Pot Arrests Are Down In The City, But Not For People of Color

marijuanaThe NYPD arrested fewer people for marijuana in 2015 than they have in 20 years, but police continue to pick up blacks and Latinos at a much higher rate than other pot users, according to new data released Thursday. Continue Reading →

City Council Expected To vote On Salary Increases Next Week

a-MMV-27_0Members of the City Council will vote on a bill next week that would give them a salary increase. Continue Reading →

Wi-Fi kiosks Coming To A Harlem Pay Phone Near You

phone booth vs Wi-Fi-kiosk in harlemThe citywide network of Wi-Fi stations known as LinkNYC begins its $200 million rollout from Harlem to Hollis Tuesday with the unveiling of two “links,” or kiosks, on Third Avenue (downtown for some reason). Continue Reading →

The Health Department Recognizes World Aids Day

aids-day-candlesThe Health Department today released its 2014 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which shows that the annual number of new HIV diagnoses in New York City has reached an all-time low, and, for the first time, includes data on HIV/AIDS among transgender New Yorkers.  Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio Promotes Smoother F.D.R. Drive From Harlem To Hollis

fdr drive workNY Times reports that a few months after moving into Gracie Mansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio approached his transportation commissioner with a question: How do we fix the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive? Continue Reading →

Gale Brewer Reports On No Vote To Mayor de Blasio’s Zoning Proposals

gale BrewerAt a special meeting Monday morning, the Manhattan Borough Board formally voted to deny its approval to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA) and Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) Zoning proposals unless a range of outstanding major concerns are addressed. Continue Reading →

NYC City Council Members Seeking 71% Raise

CCCADI Gala New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito IOU_7934The New York City Council members are quietly negiotating for a massive pay raise that will bring their six-figure salaries up to a whopping $192,500 — a 71% windfall — as cops face a proposed 1% hike, and firefighters will only see a 2.5% bump this year, sources told the Daily News. The average annual salary for a New York City resident is $56,000 a year based on statistics from the Glassdoor.com. Continue Reading →

City Moves To Speed Evictions From NYCHA

nycha housesThe mayor is moving to tackle criminal activity in NYCHA developments from Harlem to Hollis.According to the Daily News, Mayor Bill de Blasio will institute policies to speed the eviction of of those with criminal records living at New York City Housing Authority complexes.

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Here, Here, Lawmakers To Create NYC Department Of Veterans Services

veterans-day-parade-in-new-york-cityLawmakers say the NY City Council is expected to pass landmark legislation to create a stand-alone NYC Department Of Veterans Services. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio Announces New Homelessness Services

harlemless in harlemMayor Bill de Blasio today announced $12.3 million on homelessness prevention services to expand free legal representation in Housing Court and help thousands of New Yorkers from Harlem to Hollis facing eviction or harassment stay in their homes. Continue Reading →