City Comptroller John Liu marches in the St. Pat’s Parade for All.

Liu remains unruffled despite staffer’s arrest

Posted by Joe Anuta in City Comptroller, City Offices, Mayor on March 8, 2012 | No Comments

City Comptroller John Liu has not stopped attending events or City Council hearings in the week after his campaign treasurer Jia “Jenny” Hou was charged with funneling illegal donations to his mayoral war chest even as Democratic insiders are questioning how a bid for Gracie Mansion could possibly take place. Liu made an appearance at [...]

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Dromm wants new drug law

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 13, District 25, Mayor, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | No Comments

When City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration for the large number of marijuana possession arrests made on his watch and advocated for legalizing medical marijuana, he said he was not dismissing the drug’s ill effects. “Nobody wants people to go into an addiction,” Dromm said. At a meeting of the [...]

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No teacher layoffs in Bloomy’s budget

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Council, City Offices, District 30, Mayor on February 9, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled last Thursday his $68.7 billion budget — a spending plan that has no tax increases or calls for teachers and uniformed city workers to lose their jobs. Bloomberg said “deficit closing actions” the city has undertaken in the last five years led to $6 billion in savings that was used to [...]

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City building accidents down 18%: Mayor

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 25, District 26, Mayor, U.S. House on January 26, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited an apartment complex under construction in Long Island City Monday to announce what he called a step in the right direction: an 18 percent drop in construction accidents citywide from 2010-11. “This is good for the agency. This is good for the public,” Bloomberg said. The mayor said there were 152 [...]

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More bread for top teachers

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in Assembly, City Comptroller, City Offices, District 39, Mayor on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address last Thursday in the Bronx. The mayor also called on the state to pass minimum wage legislation so the pay is higher than federal standards. “The single most important factor [...]

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Avella trashes city’s garbage bin policy

Posted by Rebecca Henely in District 11, Mayor, State Senate on January 19, 2012 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) slammed the city Department of Sanitation Friday for fines that have been levied against residents for putting their trash cans out too early the day before collection. Avella said he suspected the levied fines, which are a minimum of $100 but can be as high as $300, were not supported [...]