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BY GREG B. SMITH, THE CITY | This story was first published on Sept. 26 by The City. Mayor Bill de Blasio often boasts of his “robust” effort to eradicate lead poisoning in public housing, but a new report shows the city failed to check thousands of private apartments where nearly 12,000 children had elevated […]

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BY BILL PARRY | Seeking equal pay for EMS first responders, City Councilman I. Daneek Miller and Attorney General Letitia James joined advocates and three local unions representing FDNY EMS workers to rally Wednesday on the steps of City Hall. Unlike firefighters and fire officers, some 4,000 FDNY EMS Bureau members are predominantly comprised of […]

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BY GREG B. SMITH, THE CITY | This story was originally published on Sept. 25 by The City. Stepping out ahead of long-promised action from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Wednesday proposed an emergency response overhaul for calls involving people with mental illness. The public advocate wants to create a new emergency phone number […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | If two City Council members have it their way, New York City will make it easier to fill vacancies for elected office. Manhattan City Councilman Keith Powers is teaming up with Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich on legislation introduced Wednesday which would streamline special elections in New York City. The bill, […]

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BY GABRIEL SANDOVAL, THE CITY | This story was originally published on Sept. 24 by The City. At least two of the city’s 59 community boards recently granted funds to nonprofits run by their members, potentially violating city ethics rules. On July 2, the Bronx’s Community Board 1 paid $10,000 to Men You’re Not Alone, a nonprofit […]

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BY BILL PARRY | Saying “it’s clearly not my time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio pulled the plug on his quixotic for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race after failing to qualify for the last debate and never seeing his national poll numbers climb higher than 1 percent. The 58-year-old mayor of America’s largest city kicked […]

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By Alejandra O’Connell-Domenech and Gabe Herman |   FOOD Speakin’ of vegan…: The Hester Street Fair will hold a Vegan Food Fest on Sat., Sep. 21, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a new venture at Hester Street Fair, which is celebrating its 10th year and will be partnering on this one with Cheff’ […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Thousands of people packed Washington Square Park Monday evening to listen to presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren speak under its iconic arch about how ending political corruption would be central to her presidency. Before speaking, Senator Warren was introduced by Maurice Mitchell, the national director of the Working Families Party. On Monday, the […]

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BY HOWARD BRANDSTEIN | The coastal resiliency problem we are facing is precipitated by decades of decisions that did not address the core cause and problem. We should take this opportunity to act in a new direction that can address them. Over the past 10 years New York City has spent more than $150 million to […]

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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | With Lower Manhattan’s courthouses as his backdrop, Comptroller Scott Stringer called for an end to mandatory court surcharges and fees as the next step on the city’s path toward criminal justice reform. “We are setting our sights on the new frontier of the decarceration movement,” Stringer said at a press conference at […]

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