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De Blasio picks Bratton as the city's next police commissioner

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UPDATED 12/5/13 at 6:45 P.M.: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced he is returning old law enforcement hand Bill Bratton to the NYPD commissioner post, and the two vowed a “new day” of community policing.

“Public safety and respect for the public aren’t contradictory ideas,” de Blasio said at a news conference in Brooklyn. De Blasio would be the second New York City mayor Bratton,...

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Independent Budget Office pushes for higher taxes for rich, alcohol

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(Credit: Among the measures, the office recommended raising the alcohol tax. (Getty))

Higher taxes for wealthy New Yorkers? Higher taxes on booze? A commuter tax?

These are some of the suggestions that the city's Independent Budget Office offered Wednesday as part of its Budget Options report, which provides ideas on how to balance the city's finances.

Although Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will inherit a balanced budget from Michael Bloomberg, IBO director Ronnie Lowenstein...

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Bloomberg to de Blasio: The budget is balanced

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

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he is leaving Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a budget that is balanced through mid-2015, and fiscal watchdogs predicted that would give the new administration more flexibility.

Higher-than-expected tax revenue of more than $500 million, plus the sales of city-owned buildings and new taxicab medallions, helped erase a projected $2 billion shortfall for the...

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City hikes age limit on buying cigarettes

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(Credit: Smokers under 21 will be prohibited from buying tobacco products in the spring. (Charles Eckert))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday signed a law restricting the sale of cigarettes to people younger than 21.

Increasing the age on cigarette purchases, he said, "will prevent young people from experimenting with tobacco when they are most likely to become addicted."

Bloomberg has crusaded against cigarettes throughout his 12 years in office, first banning smoking from bars...

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Mayor bringing fast bus service to Brooklyn

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(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and transportation officials Monday will officially debut Brooklyn's first Select Bus Service line.

Bloomberg will join Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and MTA chair Thomas Prendergast in Flatbush to introduce Select Bus Service between Sheepshead Bay and the Williamsburg Bridge.

The new route replaces the limited B44 bus and runs through Nostrand...

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City launches restaurant calorie watch website

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(Credit: MenuStat, the latest health initiative from the city.)

Nutritional facts for top chain restaurants are available at a website launched by the city.

The health department unveiled MenuStat (menustat.org), a free website that tracks data from 66 restaurants and updates them on a frequent basis.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said New Yorkers can benefit from the site and develop more healthy diets.

"MenuStat is different from...

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First tower on new World Trade Center site opens

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(Credit: A visitor to 4 World Trade Center checks out the view of the city from 68th floor. (Charles Eckert))

The World Trade Center's rebirth began Wednesday with the grand opening of the first tower on the 16-acre site.

Elected officials, residents and business leaders joined Silverstein Properties, the building's developer, for 4 World Trade Center's opening. Although the 977-foot building pales in comparison to its neighbor, 1 World Trade Center, which was officially named the tallest building...

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One World Trade Center officially tallest building in America

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The Big Apple reclaimed its crown Tuesday as the home of the United States' tallest building, while New Yorkers who have cheered downtown Manhattan's rebound since 9/11 couldn't be any more proud of the honor.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced that at an official height of 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center slightly eclipses Chicago's Willis Tower's 1,451 feet for the...

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Midtown East rezoning put on hold by Council

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(Credit: The plan to rezone Midtown East would have raised money for pedestrian access. (Craig Ruttle))

Plans to rezone Manhattan's Midtown East area for new high-rise development have been shelved after negotiations to bring the project to a City Council vote failed Tuesday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg withdrew the proposal and left the issue to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to resolve. In a statement, de Blasio said "unanswered questions" must be addressed and he pledged to offer a revised...

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Heckler interrupts mayor's Veteran's Day speech with curses

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(Credit: A person heckles Bloomberg at the Veteran's Day parade opening ceremony/Charles Eckert)

A vet who apparently couldn't wait to see Mayor Michael Bloomberg end his 12-year tenure vulgarly saluted hizzoner right before the Veterans Day parade Monday.

The unidentified man interrupted Bloomberg as he addressed the marchers at Madison Square Park and let out several curse words, much to the shock of the crowd around him. As officers escorted the man out of the park, Bloomberg shrugged...

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