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Liu: Legalize Pot to Help NYC Youth

by Jeff Coltin
Bowl of Marijuana

Blind Nomad, flickr

John Liu wants to legalize pot to help the city's youth. The New York City Comptroller and democratic mayoral candidate released a report on Wednesday saying legalizing and taxing marijuana would garner the city more than $400 million each year. He said the extra money could be used to lower tuition at CUNY schools.

Staten Island Boardwalk Reopens 9 Months After Sandy

by Associated Press

flickr, Scott Beale

Staten Islanders are celebrating a milestone in the borough's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Nine months after the storm hit, the entire 1.7-mile length of Staten Island's Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk was reopened for the first time Friday.

New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White praised the 25 Parks Department carpenters who pitched in and got the job done.

White says "everybody was out there working together."

Fordham Conversations: Spies and Surveillance

by Chris Williams, Connor Ryan
Spy hat

Chris Williams, WFUV

This week, Fordham Conversations is all about spies and surveillance. WFUV's Connor Ryan reports on NYC's surveillance cameras and how some people feel their privacy is being invaded. Then, Chris Williams talks to Spy Store NYC owner Bob Leonard about different types of spying equipment and the reasons for using them. Fordham University professor Al Auster discusses how spies have been portrayed in film, and how that differs from actual espionage. 

NYC Rent Board Approves Hikes of 4 and 7.5 Percent

by Associated Press

Michael from NYC, flickr

The Rent Guidelines Board has voted to raise New York City's rent-stabilized apartment rents to 4 percent for one-year leases and to 7.75 percent for two-year leases.

NBC reports the board held its final vote Thursday.

In May, the board had proposed increases between 3.25 percent and 6.25 percent on one-year leases and between 5 percent and 9.5 percent increases for two-year leases.

Landlords had pushed for a 7 percent increase on one-year leases and 11 percent on two-year rents.

Last year tenants faced rent increases of 2 percent and 4 percent.

UPDATED: Weiner Criticized For Silence Amid Anti-Gay Slurs

by Connor Ryan
Anthony Weiner at gay pride march in 2005.

Boss Tweed, Flickr

Anthony Weiner, a Democratic candidate in the race to become New York City's next mayor, has come under fire from politicians and at least one advocacy group for condoning homophobic statements aimed at fellow Democratic candidate (and the race's current front-runner) Christine Quinn.
 
"It's unfortunate that we need to issue a public statement on this at all, but this is becoming a disturbing pattern," said Nathan Schaefer, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, a gay rights advocacy group.
 

NYC's Biggest Union Picks de Blasio in Mayor's Race

by Associated Press

Azi Paybarah, flickr

The biggest labor union in New York City has weighed in on the mayor's race. Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union is providing a prized endorsement for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the competitive Democratic primary.

President George Gresham said Friday the health care workers' union sees de Blasio as a champion of working families.

The union represents more than 200,000 workers citywide. It's considered a powerful political ally that can turn out fleets of campaign volunteers.

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