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City health experts praise CVS for drop cigarettes from stores

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CVS is stubbing out smokes from all of its stores this fall, a move lauded by city health experts Wednesday.

The pharmacy chain announced that starting Oct. 1 it will cease selling tobacco products because it didn't want his stores promoting cigarettes along with other healthy goods.

"Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose," CVS President Larry J. Merlo...

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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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De Blasio joins Bloomberg's gun control coalition

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(Credit: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Mayor Michael Bloomberg meet after the election. (Charles Eckert))

Mayor Bill de Blasio followed in his predecessor's footsteps Thursday by joining the Mayors against Illegal Guns coalition.

De Blasio said he agreed with the work done by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group over the years and promised to help push the federal government to create stricter gun restriction legislation.

"We are going to force this issue on the national stage to protect...

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Council moves on NYPD hit-and-run data bill

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The City Council's new transportation chair Wednesday led a vote to overturn former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill requiring NYPD to publish hit-and-run data.

The committee, chaired by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez of upper Manhattan, unanimously voted against Bloomberg's 11th-hour December veto, sending the bill to the full City Council for an official override. Bloomberg's veto message...

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A look back at the Miracle on the Hudson on its fifth anniversary

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(Credit: Crews attempt to get the US Airways plane out of the Hudson River. (Getty))

It was supposed to be a routine flight between LaGuardia Airport and Charlotte, N.C. But when engine trouble forced the plane to crash land, the trip became anything but routine.

US Airways Flight 1549 took off from LaGuardia around 3:25 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2009, with 150 passengers and five crew members, including Capt. Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger. Less than two minutes later,...

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Bloomberg's deputy mayor comes to his defense after inauguration

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One of Michael Bloomberg's top advisers during his administration came to his defense Thursday after several speakers took shots at the former mayor during Mayor Bill de Blasio's inauguration.

"Everyone will have an opinion about the Bloomberg mayoralty and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I think it's important at least to be talking from a common set of facts," former...

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James takes parting shot at Bloomberg during swearing-in speech

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(Credit: Letitia James is sworn in as New York City City Public Advocate. (Charles Eckert))

Letitia James started off her tenure as public advocate Wednesday by going after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's policies and vowing to do a better job for New York City's working class.

James took the oath of office with former Mayor David Dinkins and Dasani Coates, the 12-year-old homeless girl from Brooklyn who was the subject of a series of investigative articles by The New York Times...

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Mayor Bloomberg's official portrait revealed

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(Credit: The mayor's office officially unveiled Mike Bloomberg's City Hall portrait. (Mayor's Office))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be leaving office when the new year starts, but his presence will live on forever at City Hall- at least in art form.

His office revealed and hung his official portrait Monday inside City Hall's blue room along side the paintings of his predecessors. The oil painting, which is 50 inches tall and 36 inches wide, depicts a smiling Bloomberg standing in the bullpen...

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Inauguration is de Blasio's first chance to set administration's tone

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Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio's Wednesday swearing-in ceremony is an opportunity for Hizzoner-to-be to articulate his vision for how the city should move forward under his leadership.

The ceremony at City Hall, billed as an "inauguration for all New Yorkers," is already steeped in inclusiveness. De Blasio, who will be sworn into office by former President Bill Clinton, offered 1,000...

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Bloomberg opens permanent Times Square plaza

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(Credit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in Times Square (Agaton Strom))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner cemented their legacy on the city's streetscape Tuesday with a ribbon cutting on the first phase of a permanent Times Square plaza.

Bloomberg joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to announce a newly reconstructed 30,000-sqaure-foot section of Times Square on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd streets that...

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