Food Delivery Apps Sue NY Over Fee Limits

Grubhub, Uber Eats and Door Dash have characterized a 15 percent cap on fees charged to restaurants as an unconstitutional measure that will hurt consumers.

#city-council-nyc, #delivery-services, #doordash-mobile-app, #grubhub-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #new-york-city, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #restaurants, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-eats

Biden to Visit Northeast Flood Zones as Demand Grows for Climate Action

The president will visit hard-hit areas in New York and New Jersey, as residents call for more serious action on climate change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #city-council-nyc, #floods, #global-warming, #green-new-deal, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #new-jersey, #queens-nyc, #schumer-charles-e

Candidates for City Council Reflect a Diverse Shift in Leadership

The Council, which is poised to have a majority of women and its highest number of L.G.B.T.Q. New Yorkers, will be one of the most progressive in history.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city

N.Y.C.’s Police Chokehold Ban Is Struck Down by Court

In a victory for police unions, a state Supreme Court judge said a law passed by the City Council is too vaguely worded.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #city-council-nyc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-nyc, #supreme-courts-state

N.Y. City Council Is Set for a Complete Overhaul in Primary Election

As progressive groups hoped to push the Council to the left, early results showed two of their favored candidates had won and others appeared likely to be elected.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-city-councils, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses

Five Choices? New Yorkers Take a New Voting Method in Stride

New York City voters used a ranked-choice voting system for the first time in a mayoral race on Tuesday.

#city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-city-councils, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #mayors, #ranked-choice-voting, #schweber-nate, #yang-andrew-1975

N.Y.C. Mayoral Primary: How and Where to Vote, Early Voting and More

What you should know about casting your ballot if you still want to do it early or are heading to the polls on Tuesday.

#city-council-nyc, #elections-borough-presidents, #elections-comptrollers, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #elections-public-advocate, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #ranked-choice-voting

The N.Y.C. Mayoral Race Is a One-Party Affair

The Republican Party isn’t a factor in politics here. That’s a problem.

#city-council-nyc, #democratic-party, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses

New York Is Getting $22 Billion in Federal Aid. How Should It Be Spent?

Business leaders warn the mayor that an influx of aid could be squandered on short-term programs that won’t help the unemployed.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #citizens-budget-commission, #city-council-nyc, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #federal-aid-us, #garcetti-eric-m, #income-inequality, #johnson-corey, #jones-austin-jennifer, #labor-and-jobs, #lightfoot-lori, #new-york-city, #partnership-for-new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-board-of-new-york, #small-business, #tax-policy-center, #united-states-economy

NYC and Homelessness: Lawmakers Take Dramatic Step to Stem Rise

The City Council overwhelmingly passed a measure to increase a city housing subsidy, in hopes of making tens of thousands of apartments more affordable to those who are homeless or facing eviction.

#city-council-nyc, #new-york-city, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate

How City Hall in New York City Saved Local News

City agencies are spending at least half of their ad budgets on local newspapers and websites. 

#adams-eric-l, #advertising-and-marketing, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #chicago-ill, #city-council-nyc, #corp-for-public-broadcasting, #de-blasio-bill, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #federal-budget-us, #garcia-kathryn, #minorities, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #online-advertising, #politics-and-government, #stanford-university, #state-legislatures, #university-of-north-carolina, #wiley-maya

And Then There Was One: G.O.P. Defends Its Last Seat in Queens

The party struggles to hold on in an increasingly diverse borough, even as it fights its own internal battles.

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Councilman Who Pleaded Guilty to $82,000 Tax Fraud Is Expelled

Chaim Deutsch, a Brooklyn Democrat, was removed for violating his oath of office, officials said.

#city-council-nyc, #city-councils, #deutsch-chaim-1969, #politics-and-government, #tax-evasion

A $7 Billion Mistake? New York Seeks to Curb New Hotels.

A plan to require approval for every new hotel has sparked opposition inside city government, where budget officials say it could reduce future tax revenue from tourism.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #city-council-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #hotel-trades-council, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

$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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$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

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