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The Mayor’s Message: A Look Back at De Blasio’s States of the City

The Mayor’s Message: A Look Back at De Blasio’s States of the City

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Mayoral Photography OfficeThe mayor delivering his state of the city in (clockwise from upper left) 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Homelessness has been mentioned six times over the four years. Pre-K has garnered 11 mentions over the same period. The mansion tax is one idea that made it into the speech but not into reality. But NYCID made it from the speech into hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers’ pockets. A higher minimum wage eventually became law. But the BQX streetcar? The jury is still out. On Tuesday night Mayor de Blasio delivers his fifth state of the city address at 7 p.m. from the Kings Theater in Brooklyn. (It will be livestreamed at nyc.gov.) A review of the mayor’s four previous annual addresses finds ideas that lived and others that died, common themes and changes...
Commission rejects mayor’s plan to replace Dade County Courthouse

Commission rejects mayor’s plan to replace Dade County Courthouse

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After Mayor Carlos Giménez asked his administration to reduce the cost and scope of a new county civil courthouse, Miami-Dade commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the original master plan for the courthouse, rejecting Mr. Giménez’s recommendation. “Today is a great day,” said Chief Judge Bertila Soto of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida at the commission meeting. “I cannot thank you enough. I’ve been saying there is an urgent need for four years, but today I feel like there’s a plan.” The original master plan called for 600,000 square feet with 26 floors, costing an estimated $361 million. Mr. Giménez requested the administration cut the cost of the courthouse by $87 million, reducing the footprint to 525,000 feet with 20 floors. At the Chairman’s Policy Council last m