As many as one in four parking placards currently used by motorists in New York City are fake, according to a new study by transportation advocates, and city lawmakers are latching onto the report to push for tougher enforcements.
Currently, there are 78,000 valid parking placards distributed by various authorities in the city. The president Read More
Knock It Off
Tourists scouring Canal Street for cheap imitations of designer bags would face a police crackdown under legislation introduced today by Council Member Margaret Chin.
“Our laws are incomplete in that they only target the supply of these items and not the demand,” Chin said after introducing a bill that would make buying knock-offs a misdemeanor Read More
Mayor Bloomberg joins the cast of Glee to celebrate the final episodes of their second season. April 25, 2011 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)
2012: DCCC helped publicize story detailing accusations against Rep. Grimm; NY13 in play next year. [Alison Gendar]
2012: Disturbing, decades-old Read More
Tax the Rich
Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus dismissed Michael Bloomberg’s opposition to plugging the budget by taxing wealthier New Yorkers.
Lawmakers said that when the mayor presented his budget to them this morning, he focused on slashing city spending and laying off workers, including teachers. Not included in the budget, they said, were any new Read More
Attorney General candidate Eric Schneiderman is getting the endorsement of Margaret Chin, the City Council member from Lower Manhattan, according to a campaign source.
A formal announcement is expected later today.
Schneiderman is locking up the support of the Democratic establishment in New York City, including a sizable amount of support from African-American, Read More
Here are a few events happening around the city today…
Ruben Diaz Jr., Ruben Diaz Sr., and Marcos Crespo will hand out school supplies at 3 p.m. in the Bronx.
Later, the trio holds a holiday party on Bronxdale Avenue.
And Margaret Chin has an inauguration ceremony at Jing Fong Restaurant at Read More
Observer intern Kate McGee dropped in to see incumbent Alan Gerson defend himself during a debate in Lower Manhattan last night, where talk focused on term limits and an alleged “spoiler candidate.”
Last night, Alan Gerson came under attack for…being cynical.
Challenger Pete Gleason challenged incumbent Alan Gerson on his vote to extend Read More
Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder sent over this legal paperwork which, if successful, could leave only one Asian candidate in the race for the Lower Manhattan district which includes Chinatown.
Goldfeder is the election lawyer for P.J. Kim, who is fending off a 57-count petition Read More
Fernando Ferrer endorsed City Council challenger Peter Gleason on the City Hall steps just now, saying he won’t be just another “go-along-to-get-along face in the crowd.”
It seemed like a clear dig at Alan Gerson, the affable incumbent who was in court this morning trying to get back on the ballot after filing Read More
A reader alerts me to a Tweet from the campaign manager for one City Council candidate, defending use of the N-word in anti-racist contexts.
Jake Itzkowitz, the campaign manager for Margaret Chin, who’s running for Alan Gerson’s seat, wrote on Twitter, “@CityHallNews Politicians should be able to use the ‘N’ word in attacking ignorance Read More