Dear smug 19-year-olds: Mayor Bloomberg has finally got your number. He has just signed a law raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The City Council passed the legislation in October by a margin of 35 to 10. Outgoing Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commiss ... More >>
The New York City Council approved legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. By a vote of 35 to 10, the new law could got into effect as soon as six months from now.
It's been a long time coming. After three years, New York City Council has finally passed veto-proof legislation guaranteeing paid sick days in businesses with more than 20 employees. Now (hopefully), restaurant workers afraid of losing their jobs won't come to work hacking up pathogens into soup. B ... More >>
Two weeks ago, we reported that the New York State Senate had taken a major step towards banning shark fin soup--an elite delicacy in Chinatown and total horror show on the ocean floor. On Monday, the state Assembly unanimously agreed, cementing the decision to halt the sale, trade, and possession ... More >>
It was a story that enraptured headlines for the entire week, involving the FBI, business interests, moles and all the other classic characters in political scandal. Last month, Queens Councilman Dan Halloran was caught in cahoots with State Senator Malcolm Smith in a scheme to rig the Republican ra ... More >>
On Thursday, March 14, the New York City Council will hold a public hearing to discuss future plans for South Street Seaport, the city's oldest communal meeting place. Organizers of the New Amsterdam Market -- an outdoor marketplace held in the area -- are seeking to "preserve and rehabilitate" the ... More >>
It has become a safe assumption that otherwise liberal and open-minded New York politicians will make an exception for Israel. Case in point: 10 members of the New York City Council have declared that they support academic freedom, just not the freedom of public universities to host events that do n ... More >>
After fielding criticisms earlier this week about the city's policy of shutting down failing schools, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Department of Education took heat yesterday for the city's frequent practice of co-locating multiple schools in the same building. At an Education Committee hearing yes ... More >>
Isn’t it time the NYPD had some real oversight?
A new coalition is ready to take its fight to the commissioner
The fight to block churches from using public school space got support today from the New York Civil Liberties Union, which says the policy is a threat to religious freedom. The Civil Liberties Union is arguing in testimony today that these kinds of arrangements between religious organizations and ... More >>
A new Quinnipiac poll shows that fifty-one percent of New Yorkers disapprove of the way the mayor has handled Occupy Wall Street. Despite this, Bloomberg has a steady overall approval rating of 49 percent. Sixty-two percent like the man personally, and 52 percent approve of "most of his polic ... More >>
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 >>
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.
SuperFantasticNew York City Council has passed a bill that prohibits smoking in public parks, beaches, boardwalks, pools, playgrounds, and pedestrian plazas. Smokers may need a cigarette to calm their nerves after reading this news.
Since the Republicans -- with the help of those Revolutionary-War reenactors in the Tea Party -- scored big in the 2010 elections, they've been bringing up the U.S. Constitution a lot. Incoming House Speaker John Boehner pushes the GOP "Pledge to America" promise "to honor the Constitution as constr ... More >>
Congrats to Voice staff writer Steven Thrasher, who has been awarded the 2010 Courage Award by the New York Anti-Violence Project -- the oldest organization in the nation that combats violence toward and within the LGBT community. We are proud to have this amazing writer (and human) in our mi ... More >>
While elected officials here in the city are reticent to hold public hearings on allegations published in the Village Voice on the downgrading of criminal complaints by the NYPD, the United States Senate has no such qualms about looking at the practice across the country. Senator Arlen Specter, a d ... More >>
Just in time for the state budget showdown, the FBI is again poking around in the affairs of state senators. The latest probes are encouragingly bi-partisan, which is the best way to do corruption probing. There is one for a Democrat -- state senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, whose dealings wi ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. February 6, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 17 The siege at WBAI by Nat Hentoff "There is no doubt, certainly, that life in the United States remains freer than in the Soviet Union," Edgar Friedenberg writes in the February Atlantic Monthly. "What ... More >>
Happy Thursday. We wish you a glorious tax/census/free-coffee-from-Starbucks (with reusable travel mug) day. For those productive folks who have already done their taxes and censuses, fear not! Amuse/disturb yourselves with the following: • God help us, Tea Partyers are educated. This ne ... More >>
Photo by William Alatriste, courtesy NYC CouncilMedical staff from St. Vincent's are not happy with what they feel was an abrupt shutdown of talks that might have saved the hospital, and will gather tomorrow with local residents in a community rally/press conference to speak out on the closin ... More >>
Our Education Mayor remains silent about police abuses of students in public schools
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Another hefty chunk of taxpayer-funded projects that council leaders would rather not discuss
Mayor Mike should get more heat for teaching kids to fear the police
Chancellor Joel Klein's plan to turn students into active citizens for the Constitution
The speaker has cash, backersand a low rank in polls. What gives?
City council wades into the middle of the nation's health care crisis
A Bipartisan Groundswell of Rebellion
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