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City Council's Policy Working Group includes six Brooklyn members

Bay Ridge
In a move touted as an effort to bring transparency to the City Council’s governing process, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the creation of a Policy Working Group within the legislative body. … Full Article

Felder calls council’s plastic bag bill ‘absurd’

Borough Park
The City Council’s proposal to make New Yorkers pay a dime for every plastic and paper bag they get at the supermarket is absurd, a Brooklyn state senator charged this week. … Full Article

BAG DRAG: NYC plastic and paper bags may face 10 cent fee

New York City
The New York City Council is introducing a bill that would impose a 10 cent fee on plastic and paper bags used at grocery stores. The measure is intended to spur shoppers to bring their own reusable bags. The fee is not a tax and would benefit store owners. … Full Article

Old NYC voting machines may get new lease on life

New York City
New York City's old lever voting machines may get a new lease on life. The Board of Elections is asking the city council for funding to help convert the old voting machines into voter information kiosks. … Full Article

De Blasio Chooses Brooklyn ice cream location to sign paid sick leave bill

Williamsburg
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday chose Steve’s Ice Cream at 630 Flushing Ave. in South Williamsburg as the location where he signed his new legislation extending paid sick leave to half a million more New Yorkers.  … Full Article

Upward and onward in Brooklyn public affairs: Spitalnick, Bloch, Moore moving to new positions

New York City
After nearly three years working for Senator Daniel Squadron, Amy Spitalnick will be leaving her job as his communications director this Friday. She made the announcement via email. … Full Article

Two GOP candidates emerge in 46th Assembly District

Coney Island
Two contenders have come forward in the Republican Party to take on Democratic incumbent Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in Brooklyn’s 46th Assembly District in this year’s election, but they have to face each other first. … Full Article

Colton in no hurry to make endorsement in Recchia-Grimm race

Gravesend
A pox on both your houses! That appeared to sum up the sentiments of Bill Colton, the influential southern Brooklyn assemblyman who has not yet made an endorsement in the heated race for the 11th Congressional District and is in no hurry to back a candidate. … Full Article

Paid sick leave extended to employees of small businesses in NYC

New York City
Calling it a historic day for New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio lauded the expansion of mandatory paid sick leave after a City Council hearing on Monday, noting, “Half a million more people will have paid sick leave when they need it. Half a million more families will be protected.” … Full Article

De Blasio taps Maine corrections boss to lead NYC jails

 Mayor Bill de Blasio has named the head of Maine's corrections department to head New York City's jails. Joseph Ponte was presented as the new commissioner of the nation's second largest jails system at a City Hall press conference Tuesday. … Full Article
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