Tag: City Councils

Beaten and Left in Solitary Confinement, He Thought He Would Die

Davon Washington thought he was going to die last year while handcuffed and shackled inside a small, dark cell in an upstate jail more than a hundred miles north of Rikers Island in New York City. City officials had transferred Mr. Washington from Rikers to the jail in Albany, N.Y., after he was accused of […]

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Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Depends Where You Are

Since 2015, several Council members in the District of Columbia have attempted to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On four different occasions, the measure petered out and died. This year, Council member David Grosso tried a new approach, introducing emergency legislation and undermining the control of the chairman. The approach worked. A majority […]

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Putin’s Political Party Suffers Losses in Moscow Election

MOSCOW — Pro-Kremlin candidates lost 13 of the 45 seats in Moscow’s City Council, the government said on Monday, even after opposition candidates were barred from running. Having started with 38 seats, the governing United Russia party will still form the majority in Moscow, where protests have erupted this summer amid anger over eroding living […]

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Candidate Who Said Michigan City Should Be Kept White Quits Council Race

A City Council candidate in Michigan who drew criticism and national attention last week for saying her community should be kept white “as much as possible” officially withdrew from the race on Monday. The candidate, Jean Cramer, who was running for a seat on the Marysville City Council, hand-delivered a one-sentence letter to City Hall […]

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New York to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data

Telecommunications firms and mobile-based apps make billions of dollars per year by selling customer location data to marketers and other businesses, offering a vast window into the whereabouts of cellphone and app users, often without their knowledge. That practice, which has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism in recent years, is now the subject of […]

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No More Manholes in Berkeley as City Writes Gender Out of Codes

BERKELEY, Calif. — The city of Berkeley, long a bastion of liberal ideas, voted this week to purge gender from its law books. Manhole will be replaced with maintenance hole. Sisters and brothers will be replaced with siblings. And he or she will be banished in favor of they, even if referring to one person. […]

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When Big Tobacco Invoked Eric Garner to Fight a Menthol Cigarette Ban

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] With San Francisco banning menthol cigarettes last year, and the Food and Drug Administration considering a nationwide ban, it seemed like the time was ripe for New York to follow suit. Then Reynolds American, the tobacco giant, got to […]

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A Bailout for Taxi Drivers? The Mayor Says No, but Others Keep Pushing

After it emerged that thousands of taxi drivers had been lured into reckless loans that left them with overwhelming debt, city leaders took steps to keep it from happening again. They have begun enforcement proceedings against brokers who arranged the loans, arrested a debt collector, strengthened oversight and written new rules. But there is one […]

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Cory Booker’s Brand of Advocacy: Show Up. Cameras Often Follow.

Senator Cory Booker, tieless and in a blazer on the southwestern border in early July, approached a Customs and Border Protection officer, blue passport in hand. They greeted each other and the officer asked: “Is there somebody with you?” Yes, Mr. Booker said, he had a group with him. Specifically, Mr. Booker said, he was […]

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