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Budget to protect teachers

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 23, Mayor on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg reached a tentative budget agreement Friday that would prevent laying off thousands of the city’s public school teachers. As of press time Tuesday, the full Council had not voted on the budget.? The mayor’s Executive Budget had called for the elimination of 2,000 teaching positions through attrition and [...]

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Boro engines, ladder dodge ax in hand-shake deal

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 19, Mayor on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

After weeks of heated debate, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council have reached a tentative agreement that would save four Queens FDNY companies from the chopping block. Late Friday afternoon, the City Council hammered out the parameters of a deal that would save Engine Cos. 294 in Richmond Hill, 306 in Bayside and 328 [...]

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NY passes marriage equality

Posted by Joe Anuta in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 14, District 15, District 26, Governor, State Senate on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed same-sex marriage into law, a city councilman had a chance to break out a long-awaited wedding cake and officials were already speculating how much revenue would come from the legislation. By a 33-29 vote, the state Legislature passed the controversial measure late Friday night to end the summer session, drawing [...]

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City pushes 311 web system

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 30 on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

Maspeth residents frustrated with dialing 311 got their information directly from the source last week. At the bequest of City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), representatives from the city’s non-emergency information service and a handful of the municipal agencies it frequently contacts on behalf of callers met neighborhood residents at Kowalinski Post, at 61-57 Maspeth [...]

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Wills to face trial in 1996 case of petit larceny, trespassing

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

Despite having nearly 15 years to settle a misdemeanor case, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) will be facing a trial for those charges in Manhattan later this summer. Prosecutors and Wills’ attorney could not reach an agreement Friday to resolve a 1996 case in which the councilman allegedly broke into a public relations firm and [...]

Wills finally going to trial on 15-year-old charges

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, City Offices, District 28 on June 24, 2011 | No Comments

After nearly 15 years of delays, City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) will be tried on misdemeanor charges for allegedly breaking into a Chinatown office, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said. Manhattan prosecutors and Wills’s attorneys told a Manhattan Supreme Court judge Friday that both parties could not reach a disposition for the money he owed [...]