Charging that elected officials in Park Slope, Kensington and other Brooklyn communities have done nothing to create affordable housing, Troy Odendhal, a candidate in the Democratic Primary i … Full Article

De Blasio announces early budget agreement with City Council

Mayor Bill de Blasio has reached an agreement with the City Council on an $82.1 billion budget -- the earliest budget agreement with the City Council since 2001. The mayor announced the agreement at a press conference on Wednesday. … Full Article

Eugene lauds summer jobs funding in budget

Declaring it a victory for the city’s young people, Councilmember Mathieu Eugene praised the de Blasio administration for agreeing to put $38.5 million into the budget to expand the Summer Youth Employment Program. … Full Article

Brooklyn leads the way in participatory budgeting

Brooklyn is a trailblazer when it comes to the city’s participatory budgeting process, according to Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. … Full Article

Ortiz presents Bay Ridge rehab center with van

Assemblymember Felix Ortiz found a way to help a Bay Ridge drug and alcohol rehabilitation center while at the same time pay tribute to the memory of a deceased friend. … Full Article

Brooklyn pols look to help military spouses find jobs

When military members are transferred from one base to another across the country, the move also affects their families, as spouses and children are uprooted and forced to start all over again in new places. … Full Article

NYPD retrains cops to avoid parking ticket mistakes

The NYPD has started a rigorous program to retrain cops on parking regulations to avoid wrongly ticketing drivers, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who had been urging police brass to educate officers in the wake of incidents in which motorists were hit with summonses for parking … Full Article

Council bill would let drivers off hook for faded parking signs

Drivers should always obey parking regulations, but the city should give motorists a break when the parking signs are old, faded or impossible to decipher, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who has introduced legislation aimed at clearing up the confusion. … Full Article

Bay Ridge Democrats back Seminara for district leader

Joanne Seminara, who is locked in a battle with Betty Ann Canizio in the race for female Democratic district leader of the 64th Assembly District (AD), has won the backing of the Bay Ridge Democrats. … Full Article

Senate approves ‘Cure Childhood Cancer’ license plates

Drivers will be able to help fund research into cures for childhood cancer by purchasing special license plates if a bill passed by the New York State Senate becomes law. … Full Article

Brennan says he will not run for re-election

James Brennan, who was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1984, is retiring. Brennan (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace-Kensington) announced on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he will not be running for re-election in November. … Full Article


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