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  1. elections

    Election Punt to June Leaves Candidates for Vacant Political Seats Seeking Grip

    Cuomo order postpones Brooklyn City Council election to June 23 while the contest for Queens borough president remains up in the air.

    elections

  2. noncompliant

    NYPD Stalls on Sharing Property Seizure Stats Required by City Law

    Police miss a March 1 report deadline on cars and other property taken from people arrested. One man told us his story of a lost phone and car.

    noncompliant

  3. housing

    Eviction Drop Fuels Push to Expand Free Housing Help for Low-Income NYC Tenants

    Citywide eviction rate fell 18% over the last two years — credited, in part, to the Right to Counsel law. City Council mulls increasing eligibility.

    housing

  4. big spenders

    City Council Looks to Shed Light on Civic Construction Project Costs and Delays

    From pricey park bathrooms to rebuilt schools, an online capital projects tracker would expose big-dollar city spending to public view.

    big spenders

  5. succession plan

    Top Corey Johnson Aide Running for His Chelsea Council Seat

    Erik Bottcher, the speaker’s chief of staff, is building his campaign on community connections that stretch from Greenwich Village to Hell’s Kitchen.

    succession plan

  6. communication breakdown

    311 Assailed as ‘Epic Failure’ for the Deaf Community

    At Council meeting, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera calls out accessibility issues for hard-of-hearing New Yorkers and non-native English speakers.

    communication breakdown

  7. the bloomberg way

    Bloomberg’s Firm Violated Sick Leave Law He Vetoed as Mayor, but Now Supports

    The billionaire presidential hopeful’s media company was cited for a policy requiring workers to provide a doctor’s note after one or two sick days.

    the bloomberg way

  8. telephony

    311 Tone Deaf on Language Options for Non-Native English Speakers

    The city’s complaint and information service offers just six languages, our test found, when the law requires 10.

    telephony

  9. flight plan

    How Bird-Friendly Building Rules Will Fly in New York

    The City Council is set to make the skyline safer for our feathered friends. Here’s how the law will work for new construction and major renovations.

    flight plan

  10. kids behind bars

    Force More Frequent Against Teens At Juvenile Lockups

    Stats revealed at Council hearing where city officials came under fire for a rocky start to a law intended to protect kids who are arrested.

    kids behind bars

  11. booking ahead

    A Year After Amazon Picked LIC, Suspicions Cloud Future

    Developers say they’re looking for community input on the Queens neighborhood’s path while some local groups are calling for a moratorium on building.

    booking ahead

  12. a little relief

    Parks Department May Shrink Costly Bathrooms to Save Cash

    With the parks’ comfort stations running up to $6 million, the agency is looking toward smaller, prefabricated potties as a cheaper alternative.

    a little relief

  13. next up

    Amoy Barnes Looks to Build on Staten Island’s Growth Surge

    City Council candidate hoping to succeed “trailblazer” Debi Rose promises to bring development dividends to the North Shore.

    next up

  14. letter man

    Staten Islander Behind 16-Foot ‘T’ for Trump Sign Running for City Council

    Sam Pirozzolo — guess his middle initial — wants voters to recognize his own name now. “I will not back away from Donald Trump,” he vows.

    letter man

  15. gone phishing

    NYC Census Scam Fighters Gearing Up for 2020 Battle

    The first-ever digital count brings new risks. Among New York’s weapons to fight misinformation: libraries — and buying up URLs con artists covet.

    gone phishing

  16. storm watch

    Council Deluges City Hall with Criticism Over Sandy Response, Seven Years Later

    The 2012 storm’s anniversary spurred complaints about slow progress as lawmakers vowed a hearing on the flood insurance crisis revealed by THE CITY.

    storm watch

  17. left turn

    Queens Political Novices Step Up to Challenge Democrats

    A slew of first-time candidates, many backed by Democratic Socialists of America, are going up against long-time incumbents in the borough AOC shook.

    left turn

  18. flight plan

    City Buildings Kill Thousands of Birds as Council Mulls ‘Friendly’ Facades

    Avian experts say up to 230,000 birds die annually in NYC collisions. Yet city and state lawmakers’ bills to end the carnage haven’t taken flight.

    flight plan

  19. taken for a ride

    Cap Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Lease Costs, Queens Lawmaker Says

    City Councilmember Francisco Moya’s bill aims to relieve app-hail and other for-hire vehicle operators of a cascading financial burden.

