Bill de Blasio

de Blasio and Byford finally have a face-to-face

Seven months after Andy Byford took over NYC Transit, he got his first face-to-face with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday — just days after telling The New Yorker it was a “bit weird” the two hadn’t yet met. “I pushed him very hard on the need for funding over the next...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 11:49am

De Blasio used NYPD plane to travel home from vacation: Report

Mayor Bill de Blasio hitched a ride home to New York City from his Canadian vacation on Thursday via an NYPD counterterrorism plane, the New York Post reported. The mayor took a brief break from his weeklong vacation in Quebec to attend the one-year memorial for NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia,...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:05am

239 immigrant children are housed in an East Harlem shelter: Mayor

More than 200 immigrant children who have been separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border are being housed in a shelter in East Harlem, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday afternoon.  "Here’s what I am shocked to have learned here today: There are now 239...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 5:14pm

Daily Grumble: Styrofoam is bad, but so are its alternatives

The ocean is in trouble, and we can all agree that more needs to be done to save a natural resource responsible for recycling our air and providing our food. New York politicians and activists have been fighting to ban one of the worst pollutants, single-use styrofoam containers, since the...

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:24pm

City officials urge Albany to extend school zone speed camera program

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged the state legislature to expand the city’s School Zone Speed Camera program slated to expire in Albany next month — and announced a redesign of Ninth Street in Park Slope, where two young children were killed after a driver accelerated through a...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 2:08pm

Mayor wants NYPD to stop busting marijuana smokers

Mayor Bill de Blasio has become the latest city official to back stopping marijuana smoking busts in New York City. “With marijuana legalization likely to occur in our state in the near future, it is critical our city plans for the public safety, health and financial consequences involved,...

Monday, May 21, 2018 - 11:54am

#PoetweetNYC 2018 is underway and looking for your best green-themed lines

Are you a poet and ready to let New York City — and Twitter — know it? The ninth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest is officially underway, and you could have the chance to have your words published right here in the pages of Metro. Running today through Friday, #PoetweetNYC is...

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 5:03am

Embattled NYCHA head Shola Olatoye to resign

Embattled NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye will step down from the beleaguered public housing agency she was appointed to run four years ago, officials announced Tuesday. She will officially leave NYCHA at the end of the month. The move comes after Olatoye, 43, has come under increasing criticism...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:44am

Mayor proposes state law changes to keep dangerous drivers off city streets

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday proposed state law changes to keep dangerous drivers off city streets, a move that comes on the heels of last week’s crash in Park Slope in which two small children were killed by a driver who ran a red light. The changes he suggests include extending and...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 2:46pm

Houston superintendent named NYC schools chancellor

After a brief hiccup, the search for the city’s next schools chancellor ended Monday as Richard A. Carranza, the current superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, was named to the post. Carranza notably reopened Houston schools just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:17am

JPMorgan Chase going bigger, taller with new Midtown HQ

JPMorgan Chase is the country’s largest bank, and it’s about to get a lot bigger real estate-wise. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that JPMorgan will demolish its existing headquarters at 270 Park Ave. in favor of a brand-new tower as the first...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:27pm

All NYPD patrols to be outfitted with body cameras by yearend

By the end of 2018, all NYPD officers and detectives on patrol will be outfitted with body cameras, city officials announced Tuesday. The devices were originally projected to roll out across the department by the end of 2019. NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill cited the department’s...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 4:48pm

Mayor cancels Trump meeting amid immigration battle

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled his White House meeting with President Trump Wednesday in the wake of new federal demands regarding sanctuary cities, of which New York is one. De Blasio was slated to attend a meeting between Trump and more than 100 mayors from across the country to discuss...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 10:59am

Is congestion pricing coming to Manhattan for real?

Before long, motorists could pay nearly $12 to travel on Manhattan’s busy streets if a congestion pricing plan unveiled Friday goes into effect, The New York Times reported. The proposal is by Fix NYC, a taskforce created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he declared a state of emergency for the...

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 11:01am

City’s controversial Columbus, Roosevelt statues to stay: Mayor

The verdict on what to do with New York City’s controversial statues of Christopher Columbus, Teddy Roosevelt and others has been set in stone as officials released their review of city property Thursday. The decision to keep the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle and the Roosevelt monument...

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:53am

City had lowest recorded number of pedestrian deaths in 2017: Mayor

As traffic fatalities across the country have increased more than 13 percent in recent years, New York City has bucked the trend four years running, with a 32 percent drop in 2017, the lowest number in more than 100 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Under the mayor’s Vision Zero...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 3:43pm

New York City schools to close due to winter storm

Update: New York City’s official Twitter account issued a tweet on Wednesday evening stating that public schools would be closed: “NYC public schools will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4th, due to the snowstorm.” Original article: As the East Coast preps for the...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 - 7:05pm

City adding 1,500 barriers to prevent vehicle terror attacks

In an effort to better prevent vehicular terror attacks in New York City, officials on Tuesday unveiled plans to add 1,500 permanent bollards, or barriers, in high-profile areas. “These bollards will make sure vehicles can never come into places where pedestrians are,” Mayor Bill de...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 2:35pm

City competition looks to tech to replace gas-powered cars with electric vehicles

With about 30 percent of local greenhouse gas emissions coming from transportation in New York City, officials are looking for the tech industry’s help in switching to electric vehicles as part of their bold climate goals. On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration announced the...

Monday, December 18, 2017 - 3:48pm

Mayoral election votes of Trump, Melania and Ivanka didn't count -- here's why

This year’s mayoral election went to Democrat Bill de Blasio, as was highly anticipated. De Blasio won 65 percent of the votes, beating Republican opponent Nicole Malliotakis. In an exclusive with New York Daily News, officials at the city’s Board of Elections revealed that the...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 4:24pm