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.
A judge has ordered a financially strapped hospital in Brooklyn to keep up its staffing levels after complaints from hospital workers.
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.
New York City saw only 58 fire-related deaths last year. That's the lowest number since record keeping began in 1916 - and the FDNY wants to keep it that way.
New York City is planning to expand hurricane evacuation areas to encompass 640,000 more residents, and the number of zones will be doubled so the city can better tailor evacuation orders to the dynamics of a particular storm.
Two former associates of a candidate seeking to become the city's first Asian-American mayor were convicted Thursday in a scheme to illegally raise campaign funds.