Bill de Blasio

De Blasio tests the waters for presidential run in South Carolina

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the key presidential primary state of South Carolina this weekend, where he tested his message among progressive groups and said he would make a decision about entering the 2020 race "sooner rather than later." It's the second trip to a primary state in two weeks for...

Sunday, March 10, 2019 - 2:50pm

NYC City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announces he's running for mayor

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will reach the end of his term in 2021 and due to term-limit laws, he'll unable to run again; however, that's not stopping City Council Speaker Corey Johnson from announcing his intentions to throw his hat into the ring two years ahead of the election. "I don...

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:48pm

NYC Mayor de Blasio announces ferry expansion for Staten, Coney Islands

After years of complaints from Coney Island residents of long commutes and longer response times from officials, New York City is getting a major ferry expansion, Mayor de Blasio announced today. "It's official. The NYC Ferry will now serve all five boroughs," Mayor de Blasio said at...

Monday, January 14, 2019 - 3:49pm

De Blasio: Presidential candidates need to run on universal health care

Whether or not he decides to run for president in 2020, Bill de Blasio thinks that the Democratic Party needs to move to left. Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN, de Blasio argued that many "moderate" Democrats still haven't realized that the way to win back the White House is to advocate...

Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 3:38pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to guarantee paid personal time for New Yorkers

Ahead of the first state legislative sessions of the year, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his intentions to guarantee Paid Personal Time for all workers in the city. There are currently half a million working New Yorkers whose employers don't grant them any time off, something de Blasio states...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:11pm

NYC mayor angry at Trump's notion of terrorism threat at southern border

The Trump Administration has argued that the border wall is needed to stop terrorists from entering the country, but that notion rubs New York Mayor Bill de Blasio the wrong way. Ahead of President Donald Trump’s oval office speech, de Blasio was asked if he plans to tune in. Yes, he...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 4:51pm

De Blasio unveils plan to guarantee health care for all New Yorkers

Sitting in front of a banner that read, “Health care is a right,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on Tuesday to provide health care to all New Yorkers through a new program called NYC Care. Through this initiative, the mayor said, every New York City resident will have a card...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:36pm

Taxi, buildings regulatory commissioners announce resignations

Department of Buildings commissioner Rick Chandler and Taxi and Limousine Commission chair Meera Joshi quietly announced their resignations on Saturday, leaving the TLC without a ready replacement. "Under her leadership, New Yorkers who use wheelchairs can get service, passengers are assured...

Sunday, January 6, 2019 - 3:53pm

Fair Fares finally here: how to find out if you qualify for half-price NYC MetroCards

At long last, Fair Fares is here, giving New Yorkers living below the poverty line the chance to cut their commuting costs drastically. Workers who qualify for the special MetroCards will be able to buy weekly and monthly unlimited passes at half price.  "New Yorkers shouldn't have...

Friday, January 4, 2019 - 2:33pm

What Mayor de Blasio wants NYC legal cannabis to look like

Now that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to bring recreational marijuana to New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio is giving specifics on what legal cannabis in the city might look like. Releasing a report, titled "A Fair Approach to Marijuana," from his Task Force on Cannabis Legalization, de...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 6:45pm

NYCHA 2.0 plan will address $24B in repairs: de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has a ten-year plan to resolve $24 billion in vital repairs to thousands of NYCHA apartments. Called NYCHA 2.0, the initiative aims to deliver “top to bottom renovations” for 175,000 public housing residents, fund repairs across the rest of NYCHA units and...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 11:50am

During security briefing in NYC, Gov. Cuomo’s office receives suspicious package later found to be threatening letter

While city, state and law enforcement officials were holding a media briefing about the suspicious package sent to CNN’s Columbus Circle office Wednesday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office received what appears to be a similar device. “A device was just delivered to my...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 2:40pm

Tickets for Gracie Mansion Halloween now available

Just about everyone loves autumn in New York City, and one the most beloved events of the season is, obviously, Halloween. New Yorkers of all ages love dressing up, including the city’s first couple, who will once again host their annual Gracie Mansion Halloween celebration. The 2018 Gracie...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 3:50pm

NYC heads back to school with 3-K for All expanding to 4 boroughs

Wednesday marks the first day kids in New York City headed back to school — and the expansion of the city’s 3-K for All program, which is now available in four boroughs. Free, full-day 3-K for All is now serving 5,000 students at 187 sites in six districts in Queens, Manhattan,...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 10:04am

Mayor moves proposed BQX streetcar forward

New Yorkers may see another waterfront transit option in the coming years as Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday moved the proposed Brooklyn Queens Connector, or BQX, forward after a two-year feasibility study. “The Brooklyn-Queens waterfront has experienced incredible growth. Now it's time...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 12:54pm

Speed cameras to return to city school zones

A week before New York City kids head back to school, officials announced that the recently defunct speed cameras program is set to return. “State Senate Republicans refused to renew New York City’s speed camera program, so Gov. Cuomo, City Council Speaker Cory Johnson and I will take...

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 11:40am

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