Mayor Bill de Blasio

NYC Mayor de Blasio announces new plan to crackdown on misuse of parking placards

Holding a press conference at the New York Chinatown Senior Citizen Center, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced details Thursday about how to handle the misuse of 125,000 city-issued parking placards used by public officials and NYC employees including the Department of Transportation, Department...

Friday, February 22, 2019 - 9:29am

De Blasio to city agencies: Get ready to tighten your belts

After a volatile month of stock trading in December caused fears of another recession to resurface and the city of New York took a $300 million hit to its income tax predictions, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported that city agencies should expect across-the-board budget cuts, and soon. According to...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 4:50pm

De Blasio announces Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia as NYCHA interim chair

A week after news that the federal government would have more oversight over the troubled New York City Housing Authority Mayor, more changes are coming to the public housing system. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that Kathryn Garcia, the city’s sanitation chief since 2014, will run NYCHA as the...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:23am

De Blasio promises faster buses, expanded 3K, tenant protections at 2019 State of the City

An expansion of the NYC Ferry, a new Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants, a plan to speed up MTA buses and free eyeglass for all pre-K and first graders were some of the promises Mayor Bill de Blasio made at his 2019 State of the City, reiterating his message to make New York the fairest big...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 5:34pm

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

New York's financial future "guardedly positive," IBO predicts

The numbers check out for Mayor de Blasio's financial plan for the coming year according to the Independent Budget Office, though it still leaves several important services out in the cold. "The city's fiscal outlook remains guardedly positive over the next three and a half years,...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 4:49pm

Families of NYPD victims criticize mayor press sec's comments on 'fringe' activists

The families of Eric Garner and Delrawn Small — two New Yorkers killed by NYPD officers — are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press secretary Eric Phillips to apologize after he called those pushing for police reforms “fringe” activists. “Those on the fringes...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 4:22pm

New effort will help incarcerated individuals register to vote in NYC

New York City tends to have a pretty low voter turnout, but now Mayor Bill de Blasio is hoping to get more people to vote in New York City by bringing voter registration forms right to those who are incarcerated in New York jails. The mayor announced on Tuesday that for the first time ever,...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 12:40pm

Murder and rape up in NYC, says NYPD

The number of murders and rapes in New York City have increased in the first half of 2018, the New York Police Department announced on Tuesday, but the overall crime rate has dropped to record lows. Murder is up 8.1 percent city-wide so far this year, but the total number of murders, 147, is still...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 2:09pm

Traffic fatalities over six-month period at an all-time low: Mayor

The first half of 2018 saw the lowest number of traffic fatalities ever measured during a six-month period in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday. As of June 30, officials recorded a record-low 81 traffic fatalities in the city so far this year. This is only the second instance...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:11pm

NYC pilot program aims to make legal, safe basement apartments in Brooklyn

It’s no secret that affordable housing in New York City is scarce. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new effort he says will add more housing options via new basement apartments. The mayor recently announced a pilot program to create and renovate apartments in the basements and...

Friday, June 29, 2018 - 11:53am

Mayor de Blasio turned away from migrant children's shelter in Texas

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other mayors from cities across the country were turned away when they attempted to visit a holding center for immigrant children in Texas on Thursday. The New York City mayor traveled to Tornillo, Texas, on Wednesday after touring a foster care facility in Harlem at which...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 9:35am

NYC will stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public

New Yorkers with no prior record who are found smoking marijuana in public will face criminal summonses rather than arrests under a new policy Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday. The change marks a shift in marijuana enforcement in New York City as a way, the mayor said, to balance fairness...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 2:54pm

NYC will open safe injection sites: Mayor

New York City will open overdose prevention centers, also referred to as safe injection sites, in an effort to reduce deaths as the opioid epidemic continues, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. “The opioid epidemic has killed more people in our city than car crashes and homicides combined,...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:54am

Mayor, City Council speaker seek accountability from MTA for Subway Action Plan funding

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson want to make sure that the money New York City is giving to the MTA for its Subway Action Plan isn’t spent on other efforts. The officials sent a joint letter to MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota on Wednesday asking for accountability when...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 11:56am

Central Park to be car free starting this summer: Mayor

Cars will be banned from Central Park beginning this June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday. The park will become completely car-free 24/7, 365 days a year starting on June 27, the city said in a statement, which is the day after public school classes end and the first day that outdoor...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:27am

NYC air at cleanest level since monitoring began: Mayor

Take a deep breath in New Yorkers: The city’s air is the cleanest it’s been since officials began monitoring its quality, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday. In time for Earth Day this Sunday, the mayor announced the release of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:52pm

Mayor targets 10 most rat-infested NYCHA developments for extermination efforts

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday launched an “aggressive” extermination plan targeting the ten most rat-infested public housing developments. Ten New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) developments, where about 23,000 people live, will receive dry-ice treatments, full-time...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 3:13pm

NYC poverty rate drops: Mayor

Poverty in New York City is at its lowest level since the Great Recession, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity released its annual New York City Government Poverty Measure report, which looks both at the poverty rate and the “near-poverty...

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:29pm

NY AG investigating fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office is investigating the death of Saheed Vassell, a Brooklyn man who was shot and killed Wednesday night by police who mistakenly thought he was wielding a gun. Amy Spitalnick, press secretary for the AG’s office, confirmed in a...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 1:53pm