Tag: City Council (NYC)

Can the N.Y.P.D. Handle a $1 Billion Budget Cut? Yes

In a city staring down $9 billion in lost revenue, it is hardly revolutionary to ask the Police Department to share the pain. But this is New York, home to the largest and probably most powerful Police Department in the country. For the city’s police officials, an agreement to cut nearly $1 billion from the […]

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N.Y.C.’s Budget and a Cut to N.Y.P.D. Funding, Explained

ImageCredit…Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi for The New York Times New York City’s budget process isn’t usually this heated. As the city slowly reopens during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials are facing a gloomy fiscal reality and demands from protesters against police brutality to slash the Police Department’s funding. I asked my […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From N.Y.P.D. in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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$1 Billion Is Shifted From NYPD in a Budget That Pleases No One

New York City officials on Tuesday agreed to a grim coronavirus-era budget that will sharply curtail municipal services, impose a hiring freeze and, in a move meant to placate calls to defund the police, shift $1 billion from the Police Department. The $88.1 billion budget reflected the economic shutdown that followed the outbreak, causing a […]

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De Blasio and Council, Facing Fiscal Crisis Over Virus, Agree on Budget With Big Cuts

Bowing to political pressure and a bleak fiscal reality that evoked municipal crises of decades past, New York City officials on Monday agreed to an austerity budget that includes drastic cuts to city services and a $1 billion shift of resources out of the New York Police Department. New York, like the rest of the […]

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Why the $6 Billion N.Y.P.D. Is Now a Target of ‘Defund the Police’

When someone in the grip of a mental health emergency behaves erratically in New York City, it is the Police Department that is often called in. When there are serious disciplinary problems in the schools, or when homeless people are found sleeping in the subways, police officers are asked to take over. The Police Department’s […]

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Roosevelt Statue to Be Removed From Museum of Natural History

The bronze statue of Theodore Roosevelt, on horseback and flanked by a Native American man and an African man, which has presided over the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1940, is coming down. The decision, proposed by the museum and agreed to by New York City, which owns […]

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Council Forces N.Y.P.D. to Disclose Use of Drones and Other Spy Tech

The New York Police Department has one of the country’s most sophisticated surveillance and crime-solving tool kits, with license plate readers, cellphone trackers, drones and facial-recognition software, among other technologies. The public knows about them largely through the work of activists and civil libertarians who have fought with lawsuits and transparency requests to pry the […]

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New York Police Will Stop Enforcing Street-Vendor Laws, but Questions Linger

After two decades selling homemade tamales in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Sonía Pèrez has received her fair share of tickets from the police. Often, they’re for minor infractions: being too far from the curb, being too close to a crosswalk. But a few years ago, an encounter with the police frightened her. While checking to see her […]

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Ritchie Torres for Congress in the Bronx

All Americans deserve fearless, dogged representation in Washington. But representing the country’s poorest district requires exceptional determination and commitment. Ritchie Torres, 32, an ambitious and talented councilman, can provide that representation. He is the best choice for Democratic voters in the June 23 primary in the 15th Congressional District in the Bronx. Mr. Torres has […]

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The Case for Defunding the Police

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher This episode contains strong language. Several major U.S. cities are proposing ways to defund and even dismantle their police departments. Today, we explore how that could be done. On today’s episode: John Eligon, a national correspondent covering […]

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Beach Towns Have a Message for New York City Residents: Go Away

In the Hamptons, the locals have put up barricades to limit parking and deployed enforcement officers to ticket outsiders. Jersey Shore towns have banned short-term leases and Airbnb rentals. The Suffolk County executive’s office taunted Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Do your job. Figure out a plan to safely reopen your beaches.” Since the coronavirus pandemic […]

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Leave NYC’s Coronavirus Contact Tracing to the Pros

Much is uncertain about New York City’s future amid coronavirus — the timeline for reopening, the timeline for development of treatments and a vaccine. But one thing has remained clear: In order to safely reopen, cities like New York must develop the capacity to regularly test portions of the population, trace the spread of the […]

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Here’s How New York Can Recover After the Coronavirus

Just a few months after the Sept. 11 attack, I joined the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York as deputy mayor for economic development and rebuilding, responsible for the city’s economic recovery. The predictions were dire. The New York Times warned of a return to the tough times of the 1970s, when austerity, […]

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America’s Economy Begins to Shut Down as Pandemic Measures Take Hold

In some places, public officials and private business owners moved with stunning speed. In others, paralyzing hesitancy, defiant bravado or blithe disregard dominated. But by Monday, it was clear everywhere that most of the American economy was grinding to an unparalleled halt and would remain that way for months. California took some of the most […]

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Mandatory Composting in New York? It Could Happen

Millions of New Yorkers may soon need to separate scraps of fruit, vegetables and meat into separate garbage receptacles every time they cook and do dishes — learning another new habit just as they did with plastics recycling in the 1980s and are now doing under a recent ban on plastic shopping bags. The City […]

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New York City May Crack Down on Grubhub and Other Food Delivery Apps

For almost a year, the City Council has warned major food delivery apps like Grubhub and Uber Eats that their business practices were hurting local restaurants in New York, and that legislation to regulate the industry might be in order. Restaurants were being charged commissions ranging from 15 to 30 percent, and Grubhub was routinely […]

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Fix for a Hated N.Y.C. Highway: How About an $11 Billion Tunnel?

Cities like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle have all done it — razed hulking, unsightly highways dividing the heart of their downtowns, pushed a new roadway underground and turned the space above into an urban paradise. Could New York be next? The City Council — and a top mayoral candidate — are looking to pull […]

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Crackdown on 5,000 Reckless Drivers: Take Safety Course or Lose Car

A driver in Brooklyn with eight violations for speeding or running a red light killed a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. An 85-year-old woman was killed by another Brooklyn driver with 10 speeding violations and two red-light violations. In Manhattan, a driver with two speeding tickets crushed a bicycle courier. New York City is […]

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7 Reasons Recycling Isn’t Working in New York City

If you are a New Yorker and sort your recycling at home, as city law mandates, you probably wonder, as you rinse bottles and stack junk mail and scrub yogurt containers: Does all this effort make a difference? Well, yes, but not nearly as much as it could. New York City recycles only about a […]

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Andy Byford’s Work Is Not Done

After just two years on the job, New York’s subway chief, Andy Byford, has resigned, ready to move on from an impatient governor whose opinions on how to repair the ailing system often clashed with his own. He is too polite to say as much, stressing in an interview with The Times that the start […]

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