De Blasio Announces Sandy Rebuilding Changes

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new leadership and changes to the City’s Sandy rebuilding and recovery team last week. The mayor appointed Bill Goldstein as the new Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Recovery, Resiliency, and Infrastructure, Amy Peterson will be the new Director of the Housing Recovery Office and Daniel Zarrilli was named the […]

Funding For IBZs Currently Not Included In Budget

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The funding for the Industrial Business Zones is currently not in the City’s budget, leaving uncertainty for IBZs like those in Maspeth and Ridgewood. The Mayor’s budget eliminates a $1 million allocation for the program, which is a designated area for manufacturing businesses and jobs and is not rezoned for […]

Vision Zero Off Target?

To The Editor: De Blasio with his Vision Zero plan wants to totally eradicate traffic fatalities in the City. While he is at it, why not say he will cure cancer as well. To think this is remotely possible is lunacy. Should traffic deaths be reduced? Of course they should but pronouncements like these followed […]

De Blasio’s Back-Up Career

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited the intersection of 69th Place and 60th Avenue in Maspeth on Feb. 20, talking about the efforts the Dept. of Transportation has made to keep streets in good condition during this rough winter. To kick off the press conference, hizzoner took lessons from the DOT workers and filled in a […]

Mayor Reveals ‘Vision Zero’ Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the specifics of his plan aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities throughout the City. The Mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan will greatly overhaul street signs and traffic enforcement as well as increase the use of speed and red light cameras in the five Boroughs. De Blasio said the plan will hopefully protect […]

Wonder or Blunder?

Why travel to Egypt to marvel at the Great Pyramids or travel to Greece to admire the Colossus of Rhodes when you can simply swipe your MetroCard? According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, there’s a new world wonder in town. Last week, at an event honoring transit heroes, de Blasio praised the City’s transit agency, […]

Mayor Announces Vision Zero Initiative

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer When it comes to traffic fatalities in the City, there is only one number that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to see: zero. On Jan. 15, de Blasio outlined his plan for the Vision Zero Initiative, a strategy with a goal of reducing traffic fatalities in the City to zero […]

Bill de Blasio Sworn In As Mayor

Bill de Blasio Sworn In As Mayor

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer New York City has a new mayor. Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the City’s 109th mayor at midnight on New Year’s Day in his Brooklyn home. This brief swearing-in led to a formal inauguration at noon on the steps of City Hall on Jan. 1. During the […]