De Blasio signs bills to end 'environmental racism' by curbing waste transfer stations in some neighborhoods

De Blasio signs bills to end 'environmental racism' by curbing waste transfer stations in some neighborhoods

The legislation marks the final chapter in the city’s Solid Waste Management Plan, developed to deal with debris after Fresh Kills’ closure in 2001. The plan calls for transporting trash on boats and railroad cars from marine transfer stations, the final two of which are under construction, rather than by trucks, which tie up traffic and add pollution to city streets.

EXCLUSIVE: Former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords endorses Gov. Cuomo for his anti-gun stance

EXCLUSIVE: Former congresswoman and shooting survivor Gabby Giffords endorses Gov. Cuomo for his anti-gun stance

“Andrew Cuomo has never backed down from doing everything he can to protect New Yorkers from gun violence,” said Giffords, a shooting survivor. “He took on the gun lobby, refused to stay silent on New York’s need to address the gun violence crisis, and supported the passage of life-saving legislation in the state legislature.”

The city’s largest public employees union ratifies new contract

The city’s largest public employees union ratifies new contract

“Our members have spoken loudly and clearly in favor of a new 44-month economic agreement, which provides for a total pay hike of 7.42 percent, substantial funding for benefits, a new paid family leave plan, and a continuation of premium-free health insurance until at least 2021,” DC 37 executive director Henry Garrido said. “The 98 percent yes vote was a powerful display of union solidarity.”