    taken for a ride

  20. mutual aid

    Community Board Cash Goes to Some Members’ Nonprofit Groups

    Board officials in The Bronx and Manhattan got more than $10K each for the organizations they run, potentially violating city ethics rules.

    mutual aid

  21. driving up costs

    City Council Puts Brakes on Community Board Spending

    New rules require board votes on big purchases — and limit how funds can be spent following The CITY’s report on one board’s $26,000 SUV splurge.

    driving up costs

  22. immigration

    City Council Tasks Schools With Educating Families on Public Charge Rule

    A bill passed by the City Council Thursday would require public schools to give students “educational materials” about new Trump admin. policy.

    immigration

  23. comeback bid

    Melissa Mark-Viverito Runs for Congress, Touting Progressive Cred

    The ex-Council speaker tells THE CITY she’s ready to join a crowded field vying to replace retiring Bronx Rep. José Serrano at a “critical moment.”

    comeback bid

  24. making waves

    Radio Diaz: Bronx Pol Hired Alleged Pirate Broadcaster

    Council member and congress hopeful Ruben Diaz Sr. gave campaign cash to a disc jockey flagged by the FCC, election filings show.

    making waves

  25. waiting game

    After Four Years and One False Start, Discrimination Watchdog Gets New Boss

    The Equal Employment Practices Commission, which audits city agencies’ employment and sexual harassment practices, had been leaderless since 2015

    waiting game

  26. chemical reaction

    Community Board Sprays Weed-Killer Its Council Pal Wants to Ban

    With $20K secured by Councilmember Fernando Cabrera, Brooklyn CB18 cleared its property using glyphosate — a chemical he hopes to outlaw citywide.

    chemical reaction

  27. layleen polanco

    Pols Call to End ‘Torture’ of Solitary Confinement in City Jails

    The death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island prompts a strong statement from City Council progressives who demand action amid a growing movement.

    layleen polanco

  28. caveat motor

    No Cars Allowed: Community Boards Get New Funding Boost, With Warning

    New city budget includes another $42,500 for all 59 community boards — this time with vehicle purchases banned after Brooklyn SUV fiasco.

    caveat motor

  29. city budget

    City Officials to Okay $92.8B Budget Already Poised to Grow

    There’s no money yet for three pricey items that Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to begin funding.

    city budget

  30. affordable housing

    Staten Island Revamp Advances Without $3,000 ‘Affordable’ Rents

    Bay Street rezoning, approved by a City Council committee Thursday, yields a pledge to rebuild collapsed rec center, add schools and fix sewer system.

    affordable housing

  31. driving up costs

    Mayor de Blasio Calls for Probe of Community Board SUV Purchase

    He spoke out after THE CITY revealed a Brooklyn board’s $26,000 Toyota splurge. Meanwhile, the City Council will look at board spending citywide.

    driving up costs

  32. check out

    Popular Supermarket Could Get Shelved in New Staten Island Plans

    Western Beef is “likely” to be scrapped under City Hall’s Bay Street revamping proposal, leaving residents with few options for groceries.

    check out

  33. driving up costs

    Brooklyn Community Board Roils Over $26,000 SUV Splurge

    Williamsburg’s CB 1 used a City Council grant to buy a Toyota RAV4 – which THE CITY found parked Wednesday night near the board manager’s house.

    driving up costs

  34. bronx cheer

    Bronx Dissident Democrats Want to Ditch Ruben Diaz Sr.

    Statements demand the ouster of the Council member from his seat – and the party – over some of his latest controversial comments.

    bronx cheer

  35. employment

    Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog to Get New Chair After 4-Year Vacancy

    Word that Dianne Morales is expected to lead the Equal Employment Practices Commission comes amid a mayor moves ahead of a possible presidential run.

    employment

  36. city council

    The City Council’s Sexual Harassment Fight – Against the City

    Even as lawmakers tackle allegations against two members, the Council avoids a city audit and exempts itself from the city’s reporting system.

    city council

  37. equality

    City Discrimination and Diversity Watchdog Goes Leaderless for Years

    Because of inaction by the mayor and City Council, the Equal Employment Practices Commission has lacked a chairperson since 2015.

    equality

  38. education

    Public Funding of Private-School Security Grows by Millions

    A three-year-old program using public money for security guards at private schools – including elite institutions – is on pace to run $22.3 million.

    education

  39. work

    Food Carts Back on Council’s Front Burner

    Street vendors’ hopes for more permits heat up, following a long chill. But it’s unclear whether a new bill will pass mayoral muster.

    work