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The recreational marijuana bill was tweaked to bring the legislative language in line with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s concept of creating an Office of Cannabis Management as well as adding expungement language nullifying marijuana convictions.
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New York City’s new Civic Engagement Commission has some work to do to live up to its name – violating in its first gathering a law requiring city government to broadcast meetings on the internet.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed that the state Legislature pass a new law to stiffen fines and even take away the licenses of reckless drivers who repeatedly speed through school zones.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was taken to a hospital after apparently fainting during a news conference on Friday in Manhattan.
State officials tasked with enforcing New York’s Human Rights Law testified at a second public hearing on sexual harassment, but they appeared to be under strict orders not to opine on a package of bills that are pending in the state Legislature.
A new analysis shows top Democrats in the Assembly collected few campaign contributions from their constituents during the past election cycle, making them unlikely to benefit from the 6-to-1 public matching system for in-district donations.
De Blasio called on the New York City Department of Investigation to look into a Brooklyn community board’s purchase of a $26,000 SUV – vowing to “make sure something like this doesn’t happen again.”
De Blasio defended the use of taxpayer funds to cover the costs of his NYPD security detail while traveling for his long shot presidential bid, even though he’s polling at less than 1% among the 24 Democratic contenders.
A grand jury looking into the use of Mount Vernon water department funds for Mayor Richard Thomas’ personal legal bills declined to indict the mayor, his lawyers said late Friday afternoon.
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In a settlement with the state Board of Elections, New York State United Teachers didn’t have to admit guilt and paid a $100,000 penalty for a campaign finance law violation, so what’s the point of even having these laws.
At a time when women’s rights are under siege across the nation, there are no women officially in the race to replace Rep. José E. Serrano, Erica González, a former senior adviser in the New York City Council, writes.
In the wake of massive overtime abuse at the Long Island Rail Road, the MTA is assigning yet more eyeballs to review employee pay. Fine – but let’s hope it’s not just part of an effort to distract from the LIRR’s real overtime woes.
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