Leroy Comrie

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Barrons: Discretionary Funding Is A Tale of Two City Councils

    This week's feature story profiles Charles Barron, the polarizing politician from East New York. He was the 42nd District city councilman for 12 years, before getting termed-out at the end of 2013. His wife, Inez Barron, vacated her state Assembly seat after winning the election for Charles's seat, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Gutted Hit & Run Oversight Bill Passes City Council

    Twenty six bills, a record, were passed in the City Council's final session of the year on Thursday. Friday's headlines, though, were always going to be about just two -- the first proposing a ban on e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces, the second a ban on plastic foam containers. Among the 24 le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    The Massive Blindspot in the NYPD's New Crime Visualization Map

    The NYPD released a spiffy new interactive crime map on Sunday. Enter an address, any address, and the map will tell you the precise location and nature of every crime that has occurred in the surrounding area as far back as January 2012. You can filter by type of crime to identify the neighborhoods ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Grace Meng Raises $300,000 for Congressional Race; Says it Will Be a Historic Campaign

    Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who would be New York's first Asian-American member of Congress, has raised $300,000 in ten days. Obviously, she's thrilled. "We are definitely excited. I think this is going to be a historical campaign that people all throughout New York and the country are lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    New Legislation Goes After Employers Who Discriminate Against Unemployed Applicants

    Some employers are sending a clear message through their job postings to those who most need work: If you're unemployed, stay away. But it may be a bit more difficult for employers in New York City to reject the unemployed, if legislation introduced today at City Hall passes. This legislation woul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    New York City Considers Fast-Food Toy Ban, Cites Happy Fat Kids

    Ladies and gentlemen, a photo of the world's only Filet-O-Fish Happy Meal.​Gather round, children, and listen to a tale of the evil New York City Council attempting to take your Happy Meal toys away. Yahoo reports that the dastardly City Council Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie, who comes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    New York Eyes Possible Happy Meals Ban, Spike in Temper Tantrums

    ​Ronald McDonald may be returning to the airwaves, but a New York City Council member is determined to keep the clown from making his way into children's digestive tracts.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    NYC Media Stonewalls Council on Hiring Questions

    Jumaane Williams​Part of the ritual of every City Council hearing is the "we'll get back to you" response by city officials on the hot seat who are stuck for an answer. That was the steady refrain more than two months ago when the two top officials of NYC Media, the city's TV station (yes, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Barron Snares a Vote for Council Speaker

    Brooklyn city councilman Charles Barron launched a long-shot campaign for City Council Speaker this afternoon and it was a one-man, one-vote affair: 48 votes for incumbent speaker Christine Quinn; one vote - Barron's own - for Barron. Still, the Nehru-suited Barron pulled no punches. He was running, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    Bloomberg Shops Tape of Man Calling Christine Quinn a "Whore" in Front of Bill Thompson

    We see Mayor Bloomberg is getting serious about his election campaign. The Post says his operatives sent them a tape of Bill Thompson not reacting when the co-owner of the delightful West Village Brit boite Tea and Sympathy called Christine Quinn a "whore." Restauranteur Sean Kavanagh-Dowsett also s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Jam Master Jay Memorialized on Tiny Green Sign

    Hollis, Queens's Run-DMC will join Joey Ramone and the week-long promotional tour for U2's last album (R.I.P.) in having their name memorialized as a New York City street sign. The corner of 205th Street and Hollis Avenue in Queens will be renamed "Run-DMC JMJ Way," in dual homage to the slain Jam M ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    City Jails Chief Gets Off With Only a Few Sentences

    Council members barely question Martin Horn on the deadly teen jail at Rikers

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    The Impending Sean Bell Verdict

    Tomorrow morning, Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman will render his verdict in the Sean Bell "50 Shots" trial. The NYPD has mobilized and will not allow any officers to have time off during the next four days in case of widespread protest regarding Cooperman's decision. The Post frames t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2007
  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2005

    Friendly Fencing From Speaker Seekers

    Dubbing the system "flawed" and "a great failure of a great idea," the seven city council members competing for speaker berated the Campaign Finance Board system at a public debate last night, citing a lack of oversight and failure to "level the playing field." "The big loser last Tuesday wasn't Fr ... More >>

  • News

    November 15, 2005

    Council Jihad

    De Blasio Leads Unholy Union War on City's Campaign Finance Board

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2005

    Speaker Squeaker

    Who will replace Giff Miller as speaker? David Weprin seems close . . . in this picture (City Council). Perception equals reality, at least in the behind-the-scenes race for City Council speaker. Since council members want to angle for all the goodies they can get for themselves and their districts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2005

    The Wealth of Districts

    "The rich are different from us," F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, according to Ernest Hemingway (even though it didn't actually happen that way). "Yes," answered Hemingway in the tale. "They have more money." Whoever said it, the statement about rich versus poor is as true in 2005 New York City Counc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2005

    Council Races: Big Bucks for a Lonely Fight

    Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    October 19, 2004
  • News

    December 2, 2003

    Blacks on Bloomberg

    Leaders Offer a Surprising Mix of Praise and Put-Down

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?