New York City Council

Brad Lander
Councilman Lander's office

With little traffic right now, legislation is expected to be introduced at the virtual city council meeting today that would shut many New York City streets in an effort to battle coronavirus.

This has widespread support among city lawmakers. Councilman Brad Lander says the legislation would close 75 miles of streets in all five boroughs to allow new Yorkers more room for social distancing and for exercise.

The New York City Council is considering a proposed plan to ban businesses from using a payment model that refuses cash and only accepts electronic payments.  Supporters of the bill say it discriminates against low-income customers.

But the ban also has critics.  Michelle Gauthier owns the Manhattan based fast casual restaurant chain Mulberry & Vine.  She says the cashless payment system has only benefitted her customers while improving employee workflow.

Letitia James, New York City Public Advocate

May 6, 2015
Letitia James
Letitia James for WBGO

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James is a fierce fighter for low income tenants facing eviction from predatory landlords. James is pained by the fact 60,000 people have to sleep in homeless shelters every night. She recently started a campaign to win equal pay for women working in City Hall. She is the first woman of color to hold citywide office in New York, a former city council member,a Legal Aid Society public defender and an assistant attorney general.