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Mayor promises concentrated pothole repairs

Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio joins a roadway maintenance crew on Thursday. (Charles Eckert))

Vowing “weekly pothole blitzes,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday that roadway crews would be out in force in the coming weeks and months to repair city streets pockmarked by the worst winter in years.

Already this year, the city’s transportation department has filled a record 113,131 potholes — not including the one de Blasio personally helped fix Thursday in Maspeth, Queens.

He said...

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Deal reached on future of LICH

People march over the Brooklyn Bridge during a

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday announced a settlement over Long Island College Hospital that will allow a new health care provider to take over the money-losing facility.

SUNY wanted to cut loose the Cobble Hill hospital, run by SUNY Downstate Medical Center. A state Supreme Court judge, however, had barred SUNY from going forward with plans to close LICH. SUNY reopened...

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Three women appointed to key positions in de Blasio administration

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands

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Mayor Bill de Blasio filled three key slots in his administration Tuesday with women who have long histories of service in New York City.

Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney who founded public policy group the Center for Social Inclusion in 2002, was named as counsel to the Mayor. Among the issues Wiley will tackle is the expansion of broadband Internet access and making it cheaper, de Blasio...

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Mayor proposes lowering NYC's speed limit to 25 mph

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks at

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Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to lower the speed limit on city streets to 25 mph from 30 mph, use more cameras to catch speeders and red-light evaders and crack down on reckless taxi drivers to make New York safer for pedestrians.

Those are among 63 steps in de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative, a strategy with the goal of eliminating pedestrian deaths over the next decade. The Vision Zero approach...

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Al Roker bashes mayor's school decision on Twitter

Al Roker hosts NBC's 'Today' at the NBC's

(Credit: Al Roker (Slaven Vlasic/Getty))

Al Roker was anything but sunny when it came to Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to keep schools open during the nor'easter Thursday.

The "Today" show weatherman, who is at the Sochi Olympics for NBC, showed his fury against hizzoner on Twitter, criticizing him for his decision not to close schools because of earlier weather predictions.

Roker, whose children attend public schools, argued...

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More New Yorkers side with Cuomo on Pre-K plan: Poll

De Blasio and Cuomo

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo meet in Albany. (Philip Kamrass))

When it comes to funding universal pre-K in the Empire State, most New Yorkers are on team Cuomo.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found Empire State voters preferred the governor's plan to fund early education with state money over Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative, which would raise taxes on those who make $500,000 or more a year, by a 47% to 37% margin.

More New Yorkers...

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De Blasio appoints First Lady to lead nonprofit fund

Chirlane McCray

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Osborne Association Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014. by Charles Eckert)

Mayor Bill de Blasio picked his wife Chirlane McCray to be chairwoman of The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, giving the city's first lady a formal position in his administration alongside her unofficial role as a top adviser.

De Blasio said he chose McCray, 59, for the unsalaried post because of her experience in city government -- they met while both serving in the Dinkins administration...

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Fork at center of de Blasio controversy goes up for auction

fork auction

(Credit: Scot and Marc Cosentino give the infamous fork to Frank Siller. (Courtesy Tunnel to Towers))

The fork that made headlines around the world after Mayor Bill de Blasio used it to eat pizza can now be part of your kitchen.

The Staten Island based nonprofit Tunnel to Towers Foundation began its charity auction Thursday of the infamous fork on its website. Marc Costentino, the co-owner of Goodfella's Pizzeria in Staten Island where de Blasio was caught on tape famously eating pizza with...

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Hillary Clinton kicks off literacy campaign in East Harlem

Former first lady, Secretary of State and U.S.

(Credit: From left, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Randy Falco and Bill de Blasio on Feb. 4, 2014. (Charles Eckert))

Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday kicked off a campaign to encourage Hispanic families to start reading to and serenading their children while still in the cradle because “you’re literally building brain cells when you talk to your child.”

Speaking at a Head Start program in East Harlem, the potential 2016 presidential candidate helped debut a series of Spanish-language television commercials...

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De Blasio kicks off Super Bowl Sunday by fumbling Staten Island Chuck

Mayor Bill de Blasio meets Staten Island Chuck

(Credit: Mayor Bill de Blasio meets Staten Island Chuck on Feb. 1, 2014. (Patrick E. McCarthy))

Staten Island Chuck -- New York City's resident weather-predicting rodent -- squirmed and escaped from Mayor Bill de Blasio's hands during a Groundhog Day ceremony Sunday, prompting the mayor to compare the maneuver to those of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

"Staten Island Chuck was very rowdy this morning," de Blasio told reporters, noting that Groundhog Day was coinciding...

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