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Albanese, de Blasio meet in second, final Democratic debate

With less than a week to go before New York’s primary election, Sal Albanese will face incumbent Bill de Blasio in the second and final Democratic mayoral debate on Wednesday. The debate will be held at CUNY’s Graduate Center Studio (365 5th Ave.) and gets underway at 7 p.m. It will be...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 12:41pm

New legislation aims to stamp out smoking in New York City

In an effort to get New Yorkers to quit smoking, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced seven bills aimed to cut the number of those addicted to the vice by 160,000 by 2020. The legislation includes raising the minimum price of tobacco, including increasing per-pack prices to $13 from $10.50,...

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:25pm

First Dem mayoral debate ‘did not change much,’ expert says

Verbal fisticuffs were at center stage Wednesday night when incumbent Bill de Blasio faced lawyer and former City Councilman Sal Albanese in their first Democratic mayoral debate. “As expected, last night's debate did not change much in terms of electoral prospects,” said Joseph P...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:44am

Nonprofit helps 5 churches develop affordable housing, community spaces

Navigating the city’s real estate world can be brutal for New Yorkers and businesses alike, but some charitable organizations – five to be exact – are getting a little help from the New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP) as they look to the future of their property. Officials...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 4:19pm

Democrats Albanese and de Blasio face off in first debate

Though there are several Democrats vying to be the next mayor of New York City, just two will face off tonight at the first Democratic mayoral debate. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio will debate lawyer and former City Councilman Sal Albanese Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Symphony Space on the Upper West...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 2:37pm

‘It’s about time’ for millionaire’s tax to fix subway: de Blasio

When it comes to fixing the city’s aged subway system, Mayor Bill de Blasio is looking to the wealthiest residents to chip in for the greater good of all New Yorkers. “It’s time for fairness when it comes to supporting the MTA. That is why today I am calling on Albany to...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 2:10pm

Locking in city campaign funds, de Blasio says he will debate

Mayor Bill de Blasio is the Democratic frontrunner in the upcoming mayoral election both in the polls and fundraising. On Thursday, the incumbent candidate not only secured more than $2.5 million in city funds for his reelection campaign, he also agreed to debate his fellow candidates even if they...

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 1:51pm

City had safest school year on record: Officials

The 2016-2017 school year may be a distant memory for students lapping up these final weeks of summer, but for city officials, it was the safest year on record. According to data released Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 4:47pm

De Blasio heckler joins Dietl campaign, but wasn’t a plant, candidate says

A Queens woman who made headlines last week for going after Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference in Whitestone has joined independent mayoral candidate Bo Dietl’s campaign staff. Vickie Paladino, 63, claims she was just driving by at random when she saw the mayor and jumped out of...

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 9:34am

Email proves homeless removal order for mayor’s subway ride, NY Post claims

Before Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference on an F train in Brooklyn Sunday, the New York Post claimed that transit police were ordered to “sweep the station for homeless persons." City Hall called the story a lie, but now an alleged police email published by the New York Post...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:08am

Straphangers will see subway improvements within 1 year, MTA promises

Amid aggravated New Yorkers, a state of emergency and a tug-of-war between City Hall and Albany, the MTA on Tuesday revealed its action plan for fixing its 113-year-old subway system. Phase I of the two-part plan unveiled by agency Chairman Joe Lhota will start immediately and “attack...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 6:42pm

WATCH: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa gets arrested at Gracie Mansion

Curtis Sliwa, the controversial founder of the Guardian Angels, chairman of the Reform Party of New York and a talk-radio host, was arrested outside Gracie Mansion Tuesday morning. Sliwa was outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s official residence to serve legal papers to the mayor that alleged he...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:29pm

‘Riders have every right to be frustrated’ with MTA: Mayor

The battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over New York’s embattled MTA and the city’s aged subway system rages on. In a one-two punch, the mayor first blasted the governor and new MTA Chairman Joe Lhota while riding an F train in Brooklyn on Sunday, which preceded...

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 4:38pm

MTA requests funding from City Hall for subway

With New York City’s Albany-run decrepit subway system failing on a near-daily basis, the MTA is looking a little closer to home for help in fixing it: City Hall. On Thursday, new MTA Chairman Joe Lhota announced that he was in the process of creating an emergency plan to submit to city...

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 9:48am

With Queens launch, ParkNYC now available in all 5 boroughs

We order food, find dates and hail a car service with our phones, and now New Yorkers in all five boroughs can add feeding the meter to the list with the launch of ParkNYC in Queens. Announced Tuesday as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “City Hall in Your Borough” initiative, the...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 3:56pm

Neighbors unaware of Queens shelter where sexual assault suspects lived

Neighbors of a halfway house in Queens that was home to the four suspects who allegedly attacked a woman leaving a borough church last week had no idea the halfway house was there. The revelation was made Monday during a news conference by Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD officials to announce...

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 2:52pm

Another scorcher! Heat Advisory in effect Thursday, July 13

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory in effect through 6 p.m. on Thursday. High heat and humidity are expected, with temperatures in the 90s and heat index values in the upper 90s on Thursday. “Extreme heat is dangerous, especially for vulnerable New Yorkers,” said New...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:49pm

50 US cities pen letter to FCC demanding net neutrality, democracy

Leaders from New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston and the District of Columbia today submitted a signed letter with 45 other mayors urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to uphold the rules supporting net neutrality. Net neutrality would keep the internet as a public utility...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:34pm

Prospect Park's East Drive to go car-free for the summer

Drivers who cut through Brooklyn’s Prospect Park during the morning rush hour will need to find an alternate route for the summer. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that East Drive, on which drivers travel northbound from Park Circle to Grand Army Plaza, will be car-free from Monday,...

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 1:10pm

de Blasio takes last-minute trip to G-20 to attend human rights event

Mayor Bill de Blasio has left New York City with little notice or fanfare to attend protest events at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, The New York Times reported. President Donald Trump is set to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Group of 20 meeting, which has been met with...

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:40am