Tag: City Councils

New Mayor Lori Lightfoot Vows Death to ‘Kissing-the-Ring’ Chicago Rules

CHICAGO — With the members of the City Council, former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel looking on, Lori Lightfoot was sworn in as Chicago’s 56th mayor on Monday, lauding the city’s resilience and diversity while also vowing to kill old-style Chicago politics. “For years, they said ‘Chicago ain’t ready for reform,’” said […]

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Proposed Fur Ban in New York Pits Animal Rights Advocates Against Black Ministers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City is no stranger to instituting bans, from plastic bags and single-use foam products to indoor smoking and alcohol ads. But none of those prohibitions has aroused such an emotional and fevered divide as the city’s move […]

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Charlottesville Confederate Statues Are Protected by State Law, Judge Rules

A Virginia judge has ruled that local authorities in Charlottesville cannot remove two Confederate statues because they are war memorials protected by state law, a decision that came nearly two years after a deadly white nationalist rally there that was nominally organized to protest a plan to move one of the statues. The ruling is […]

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Gays? Palestinians? Speaking Your Mind Can Spell Trouble on the City Council

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After a New York City councilman said that the Council was “controlled by the homosexual community,” his influential committee — created at his request — was dissolved. Another council member was bounced from the immigration committee when he said […]

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Paper or Plastic? Time to Bring Your Own Bag

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Attention, New York City shoppers: Don’t think you’re going to easily avoid the statewide ban on plastic bags by just switching to paper ones. Starting next year, those are also going to cost you 5 cents each. When New […]

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A Jewish Councilman Said ‘Palestine Does Not Exist.’ Now He May Be Punished.

[What you need to know to start your day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York City, home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel, has often served as a proxy battleground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Mayors — dating back from Robert F. Wagner, who in 1957 barred a welcome for a Saudi […]

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In Silicon Valley, Plans for a Monument to Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Paris has the Eiffel Tower. St. Louis is inseparable from the Gateway Arch. Seattle boasts the Space Needle. Washington has its Monument. Silicon Valley wants its own universally recognized landmark, something that symbolizes its power and reach. If the San Jose City Council gives final approval to the project this month, […]

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Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate

One of the best-kept secrets in New York City right now is a special election for public advocate on Tuesday. But voters have good reason to pay close attention. Public advocate is a job that comes with little power, but the chance for significant influence over the direction of the city. It’s also been a […]

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‘Homosexual Community’ Controls City Council, One Member Says. He’s Resisting Calls to Resign.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As a New York State senator, Rubén Díaz Sr. once sued to stop a high school for gay and transgender students from opening. Several years later, in 2011, Mr. Díaz held a rally to oppose same-sex marriage while his […]

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‘It’s the Human Way’: Corruption Scandals Play Out in Big Cities Across U.S.

ATLANTA — A senior aide to a former mayor of Atlanta collapses on a courtroom floor after hearing that she is headed to prison. F.B.I. agents in Los Angeles haul away computers and documents during a raid of a veteran councilman’s office. News cameras trail the most powerful alderman in Chicago as he walks to […]

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Jazmine Headley, Whose Child Was Torn From Her Arms at a City Office, Gets a Public Apology

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Jazmine Headley, whose chaotic arrest at a public benefits office in Brooklyn two months ago sparked a national outcry, testified with tears in her eyes at a City Council hearing Monday, recounting the day that her 1-year-old son was […]

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Amazon’s New York Charm Offensive Includes a Veiled Threat

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After facing months of vocal resistance, Amazon executives delivered a counteroffensive during a hearing Wednesday before the City Council, the second to delve into a deal that would bring new corporate offices to Queens with 25,000 jobs in exchange […]

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A Museum Honoring Judy Chicago, Star of Feminist Art? Not in This ‘Sleepy Little Town’

BELEN, N.M. — The E. Garcia Grocery Store? Closed. Sugar Bowl Lanes? Shuttered. Around the rail yard, empty buildings in varying stages of decay serve as testament to the ebbing fortunes of this town in central New Mexico. That’s why some expressed zeal when a former mayor proposed to lure thousands of visitors a year […]

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Amazon Went to City Hall. Things Got Loud, Quickly.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Amazon executives and a top de Blasio administration official parried pointed questions from the New York City Council and faced jeers that rained down from the gallery during more than three hours of testimony on Wednesday. A spectrum of […]

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A Gay Councilman in Texas, Ousted From Office, Says He Was Blackmailed With Naked Photos

This month’s midterm elections resulted in the election of more openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people than ever before. But for Cross Coburn, who served as an openly gay councilman in a small Texas city, it was a day of bitter defeat. He was ousted in a recall election on Nov. 6, nine months […]

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More Housing for New York’s Homeless? Council Will Weigh Question Mayor Ignored at His Gym

Three weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio had his workout interrupted by a homeless woman who posed a question that the mayor chose not to answer: Why won’t the city set aside more apartments for the homeless? Mr. de Blasio walked away. “I’m not doing this here,” he said, according to a video recording of […]

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Who Wants to Be Public Advocate? Perhaps New York’s Next Mayor

Letitia James’ victory on Thursday in the Democratic primary for attorney general may well have gotten the 2021 race for mayor off to an early start. If she wins in November, a special election would then be held to replace her as New York City public advocate — a position that has served as a […]

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Post-‘Rahmbo’ Chicago and the Death of Triangulation

Advertisement The centrist mayor will no longer seek re-election, leaving a power vacuum in the city. By Kim Bellware Ms. Bellware is a Chicago-based news and culture reporter. Sept. 8, 2018 ImageChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday, he would not seek a third term in office.CreditCreditStacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune, via Associated Press CHICAGO — Harold Washington, […]

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Jumaane Williams Is Democrats’ Best Bet for Lieutenant Governor

The lieutenant governor of New York, day to day, is in charge of ribbon-cutting and little else. But twice in 45 years, the occupant of that office rose to become the state’s chief executive upon a governor’s departure. So while races for lieutenant governor have often been forgettable, the result can be consequential. Jumaane Williams, […]

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