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Want to know the latest developments in New York City politics? Check out this guide that will walk you through the latest announcements: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments over 10 years, the launch of the first phase of New York City’s new domain, new political appointments, a new design for the City Island Bridge and this year's inductees to the Bronx Walk of Fame.

Anne Roest named Information Technology Department Commissioner
Anne Roest named Information Technology Department Commissioner Courtesy of the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (Twitter)

Anne Roest named Information Technology Department Commissioner

Anne Roest will serve as commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mayor de Blasio announced on Tuesday. She most recently served as the public safety cluster chief information officer at the New York State Office of Information Technology Services. She also served as information technology director and project director for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for nearly 20 years and as chief information officer and deputy commissioner for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. She was recently named to the Technology Hall of Fame at the New York State Government Technology Conference.

Mayor de Blasio unveils 10-year affordable housing plan
Mayor de Blasio unveils 10-year affordable housing plan Courtesy of the Mayor's Office (Twitter)

Mayor de Blasio unveils 10-year affordable housing plan

Mayor de Blasio announced a 10-year plan on Monday to build or preserve 200,000 affordable apartments in all five boroughs, helping more than than half a million New Yorkers. The plan, titled “Housing New York: A Five-Borough Plan,” costs $41 billion and is said to be an unprecedented affordable housing agenda. The plan calls for 120,00 preserved units and 80,000 newly built units over the next 10 years and has affordability programs for households that range from middle-income to low-income.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kicks off Bronx Week 2014
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kicks off Bronx Week 2014 Courtesy of Ruben Diaz Jr. (Twitter)

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kicks off Bronx Week 2014

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. officially launched Bronx Week 2014 at Gun Hill Brewery on Laconia Avenue in the Bronx. The weeklong event is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bronx’s incorporation as a county in 1914. Diaz Jr. announced that five Bronx natives — hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, actor and star of Showtime’s “Dexter” David Zayas, film and TV star Rachel Ticotin, New York Jets offensive lineman William M. Colon III and Tony-award winner Priscilla Lopez — would be inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame.

The city launches the first phace of .NYC Domain
The city launches the first phace of .NYC Domain Courtesy of .NYC Domain (Facebook)

The city launches the first phace of .NYC Domain

On Monday, Mayor de Blasio announced the first phase of the roll-out of the .nyc web address, beginning a five-month countdown toward the full-scale public launch in October. New York City will be the first city in the United States with a top-level domain. The new .nyc domain would give residents, businesses and organizations a web address that distinguishes them from competitors on the web and represents their New York City identity.

City unions vote in favor of healthcare savings proposal
City unions vote in favor of healthcare savings proposal Courtesy of the Mayor's Office (Twitter)

City unions vote in favor of healthcare savings proposal

On Monday, the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group of New York City unions, voted in favor of a proposal by Mayor de Blasio that would lead to roughly $3.4 billion in healthcare savings. Several public safety unions — including the Sergeants Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York — voted against the proposal. De Blasio first discussed the proposal on Thursday when he announced a tentative deal with the United Federation of Teachers on a nine-year contract that also includes retroactive pay raises.

 New City Island Bridge design to replace Bloomberg-era proposal
New City Island Bridge design to replace Bloomberg-era proposal Courtesy of Ruben Diaz Jr. (Twitter)

New City Island Bridge design to replace Bloomberg-era proposal

The de Blasio administration came up with a new design for the City Island Bridge that would replace the Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg administration’s proposal that would have included a 130-foot tower, CBS Local reported. The new plan costs $5 million less and consists of a simple aesthetic with lighting and other elements influenced by the current bridge, which is 113 years old. It would also have little effect on the waterway beneath the bridge and would offer clear views of Pelham Bay Park and Eastchester Bay.

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