Melissa Mark-Viverito, first Latin Council speaker, mum on support for Inez Barron, seeking to become first Black Council speaker

Melissa Mark-Viverito, first Latin Council speaker, mum on support for Inez Barron, seeking to become first Black Council speaker

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who campaigned to make history four years ago as the first Latin Council speaker, is keeping mum about Councilmember Inez Barron's campaign to become the first Black Council speaker.

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After Peralta joins IDC, the GOP-controlled State Senate it enables is about to enter immigration fray

After Peralta joins IDC, the GOP-controlled State Senate it enables is about to enter immigration fray

New York State Sen. Jose Peralta recently announced he was joining the Independent Democratic Conference, which enables the GOP to control the New York State Senate. A Republican State Senator has proposed a bill that may put at risk some undocumented New Yorkers.

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Hakeem Jeffries calls on the DOJ to expand its investigation of the NYPD

Hakeem Jeffries calls on the DOJ to expand its investigation of the NYPD

Despite uncertainty over the commitment of U.S. Attorneys Preet Bharara and Robert Capers to rigorous police reform, some elected officials and police reform activists are turning to Federal prosecutors with requests for independent reviews of the New York Police Department.

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Mark-Viverito mum about de Blasio confidentiality agreements, even as watchdog attorney calls them "obstruction"

Mark-Viverito mum about de Blasio confidentiality agreements, even as watchdog attorney calls them "obstruction"

Mayor Bill de Blasio's reported order that City Hall staffers execute rushed confidentiality agreements does not apparently worry New York Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, even as civic attorney Norman Siegel has described their use as "maybe even obstruction."

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