New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

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On election night, right after the polls closed New York State was called for Vice President Joe Biden, yet down ballot the state Republican Party celebrated a comeback of sorts, picking up seats in Congress and in the state legislature.

Biden garnered 3.7 million votes, some 56 percent of the votes cast, yet he only carried 13 of New York State’s 62 counties, running up his vote total in four of New York City’s four boroughs and upstate cities.

COVID causes FDNY EMS Average Response Times to Spike

Oct 3, 2020

Unions warn layoffs would further delay ambulances arrival as WBGO News Director Doug Doyle talks with Reporter Bob Hennelly. 

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There are now 55 positive coronavirus cases with New York City school staff with in classroom learning still on track to begin next Monday.

Mayor de Blasio says the infection rate among school faculty is well below half a percent, with nearly 17 thousand staff members tested.

“That tells us how much all the efforts to fight back this disease are working. And it tells us the folks who work in our school system have been really careful and diligent.”

NYC Lawsuit to Increase Capacity for Indoor Dining

Sep 14, 2020

A lawsuit has been filed to try and get the capacity increased for indoor dining when it reopens September 30th in New York City. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis accuses Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio of discriminating against New York City restaurant owners by only allowing 25 percent capacity for indoor dining. “25 percent capacity is still treating us differently than the other municipalities in the state. Every other municipality is operating at 50 percent capacity.” She says the city meets coronavirus data metrics.

NYC Could Lay Off 22,000 Workers by October 1

Aug 21, 2020
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Lack of local aid from Washington may prompt similar moves here in New Jersey and across the country. 

WBGO contributor Bob Hennelly speaks with News Director Doug Doyle about the ongoing economic fallout from the COVID pandemic.

NYC Trying to Avert 22,000 Layoffs

Aug 17, 2020
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New York City is still trying to avoid tens of thousands of layoffs because of the financial crisis the city faces because of the pandemic.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said it is a real possibility that 22,000 city workers could be let go Oct. 1.

“It’s a massive painful number," he said. "It resembles the kind of things we had to do decades ago. But the job here is to try and avert it if we can.”

The mayor said he is not counting on any coronavirus stimulus money from Congress at this point.

Sunset Park

There’s concern about a surge in coronavirus cases in part of Brooklyn.

The City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says Sunset Park now has a roughly 7 percent infection rate, way above the citywide average of one percent.

“228 positive cases. In a way, the zip code wide rate was like a beep of a metal detector that told us where to dig.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio says officials will be knocking on doors and making phone calls.

“With a simple message. Everyone needs to get tested. We want to get everyone tested as quickly as possible.”

New York City Launches Tenant Protection Portal

Aug 11, 2020

New York City is providing more help to tenants struggling to pay rent during the coronavirus pandemic. The city has launched a tenant protection portal that will offer tools and legal guidance to renters.

The mayor says the city needs to be there for the so many people who can’t afford a roof over their heads.

“I don’t want to see anyone lose their apartment because they can’t afford the rent because they just don’t have a livelihood anymore. So I want to say to anyone if you need help this is the place to go.”

Outdoor Dining

The program allowing New York City restaurants expanded outdoor dining will continue next year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio estimates the open restaurants initiative has gotten 80 thousand New Yorkers their jobs back. The program which expands outdoor dining onto the sidewalks and streets will start up again June First next year.

Angela Hsieh for NPR News

Some angry residents in New Jersey and New York still don’t have power in their homes after Tropical Storm Isaias brought it strong winds and rains to both states, knocking down power lines and trees nearly everywhere.   PSEG officials say it's asking for help from utilities across the U.S. and Canada to help restore electricity. The tropical storm knocked out power about 575-thousand of that utility’s customers. Burlington County in South Jersey along with Bergen and Essex counties in North Jersey bore the brunt of the outages.


Rental scooters run by the company Revel are being taken off New York City streets after another death. A man lost control of his Revel scooter and smashed into a light pole in Queens.

A passenger on a scooter was killed in Brooklyn. Both of these deaths were recent and there’s been a number of injures involving the scooters. Revel is halting operations in New York City.

Mayor de Blasio says they are not safe.


WBGO's Doug Doyle has the latest on how New York City and New Jersey are handling the coronavirus pandemic when so many other states are seeing a surge in cases.


New Jersey and New York City residents head into the Fourth of July weekend with several restrictions still in place.

WBGO's Doug Doyle has the rundown.

NYC Beaches will NOT be Open for Memorial Day Weekend

May 18, 2020

The governors of New York and New Jersey have given the okay for localities to open beaches with coronavirus related restrictions for Memorial Day Weekend but they won’t be open in New York City.

Mayor de Blasio says opening new York City beaches is not safe and not the thing to do right now in what’s the epicenter of the pandemic.

“I have never ruled out the possibility of beaches being open later in the summer but we are not ready yet.”

The beach itself is not the only concern.

Mayor Bill de Blasio

New York City is taking a big step towards getting wide scale coronavirus testing.

By the end of the week, New York City will have 30-thousand coronavirus tests kits made by a local company and it will soon churn out 50 thousand a week. Mayor de Blasio says the global marketplace was just not working. 

“We’ll have all the pieces come together and for the first time in the city’s history, we will have our own test kits produced in large numbers right here in the five boroughs.”

Mayor de Blasio is now asking the federal government to help process the tests.

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.

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor's office

There is data showing the worst has past with the coronavirus in New York State, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says folks need to keep social distancing.

The mayor says with the weather getting nicer, officers will be ramping up enforcement of coronavirus related restrictions.

“This is a horrible disease. We have seen the toll it’s taking. And if we let it back in the door, it will reassert itself."

Mayor de Blasio wants new Yorkers to send in pictures of violators to

Bill de Blasio
NY Mayor's Office

Mayor de Blasio thinks New York City is starting to see positive effects from social distancing in coronavirus data but warns New Yorkers must keep it up.

Mayor de Blasio says over the last few days hospitalizations have stabilized and fewer ventilators have been needed than originally projected.

“Clearly tells us something about what has been working but it doesn’t tell us when this is going to be over. It tells us we gotta actually double down and stick with what is working.”

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's Office

The number of coronavirus cases in the area continues to go up. There are more than 15-thousand in New York State as of Sunday afternoon. More than half of those are in New York City.

In New Jersey, there are nearly two thousand cases and the virus is now in all 21 counties. After New York ordered all workers at non essential businesses to stay out of the office or job site Friday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy followed through with the same order over the weekend for his state, an extreme measure to try and contain the spread of coronavirus.