Jumaane Williams wins race for NYC public advocate
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic City Council member Jumaane Williams won a special election Tuesday to serve as New York City's public advocate, a position that holds little authority but offers access...
Former NYC official: Taxes from pot could fund subway fixes
NEW YORK (AP) — Constant delays make it seem as if the New York City subway system has gone to pot. Now former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants to use taxes from legal pot to pay for system repairs.
Mark-Viverito announced her "Weed for Rails" plan outside the City Hall subway station Thursday.
NYC City Councilors take a knee in show of solidarity
NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the New York City Council took a knee outside City Hall in order to show solidarity with football players who have taken to the demonstration recently condemned by President Donald Trump.
At least 16 members of the council took part in the protest around noon Wednesday. Democratic Councilman Jumaane Williams and Democratic Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also held a Colin Kaepernick jersey during the demonstration.
‘This is personal’: NY rushes to aid ravaged Puerto Rico
NEW YORK (AP) — New York state, home to the U.S. mainland's biggest Puerto Rican community, is sending a lot more than thoughts and prayers to the hurricane-ravaged island.
NYC announces Hurricane Maria efforts
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is sending emergency responders to Puerto Rico and is encouraging other city workers to volunteer with island recovery efforts.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Puerto Rico born New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito discussed the Hurricane Maria efforts on Thursday.
City workers will have to take vacation days or unpaid leave. But de Blasio says the city is trying to get them free transportation and places to stay.
NY Gov. Cuomo speaks up for keeping Columbus statue in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he favors keeping a prominent Christopher Columbus statue that has been suggested for review by a commission examining items deemed "symbols of hate" on New York City property.
Cuomo said Monday he's not disputing that the explorer did harm to indigenous people. But the Democratic governor and grandchildren of Italian immigrants says the statue at Manhattan's Columbus Circle "is really about honoring Italian-Americans" and their contributions to New York.
NYC employees can donate to Harvey relief through paychecks
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City says its employees will be able to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts directly from their paychecks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced Friday that the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City will disperse 100 percent of the paycheck donations to "reputable" groups already working in Houston and the surrounding areas.
NYC statue of doctor who experimented on slaves defaced
NEW YORK (AP) — A controversial statue in New York of a doctor who operated on enslaved women has been defaced by a vandal who spray-painted the word "racist" on it.
The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/2izY7wm ) that the graffiti defacing the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims in Central Park was discovered early Saturday.
The word "racist" was written in back of the statue in red paint, and the figure's eyes and neck were marked with red paint as well.
Cops: Man threatened to rape NYC politician, kill gay police
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a man threatened to rape the New York City Council speaker, kill her family and kill all the city's gay police officers.
Twenty-six-year-old Daniel Silvera was arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan criminal court on charges including aggravated harassment as a hate crime.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera emerged from house arrest Wednesday and was celebrated by supporters after decades in custody, freed in a case that made him a martyr for some but angered those who lost loved ones in a string of bombings.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Council speaker is calling for the resignation of the head of the city's jail system, citing a lack of confidence in his leadership.
Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Wednesday broke with the city's mayor in calling for Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte to step down. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has defended Ponte amid reports of his department's misuse of city resources.
Editorials from around New York
Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers:
The New York Times on closing New York City jail complex Rikers Island.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the financial risks.
"We are going to become this administration's worst nightmare," New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Monday during a gathering of municipal officials from urban centers such as San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia.
NYC to fund lawyers for low-income tenants in housing court
NEW YORK (AP) — Low-income New York tenants facing eviction in housing court will be guaranteed legal representation as part of a $93 million commitment from the city.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the funds for universal legal access on Sunday.
The city started putting money toward legal help for low-income tenants in 2014 and is currently spending $62 million a year. The new monies will be phased in over the next five years.
NYC Council speaker discusses being abused as a child
NEW YORK (AP) — Elected officials and others are offering support after the speaker of the New York City Council revealed that she was sexually abused as a child.
Melissa Mark-Viverito told reporters at City Hall on Thursday that she'd been molested between the ages of 5 and 8. She said she'd been victimized by two different people, at two points in time.
The Democrat said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's remarks about groping women had triggered "very painful" memories.
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's lightning-rod proposals to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States could cost New York state more than $800 million and New York City over 340,000 jobs, according to an analysis commissioned by the majority-Democratic New York City Council.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, unveiled the findings in a speech Wednesday, saying "the city's economy...