NYPD Promises More Transparency on TrafficStat

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology, Transportation

As part of his continued push to increase transparency in the New York Police Department, Commissioner Bill Bratton announced on Tuesday that the department will open up TrafficStat to more city agencies. The reforms are aimed at meeting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities. TrafficStat was created in 1998 using the same model as CompStat, which tracks a wide range of crime statistics, including murder rates, shootings and rapes in a particular precinct, all of… [More]

Study Shows That Raising Minimum Wage Won’t Hurt State Economy

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, News & Features

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s appeal to Albany for home rule control over New York City setting its own minimum wage during his State of the City speech Monday has made significant waves, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo all but shooting it down, by saying the proposal could cause “chaos” throughout the state. Despite Cuomo’s ambivalence, a group of elected officials, including City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James will hold a rally at City Hall… [More]

De Blasio Taps Transition Co-Chair as City Planning Commissioner

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Economic Development, Government Operations, Housing, Latest, News, News & Features

Either Carl Weisbrod was the best and only man for the job, or he was the last man for the job. Whatever the case, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio effusively praised Weisbrod while introducing him as the next chair of City Planning Commission at a press conference on Friday. In fact, the mayor went to great lengths to make it clear that Weisbrod, the co-chair of his transition committee, was indisputably the right choice for a permanent job,… [More]

City & State TV: Angela Sung Pinsky

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Latest, News, News & Features, Video

Angela Sung Pinksy is one of the Real Estate Board of New York’s top lobbyists, a sharp mind who pushes the powerful trade organization’s agenda on the city, state, and federal level. She sat down with our City Hall Bureau Chief Nick Powell for a video interview to talk about her time with the Bloomberg administration and the future of real estate in New York City. Pinsky’s roots are in the public sector, having worked in former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s… [More]

Council Speaker Vote: A Healing Moment or Political Theater?

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Daily, Features, News, News & Features, Opinion

The scene on the floor of the New York City Council at Wednesday’s stated meeting was an exercise in political theatrics. After weeks of vote-wrangling, deal-making and somewhat one-sided muckraking surrounding the Council speaker’s race, supporters of the two candidates, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Daniel Garodnick, converged on the Council floor, exchanging pleasantries and warm embraces. It was an anticlimactic denouement to a drawn-out, occasionally nasty battle. There was some initial suspense before the meeting as Mark-Viverito’s supporters patiently waited for… [More]

De Blasio, Labor Leaders Affirm Commitment to Increase Taxes to Pay for Universal Pre-K

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Education, Features, Latest, News, News & Features

In a show of support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed universal preschool program, leaders of New York City’s largest and most powerful unions held a press conference with the mayor today firmly backing his plan to pay for the program through a tax increase on New Yorkers making more than $500,000 per year. “New York state has promised over the years to fund universal pre-k—for over 15 years now we’ve heard it—but has never provided the funding needed to… [More]

FAA Has No Plans for Noise Study Near LaGuardia Airport

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Latest, News, News & Features, Transportation

Last week we spoke to Janet McEneaney from Queens Quiet Skies about her organization’s push for further study into the noise created from planes leaving La Guardia International Airport. McEneaney specifically addressed planes use of the TNNIS climb when leaving La Guardia’s runway 13. It is a particular path that planes take which brings them directly due east after taking off on a southern bound route, which reduces noise at Flushing Meadows park where Citi Field and the U.S. National… [More]