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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler issued a subpoena demanding the Justice Department give Congress an unredacted version of the special counsel report, including summaries of witness interviews and classified intelligence.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ducked and weaved to avoid answering questions about his fundraising practices and refused to acknowledge an ongoing state probe into his alleged ethical lapses during an appearance on WNYC radio.
New York City Transit President Andy Byford has had growing tensions with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over management of New York City’s foundering subway – including disagreeing over the plan to fix the L train – and several of Byford’s colleagues fear he might quit.
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Owners of big buildings with no rent-regulated units in New York City will soon be held to carbon-emissions targets that could require pricey upgrades, thanks to legislation passed by the City Council on Thursday that aims to slash emissions by 40% by 2030 and by 80% in 2050.
De Blasio plans to add new dedicated bus lanes to city streets which he says will increase average travel speeds by 25 percent by the end of 2020, potentially serving a boost to New York City’s buses, which are the slowest in the nation.
New York state’s tax receipts in the most recently ended fiscal year declined $3.7 billion, a 4.7 percent reduction to $75.6 billion, according to a report from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.
State agencies paid out $787 million in overtime for more than 18 million extra hours worked by state employees in 2018, according to DiNapoli’s report, which notes that last year marked the highest total overtime cost in the past decade.
The state budget includes no new appropriations for the State and Municipal Facilities Program, which lawmakers use to provide millions of dollars in funding for district projects, with funds often distributed to legislators based on political power.
De Blasio dismissed new evidence of the overall safety of e-bikes on Thursday, maintaining that the electric vehicles are a serious danger on city streets – a position he has used to justify the New York Police Department’s crackdown on the bikes.
A coalition of contractors are urging Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to take up a bill to change the state’s Scaffold Law, which would change liability regulations for workers who fall on the job when the injured person’s own negligence contributed to the accident.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s defunct nonprofit fundraising group, The Campaign for One New York, which raised millions from individuals doing business with de Blasio’s administration, is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the state’s ethics watchdog.
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Netflix said that it would spend up to $100 million to expand its presence in New York City by creating a production hub in Brooklyn that would include six soundstages, building on New York’s growing role in film and television production.
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The New York City Correction Department’s “unremitting” use of force against inmates hit a three-year high — hampering the push to break a culture of violence, a federal monitor overseeing the jail system found.
New York City’s health department said that it has issued three civil summonses to parents who failed to comply with a vaccine mandate and that the number of confirmed measles cases has jumped from 329 to 359.
A Brooklyn judge shot down a lawsuit by a group of parents opposed to vaccinating their kids against measles, saying the religious objections raised by the plaintiffs, “are entirely unsupported.”
De Blasio identified 24 areas across the city that will receive bus-oriented infrastructure upgrades this year as part of his “Better Bus Action Plan” and his promise to increase city bus speeds by 25 percent by the end of 2020.
The Census Bureau estimates New York City lost 40,000 residents last year, but city officials disputed the Census Bureau’s findings, calling them “tenuous” and suggested that the numbers have have been skewed by a change in methodology.
Shoppers switching to paper bags after a statewide plastic bag ban takes effect next March will have to shell out 5 cents for each one under legislation approved by the New York City Council, with part of the fee going towards a fund to provide reusable bags.
Legislation needed to construct a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River stumbled in Albany and Trenton this month as lawmakers push for more public oversight of the entity that will build it, the Gateway Development Corp..
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board, frustrated with the installation of federally mandated crash prevention technology for its railroads, threatened to fire its contractor if its CEO doesn't show up at its next board meeting.
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The city investigation into de Blasio’s fundraising has long since been closed down, but the stain on his mayoralty has never washed out — sounds like de Blasio is more than ready for a presidential campaign.
De Blasio never learns, and this month, he attended a fundraiser for his latest PAC hosted by a Boston developer who’s pushing to expand his firm’s presence in the city. How does he get away with it?
Congestion pricing is supposed to ease traffic and raise enough funds to fix the subways, but it’s becoming increasingly clear it’ll do neither thanks to the never-ending list of special-pleaders seeking exemptions.
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In his Justice 2020 initiative, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is casting his office as a national model for people to rethink the way prosecutors work across the country – and many will be watching to see if he delivers.
For at least 24 of the past 28 years, New York lawmakers – mostly upstate Republicans – have introduced legislation that would either start the process of splitting New York into two separate states or gauge if voters support it, but each year those proposals die in committee.
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Overall school suspension rates have plummeted since de Blasio took office, but longer, out-of-school suspensions are not falling as quickly – and what happens inside the suspension centers is largely shielded from the public and faces little scrutiny.
National Politics
President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report, claiming some statements about him in the document "are total bullshit” and taking a jab at former aides who supplied information to investigators.
In March, dozens of asylum-seekers held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a correction center in Louisiana initiated a hunger strike, marking at least the sixth hunger strike at a detention center in the first three months of 2019 alone.
Robert Mueller laid out roughly a dozen episodes revealing that President Donald Trump was intent on using his position to protect himself and his associates, but declined to reach any conclusion about whether Trump illegally obstructed justice.
Mueller’s report provides fresh evidence of Trump’s interference in the Russia probe, challenging lawmakers to respond, but the risks for both parties are clear if they duck the responsibility or prolong an inquiry that may be just beginning.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is moving to bar undocumented immigrants from receiving housing aid, saying it is acting on behalf of the millions of American citizens and legal residents who are waiting for public housing.