Funeral is held for longtime NYC prosecutor Richard A. Brown

U.S. 05/07/19, 14:50

Elected officials, community leaders and members of the criminal justice community gathered on Tuesday for the funeral of Richard A. Brown, a prosecutor and judge whose four-decade career stretched from the gritty "Mean Streets" era of the 1970s to the current opioid crisis.Brown was first appointed district attorney in 1991 ...

NYC mayor says he’ll decide this month on presidential run

New York 05/02/19, 16:23

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce this month whether he is joining the growing list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, he said Thursday. "I'm going to make my decision in the month of May and as soon as we have something to tell you we'll ...

NYC makes calls from jail free, 1st major US city to do so

New York 05/01/19, 14:36

New York is now providing free phone calls from jails, making it the first major U.S. city to eliminate fees for inmate calls, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.The Democratic mayor said the city has fully implemented the law passed by the City Council last August."For too long have people ...

New York City bans alcohol ads on city property

Health 04/30/19, 09:33

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a ban of alcohol advertising on city property.The ban, which takes effect immediately, applies to bus shelters, newsstands, Wi-Fi kiosks and recycling kiosks. Venues currently permitted to sell alcohol, such as restaurants, stadiums and concerts halls, are exempt.Existing ads will also be ...

NYC mayor takes aim at glass towers as energy hogs

U.S. 04/24/19, 17:04

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio presides over a city that's known for its skyscrapers but he is no fan of the glass towers that have transformed the Manhattan skyline in recent decades.De Blasio, a Democrat who is hinting at a presidential run, vowed this week to introduce a ...

New York City mayor tests chilly waters for presidential run

New York 04/14/19, 08:55

At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands out in a crowd. But does he have any shot of standing out in the packed field of potential Democratic candidates for president? A would-be progressive standard bearer, de Blasio has spent the past few months exploring ...

Brazilian president faces opposition in NY over museum event

New York 04/13/19, 18:02

The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event.President Jair Bolsonaro (zhah-EER!-bohl-soh-NAH'-roh) is to be honored at the American Museum of Natural History in May, invited by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce that rented space there for its annual ...

Report: Liberal big donors map $275 million spending in 2020

2022 Campaign 04/12/19, 09:38

According to an exclusive report by The Washington Free Beacon, progressive mega-donors gathered last week to discuss how they can strategically distribute $275 million for maximum impact on election 2020. On April 3-5 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, the Beacon reported Thursday, the group of millionaire and billionaire ...

Lawyer: Challenge to NYC’s vaccination order in the works

New York 04/10/19, 13:35

A civil rights attorney says opponents are planning a lawsuit this week over New York City's order requiring everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles.Lawyer Michael Sussman said Wednesday that the city overreached its authority by threatening to fine residents of four Brooklyn ZIP codes ...

How NYC plans to enforce unusual measles vaccination order

New York 04/10/19, 00:12

In a rare order, New York City is requiring residents of a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles. Now the question is how officials intend to enforce that demand.Authorities plan to start by asking people sickened in the city's biggest measles outbreak since 1991 about where they've ...

NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak

U.S. 04/09/19, 14:26

New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday over a measles outbreak centered in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood.Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the unusual order amid what he said was a measles crisis in Brooklyn's Williamsburg section, where more than 250 people ...

De Blasio calls Obama’s early days in office ‘a lost window’

New York 03/17/19, 19:29

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday criticized former President Barack Obama during a small gathering as he mulls a run for president, saying that Obama's early days in office were "a lost window." Minutes later, in front of a larger audience, de Blasio praised the Affordable Care Act, Obama's ...

NYC mayor: Extend shoreline to protect city from storms

U.S. 03/14/19, 12:26

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet (152 meters).The Democratic mayor announced the plan Thursday after previewing it in New York magazine ...

A right to vacation? NYC idea prompts debate over days off

New York 03/03/19, 08:54

A debate over whether New York City should make a pioneering move to require paid vacation has both sides saying: Give me a break.Mayor Bill de Blasio wants New York to become the first place in the 50 states to make private businesses provide time off with pay . He ...

Cuomo, de Blasio agree on tolls in Manhattan, MTA overhaul

New York 02/26/19, 17:48

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced a deal on plans for new tolls on motorists entering the heart of Manhattan, an important show of support as state lawmakers debate ways to raise revenue for an outdated transit system. While the joint ...

De Blasio tells Iowans he’s considering a presidential run

New York 02/23/19, 22:14

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is telling Democrats in Iowa that he has not ruled out a run for president. The Sioux City Journal reports that de Blasio told voters at a Sioux City bar on Saturday that the Democratic Party must return to its progressive roots. He said working ...

Gone in a New York minute: How the Amazon deal fell apart

New York 02/16/19, 07:57

In early November, word began to leak that Amazon was serious about choosing New York to build a giant new campus. The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying tech jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange. Even ...

Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs

New York 02/14/19, 14:27

Amazon abruptly abandoned plans Thursday for a big new headquarters in New York that would have brought 25,000 jobs to the city, reversing course after politicians and activists objected to the nearly $3 billion in tax breaks promised to what is already one of the world's richest, most powerful companies. "We ...

Update: Official: Police detective fatally shot in NYC

U.S. 02/12/19, 21:10

The Latest on a fatal police shooting in New York City (all times local):8:45 p.m.An official says a New York City police officer has been shot and killed and another officer was wounded while responding to an armed robbery.The government official, who was briefed on the matter, tells The Associated ...

NYC mayor defends Amazon deal at state budget hearing

New York 02/11/19, 15:33

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says it was "mission critical" for the city to land one of Amazon's second headquarters and the tens of thousands of jobs the company promises to create.The Democrat tells lawmakers in Albany during Monday's state budget hearing on local government funding that the type ...

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