulsion for Misconduct

Andy King, a Bronx Democrat, might lose his job after facing a third ethics investigation.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #king-andy-jr, #new-york-city, #sexual-harassment

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The Field: Policing and Power in Minneapolis

Could a push to transform the police in the city where George Floyd was killed become the issue that defines the presidential election?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-visions-collective, #city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #noor-miski, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-reform, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Yurts and Heat Lamps Will Save New York’s Restaurants

Outdoor dining has been a magical distraction from pandemic gloom. But the city has done little to ensure that it will survive in colder weather.

#city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #la-vara-brooklyn-ny-restaurant, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants

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Corey Johnson Drops Out of 2021 Race for N.Y.C. Mayor

Mr. Johnson, the City Council speaker, was one of the front-runners to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio, but the recent rigors of his job had worn on him.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #race-and-ethnicity

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Black New Yorkers Are Twice as Likely to Be Stopped by the Police, Data Shows

A report shows Black neighborhoods have been more heavily patrolled, but police officials have said that enforcement is mostly driven by 911 and 311 calls, not racial bias.

#black-people, #bloomberg-michael-r, #bratton-william-j, #city-council-nyc, #crime-and-criminals, #de-blasio-bill, #discrimination, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling

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New York City Council, Don’t Roll Back Police Reforms

Officials might weaken a law that bans chokeholds and other police maneuvers that restrict airflow.

#city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #floyd-george-d-2020, #garner-eric, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #lancman-rory-i, #police-reform, #richards-donovan-jr

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How to Fix New York’s $5 Billion Budget Crisis

Before he borrows, Mayor de Blasio needs to make significant cuts to avoid greater pain later.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #budgets-and-budgeting, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #financial-control-board, #government-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #stringer-scott-m

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How to Avoid a Post-Recession Feeding Frenzy by Private Developers

Using land trusts and land banks to develop distressed properties creates growth and equity.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreclosures, #land-use-policies, #mitchell-lama-projects, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #small-business, #subprime-mortgage-crisis, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions

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Progressives Killed Amazon’s Deal in New York. Is Industry City Next?

The fight over a rezoning plan in Brooklyn has pitted progressives and mainstream Democrats against each other.

#amazon-com-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #city-council-nyc, #industry-city-brooklyn-ny, #jamestown-properties, #labor-and-jobs, #menchaca-carlos, #new-york-city, #zoning

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Who Opposes Defunding the N.Y.P.D.? These Black Lawmakers

Several Black City Council members have lashed out at progressives, comparing calls to defund the police to “colonization” and “political gentrification.”

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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Why N.Y.C. Has a New Health Commissioner

Dr. Oxiris Barbot resigned her post after clashes between health officials and the mayor over the city’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

#barbot-oxiris, #city-council-nyc, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #radio-city-music-hall, #rivera-carlina, #rockettes

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What the Bronx ‘Bible Belt’ Election Results Tell Us

Will older, socially conservative voters care so much about culture-war issues in the midst of a pandemic?

#bronx-nyc, #city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #diaz-ruben-sr, #elections-house-of-representatives, #torres-ritchie-1988

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State Attorney General Calls for Stripping N.Y.P.D. Control From Mayor

Citing police misconduct at protests, the attorney general said an independent panel should oversee the city police and hire the commissioner.

#city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #james-letitia, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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Can the N.Y.P.D. Handle a $1 Billion Budget Cut? Yes

Protests and a fiscal crisis shine a new light on the biggest Police Department budget in America.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-state, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #shea-dermot-f-1969

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N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

A city government reporter for The Times explains New York’s grim fiscal reality, and the moves meant to placate calls to defund the police.

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From N.Y.P.D. in a Budget That Pleases No One

“We can’t allow folks from outside our community to lecture us about Black lives,” said a City Council member, opposing the police cuts.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From NYPD in a Budget That Pleases No One

“We can’t allow folks from outside our community to lecture us about Black lives,” said a City Council member, opposing the police cuts.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #johnson-corey, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts

The mayor and City Council pared $1 billion in funding for the Police Department, but nearly half of that would come from budgetary sleight of hand.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform

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Why the $6 Billion N.Y.P.D. Is Now a Target of ‘Defund the Police’

The New York police have taken on a vast purview beyond crime fighting, from schools to mental health. Now officials are rethinking that.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #johnson-corey, #police-department-nyc, #police-reform, #shea-dermot-f-1969

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Roosevelt Statue to Be Removed From Museum of Natural History

The equestrian memorial to Theodore Roosevelt has long prompted objections as a symbol of colonialism and racism.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #city-council-nyc, #futter-ellen-v, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-city, #roosevelt-theodore, #roosevelt-theodore-iv

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Council Forces N.Y.P.D. to Disclose Use of Drones and Other Spy Tech

The bill, which the mayor is likely to sign, compels the police to disclose the technology they use and data they collect.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #center-on-privacy-and-technology-at-georgetown-law-center, #city-council-nyc, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #facial-recognition-software, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #police, #police-reform, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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New York Police Will Stop Enforcing Street-Vendor Laws, but Questions Linger

Vendors, who feel harassed by officers and tickets, wonder what will replace the current system.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #budgets-and-budgeting, #city-council-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #discrimination, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Ritchie Torres for Congress in the Bronx

He is the best choice to represent one of the nation’s most vulnerable congressional districts.

#bronx-nyc, #city-council-nyc, #elections-house-of-representatives, #politics-and-government, #torres-ritchie-1988

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The Case for Defunding the Police

Protesters across the country are calling for the abolition of policing. But what would that actually look like?

#city-council-nyc, #minneapolis-minn, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #police-department-nyc, #united-states, #urban-areas

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Beach Towns Have a Message for New York City Residents: Go Away

Annoyed by the city’s decision to keep its shoreline closed, officials in nearby areas are limiting beach access to keep outsiders at bay.

#beaches, #city-council-nyc, #coastal-areas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #long-beach-ny, #long-island-ny, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #shutdowns-institutional

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Leave NYC’s Coronavirus Contact Tracing to the Pros

Mayor de Blasio should let the health department do its Covid-19 tracing.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #epidemics, #health-and-mental-hygiene-department-nyc, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #tests-medical

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Here’s How New York Can Recover After the Coronavirus

Use this crisis to build a more inclusive and sustainable city.

#bloomberg-michael-r, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #new-york-city, #september-11-2001

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