Tag Archives: NYC Council

NYC Council To Consider Banning Plastic Straws

The New York Daily News reports: Suck on this — plastic drinking straws could be banned in New York. Businesses in the city would be barred from using disposable plastic straws under a bill set to be introduced Wednesday in the City Council. Plastic coffee stirrers would be forbidden, too. Restaurants and take out spots would either have to forgo ...

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NYC Council Ponders “Smoking While Walking” Ban

Courthouse News reports: Targeting one culprit in the panoply of noxious street odors, a Queens Democrat asked the New York City Council on Thursday to ban smoking while walking. “In a perfect world, every smoker would have the self-awareness to realize that smoking and walking down a crowded sidewalk subjects everyone behind you to breathing in the fumes,” City Councilman ...

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Corey Johnson Elected NYC Council Speaker [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Corey Johnson was elected City Council speaker in an overwhelming vote Wednesday, capping months of maneuvering that will make him the city’s second-most-powerful elected official. Johnson — a Manhattan Democrat who is gay and HIV positive — was chosen in a 48-1 vote. Councilwoman Inez Barron, who mounted her own last-minute bid for speaker ...

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Gay Man Set To Become New York City Council Speaker

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio gave his blessing Thursday to a deal that is likely to make Councilman Corey Johnson the next City Council speaker. Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, sewed up the backing Wednesday of the Queens and Bronx county Democratic leaders, who brought with them support from enough Council members to give him the win. ...

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Anti-Semitic NYC Council Candidate Scams Voters Into Donating To His Fake GoFundMe To Stop Him

The New York Post reports: For an anti-Semite, this guy’s got tons of chutzpah. A two-bit political gadfly named Thomas Lopez-Pierre has been running for City Council on an outrageous platform that calls for stopping “greedy Jewish landlords” from committing “ethnic cleansing” against blacks. His low-rent hatemongering seemed designed to get as much negative attention as possible. And it did ...

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NYC Councilman Corey Johnson Eviscerates Homocon Chris Barron Over “LGBT For Trump” [VIDEO]

Last week homocon Chris Barron, co-founder of the defunct GOProud, launched “LGBT For Trump” despite have once denounced Trump as a “sociopath.” Last night openly gay New York City Councilman Corey Johnson pointed out that pesky fact in a heated exchange on CNN. Barron responded, “Hillary Clinton is a bigger sociopath than Donald Trump will ever be.” Seriously. Watch below. ...

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NYC Council Approves Nickel Fee On Shopping Bags

Gothamist reports: New York City will impose a five cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags starting October 1, following a contentious City Council vote Thursday afternoon. The Council voted 28-20 in favor of the legislation, which also has the support of Mayor de Blasio. The bill won’t be actively enforced until April 2017. “There is going to be ...

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Helicopters Matter

Via DNA Info: City councilmembers are pushing ahead with their fight to end noisy tourist helicopter rides, introducing a bill Thursday that would ban the sightseeing flights in New York City. Several councilmembers including Margaret Chin, who represents Lower Manhattan, as well as the Upper West Side’s Helen Rosenthal, and Brooklyn’s Carlos Menchacha, proposed the legislation, which would squash the ...

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New York City Council LGBT Caucus Backs Boycott Of Gay Hoteliers

Posted yesterday to the Facebook page for the boycott of hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass: STATEMENT – LGBT CAUCUS – NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL “Owning businesses that cater to the LGBT community comes with a heightened level of responsibility. For the proprietors of the OUTnyc and Fire Island Pines, hosting anti-LGBT politicians like Senators Ted Cruz and Ron Johnson ...

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New York City Council Speaker Seeks To Decriminalize Some Petty Offenses

The New York City Council is contemplating decriminalizing the six petty offenses listed above in a poll by the Wall Street Journal. New York City Council’s speaker and lawmakers are discussing amending the city’s code to make six low-level offenses civil violations, rather than criminal offenses. However, the plan to decriminalize these low-level violations has sparked intense debate among state ...

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New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera Praises Uganda’s Anti-Gay Laws

Andres Duque writes at YouTube: In a 30 minute video posted on January of 2014 New York City pastor and Councilmember Fernando Cabrera addressed viewers from Uganda and praised their draconian anti-gay laws for lowering HIV transmission. He also said the United States should have an “department of ethics” such as the one that launched the extreme attacks against the ...

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NOM Fumes After Gay NYC Councilman Slams Chick-Fil-A Expansion Plans

“We don’t need bigots coming to New York City. They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community, including the LGBT community. We don’t need bigoted people even keeping their opinions to themselves. They need to wake up and see reality.” – Gay NYC Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens), speaking last week to the Huffington ...

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Bill Donohue Has The St. Patrick’s Sadz

“There is a growing contempt for tolerance and diversity in the homosexual community, and among their supporters, especially in New York. The latest example is the ruling by the New York City Council Speaker banning an official City Council presence, banner, and Sergeant-at-Arms in this year’s march. When a government agent prohibits the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, a tradition ...

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NYC Council To Boycott St. Patty’s Parade

“St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a day when everyone can be Irish. Unfortunately, in New York City the Hibernians seem to have disavowed that old Irish tradition and have not allow LGBT people to march in the 5th Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade under their own banner for more than 20 years. In Ireland, not only do gay groups ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Christine Quinn Signs Off As Speaker Of The City Council

“Dear friends, I’m writing today to say thank you, and wish you a Happy New Year. Thank you to each and every one of you who came to committee hearings or town hall meetings, who sent emails, who made phone calls. Thank you for lending us your ideas and making your voices heard, for playing a part in shaping the ...

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Gay Vs Gay For NYC Council

When I ran into attorney and activist Yetta Kurland at the Stonewall Inn two weeks ago, she told me she hadn’t yet decided on whether to challenge Community Board 4 chairman Corey Johnson in the race to succeed Christine Quinn as Chelsea’s representative on the New York City Council. Today we learn Kurland is in. Via Gay City News: In ...

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Openly Gay NYC Council Candidate Corey Johnson Rolls Out Huge List Of Backers

Manhattan Community Board 4 (Chelsea) chair Corey Johnson has published a 500-name list of backers in his campaign for City Council. Politicker reports: West side City Council candidate Corey Johnson can safely be claimed the early front-runner in the race to replace Christine Quinn, having already maxed out in fundraising and now rolling a rather impressive list of over 500 ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer First Gay Elected Official To Marry

NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (in the dark shirt), who represents Queens, will become the city’s first openly gay elected official to marry since it became legal in June. The Sunnyside Post reports: Last Monday at a Puerto Rican restaurant, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer was presented with an engagement ring and a marriage proposal from his long-time partner. Van Bramer, ...

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Christine Quinn Holds NYC Speaker Post

Today openly lesbian NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn was re-elected by a near unanimous vote of her fellow council members. There wasn’t much doubt about the outcome, but the vote got rowdy as supporters of her only challenger, Charles Barron, who got one vote, yelled things like “sell out,” after many of the votes were cast. On hand for the ...

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Christine Quinn To NY Senate: It’s Time To Stand Up For All Families

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