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Barely a month before, the Democrats had assumed control of the state Senate for the first time in a decade, but after the Amazon project collapsed, they found themselves under attack from all quarters.
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Queens lost the chance to do “something great” when Amazon turned its back on the borough in the face of political opposition, local leaders and residents lamented.
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State Sen. Michael Gianaris’ key role in killing the $3 billion Amazon deal probably won’t hurt his re-election chances next year – but he might have a hard time running for statewide office.
Uber has sued New York City over the one-year cap on ride-hailing vehicles, saying the city’s decision would hurt people in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island where it is tough to hail a taxi.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in addressing a potential budget gap, said across-the-board cuts of $550 million to Medicaid funds were needed in his budget proposal, reversing his earlier position that the health care industry needed support to fend off federal cuts.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal is hoping to pre-empt New York City government and enact strict controls over mechanical voids – the cavernous hollow spaces in luxury apartment buildings that boost the height of the buildings.
New York City Transportation Department workers began tearing up sections of Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza to make way for a new horse stand, just days after a judge ruled that horse carriages would be relocated inside Central Park.
Advocates opened a new push to get driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants now that the entire state government is controlled by Democrats, saying that the state would rack up $9.6 million in fees and auto sales would increase.
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Amazon’s pullout wasn’t even the worst economic development news for Cuomo this week: Just two days earlier, his economic development czar basically admitted that the governor’s signature Buffalo Billion program is a Buffalo Bust.
Many played a part in Amazon’s pullout, but the biggest reason the death knell sounded was because two politicians, Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, were cynics and cowards.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is running out of money, which means that for a third time, Washington must step up to make good for the heroes and victims of 9/11, and New Yorker Donald Trump will have the honor of signing the bill.
Con Edison’s moratorium on new gas connections in Westchester County is one of the effects of the Cuomo administration repeatedly blocking or delaying new pipeline projects, Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Robert Bryce writes.
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