Notes from today’s Council meetings

Council President Gonzalez was absent today, an absence that was planned and announced before last Tuesday’s election, and Councilmember Strauss was the designated President-pro-tem to chair today’s meetings. Other than a tense back-and-forth with Councilmember Sawant when he tried to encourage her to wrap up her remarks twenty minutes into a speech this morning, things went smoothly for him. Here’s what else happened. A good chunk of this morning’s Council Briefing, as well as a public hearing in this afternoon’s Council meeting, were devoted to a proposed alley vacation for the Grand Street Commons mixed-use project that will feature 360 …

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