City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Tweets That She Has High-Risk HPV

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City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito used Twitter Sunday night to announce that she's been diagnosed with high-risk human papillomavirus, or HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection. The speaker added that she needs to undergo a biopsy to test for cervical cancer. The announcement immediately generated a wave of headlines, with the Daily News describing it as a "health bombshell".

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Pro-Palestinian Demonstrators Crash City Council's "Stand With Israel" Press Conference

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Demonstrators at the City Hall gates
Here's a question: why would the New York City Council and various other local and state politicians decide to wade into the miserable, never-ending, blood-filled dogpile that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? In what way does a press conference on the Middle East dovetail with the actual business of our elected officials here in New York? Could a press conference called "New York Stands with Israel" possibly serve any other concrete purpose except to be a magnet for controversy? Seriously, how could this possibly end well?

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Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected City Council Speaker

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District 8 councilwoman and accused voodoo queen Melissa Mark-Viverito was elected City Council speaker Wednesday afternoon.

Mark-Viverito was an early supporter of Bill de Blasio, and her loyalty was repaid in kind when, after his own election, de Blasio lobbied aggressively on her behalf. His support helped Mark-Viverito secure the crucial endorsements that would solidify her victory over rival Dan Garodnick.


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Gutted Hit-and-Run Oversight Bill Passes City Council

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Twenty-six bills, a record, were passed in the City Council's final session of the year on Thursday. Friday's headlines, though, were always going to be about just two -- the first proposing a ban on e-cigarettes in indoor public spaces, the second a ban on plastic foam containers.

Among the 24 less buzzed-about pieces of legislation was a bill that would increase oversight of NYPD hit-and-run investigations. Hit-and-runs are up in the New York City in the last several years, according to figures collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles.


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Surprise: Anti-Abortion & Anti Gay-Marriage Groups Are Uniting to Donate Lots of Money Against Gay City Council Candidates

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One of City Action's anti-Torres mailers
The City Action Coalition is an assemblage of conservative religious groups, whose members mostly pop up to oppose abortion and hold rallies against legalizing gay marriage. But this election season, they've also quietly expanded into city politics, holding a mayoral candidate forum at Monroe College in April that Politicker gently described as "peculiar." And while City Action's stated platforms include "religious freedom" and "opposition to racial discrimination," in practice, their PAC, which has just five donors, is mostly throwing money at one thing: defeating three openly gay City Council candidates. They paid for the mailer above, which attacks Ritchie Torres, a 25-year-old candidate who lives in a supportive housing unit in the Bronx.

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The 33rd District City Council Candidates Went At It on Twitter With Claws Out Yesterday

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There isn't anything more satisfying than when the curtain gets pulled back on a campaign, and you can see just how much two candidates just hate each other. One such moment came to us last night, when candidates for the 33rd City Council District seat Steve Levin and Stephen Pierson flamed each other on Twitter for over three hours, accusing each other of corruption and libel. We've reproduced the blowout in its entirety here on Runnin' Scared.

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Tabloids Completely Freak Out Over City Council's Vote for More Oversight of the NYPD

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Yesterday was a particularly historic moment for New York's City Council, which voted to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto of two NYPD oversight bills. The successful override means that an independent inspector general will be appointed to help regulate the department, and that more people will be able to sue for experiencing racial bias at the hands of the police. Or, if you're the Daily News, it means "THERE WILL BE BLOOD."

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The Broadway Democrats Accuse Zead Ramadan of Dirty Politics, Make a Brutal Jim Crow Comparison

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This weekend, candidate for District 7's City Council seat Zead Ramadan subpoenaed petition witnesses for Mark Levine and other candidates, who were working with the unaffiliated Broadway Democrats, the local Democratic Club. The subpoenas claim that many of Levine's 8,000 signatures were fake, even though he only needed 450 to get on the ballot. Since the matter is currently the courts, the Ramadan campaign has not commented publicly about its decision to go after Levine's ballot eligibility. But that hasn't stopped critics from condemning the move as a nasty political maneuver.

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New York Gets Its Own Domain: Dot NYC

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The future. It's here.
In the context of Christine Quinn's State of the City address delivered in 2009 at the height of the economic downturn, her promise to get New York City its own Internet domain registration name was a trifle. After all, she was pitching a recovery plan to salvage each of the city's major agencies.

While a good deal of her promises have been left unkept, the City Council has made good on one. Yesterday the International Consortium for Assigned Names and Numbers, the New World Order-y international body that administers web address allotments, approved the city's application for the dot-nyc top-level domain name.

"New York won't just be the greatest city in the world--we'll also be the greatest city on the Internet," says Quinn, as she snapped on some goggles and flew off in a DeLorean.

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The Misunderstood Candidacy of Corey Johnson, the Man Who Wants to Replace Christine Quinn

On November 5, New Yorkers will choose their next mayor. Whether City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is on the ballot or not, her seat in the Third District, which covers Chelsea, the West Village, and the Highline, will be in contention. And, as of now, one Democratic candidate named Corey Johnson (shown above) is in the running as her replacement. But he faces many of the same attacks on Quinn's mayoral campaign, some of which are mired in too-easy-to-leapfrog judgments.

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