Tag Archives: Bill de Blasio

De Blasio Vows To Ban New “Classic Glass And Steel” Skyscrapers As Part Of NYC’s Climate Change Effort

Gothamist reports: New York City will get its own Green New Deal, Mayor and rumored 2020 candidate Bill de Blasio announced on Monday, in honor of Earth Day. With the city’s wildly inefficient waterfront glass and steel skyscrapers as a backdrop, de Blasio outlined what his office calls “a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts,” …

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Parents Sue NYC Over Mandatory Measles Vax Order

The New York Daily News reports: A group of anti-vaccination proponents claim city officials overstepped their bounds — and violated their religious beliefs — by imposing an emergency order last week making measles vaccinations mandatory, according to a lawsuit filed early Monday. The five parents, who filed anonymously in Brooklyn Supreme Court, brought the case against the Department of Health …

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NYC Declares Public Health Emergency Over Measles

The New York Daily News reports: Mayor de Blasio declared a public health emergency over the measles outbreak in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community, mandating vaccinations for people living in Williamsburg zip codes to stem the crisis. People found not to be vaccinated could result in fines up to $1000. “There’s no question that vaccines are safe, effective and life-saving,” said …

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REPORT: Bill De Blasio Likely To Enter WH Race “Soon”

The New York Times reports: He has traveled to three early presidential primary states, held $5,000-a-plate events for donors and hired a small-dollar fund-raising consultant. He spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, and is now on another trip to raise money in Boston, after which he will meet with Democratic activists in Las Vegas. …

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New York City Sues To Stop Floating Digital Billboards

The New York Daily News reports: The city filed a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at sinking the billboard-carrying barges that float on New York waterways. City attorneys write that the company behind the LED advertisements, Ballyhoo Media, has brazenly disregarded requests to dock the barges because they are a public nuisance, distract drivers and violate zoning regulations. “Our waterways aren’t Times …

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Jumaane Williams Elected NYC Public Advocate

The New York Times reports:  Jumaane D. Williams, a Democratic councilman from Brooklyn, was elected as New York City public advocate Tuesday night, notching a victory over 16 other candidates in a free-for-all race that could give him a platform to seek higher office. Mr. Williams entered the race as a front-runner after his surprise insurgency campaign for lieutenant governor …

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Amazon Cancels Plan For Second HQ In New York City

CNBC reports: Amazon says it will not build a headquarters in New York following mounting opposition, the company said in a statement Thursday. Last week, The Washington Post first reported that Amazon executives were considering backing out of its planned move to New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had warned at a news conference last week following the …

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REPORT: Bill De Blasio Mulls 2020 White House Bid

Politico reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves toward a possible run for president, soliciting City Hall staffers with national political experience and preparing to travel to the early primary state of New Hampshire this week, several sources familiar with his plans told POLITICO. After a visit to Harvard’s Kennedy School to discuss his time as …

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NYC Mayor Unveils “Health Care For All” Plan [VIDEO]

NBC New York reports: New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone’s ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. NYC Care is expected to launch in the Bronx …

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De Blasio Revives Streetcar Plan For NYC Waterfront

The New York Post reports: Mayor de Blasio is trying to jump-start his stalled streetcar with a new route and study. The city announced Thursday a route and environmental review for the Brooklyn-Queens Connector streetcar, a trolley known as the BQX that would run along the boroughs’ waterfront. The new BQX plan has been chopped down to an 11-mile route, …

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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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