Post Tagged with: "City Council"

Ritchie Torres (Photo from @RitchieTorres via Gotham Gazette)

‘LGBTQ in 2021’ Initiative Launches

Government, LGBTQ, New York, Politics May 24, 2019 at 4:46 pm

The LGBTQ in 2021 coalition aims to more than replace the five outgoing LGBT members of the New York City Council, Gotham Gazette reports.

Doris  Hernández (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

‘Betrayal!’ – Community Opposition to Amazon Deal Grows

Business, Government, Latino, Queens January 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm

As the City Council’s concern about Amazon’s planned corporate offices in Queens grows, community activists outraged at the subsidies the city will provide the company are mounting an opposition, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Protestors at hearings earlier this year on the Inwood rezoning. (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via City Limits)

A Legal Challenge to the Inwood Rezoning

Housing, Manhattan December 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Plaintiffs from Inwood are suing to have the City Council’s approval of a rezoning plan overturned, City Limits reports.

Mexican immigrant Ernesto Jiménez works delivering food in New York City. (Photo via El Diario)

Delivery Workers Hope City Will Legalize E-Bikes

Labor, New York, Transportation November 30, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Raising hopes for thousands of delivery workers, many of whom are immigrants, a group of City Council members introduced a package of bills to legalize electric bikes and scooters in New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Yovelsi Ortuno, from Venezuelan restaurant Patacón Pisao on the Lower East Side. (Photo via El Diario)

Can a Council Bill Help Small Businesses Survive?

Business, Government, New York October 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

Business owners welcome a City Council bill to protect small businesses, many of them immigrant-owned, from rising rents, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Daisy Rodríguez, a member of MRNY, wants ICE abolished. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bill Seeks to Forbid NYC Contracts with ICE

Government, Immigration, New York September 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

The City Council held a hearing, the first of its kind in the nation, on a bill that would ban any type of contract between the city and ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

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Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles Approved by Council

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation August 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The City Council passed regulations that put a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-sharing companies. The move follows a spate of suicides among taxi drivers who faced intense financial burdens.

Rally for solidarity against the deportation of immigrants in front of 26 Federal Plaza. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Budget’s $46M in Aid for Immigrants Not Enough, Activists Say

Government, Immigration, New York July 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

The New York City Council assigned $46 million in funds for free lawyers and other programs shielding immigrants against the Trump administration, but activists say this is insufficient, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Gabriela Lazo and her mother, Ana Sumba. Queens residents prepare to vote at Participatory Budgeting New York City. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Children, Undocumented to Vote in Participatory Budgeting Program

Immigration, New York, Youth April 9, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Kids as young as 11, as well as people without immigration status, will be voting this week in the participatory budgeting program, in which residents of participating City Council districts decide how to spend millions of dollars on public projects, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Commuter Ana Torres (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latino Leaders Urge Subsidized MetroCards for the Poor

New York, Transportation March 27, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Latino politicians and commuters are increasingly pressuring Mayor de Blasio to allocate $60 million to Fair Fares, a program to subsidize MetroCards for the poor, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Council Speaker Corey Johnson (center) meets with Council member Chaim Deutsch (second from right) of Flatbush and Jewish community leaders at the home of Josh Mehlman (third from left), the chairman of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition. (Photo courtesy of Office of City Councilman Chaim Deutsch via The Forward)

What a New City Council Means for the Jewish Community

Government, Jewish, New York January 22, 2018 at 4:14 pm

The reshuffling of the New York City Council under new leadership means the loss of influence for some Jewish members. Does this translate to a loss of power for the community as a whole? The Forward takes a look.

Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres, at the podium, flanked by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, spoke before the final meeting of the session. (Photo by Jarrett Murphy via City Limits)

Will City Council Debate Be More Contentious?

Government, New York, Police December 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

City Limits examines the broader implications of Tuesday’s Right to Know vote on the NYC City Council.

Mark Levine (Photo via New York Jewish Life)

The Speaker Race: Interview with Mark Levine

Jewish, Manhattan, New York December 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

New York Jewish Life interviews Mark Levine, candidate for the City Council speaker position.

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Council Passes Bill on Diversity in Construction

Labor, New York December 13, 2017 at 5:10 pm

The City Council recently passed legislation intended to “level out the playing field” for employees of color in construction, reports Kings County Politics.

City Council members taking a knee in front of City Hall. (Photo by Bernice Elizabeth Green via Our Time Press)

Taking a Knee on Sacred Ground

African American, New York October 2, 2017 at 5:20 pm

When the City Council took a knee in solidarity with football player Colin Kaepernick, they were doing so on sacred ground, writes Our Time Press, noting this week’s 10th anniversary of the dedication of the African Burial Ground National Monument.