DSA Elected Announces Transit Bills + NYPD Commissioner Promises Less Accountability for Officers
No. 301 | Monday, December 19, 2022
The NYC Thorn is a weekly roundup of local political news compiled by members of NYC-DSA.
Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani (District 36, Astoria) and State Senator Mike Gianaris (District 12, Western Queens) announced a package of bills to expand subway and bus service, freeze fares, make buses free, and more.
Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell overturned 70 CCRB disciplinary rulings against police officers in 2022, and has committed to loosening the NYPD's disciplinary policy so that police officers experience fewer punishments for violations.
Baristas at Chelsea's Starbucks Roastery ended a week-long strike after management agreed to come to the table for a bargaining meeting and clean ice machines around the country.
A fire at a NYPD warehouse containing decades of DNA evidence may have grave consequences for solving cold cases and exonerating falsely imprisoned individuals.
According to a lawsuit by a former employee, State Attorney General Tish James protected her chief of staff despite a "known propensity to sexually harass and to commit sexual assault and batteries."
Michael Lange looked at the career of Rep. Hakeem Jeffries as he is set to become the leader of the House Democratic caucus.
After an arbitrator's ruling, the City has 25 days to negotiate a deal to switch retired city workers to a Medicare Advantage plan, a cost-cutting move opposed by the retirees.
Preliminary designs for the replacement of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in Brooklyn Heights will add new lanes to the highway in order to qualify for federal grants, which have raised the ire of local residents, elected officials, and the broader transportation advocacy community.
Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed a bill that would have limited helicopter flights to and from a heliport in Manhattan.
New York state has banned the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in an attempt to target stores that do business with “puppy mills.”
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