De Blasio Attends NYCC Gala, Praises Mark-Viverito

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Other News

New York City’s progressive illuminati squeezed into a room at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 headquarters in downtown Brooklyn to welcome their favorite son, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, and recognize the work of New York Communities for Change and the organization’s late founder Jon Kest. If de Blasio and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito wanted to quell the notion that she was his personal choice for Council speaker, they did a poor job of concealing that fact last night, as… [More]

HTC’s Ward Predicts Casino Wage Deal Will Be Model For State (VIDEO)

Written by City & State on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News, Racing/Wagering, Video

In a video interview with City & State, Hotel Trades Council President Peter Ward predicted that the recent arbitration ruling regarding the union’s contract with Genting, the owner of the Resorts World Casino in Queens, will serve as a model for future casinos that will be built in New York State if voters approve the ballot proposal legalizing casino gambling in Tuesday’s election. “I am quite confident that if we got to the point that we had to repeat this… [More]

Parents of Killed Construction Worker Defend State’s Scaffold Law

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation, Trials/Hearings

As supporters and opponents of the state’s Scaffold Law gear up for a battle in Albany next year, the parents of a worker killed at a New York City construction site are calling on state legislators to keep the law on the books in order to prevent similar accidents. The law imposes an “absolute liability” standard on contractors and property owners for gravity-related injuries at a construction site. Critics argue that the law fails to account for worker behavior and… [More]

At Bloomberg’s CityLab Summit, Mayoral Nominees Offer Few Innovative Ideas

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, News & Features, Technology

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s CityLab summit on “Urban Solutions to Global Challenges” was designed to get city leaders, planners, scholars, architects and artists from all over the world in one room for a symposium on urban ideas. Tuesday’s closing session showcased the two men hoping to replace Bloomberg, Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota, giving the candidates a platform to offer an “innovative” vision for the city. Instead, both de Blasio and Lhota largely hewed closely to the policy ideas and… [More]

How The Runoff Was Won [CORRECTED]

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Labor/Unions, News

Runoff elections have a tendency to be unpredictable, with outcomes depending entirely on a slice of the voting population that pays better attention to electoral politics than most. With that in mind, most prognosticators predicted a tight runoff between Democratic New York City public advocate candidates City Councilwoman Letitia James and state Sen. Daniel Squadron, but when the results rolled in, James won with a 19-point lead. The surprising outcome raises the question as to how a candidate that consistently… [More]