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2023 elections

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2023 elections

Ahead of close election, Brooklyn Dems chair turns on Democratic City Council member

The cold war between Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and Justin Brannan has turned hot, and Brannan is now threatening to sue the party chair for defamation.

Heard Around Town

Report highlights work of women-majority NYC Council

The New Majority NYC is touting legislation addressing domestic violence and abortion among other initiatives.


City Council hearing features fiery discussion of migrant shelters

A lack of fire alarms and fire suppression systems has prevented some shelters from housing asylum-seekers, frustrating City Hall and council members.

Campaigns & Elections

Labor to spend big on Brannan in contested southern Brooklyn race against Kagan

With labor support and volunteers, Council Member Justin Brannan brushes off rift with Brooklyn Democratic Party leadership.

News & Politics

Here’s how politicians are reacting to Inna Vernikov’s arrest

Gov. Kathy Hochul, City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, state Sen. Brad Hoylman-Sigal and other politicians have weighed in.

News & Politics

Council Member Inna Vernikov arrested on gun charge

The Republican from Brooklyn turned herself in and was charged with criminal possession of a firearm after she openly carried a pistol to a college protest, in violation of state gun laws.

Heard Around Town

GOP City Council candidate Ying Tan gets support from an unlikely donor

Democrat Susan Zhuang still leads fundraising in the three-way race for the southern Brooklyn City Council seat, with a $100,000 cash-on-hand advantage.

Heard Around Town

Paladino continues to outraise Avella in Queens council race

Democratic former state Sen. Tony Avella is trying again for the seat in a repeat election against Paladino.


Council speaker: City is ‘running out of room’ for migrants

City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams told reporters the city should be honest with asylum-seekers about the difficulty of finding shelter.

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Council members accuse City Hall of telling contractors to stay away from Council hearing

None of the city contractors invited to testify bothered to show up to the hearing. Council Members Julie Won and Gale Brewer blamed the Adams administration.


Yusef Salaam never lost his infinite hope

The likely New York City Council member campaigned in poetry. Now he must learn to govern in prose.


City Council backs striking Hollywood unions

The Council passed non-binding resolutions demanding Hollywood studios negotiate with striking actors and writers.


Justin Brannan knows what it takes for Democrats to win in Bay Ridge

To survive reelection in southern Brooklyn, Brannan is focusing on constituent service and pragmatic politics.


The City Council shot down Eric Adams’ veto on housing vouchers. Now what?

For the first time since the Bloomberg years, the council voted to override a mayoral veto. Council members said a package of bills expanding access to housing vouchers is a crucial step in addressing the housing crisis.