Tag: de Blasio, Bill

De Blasio Fought for 2 Years to Keep Ethics Warning Secret. Here’s Why.

“By soliciting these three donations from firms with business pending or about to be pending before executive agencies,” the letter said, “you not only disregarded the board’s repeated written advice, but created the very appearance of coercion and improper access to you and your staff that the board’s advice sought to help you avoid.” It […]

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N.Y.C. Business Owners and Workers React to Vaccine Mandate

The owner of a flower shop in the Bronx applauded New York City’s new vaccine mandate for private employers. A worker at a tire shop in Brooklyn said she was not ready to get vaccinated. Major companies like News Corp that currently require vaccination or weekly testing were considering how to implement the measure. The […]

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New York City to Mandate Vaccines for Employees at Private Businesses

New York City unveiled plans on Monday to require on-site employees at all private businesses, from bodegas to multinational banks, to get vaccinated — the most sweeping local mandate in the country and one that is intended to limit the spread of the new coronavirus variant this winter. The mandate, almost certain to face legal […]

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How Will N.Y. Religious Schools Respond to a Vaccine Mandate?

The day before announcing a new vaccine mandate for employees at religious and private schools in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a call with eight Jewish leaders to brief them on his plans. The leaders expressed concern about the disruptions that a vaccine requirement could cause at schools and asked for a […]

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Five Omicron Variant Cases Confirmed in New York State

New York State has confirmed its first five cases of the Omicron variant, Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Thursday evening. At a rare joint news conference, the leaders encouraged residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the coronavirus and said it was too soon to know how much of […]

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New York City Sets Vaccine Mandate for Religious and Private School Workers

New York City will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as part of the city’s latest push to expand vaccine mandates. The new directive, which was announced on Thursday, is expected to affect roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials said. They will have […]

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Horse Carriage Ban in New York? De Blasio Wants to Try Again.

When Bill de Blasio first ran for mayor of New York City, he promised to ban horse-drawn carriages “on Day 1.” Eight years later, with just six weeks left in office, Mr. de Blasio is trying one last time to fulfill that pledge. His administration is developing legislation that would phase out the use of […]

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New Year’s Eve Will Return to Times Square for Vaccinated Guests

Some experts pointed out that the risk might not be contained within Times Square. Attendees will also have to consider what happens before and after the ball drop, with people going in and out of nearby bars and restaurants to eat, warm up and use the restroom. But New York City, unlike many locales, requires […]

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Eric Garner’s Mother Wanted Answers for His Death. She Isn’t Satisfied.

The death of Eric Garner has reverberated with unanswered questions and fresh developments over the seven years since a New York police officer placed him in a banned chokehold. But on Friday, the case reached what is expected to be its final major milestone as the judicial inquiry into the 2014 killing of Mr. Garner […]

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What Happens if the Supreme Court Strikes Down New York’s Gun Law?

New York State has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, sharply limiting people’s ability to carry weapons outside their homes. But questioning from Supreme Court justices this week suggested that the law could soon be declared unconstitutional, upending the way the state regulates firearms at a time when many of its […]

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N.Y. Taxi Drivers Will Receive Millions in Aid After Hunger Strike

If other lenders agree to the same terms, it would effectively amount to the bailout that drivers have sought since the debt crisis jumped into the spotlight in 2018, when drivers facing financial devastation began to die by suicide. “Today marks a new dawn, a new beginning for a work force that has struggled through […]

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N.Y. Cabbies Stage Hunger Strike for More Aid: ‘We’re Not Backing Down’

For months, Ms. Desai and her supporters have been pushing their own proposal, which calls for all lenders to agree to lower all medallion loans to $145,000 in return for a guarantee from the city that it will pay for any driver who defaults on a loan. The group estimates this will increase the city’s […]

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A Trove of Intelligence Reports Reveal New York’s Fight Against Vaccine Disinformation

For nearly a year now, a small team of officials from City Hall and the public health department have pored over detailed reports about how vaccine misinformation has spread through New York City. A review of over eight months worth of these “misinformation bulletins” obtained by The Times reveals that the city has collected exhaustive […]

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Adams vs. Sliwa: A Guide to New York’s Mayoral Race

New York City’s recovery from the pandemic will depend heavily on mass transit and other transportation. But the subway is facing a looming financial emergency, with ridership significantly below prepandemic numbers. Like his predecessors, the next mayor’s influence over the subway system will be limited: The subway and its daily operations are overseen by the […]

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New York City Vaccine Mandate Deadline Nears, and Worker Shortages Loom

But defiance of the mandate is running high among some workers. In a protest outside the mayor’s residence, Gracie Mansion, on Thursday, many demonstrators wore sweatshirts and shirts bearing Fire Department engine and ladder company numbers from across the city. Union leaders led chants of “Hold the line!” and took aim at Mr. de Blasio […]

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Faster Buses on 5th Avenue? Not if Business Leaders Get Their Way.

