The resolution to re-name a street in Queens after police-shooting victim Sean Bell passed the Parks and Recreation committee of the City Concil just now, four to one.
Voting in favor of it was Helen Foster of the Bronx , Alan Gerson of Manhattan, Letitia James of Brooklyn and Helen Sears of Queens.
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Michelle Obama was sent a letter by city lawmakers inviting her to testify here in favor of requiring paid sick days for workers.
The first lady recently embraced paid sick days in a talk with the business leaders, according to the Times.
In the November 12 letter, the lawmakers said, “We believe Read More
Here’s City Councilwoman Melinda with a bunch of City Council members who are endorsing her campaign for city comptroller.
The Katz campaign gathered outside City Hall for a very public photo-op in an effort to offset the notion that John Liu is the only candidate in the race with diverse support. Read More
The circumstances of Martha Stark's departure from the Bloomberg administration had nothing to do with race. But two Democrats took the occasion to raise the issue of racial diversity in the administration.
City Councilwoman Helen Foster of the Bronx, who, like Stark, is African-American, said, “I think it’s clear there is a lack Read More
Among the funding requests cut by the Council from its budget was one for the Bronx African American Chamber of Commerce, which was slated to get $10,000 at the request of City Councilman Larry Seabrook. The organization earned some attention when it came out that they never accounted for the ultimate Read More
The City Council’s budget negotiating team stayed late last night at City Hall, trying to hammer out a budget before the June 30 deadline. A handshake agreement is expected today or tomorrow.
In the meantime, it’s a scene. Lobbyists have been a permanent fixture on the City Hall steps and in the City Hall Read More
Representative Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn warned again today that Barack Obama has a lot of work to do with Hispanic voters–a consistent notion among some concerned supporters, but one that the L.A. Times seemed to contradict today.
Velazquez supported Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but endorsed Obama with the rest of the Read More
Helen Foster, who is contemplating a run for Bronx Borough President, said the last two people who have held that job have divided the borough’s black and Puerto Rican communities.
A story in the Riverdale Review (still not online!) this week quoted Foster’s father, the former Councilman in the area, at a February Read More
Gotham Gazette just released a nice analysis of individually sponsored member items from this year’s city budget.
According to the group, the king of member items is David Weprin of Queens, who got $736,500 for his district by funding 31 projects there. Councilman Leroy Comrie, also of Queens, funded 80 projects for a Read More
If you're a Democratic elected official in New York, it's no small thing to support a presidential candidate not named Hillary Clinton.
Ask City Council member Helen Foster of the Bronx, who was among the first local officials to support Barack Obama.
Foster chatted with me on the City Hall steps Read More