Deal announced to fix NYC public housing under monitor’s eye

U.S. 01/31/19, 16:51

New York City and U.S. housing officials announced a deal Thursday that will keep the city's massive public housing system out of federal receivership, but require the city to spend $2.2 billion over the next few years fixing chronic problems with lousy living conditions, lead paint and lack of heat. The ...

Ex-NYC mayoral aide also lost previous job over harassment

U.S. 01/29/19, 12:16

A former New York City mayoral aide who was quietly forced out of his job over sexual harassment allegations was fired previously for similar reasons.The Democratic Governors Association in Washington tells The New York Times that Kevin O'Brien was fired in December 2015.O'Brien had been a senior staff member for ...

NYC to pay $3 million to settle Kalief Browder lawsuit

U.S. 01/24/19, 18:06

New York City will pay $3 million to the family of Kalief Browder, whose long detention in solitary confinement and suicide at age 22 made him a symbol of a broken justice system, city officials said Thursday.Browder was 16 when he was arrested and accused in 2010 of robbing a ...

Funeral for NYC firefighter: ‘Bravery was in his blood’

New York 01/11/19, 15:33

A New York City firefighter killed in the line of duty had bravery "in his blood," Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said at his funeral Friday.Thousands of firefighters in dress uniforms stood silently at attention along the street of red brick homes outside the funeral for Steven Pollard of Ladder Company ...

NYC mayor pitches retirement fund for private-sector workers

New York 01/10/19, 19:10

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to make life better for workers, tenants, retirees, and even near-sighted first-graders in a wide-ranging State of the City speech Thursday."Imagine a city where New Yorkers can live their lives more fully," de Blasio told a cheering audience at Symphony Space in ...

Mayor says NYC will expand health coverage to 600,000 people

New York 01/08/19, 16:01

New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.The plan involves expanding the city's existing public insurance program and providing uninsured people with access ...

New York City firefighter dies after falling from overpass

New York 01/07/19, 05:58

A New York City firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from an overpass and died at a hospital. In statement on the Fire Department's Facebook page Monday morning, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven H. Pollard. "It's an incredibly sad ...

Head of New York City taxi commission leaving after 5 years

New York 01/05/19, 15:42

The leader of New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission is leaving after five years in the position.Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Saturday that TLC Chairwoman Meera Joshi will step down in March. He said a replacement will be chosen in the coming months.Joshi has led the agency that ...

Sanders Institute set to host first big meeting

U.S. 11/27/18, 14:53

A think tank founded by the wife and son of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be hosting its first big meeting.The Sanders Institute Gathering, which is not connected to the senator or his political campaign, is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday this week in Burlington.Institute co-founder Jane O'Meara ...

After months of conflict, NYC mayor fires embattled watchdog

New York 11/16/18, 18:55

Mayor Bill de Blasio has fired New York City's chief watchdog, citing an independent report that accused him of "deliberately misleading statements" and abusive behavior.Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark G. Peters said Friday he'll respond in writing before his firing takes effect in three business days.Peters says serving as commissioner ...

Ick factor: NYC so far turns up nose at food-scrap recycling

New York 10/07/18, 10:45

New Yorkers are so far turning up their noses at the city's ambitious organics collection program, which has stalled because not enough people are participating in the often-smelly chore of separating out all those table scraps, spoiled meat, rotted vegetables and cut grass.Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced his pilot program ...

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