Tag Archives: Bill de Blasio

NYC To Replace Infamous Rikers Island Jail Complex With Small “Community-Based” Jails In Four Boroughs

CBS News reports: New York City unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to replace the notorious Rikers Island jail complex with four smaller lockups located in densely populated neighborhoods, including turning an Art Deco government building that went up in lower Manhattan in 1930 into a tower for up to 1,500 inmates. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials ...

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Feds Accuse Bill De Blasio Of Illegal Border Crossing

The Associated Press reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation. De Blasio, a fierce ...

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NYC Mayor To End Arrests For Public Pot Smoking

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio will tell the NYPD to stop arresting people for public pot smoking — and launch a new group to officially prepare the city for the outright legalization of marijuana in New York. De Blasio, who has long opposed making recreational pot legal, now says he thinks legalization is inevitable and is ...

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MANHATTAN: De Blasio Bans Cars From Central Park

AM New York reports: A car ban in Central Park will go into effect in June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter Friday morning. “Central Park goes car free in June. 24/7, 365 days a year — because parks are for people, not cars,” he wrote. Motorists will not be allowed on the “loop drives” below 72nd Street, the ...

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New York City To Launch Free Cybersecurity App

Via press release: Mayor de Blasio today announced the launch of NYC Secure, a pioneering cybersecurity initiative aimed at protecting New Yorkers online. Using a steadily evolving suite of solutions, NYC Secure will defend New Yorkers from malicious cyber activity on mobile devices, across public Wi-Fi networks, and beyond. The first NYC Secure programs will include a free City-sponsored smartphone ...

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NYC Sues Big Pharma For $500M Over Opioids Crisis

NBC News reports: New York City filed a $500 million lawsuit Tuesday against prescription opioid manufacturers and distributors, seeking to hold them accountable for their alleged part in the city’s drug epidemic. The lawsuit aims to recover expenses the city will incur in combating the crisis. In 2016, more than 1,000 people in New York City died of an opioid ...

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New York City: Felony Crime Rate Hits Record Low

The New York Times reports: It would have seemed unbelievable in 1990, when there were 2,245 killings in New York City, but as of Wednesday there have been just 286 in the city this year — the lowest since reliable records have been kept. In fact, crime has fallen in New York City in each of the major felony categories ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Bill De Blasio To Pitch Tax On Wealthy For Repairs To Crumbling Subway System

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio will propose a tax on the rich to fund fixes to the problem-plagued subway system. The tax on wealthy New Yorkers, which requires approval in Albany, would generate nearly $800 million a year for the MTA — including cash for subway fixes and upgrades like new signals, subway cars, and track ...

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New York City Declares “Laverne Cox Day” [VIDEO]

Mic reports: June 22 is now officially Laverne Cox Day in New York City. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, made the surprise announcement on Thursday when the actress made an appearance at his official residence, Gracie Mansion. “Can you believe that a black transgender woman from Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother has a day in New ...

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NYC Launches First-Ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill Of Rights, Program To Be Supported With Transit Ads

Via press release: To kick-off Pride Month, the de Blasio Administration today published and distributed New York City’s first-ever LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which details health care protections on local, state and federal levels to empower LGBTQ New Yorkers to get the health care they deserve. It also reiterates that medical providers and their support staff are legally ...

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REPORT: Hillary Might Run For New York City Mayor

From the New York Daily News: Hillary Clinton left open the possibility of running for mayor of New York City this year in a private conversation with a top Democrat, a well-placed source told the Daily News. Clinton, who is being pressed by many New York Dems to get back into the game by running for mayor, did not rule ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Fumes After Congress Allocates $7M Towards City’s $35M Trump Tower Security Cost

DNA Info reports: He’s not taking no for an answer. Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Wednesday to fight Congress’ refusal to reimburse the full $35 million the NYPD is spending to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family through the Jan. 20 inauguration — saying the paltry $7 million offered is insufficient. “I’m disappointed. I think they should have done ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor De Blasio Bills Feds $35M For Cost Of Protecting Trump Tower Until Inauguration Day

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio is sending the Obama administration a $35 million bill for the cost of securing Trump Tower from the time President-elect Donald Trump won the race through Jan. 20 — an average of over $400,000 a day, officials said on Monday. De Blasio, in a press conference with Police Commissioner James O’Neill, ...

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Protecting Trump Costs NYC $1 Million Per Day

CNN reports: Protecting President-elect Donald Trump and his family is costing New York City more than $1 million a day, according to three city officials. And those costs won’t necessarily drop significantly once he moves to the White House. That’s because Melania Trump and their 10-year old son Barron expect to stay at their home at Trump Tower in midtown ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Edie Windsor Joins Feds & Pols For Dedication Of Stonewall National Monument [VIDEO]

This afternoon Edith Windsor joined Stonewall riots veteran Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt and a raft of federal officials in dedicating the Stonewall National Monument in New York City’s West Village. From the speech delivered by White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett: Today in Christopher Park in New York City we celebrated the designation of the Stonewall National Monument, the first national monument ...

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New Cruz Ad Attacks Trump By Blaming De Blasio For Crime, Construction Accidents, & Topless Women

Ted Cruz today released a New York primary ad which attack Donald Trump for his earlier praise of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, who is apparently responsible for a Gotham-wide crime wave, construction accidents, and topless women in Times Square. Watch below.

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Ted Cruz: Immigrant-Loving Socialist NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Will Be Finished Once I’m President [AUDIO]

The Hill reports: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday released a new radio ad attacking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ahead of the Empire State’s April 19 primary. The 60-second ad, titled “Nerve,” starts by referring to comments made by de Blasio attacking the Texas senator. “I think Ted Cruz is out of touch with New York ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor Announces “Non-Essential” North Carolina Travel Ban For City Employees

And for Georgia too, should today’s veto be overridden. Capital New York reports: Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he is instituting a ban on “non-essential travel” by New York City employees to the state of North Carolina following the passage of a law there that overturns anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. De Blasio said he ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Mayor De Blasio To March With Irish LGBT Group In First St. Patrick’s Parade Appearance

Stand by for the usual fit from Bill Donohue. Irish Central reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will, for the first time ever, march in this year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Irish Voice has learned. The mayor, who refused to take part in the parade in prior years due to the exclusion of gay ...

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De Blasio Pitches Streetcar Line For NYC Waterfront

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio today introduced a proposal for a $2.5B streetcar line that would run along 16 miles of the East River waterfront in Brooklyn and Queens. Via the New York Times: By winding along the East River, the streetcars would vastly expand transportation access to a bustling stretch of the city that has undergone rapid ...

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