New York City Council Approves De Blasio Ally as DOI Commissioner

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The New York City Council voted 48-2, with one abstention, to approve Mark Peters’ appointment as commissioner of the Department of Investigation during Tuesday’s stated meeting, despite the initial reservations of some Council members that his’ relationship with Mayor Bill de Blasio may be a conflict of interest. Peters previously served as treasurer for de Blasio’s mayoral campaign. Peters was unanimously approved by the Council’s Rules Committee in the morning, with only Councilman Jumaane Williams abstaining. Williams was one of… [More]

First Read – February 4, 2014

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WEATHER: Mostly sunny across upstate and downstate; increasing clouds in western New York. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 32; Buffalo, high 25.   De Blasio Pre-K Push Mirrors Dinkins’ Safe Streets, Safe City Negotiation: While making the case for a temporary tax hike to fund his universal preschool proposal in Albany last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio drew a parallel to former mayor David Dinkins similar efforts to raise taxes to pay for his Safe Streets, Safe City program,… [More]

First Read – January 31, 2014

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  WEATHER: Cloudy across the state with a chance of snow flurries in Buffalo. New York City, high 38; Albany, high 38; Buffalo, high 31.      WINNERS AND LOSERS: For some it was a Grimm week. For others, it was a Lovely one. Fortunately, nobody got thrown over a balcony, and there were punchlines a plenty to keep everybody everybody in good spirits … well, almost everyone. Before you tune into the Super Bowl this weekend, enjoy the pre-game… [More]

Patrolmen’s Union Not Giving Up Fight Despite Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Latest, News, Public Safety

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday the city will move to drop the appeal in the historic stop-and-frisk case. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which has fought changes in stop-and-frisk, said it will continue to explore legal avenues to protect their members from the remedies suggested in the court ruling. “We continue to have serious concerns about how these remedies will impact our members and the ability to do their jobs,”said PBA Patrick Lynch. “Our goal is to continue to… [More]

First Read – January 30, 2014 [UPDATED]

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  WEATHER: Sunshine across the state. New York City, high 29; Albany, high 26; Buffalo, high 25.   CITY & STATE TV: Check out highlights from last night’s reception celebrating City & State’s new NYC Power 100 list, including interviews with lobbyist Suri Kasirer, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President Carlo Scissura and many more: http://bit.ly/1a3rfSx   NEW THIS MORNING: * Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, says she will seek Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s 4th Congressional District seat, Newsday… [More]

Mark Weprin Unanimously Elected Chair of City Council Queens Delegation

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

City Councilman Mark Weprin was unanimously elected this morning as chair of the Council’s Queens delegation,  a sign that the wounds from the protracted Council Speaker race between Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito might be starting to heal. The speaker battle had fractured the Queens delegation, with several Progressive Caucus members, including Julissa Ferreras, Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm and Donovan Richards supporting Mark-Viverito, while the rest of the delegation stuck with Garodnick, the choice of Queens Democratic County Chairman… [More]

First Read – January 29, 2014

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WEATHER: Slight chance of snow downstate; sunny upstate; windy in western New York. New York City, high 25; Albany, high 20; Buffalo, high 12.   SHADOW OF A DOUBT: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appointment of his campaign treasurer as chief of the city’s Department of Investigation raises questions about the appointee’s independence, writes Morgan Pehme: http://bit.ly/L8iDy7 CITY & STATE TV: Billy Easton, executive director of the Alliance for Quality Education, discusses Common Core, de Blasio and the… [More]

First Read – January 28, 2014

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WEATHER: Mostly sunny, but frigid. New York City, high 20; Albany, high 13; Buffalo, high 6.   UNSETTLED TEACHER CONTRACT COULD RAISE UPK COST: Mayor Bill de Blasio was adamant in his assertion that New York City’s unsettled municipal labor contracts and his proposed universal preschool program were “ships passing in the night” with no connection to one another, yet some fiscal experts suggest that overdue retroactive raises for teachers could raise the preschool price tag, Nick Powell writes: http://bit.ly/1hI9Aiw   KEEPING… [More]

Unsettled Teacher Contracts Could Raise Cost of De Blasio’s Universal Preschool Program

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Social Services

During his back-and-forth with the state Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committees on Monday—pitching the merits of his proposed universal preschool and after school programs—Mayor Bill de Blasio listened while state Sen. Diane Savino expressed shock that his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, left him very little in the way of reserve money to negotiate long-expired municipal labor contracts. When Savino, who chairs the Senate Labor Committee, suggested that de Blasio use the labor contract conundrum to bolster his case for a tax increase… [More]

First Read – January 27, 2014

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WEATHER: Slight chance of rain and snow downstate; better chance of snow upstate; heavy snow in western New York. New York City, high 38; Albany, high 30; Buffalo, high 16.   NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATIVE DOSSIERS: To give you the inside track on the 2014 legislative session, City & State compiled a list of key information on every member of the New York State Senate and Assembly: http://bit.ly/1n42R6B   NEW THIS MORNING: * New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-K plan… [More]