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After two days of Republican attacks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted he was “inartful” when he said Wednesday that America was “never that great,” but also unleashed a new salvo of attacks against President Donald Trump.
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In a tweet a later deleted, Trump called Cuomo’s recent comments on America’s greatness “really dumb and that the governor “chocked,” presumably a typo for “choked.
Cynthia Nixon’s campaign criticized Cuomo for walking back his previous comments skeptical of American greatness, saying the governor is folding “like a cheap suit” against Trump.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Cuomo aided and abetted Republicans by allowing rogue Democrats to operate the Independent Democratic Conference and share power with the GOP in the state Senate for years.
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Nixon and New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who is running with her for lieutenant governor, rallied behind “universal rent control,” Thursday but stumbled on the details of what exactly the proposal entails.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez banned press from a town hall she held on Sunday which was otherwise open to the public, citing a previous town hall where her campaign said she was “mobbed” by reporters despite saying there would be no Q&A.
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza says his recent letter to the state Department of Education about a three-year probe by the city into 39 yeshivas was evidence of the transparency he promised regarding the investigation.
State Sen. Pat Gallivan ruled out running for the 27th congressional district after Rep. Chris Collins suspended his campaign last week amid insider trading charges.
A female attorney who was fired from her job as a law clerk after accusing an acting state Supreme Court justice of sexual harassment filed a federal lawsuit accusing New York’s top judicial officials of condoning “a widespread culture of silence and retaliation."
There was a time when Gov. Andrew Cuomo used to shy away from criticizing President Donald Trump, but now, as the governor seeks a third term, he rarely goes even a day without slinging a one-liner at Trump or threatening to sue him.
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, one of four Democrats seeking the nomination for state attorney general, backed up Cuomo after the firestorm created by his remarks that America “was never that great."
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his devalued probe of politically connected Jewish yeshivas at a contentious press conference, talking up the investigation after it drew fire from both the schools’ backers and critics.
Advocates for more secular education in some ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshivas said that New York City’s investigation into the schools’ academics should move faster and be more thorough.
De Blasio signed a law that is meant as a first step toward fixing the disproportionate amount of garbage going into North Brooklyn, Southeast Queens and the South Bronx by capping the amount of garbage that can be handled at transfer stations in those neighborhoods.
State Senate candidate Robert Jackson is returning a maximum contribution from a company that manufacturers Styrofoam products as it may have violated the pledge he made to “not take contributions from the oil, gas and coal industry."
New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who’s running for lieutenant governor, refused to explain how he could claim thousands of dollars in tax deductions for “grooming and maintenance” expenses that usually aren’t allowed by the IRS.
Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, blasted NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill in an incendiary new letter, accusing him of allowing “lawlessness and complete lack of respect for police officers."
Cuomo pledged $2.2 million in state support to combat violence in Albany, including a $50,000 inaugural grant to combat gun violence, made in the name of a 32-year-old man who was fatally shot last month trying to break up a large fight.
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Cuomo appears to have just disqualified himself in the 2020 presidential race with his America “was never that great” comment, but if he hasn’t, it suggests that the U.S. educational system is in worse shape than many Americans realize.
Basement apartments are often thought to be dark, unsafe dwellings with low ceilings and poor living conditions, but that doesn’t have to be the case, and safe basement legalization could increase the affordable housing stock, New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr. writes.
De Blasio, anxious to prove that his plan to replace Rikers Island is moving forward, unveiled his scheme for new, smaller jails in four boroughs, and it looks nice enough on paper, but leaves major questions unanswered and raises a whole lot of concerns.
The damning report of the Pennsylvania grand jury on the sexual abuse of minors committed by priests and deacons is a textbook example of the wrong way that these cases were handled in the past, and we bishops have to acknowledge this, Cardinal Timothy Dolan writes.
Depending on how you see it, New York is either scuttling its nautical history or irresponsibly holding on to useless, expensive to maintain, floating junk and to bridge that divide in viewpoint, the state needs a thoughtful approach that includes public input.
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Rep. Peter King has been in office for 25 years, regularly trouncing his Democratic opponents, yet in a year where anti-Trump furor is expected to drive a blue wave of voters, nothing in politics is sacred and Democrat Liuba Grechen Shirley is looking for that upset.
The primary race between state Sen. Martin Dilan and Julia Salazar is not about who is a “real Democrat,” but it has become a referendum on the changing face of power from a longtime officeholder to a younger newcomer.
In endorsing attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, The Nation writes she could be a formidable partner for Gov. Nixon – or, if Cuomo is reelected, a constant and independent goad to prevent him from abandoning all the progressive positions he takes during this campaign.
When the Kushner Companies bought the building at 184 Kent Avenue in Brooklyn in 2015, there were 316 rent-stabilized tenants, but by June of this year, there were 71 left, and current and former tenants say they were forced out by poor conditions.
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National Politics
Trump canceled plans for a military parade this fall in Washington, which had never been a widely embraced idea, blaming local officials for inflating the costs and saying they “know a windfall when they see it."
Trump said that he plans “very quickly” to strip the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official he said is “a disgrace” who is tied to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
President Donald Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
According to new public records, more than 500 children separated from their parents under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration plan are still not back together with their parents, and the tally has actually gone up since last week.
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