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  • 25-mph Slow Zone Coming to Bronx Grand Concourse

    NEW YORK— Traffic signals will be retimed for 25 mph along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to reduce dangerous speeding. The city’s Department of... Read more

  • Pulaski Skyway Commuters Urged to Use Mass Transit

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.— Officials are advising commuters who use the Pulaski Skyway that this past week was the exception, not the norm. No major traffic... Read more

  • A home in the process of being raised is seen in the Broad Channel section of Queens, New York. About 24,000 families have signed up for New York City's Build-It-Back program, which will help pay for repairs, elevate their homes and reimburse them for repairs that have already completed on the damage left behind by Superstorm Sandy.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    NYC Sandy Recovery Program to Shift Focus

    NEW YORK—A full 18 months after Superstorm Sandy, the mayor announced on Thursday his plans to overhaul storm recovery work to make it more community-focused... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo presents his 2014-15 executive budget proposal at the Hart Theatre in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 21, 2014. (Mike Groll/AP)

    MTA, Transit Workers Tentatively Resolve Contract Dispute Without Fare Hikes

    Transit officials and union representatives announced an agreement Thursday that settles a two-year contract dispute. Transit Workers Union Local 100, which represents 34,000 transit workers,... Read more

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question March 28 in Trenton, N.J,. about the lane closures near the George Washington Bridge. (Mel Evans/AP)

    GOP Gets $10k Donation from Law Firm that Cleared Chris Christie in Bridge Scandal

    The law firm hired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to exonerate him of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge scandal has donated $10,000 to... Read more

  • Radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London March 28, 2003. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    Judge Says Radical Imam Cannot Address Jury

    NEW YORK—A judge in New York has rejected an Egyptian Islamic preacher’s request to give his own opening statement at his federal trial on charges... Read more

  • The Wafels & Dinges food truck at 60th Street and Fifth Avenue, next to Central Park, New York, April 16, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Behind the Serving Window: Challenges that Face New York City’s Street Vendors

    NEW YORK—New York City has a vibrant street vendor scene—you can get anything from a cup of coffee to a cellphone case from these more... Read more

  • Environmental activist Alex Beauchamp at the the Manhattan office of Sen. Charles Schumer with petitions opposing a law legalizing the export of natural gas. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    NY Activists Deliver 15,000 Petitions Against Gas Export Law

    NEW YORK—Environmental activists delivered 15,000 petitions to the offices of New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand Wednesday demanding that they vote against legislation... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his annual State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    State Funds Four Affordable Housing Projects in NYC

    The state has awarded nearly $5.4 million to build four affordable housing project in New York City, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew... Read more

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits John Gambling's final special on WOR 710 AM at WOR Studios on December 20, 2013 in New York City. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

    Ex-Mayor Bloomberg Starting $50 Million Gun-Control Network

    NEW YORK—Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year to build a grass-roots network to challenge the National Rifle Association and seek... Read more

  • Elijah Salters stands with his mother, Kimberly, outside of their current residence at the Auburn Family Residence, a shelter for homeless families and individuals, on February 21, 2014 in the Fort Greene neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

    NYC Announces Reforms to Better Serve Homeless Families With Children

    NEW YORK—Families with children who are in need of shelter can get some relief soon. The Commissioner for the Department of Homeless Services Gilbert Taylor... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio signs bill to protect interns from discrimination in the workplace on Tuesday. (Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

    Mayor de Blasio Signs Law Protecting Interns from Discrimination

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill on Tuesday granting interns protections against employment discrimination under the city’s human rights laws. Labor laws have... Read more

  • Taxis stream through Times Square at Broadway and 46 Street, Feb. 10. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NYC Exploring Anti-Speeding Technology for Taxis

    NEW YORK—The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has put out a Request for Information on one of the more contentious items in the mayor’s... Read more

  • Nassau Considering Private Concert Consultants

    MINEOLA, N.Y.—Nassau County on Long Island is considering hiring private consultants to manage concerts at county parks. Newsday reports that two consultants would perform functions... Read more

  • The coffin of fallen New York Police Department officer Dennis Guerra is brought out from Saint Rose of Lima Church in Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., April 14, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Fallen NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra, Honored at Funeral

    NEW YORK—The funeral for Dennis Guerra, a New York Police Department officer who died in the line of duty, was held Monday. He is the... Read more

  • Fireworks light up the Empire State Building along the Manhattan skyline during Macy's 37th Annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Fourth of July Fireworks Moving to the East River in NYC

    NEW YORK—The annual spectacle of light, color, and explosions will return to the East River this Independence Day thanks to an extra push from Mayor... Read more

  • A prekindergarten teacher helps students in Washington, Dec. 6, 2011. (Cliff Owen/AP)

    NYC Increases Pay for Community-Based Pre-K Teachers

    NEW YORK—The city will pay for higher salaries for prekindergarten teachers at community based organizations, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. An estimated 1,450 teachers... Read more

  • Construction at the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project which is developing Manhattan's far West Side along the Hudson River, in New York on August 16, 2013. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Quantifying Hudson Yards: NYU and Related Companies Team Up to Create a Smart Neighborhood on Manhattan’s West Side

    The 28-acre megablock coming to Manhattan’s West side will be the first quantified community of the nation. New York University’s Center for Urban Science and... Read more

  • Parents and students walk to protest the quality of the state English test in front of P.S. 234 in Tribeca on April 11. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    NY State Under Fire Over Standardized Tests

    NEW YORK—Standardized testing at New York state public schools has been under a barrage of criticism since this year’s testing season started. First, more than... Read more

  • Jonathan Fleming, hugs his attorney Anthony Mayol while his other attorney Taylor Koss applaud in Brooklyn's Supreme court, after a judge declared him a free man on Tuesday April 8, 2014 in New York.  Fleming, who spent almost a quarter-century behind bars for murder, was cleared of a killing that happened when he was 1,100 miles away on a Disney World vacation in 1989. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Quality Control Mechanism Needed to Prevent Wrongful Convictions: Experts

    NEW YORK—Hospitals have staff conferences to examine why patients died. Airline pilots have a system for voluntarily submitting information on safety concerns. Yet the life-and-death... Read more