Tag: Johnson, Corey

Inquires Into Reckless Loans to Taxi Drivers Ordered by State Attorney General and Mayor

The New York attorney general’s office said Monday it had opened an inquiry into more than a decade of lending practices that left thousands of immigrant taxi drivers in crushing debt, while Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a separate city investigation into the brokers who helped arrange the loans. The efforts marked the government’s first […]

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San Francisco Banned Facial Recognition. New York Isn’t Even Close.

Very little is known about the New York Police Department’s use of facial recognition technology. What kind of facial recognition is in place? Which databases are being used? How many people have been scanned, and why? How long is their data retained? Are the police sharing facial recognition data with federal agencies like Immigration and […]

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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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Mayor de Blasio, Keep Your Promise on Senior Housing

Last June, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, stood before scores of older New Yorkers outside City Hall to celebrate the news that this year’s capital budget would include $500 million to build new housing for low-income seniors. Yet, nearly a year later, it turns out that the money wasn’t […]

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After Backlash, Personal Voter Information Is Removed by New York City

Bowing to fierce criticism from elected officials and privacy advocates, the New York City Board of Elections has removed the voter enrollment books that it had posted online, which had included every registered voter’s full name, party affiliation and home address. The books, spanning thousands of pages in searchable PDF format, were quietly posted in […]

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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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New York’s Mayor Doesn’t Run New York’s Subways. Should He?

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It is a peculiarity of New York City history: The mayor does not control the subway that is so essential to the city’s success. Mayor Bill de Blasio has some influence over the transit system, but he is largely […]

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New York Says It Will Crack Down on City Workers Abusing Parking Privileges

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The traffic choking New York City streets has brought new congestion fees on taxis and Ubers and rallied support around a broader congestion pricing plan to charge all cars and trucks entering the busiest neighborhoods. Now city officials are […]

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Why the Amazon Deal Collapsed: A Tech Giant Stumbles in N.Y.’s Raucous Political Arena

A senior executive from Amazon, one of the world’s biggest companies, led by the world’s richest person, found himself last weekend in a showdown with a suburban state senator. The executive, Brian Huseman, who is based in Washington D.C., was trying to find out whether the New York state senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would exert more […]

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What People Are Saying About Amazon’s Breakup With New York City

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The news on Thursday that Amazon had decided not to build a second headquarters in New York City was an equal-opportunity stunner, to the politicians and activists who had fought against it, and to the business leaders and elected […]

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The $238 Million Penthouse Provokes a Fierce Response: Tax It

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For the last five years, a bill that would create a so-called pied-à-terre tax in New York has languished in the State Legislature, where proposals for new taxes often go to die. But after Kenneth C. Griffin, a hedge […]

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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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Editorial Observer: Washington’s Cold Hypocrisy on New York’s Public Housing

The teaser came in a mid-evening tweet. Lynne Patton, the Trump family event planner whom the president named regional administrator for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, had a surprise for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Oh, and for the 400,000 people who live in New York City’s public housing, too. “Thrilled to announce that […]

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The 2021 New York City Mayoral Race: Coming Soon to a Living Room Near You

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Two leading candidates in the 2021 race for mayor of New York City are already beginning their ground game. Corey Johnson, the speaker of the New York City Council, and Scott M. Stringer, the city’s comptroller, will soon begin […]

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Of 800,000 Poor New Yorkers, Only 30,000 Can Get the New Half-Priced MetroCards

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The first phase of what was to be a sweeping plan to provide half-priced subway and bus rides to the poorest New Yorkers arrived on Friday, a few days late and many people short. If the plan had been […]

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New York City’s Poor Were Promised Half-Priced MetroCards. They’re Still Waiting

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The proposal was intended to help poor New Yorkers by offering them discount MetroCards for the subway and buses and put the city at the forefront of national efforts to find ways to address inequality. But the launch of […]

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Judge Blocks New York City Law Aimed at Curbing Airbnb Rentals

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A federal judge on Thursday blocked a recent New York City law intended to crack down on Airbnb and other online home-sharing sites that city officials say have essentially turned residential apartments into illegal hotels and have aggravated the […]

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2 of New York’s Most Influential Offices Are About to be Held by One Person

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Corey Johnson, in his first year as speaker of the New York City Council, has gotten good at making Mayor Bill de Blasio uncomfortable. There was the grilling that Mr. Johnson and the Council gave Amazon, after Mr. de […]

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What Amazon Could Learn From Google in New York City

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Not long after Google moved into the Chelsea neighborhood in Manhattan, its billionaire co-founder, Sergey Brin, went on a private tour of the old elevated freight line that would become the celebrated High Line. Mr. Brin looked over the […]

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