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New York City's first lady talks Halloween and her haunted home

Halloween may not be until Tuesday, but New York’s first couple is ready to celebrate, thanks to their annual holiday festivities at Gracie Mansion. Ahead of the three-day celebration that kicks off today, first lady Chirlane McCray may have kept the costumes she and Mayor Bill de Blasio...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 2:47pm

Mayor releases 5-point action plan to tackle traffic congestion

Among the many things New York City is known for is its traffic, which can often be at a standstill at any time or place across the five boroughs. That’s something Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to change with the unveiling of his five-point action plan to combat traffic congestion. “With...

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:31am

21 new SBS routes coming over next 10 years: Mayor

If you’re one of the more than 2.5 million New Yorkers who rely on the city’s bus service, the good news is improvements are coming, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. There is a catch, though: They’ll be rolled out over the course of the next 10 years. The city is planning...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 2:53pm

First general election mayoral debate was unruly spectacle

There were chants, rants, jeers, cheers and even a spectator tossed out, but it was no sporting event. No, this was the first general election mayoral debate between incumbent Democrat Bill de Blasio, Republican Nicole Malliotakis and independent Bo Dietl. Tuesday’s 90-minute spectacle...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 11:18am

De Blasio, Malliotakis and Dietl meet in first general election debate

With the 2017 general election just weeks away, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Republican Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and independent former NYPD detective Bo Dietl will come face to face on the debate stage for the first time Tuesday night.    New Yorkers can likely expect the...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:17am

Why mayoral candidate Mike Tolkin is homeless this week

“I’m tired,” mayoral candidate Mike Tolkin said. The Democrat, who is running on the Smart Cities ballot, is one day into living seven days as a homeless New Yorker to raise awareness for the issue and highlight his plans to combat it. “Yesterday, I could walk into a...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:48pm

City unveils 3-year action plan to meet Paris Climate Agreement goals

Over the next three years, New York City will be committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement — regardless of the Trump administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The action plan, detailed in “1.5°C: Aligning New York City With the Paris Climate...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 11:47am

‘No words’ to describe Las Vegas shooting: De Blasio

Like many Americans, New York City officials are stunned in the wake of Sunday night’s mass shooting at a country music concert in Las Vegas. The shooting, which killed more than 58 people and injured more than 515 others, was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The shooter, 64-...

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 12:57pm

Cuomo (sort-of begrudgingly) backs de Blasio’s reelection

While Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have had a contentious relationship over the past four years, the governor on Monday gave a lukewarm endorsement for the incumbent candidate seeking reelection in November. “The mayor won the Democratic primary. I am a Democrat, I support...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:27am

New York's climate change efforts targeting buildings, city's biggest greenhouse gas emitters

The biggest cause of carbon emissions in New York is not the cars that clog the city streets, but the buildings that make up the iconic skyline — and to combat that, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday the first city-wide mandate to make buildings become more energy efficient. “...

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 12:12pm

De Blasio wins primary with 74 percent of votes

Nabbing 74 percent of New Yorker’s votes, Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step closer to the reelection many expect him to secure following Tuesday’s primary election. He defeated debate foe Sal Albanese, a lawyer and former City Councilman in his third bid for mayor, as well as...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 10:25am

A primer for Tuesday’s primary election

Unhappy with the way New York City is being run? You’ll get your first of two chances to vote for change during the primary election on Tuesday. In this election, voters choose their party’s nominees for the general election on Nov. 7. This year’s big-ticket race is for the...

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 2:44pm

‘I want to change this city,’ Bo Dietl says

The walls of Bo Dietl’s 50th floor Midtown office are lined with photos and newspaper clippings highlighting both his years as an NYPD detective and the investigative and security firm he has helmed since leaving the force 30 years ago. But the office’s main showpiece is the view of the...

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 9:54am

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