On the second Friday in October, Mayor Bill de Blasio met at City Hall with Steven Roth, one of New York City’s most powerful real estate developers. On the agenda: the developer’s concerns about Mr. de Blasio’s plans to transform Fifth Avenue, New York City’s most famous shopping corridor, into a thoroughfare that prioritized buses […]

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Officers to Testify About Eric Garner’s Death in Long-Delayed Inquiry

The anguished pleas of Eric Garner as he struggled in a New York City police officer’s chokehold in 2014 galvanized millions, and his last words — “I can’t breathe,” repeated 11 times and captured on video — became a rallying cry for a protest movement demanding that police officers be held accountable. In the seven […]

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5 Takeaways From the First N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

Eric Adams and Curtis Sliwa offered different visions for New York City in their first debate on Wednesday night, disagreeing over everything from vaccine mandates to keeping a statue of Thomas Jefferson at City Hall. Mr. Adams, the Democratic nominee, tried to remain calm while Mr. Sliwa, his Republican opponent, lobbed a barrage of attacks […]

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New York City Mandates Vaccines for Its Workers to ‘End the Covid Era’

New York City took one of its most aggressive steps yet to increase vaccination rates in a city that was once the epicenter of the pandemic, requiring almost every member of the nation’s largest municipal work force to get vaccinated by the end of the month or lose their paychecks. The new mandate by Mayor […]

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Unmasked Police Officers Remove a Subway Rider After He Confronts Them

A New York City police officer grabs a male commuter by his jacket and pushes him through an emergency exit door at a subway station in Manhattan, video posted to social media shows. “You’re being disruptive,” the officer tells him. The man in the 35-second video clip — which has garnered more than one million […]

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Adams Commits to Keeping Gifted and Talented, But Leaves Details Unclear

Mr. Adams has been clear throughout the campaign that he did not plan to get rid of the gifted and talented program. He has called for an expansion of gifted classes into low-income neighborhoods, a response to the steady decline in gifted offerings in many parts of the city in recent decades. Researchers who study […]

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Amid Chaos at Rikers, Women and Transgender People to Be Transferred

Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced that women and transgender people held at the Rikers Island jail complex will be transferred to two state prisons 40 miles north of New York City, in the latest effort to stem a crisis that has engulfed the correction system. The move, which begins […]

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Woman Becomes a Cop After Being Shot by Her Jail Guard Boyfriend

In July 1992, Ms. Brownlee was pregnant again. “He said, ‘I’m not having this baby,’” she said. “He smacked me.” Then she fled, returning only for a bag of clothes for the children, first carrying her sleeping 3-year-old to a nearby room. He appeared behind her, and when she turned to face him, he fired. […]

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Plan for $2.1 Billion AirTrain to La Guardia Is Paused

The brakes have officially been slammed on the plan to build a $2.1 billion AirTrain to La Guardia Airport. The agency that operates the airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said on Tuesday afternoon that it would “pause further action” on the project, which had been heavily pushed by former Gov. […]

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Should Gifted Students Be in Separate Classes?

To the Editor: Re “With His Term Ending, de Blasio Seeks Overhaul of Gifted Classes” (front page, Oct. 9): Eliminating gifted-and-talented programs and asking teachers to meet the needs of students with a vast range of abilities in a single classroom makes as much sense as eliminating grade levels and asking teachers to meet the […]

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There’s More Than One Way to Play Dead

Gail Collins: Bret, October is my favorite month. And now that the Senate has decided not to default on the national debt, really, what could be better? Bret Stephens: If the Yankees hadn’t been trounced by the Red Sox, Gail, October would have been better. Gail: Thanks to my husband’s Boston roots, we’re cheering on […]

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Inside Rikers: Dysfunction, Lawlessness and Detainees in Control

When a detainee decided to hijack a bus inside the Rikers Island jail complex, little was in place to stop him. All he had to do was rise from where he sat with a half dozen other handcuffed men and walk to the front of the unguarded vehicle: A gate that should have confined him […]

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De Blasio Is Faulted for Using Security Detail for Personal Benefit

Mayor Bill de Blasio misused public resources for political and personal purposes, including deploying his security detail for personal trips like moving his daughter to Gracie Mansion, and has not reimbursed the city for security costs from his presidential campaign, according to a city investigation released on Thursday. The city spent nearly $320,000 for members […]

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Want to Be a City Commissioner? It Helps to Be Friendly With the Mayor.

Mr. Hatch’s work experience seems to align more neatly with his new job than either Ms. Fialkoff’s or Mr. Gutman’s, and gives him the sort of cross-agency knowledge that could aid his delivery of services in his new position. At the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, Mr. Hatch, who has worked as an employment […]

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Can You Imagine Bill de Blasio as Governor? He Can.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has begun to tell people privately that he plans to run for governor of New York next year, according to three people with direct knowledge of his conversations with fellow Democrats and donors. Mr. de Blasio, who has been a polarizing figure during his two terms in office, has also sounded […]

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N.Y.C.’s Teacher Vaccine Mandate Prompts Thousands of Last-Minute Shots

New York’s requirement that virtually everyone who works in the city’s public schools be vaccinated against the coronavirus compelled thousands of Department of Education employees to get at least one dose of a vaccine in the past week, leading to extremely high vaccination rates among educators, according to preliminary data released on Friday. At least […]

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