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06.19.15 Prachi Gupta

As expected, Mayor Bill de Blasio has closed off traffic in Central Park, north of 72nd Street on the East and West Drives, the Observer reports. There’s one type of vehicle, however, that will be allowed: the horseless carriage. One of de Blasio’s first campaign pledges was to ban horse-drawn carriages, a controversial proposal that […]

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05.15.15 Liam Mathews

Mayor de Blasio is in California this week trying to raise funds from tech industry bigwigs, but nefarious cab company Uber is trying to sabotage his efforts because he won’t let it do whatever it wants. Crain’s reports that due to de Blasio’s support of Taxi and Limousine Commission’s recommendation that car-hailing apps be regulated, […]

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04.21.15 Prachi Gupta

There’s a “little-known loophole” in the law that doesn’t require front seat passengers and children under 16 from wearing a seat belt in a cab, the New York Daily News but a new proposal in the works may change that. According to one city official, the de Blasio administration is seeking to require front seat […]

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01.14.15 Rhett Jones

Chaos broke out at a Patrolman’s Benevolent Association meeting on Tuesday. After weeks of bad blood between the de Blasio administration and the NYPD, things came to a head at the union proceedings with many cops telling Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch that they would rather have more support in the field than continue a […]

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01.13.15 Prachi Gupta

Taylor Swift may be New York’s tourism ambassador, but it is homegrown New Yorker and actress Rosie Perez who represents the city in a new video urging the Democratic National Committee to host its 2016 convention in Brooklyn. Perez, who has been involved with the de Blasio campaign for over a year, is just one […]

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12.30.14 Prachi Gupta

In the midst of a very trying week, here’s a major win for Mayor Bill de Blasio: The number of pedestrian traffic deaths in the city is at its lowest point since 1910. The New York Daily News reports that as of Sunday, the city suffered 131 pedestrian traffic-related fatalities in 2014. That number is […]

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11.07.14 Amy K. Nelson

It took 11 days after the bill’s signing, but on Friday Mayor Bill de Blasio sees part of his “vision zero” plan to fruition when nearly all roads in this city drop to a 25-MPH speed limit. The move comes amid many high-profile pedestrian deaths, and while it’s only 5 MPH slower, it gives hope […]

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11.05.14 Amy K. Nelson

In a directive that came from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and that is being viewed through the prism of race, the NYPD has been told to stop arresting people for low-level amounts of weed, according to the New York Post. And of course the Post’s sources are spinning this as a move de Blasio […]

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10.27.14 Rhett Jones

After an NYC resident, Dr. Craig Spencer, was diagnosed with the Ebola virus last Thursday, state and city leaders have stepped up their insistence on mandatory quarantines to the chagrin of federal authorities. Governor Cuomo of New York and Governor Christie of New Jersey have both instituted a mandatory 21-day quarantine for health care workers […]

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09.24.14 Rhett Jones

World leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday for a climate change summit, but it may be city leaders who actually get something done. As large nations like the U.S. and China continue to refuse drastic action on climate change, a special envoy of mayors hopes to make a global impact by attacking the problem […]

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