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City Council overturns six Bloomberg vetoes

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The City Council voted Tuesday to undo some of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's final vetoes.

The council overrode vetoes to six pieces of legislation, including one that mandates that the NYPD provide the public with data about crime in the city's parks and another that requires the department to post information on hit-and-runs online.

Last year, the city passed a bill that required...

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Van Bramer chosen to be Council's majority leader

Jimmy Van Bramer

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City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer will be the representative of the Democrats at City Hall.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito chose the Sunnyside representative to be the majority leader Wednesday during the council's meeting where committee memberships were doled out. Van Bramer, 44, said he was honored to be second in command on the council.

"It has always been my goal to play...

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Showdown draws near for next City Council speaker

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(Credit: Melissa Mark-Viverito (Agaton Strom))

The New York City Council Wednesday picks its next speaker — the city’s most powerful legislative post — and Melissa Mark-Viverito, a close ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, is favored to win barring last-minute defections.

Mark-Viverito, 44, of East Harlem, declared victory three weeks ago, citing pledges from 31 of 51 council members.

Her rival, Councilman Dan Garodnick, 41, of Manhattan’s...

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NYC e-cigarette ban passed by City Council

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The City Council voted overwhelmingly Thursday to include electronic cigarettes in the city’s ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, parks and other public places.

“E-cigarettes threaten — in my opinion — to undermine enforcement of the Smoke-Free Air Act, and because many of the e-cigarettes are designed to look like cigarettes and be used just like them, they can lead to confusion or confrontation,”...

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Melissa Mark-Viverito in the running for City Council speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito

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The race for City Council speaker — the most powerful citywide post after the mayor — has narrowed to a handful of hopefuls.

The front-runner is reportedly Melissa Mark-Viverito, a councilwoman who represents parts of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Mark-Viverito is a close ally of the mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, who has reportedly been lobbying council members to pick her.

Among the...

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City Council gives OK for Bronx ice skating rink

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It's official, the ice is coming to the Bronx.

The City Council approved plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into the city's largest indoor ice rink with a 48-1 vote Tuesday.

When the Kingsbridge National Ice Center opens in 2019, it will feature nine rinks that will be open year round, state of the art facilities and seating for 5,000.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would...

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The new mayor and City Council have a history

Bill de Blasio (Charles Eckert)

Very soon, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will need to negotiate budgets and laws with the City Council, where his own electoral career began. For better or worse, this means City Hall’s newest power players are likely to start out with an unusual level of familiarity.

During the second of his two council terms — ending with his election to public advocate in 2009 — Democrat de Blasio served alongside...

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Council gives OK for Staten Island Ferris wheel

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Staten Island's next big attraction is one step closer to reality.

The City Council approved the plan Wednesday to create the world's largest Ferris wheel in the borough by a 45 to 0 vote.

The 625-foot wheel is part of a larger redevelopment package for the St. George Waterfront redevelopment proposal that will create a new hot spot that includes a shopping center, restaurants and an...

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