Councilmember Vincent Gentile has emerged as the frontrunner for the Democratic Party’s nomination as the candidate to run for the Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat vacated earlier this mon … Full Article

NYC voters cool to policy role for de Blasio's wife

Mayor Bill de Blasio has extolled his wife as one of his crucial advisers, but city voters aren't keen on having mayoral spouses play major parts in shaping policy, according to a poll released Wednesday amid heightened attention to the first  … Full Article

Gentile Tells Council: Don’t criminalize chokeholds by NYPD

A bill introduced in the City Council to criminalize chokeholds by police officers would unfairly handcuff cops and interfere with their ability to do their jobs, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said he plans to vote against the proposed legislation. … Full Article

BP Adams calls on teenagers to join community boards

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joined educators, community leaders and advocates in the rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday to urge teenagers to take advantage of a new state law that now allows them to become members of the city’s community boards. … Full Article

Treyger says bike-text ban aimed at safety, not raising money

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who introduced legislation that would prohibit bicycle riders from talking on cell phones or texting while riding, said his action isn’t aimed at generating revenue for the city through fines, but instead is aimed at promoting safety on city streets. … Full Article

De Blasio aide on leave after son's arrest, police ire

A top aide in Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said Monday she was going on leave after her son's arrest capped a string of damaging disclosures about her personal life, sparking friction between the mayor and rank-and-file police. … Full Article

NY lawmakers introduce Police Transparency Bill

Lawmakers from the City Council's progressive caucus on Thursday introduced legislation they said would improve frayed relations between the police and minority communities by requiring officers to identify themselves during stops and then inform the people they confront of their right not  … Full Article

De Blasio opposes police chokehold bill

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton are opposing a measure that would make police chokeholds a crime.
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Brooklyn Pol: Put warnings on sugary drinks

A New York state assembly member says sugary drinks should bear warning labels because of related health problems like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. … Full Article

Pols vow action after Cuomo vetoes military pension bill

A bill that would have changed the formula under which military veterans employed by the state or city apply for retirement pensions was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the legislation’s supporters are vowing to move the measure forward despite the setback. … Full Article

Gentile says feds should allow disabled veterans to use HOV lanes

Disabled war veterans should be permitted to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the city’s highways, even if they are traveling alone, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who is mounting an effort to change the rules of the road. … Full Article
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