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Four NYC Streets to get $250 Million Safety Overhaul

by Katie Meyer

All Nite Images, Flickr

Mayor de Blasio has pledged $250 million to make some of New York City's most dangerous streets safer for pedestrians.

The City Council met today to outline its plan for that funding, and announced that four streets in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx are getting overhauled. Improvements will include extending curbs, widening road medians, and adding protected bicycle lanes.

New York City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill

by Associated Press

jainaj, Flickr

The New York City Council has passed expanded paid sick days legislation.

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

The bill will be the first that de Blasio, a Democrat, signs into law. He said Wednesday that the council "made history" with the legislation.

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

NYC Council Speaker Bids Farewell to the Chamber

by Associated Press

Mat McDermott, flickr

The City Council leader who had hoped to become New York City's first female and first openly gay mayor says she's leaving the council honored and proud to have served in it.

Christine Quinn reflected Thursday on her eight-year tenure as council speaker. She spoke ahead of its final meeting this year. She and many colleagues leave office Dec. 31.

Quinn was a leading Democratic mayoral candidate early in this year's race. She ultimately placed third in the primary, won by now Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Food Truck Parking Spots Proposed

by Jeff Coltin
A couple of NYC's many food trucks

Liz Mc, flickr

New York City's food trucks would face tighter restrictions under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Dan Garodnick.  The bill would create up to 450 "food truck zones."  The parking spots would be the only places they could legally serve food. 

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