Tag Archives: NYC Council

NEW YORK CITY: Protesters Shower Lawmakers With Dollar Bills After Vote To Ban Flavored Vapes [VIDEO]

Courthouse News reports: The New York City Council voted overwhelmingly today to ban the sale of flavored vape products, responding to a public health crisis where sweet-smelling mango and mint products are thought to target teen users. “New York cannot and will not wait,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, himself a former smoker who quit with the help of e-cigarettes. …

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New York City Council Bans Sale Of Foie Gras [VIDEO]

Gothamist reports: Earlier this year, we reported that the city council was considering a bill banning the sale of foie gras in New York City on the grounds that it’s cruel to physically pump fowl full of feed before leading them to slaughter. Today, with over one hundred animal rights activists waiting outside, the New York City Council passed the …

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NYC Council OKs Plan To Zone Rikers Out Of Existence

Courthouse News reports: As the clock ticks on a deadline for the New York City Council to vote on a controversial new borough jails plan, legislators voted Thursday to pass a proposal they say would force lawmakers to shutter the notorious Rikers Island jail complex by 2026. The council faces an Oct. 17 vote over whether to build four new …

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NEW YORK: Anti-LGBT NYC Councilman And US House Candidate Ruben Diaz Busted In Defunct Charity Lie

Crain’s Business New York reports: Preacher-turned-politician Ruben Diaz Sr. might be an authority on the Book of Numbers, but the accounts of his nonprofit don’t add up. The Bronx councilman, an ex-state senator and leading candidate to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, advertises himself on his government website as the former head of a sprawling network of elder care …

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NYC Councilman Ruben Diaz Rages During City’s Sexual Harassment Seminar, Screams He Won’t Be A “Rat”

The New York Daily News reports: He may be a misogynist, but he’s no snitch. Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. interrupted a mandatory City Council sensitivity session on Wednesday by loudly vowing never to report sexual harassment, lest he be a “rat,” several lawmakers in attendance told the Daily News. “He just started screaming and shouting out: ‘So we’re supposed …

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NYC Moves To Ban Pot Use Testing For Job Applicants

The New York Times reports: Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council. If the drug-screening law is enacted, it would put New York in relatively uncharted territory. Several drug policy and employment experts said …

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NEW YORK: Ruben Diaz Announces Bid For US House

Patch reports: The city councilman who recently drew fire for his inflammatory remarks about gay people says he will run for Congress to give conservatives and moderates a voice in Washington. Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. said he will run to replace U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano, who is not seeking re-election in 2020. The Bronx Democrat — who drew widespread criticism …

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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson Calls On Ruben Diaz To Resign Over Anti-LGBT Comments

The New York Post reports: Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Monday that Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. should step down for making an inflammatory remark about the gay community. “I think he should resign. It’s not up to me, but I think what he said is totally unacceptable,” Johnson said during a press briefing in Albany, where he testified on …

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NEW YORK CITY: Notorious Anti-LGBT City Councilman Says Council Is “Controlled By Homosexual Community”

NY 1 reports: Rubén Díaz Sr. says he faced rejection from his colleagues the moment he got to the City Council last year because “over there, everybody is controlled by the homosexual community.” “When I get to the City Council, I find that the City Council is controlled — most council members out of 51 council members — over there, …

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NYC Council Votes To Cap Ride-Hailing Services

The New York Daily News reports: The City Council voted Wednesday to stop issuing new licenses for most for-hire vehicles for a year in an effort to regulate e-hail apps like Uber, Lyft and Via, whose rapid growth has thrown the city’s taxi industry into chaos. “This is about supporting and uplifting drivers, making sure they are paid enough to …

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New York City Seeks To Rein In Ride-Hailing Services

The New York Times reports: New York City officials are moving to cap the number of vehicles driving for Uber and other ride-hailing services as part of an aggressive move to address mounting concerns that their explosive growth has led to worsening congestion and low driver wages. The legislation being considered by the City Council would make New York the …

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New York City Council Moves To Rein In Airbnb Hosts

Bloomberg reports: Last week, Airbnb Inc. was dealt one of its biggest blows in the company’s 10-year history. New York City council members voted to require the home-rental company to hand over the names and addresses of its hosts in the city. The officials have said they need the information to police Airbnb hosts that operate illegally and drive up …

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NYC Councilman To Host Sex-Segregated Beach Days

The New York Daily News reports: A Brooklyn city lawmaker is sponsoring sex-segregated beach days to give his Jewish and Muslim constituents an opportunity to enjoy the seaside. City Councilman Chaim Deutsch announced the first ever “Southern Brooklyn Beach Day,” with separate dates for men and women by the sandy spot behind Kingsborough Community College. Deutsch, who is an observant …

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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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