Rain on de Parade
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Following Mayor Bill de Blasio announcement that he will break with a recent tradition and refuse to march in the Fifth Avenue St. Patrick’s Day parade, the City Council has announced it will do the same.
Big in Brooklyn
As part of his State of the City address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to expand living wage legislation using a tool he has previously rarely mentioned: an executive order.
Mr. de Blasio announced that he will move to drop a lawsuit filed by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to halt legislation passed by the Council guaranteeing so-called “living wage” salaries to employees of projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
The tweet was maybe two minutes old, but David Greenfield was already walking over to the table of reporters in the City Council chamber to confront the one who had erroneously broadcast he wasn’t wearing a tie.
“You don’t see this?” asked Mr. Greenfield, the City Council’s powerful new land use committee chair. He was clenching the knot of the cream-colored tie beneath his sweater, grinning. “Correct the tweet now.” He wanted the political junkies on his Twitter feed, which he constantly monitors, Cory Booker-like, to know he was properly attired for his coronation.
Let's Make a Deal
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, the new chair of the council’s transportation committee, is hoping to bring more Citi Bikes and ferries to the five boroughs. But first he wants to override a mayoral veto.
Of course, it’s not Mayor Bill de Blasio’s veto Mr. Rodriguez will attempt to overturn tomorrow, but rather Michael Bloomberg’s. At the end of last year, the outgoing mayor moved to block a bill that would force the NYPD to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which the driver left the scene.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito both strode into office this month vowing a new era of collaboration and transparency, but the tactics surrounding their first legislative effort have some council members privately scoffing.
The pair is set to announce a deal this afternoon to dramatically expand mandatory paid sick leave—one of Mr. de Blasio’s key campaign promises.
East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected the next Speaker of the City Council.
The 51 members of the Council cast their votes this afternoon, electing Ms. Mark-Viverito, a key ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second-most-powerful elected official in the city in a unanimous, 51-0 vote.
Boogie Down Battle
Manhattan Councilman Dan Gardonick has officially conceded the speaker’s race to his rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Three weeks after Ms. Mark-Viverito declared victory and half an hour after the vote was set to take place, Mr. Garodnick released a statement throwing his support behind her.
The 12 Days Of Christmas Gift Guide
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito may have secured all of the votes she needs to become the next City Council speaker, but her staunchest opposition now lies in one of the boroughs she represents: the Bronx.
If that most irksome of holiday types—the man who has everything—can be said to have sub-categories, the real estate development mogul must rank with the most rarefied and, indeed, the most difficult to shop for. Golf clubs and pinstripes, Maseratis, vacation homes, power and influence: these are desires long-since fulfilled. Still, we’ve managed to come Read More