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The clouds parted and the sun emerged as Queens Borough President Donovan Richards approached the microphone at Tuesday’s topping-off ceremony for the future 116th Precinct in Rosedale.

“Forty years,” Richards said. He then repeated himself with more enthusiasm. “Forty years!”


After several months of stating that a Gifted and Talented announcement would come, Mayor Adams and schools Chancellor David Banks finally announced today details of their plan for an expansion of the accelerated instruction model in city public schools.

“For the first time, there will be a Gifted and Talented program in every school district in New York City,” the mayor announced this morning, tuning into a press conference virtually as he recovers from Covid.


Mayor Adams declared on Monday that Juneteenth is a paid city holiday this year.

“As the second Black mayor of New York City, I know that I stand on the shoulders of countless heroes and sheroes who put their lives on the line to secure a more perfect union. Now is the time for me to do a small part and recognize one of our nation’s greatest wrongs,” Adams said in a prepared statement.


The city has doubled down on its efforts in the fight against a Covid-19 winter surge as data show that the seven-day average for positive tests has tripled over the last month and daily percent positive rate doubled since last week. The Omicron variant has sprung up more in the New York and New Jersey region than anywhere else in the country.

“Omicron is here in New York City, and it is spreading quickly,” Dave Chokshi, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said in a press conference with Mayor de Blasio on Thursday.

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The Immigrant Voting Bill, also know as Intro. 1867, has passed the City Council with overwhelming support with 33 affirmative to 14 negative votes on Monday. 

The bill, introduced in its current iteration by City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan), was the first one he sponsored when he joined the Council 12 years ago and he has seen it through before he leaves office due to term limits.


Mayor de Blasio announced Monday on MSNBC that there will be a vaccine mandate for private sector workers throughout New York City and taking effect on Dec. 27. 

The mandate comes days after the mayor and Gov. Hochul made announcements that the Omicron varaint is in the Big Apple.


The vaccine mandate for school staff will now extend to non-public school employees, as well.

On Thursday, Mayor de Blasio announced that staff at religious and private schools must show proof of a first shot by Dec. 20. The new policy will affect approximately 56,000 employees at 938 schools across the city, according to the city. 

Gov. Hochul and city officials have decided not to wait for the Omicron variant of Covid-19 to be detected in New York State.

On Friday, Nov. 26, Hochul, under her emergency powers, signed a declaration to allow the Department of Heath to limit nonessential and nonurgent procedures for hospitals of systems where the availability of inpatient beds falls below 10 percent of capacity “or as determined by the Department of health based on regional and heath care utilization factors.”