Admission to the specialized high schools would be based on schoolwork rather than tests.
The council speaker is also calling for legal representation for a broader range of issues.
There are also plans to expand service to Coney Island and Stapleton on Staten Island.
Mayor de Blasio announced the expansion of ferry service to include many new areas of the city.
Housing in areas of East New York, Long Island City, Flushing West will require affordable housing.
State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan would not come to vote in Albany.
The mayor promoted universal pre-K, affordable housing, and a living wage in his speech.
Mayor Bloomberg delivered his final State of the City address at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Mayor Bloomberg announced the pilot program to compost food waste.
President Barack Obama took a page from Mayor Bloomberg in his State of the Union speech.
Mayor Bloomberg wants to expand the city's recycling efforts, which lag far behind many other cities.
Quinn's final speech focused on new initiatives to keep the city affordable for middle class residents.
Christine Quinn will address the city's growing wealth divide in her final State of the City speech.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn presented her vision for New York in her State of the City speech.
The long-troubled Washington Irving H.S. will be phased out and replaced by Software Engineering Academy.
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