Backed by his family and supporters, Rodriguez is taking over an expanded council district.
The City Council extended existing smoking bans to include electronic cigarettes.
Both the Bushwick rezoning and the Greenpoint Landing plan came with unexpected affordable housing.
The rezoning plan was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday by the full City Council.
The controversial development at 77 Commercial St. was slated for a Thursday vote.
Sidewalks, parks and other outdoor spaces will be revamped as part of the project.
Mayor Bloomberg yanked the proposal after the City Council rejected it.
The longtime Upper West Sider won 78 percent of votes.
Queens Councilmen Leroy Comrie and James Gennaro are term-limited.
The measure also raises the age to purchase e-cigarettes.
The new space features a bridge suspended over the upper-level seats and new video screens.
The bill will increase Staten Island Ferry service to every half hour starting in 2015.
A bill to increase service to every half-hour was approved by the city's Transportation Committee.
The City Council is looking for a way to approve the New York Wheel without Empire Outlets.
If elected, Gale Brewer will make enabling "smart growth" the center of her work as borough president.
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