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Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized New York City’s “arbitrary” crackdown on delivery workers’ motorized bikes and scooters, and he laid out his plan to legalize them, which would require helmets for those under 18.
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Cuomo praised departing New York City Transit President Andy Byford while simultaneously defending the moves that undermined the renowned British-born transit technocrat.
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Some lawmakers, including New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, are calling for a city takeover of the state-run Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s subway and bus services in the wake of Byford’s resignation.
It remains unclear who will be named to Cuomo’s Medicaid Redesign Team, but county leaders want a seat at the table as the governor calls for localities to clamp down on Medicaid costs.
The head of the Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s vaunted Construction Fraud Task Force left her post this week after allegations surfaced that she withheld damaging evidence about a key cooperating witness in seven major bribery cases.
The state Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, an embattled nonprofit with close ties to top state lawmakers, hired a prominent Albany lobbyist in 2017 to boost its fundraising capabilities.
The New York City Council has scheduled a Feb. 6 oversight hearing on the recent growth of commercial kitchens that crank out food for delivery only, avoiding the costs of operating storefronts that saddle regular restaurants across the city.
Two of the biggest unions in New York City – 32BJ SEIU and 1199SEIU – are endorsing Assemblyman Michael Blake in his bid to represent the South Bronx in Congress.
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano has endorsed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for president, making Spano one of the first mayors in the state to endorse a 2020 presidential candidate.
State Sen. Andrew Gounardes is pitching a bill to provide property tax relief to low- and middle-income homeowners and renters in New York City after a similar measure expired at the start of the year.
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With New York City Transit President Andy Byford resigning, it’s up to Cuomo to maintain and build on the progress Byford made, which means pressing on with his decadelong turnaround Fast Forward plan.
Byford’s resignation made an already grim 2020 picture even bleaker, a sign that one of the world’s foremost experts on modernizing subways and buses thinks Cuomo doesn’t have the will to do it right.
Let Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and his colleagues resist limiting outside income and let them kill every reform bill, failing to learn a thing from Sheldon Silver’s searing example, but they can’t stop the state Senate from getting its own house in order.
Four of the expected Republican candidates for the 27th Congressional District have announced their interest in the seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Collins, but what they still need is an actual election date.
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National Politics
House Democrats sought to preemptively dismantle President Donald Trump’s core defenses in his impeachment trial, invoking his own words to argue that his pressure campaign on Ukraine was an abuse of power that warranted his removal.
The Trump administration is finalizing a plan to let states convert a chunk of Medicaid funding to block grants, even as officials remain divided over how to sell the controversial change to the safety net health program.