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Rep. Carolyn Maloney will become the first woman to lead the House Oversight and Reform Committee, vaulting into a high-stakes role as one of the Democrats’ top voices in the impeachment inquiry.
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A group of 39 Democratic state lawmakers have asked the commission tasked with rewriting New York’s campaign finance laws to establish lower contribution limits, create independent oversight and maintain the current system for minor political parties.
Queens prosecutors have agreed to release internal records on police officers whose honesty has been challenged by judges or who have been sued for misconduct, but would not release records of substantiated misconduct found during internal investigations.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority intends to hire Mario Peloquin, a Canadian transportation executive, as its new chief operating officer, replacing Ronnie Hakim, who submitted her resignation in September.
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Veronica Vanterpool, the MTA board’s most outspoken straphanger advocate who often made headlines as a voice of dissent on a body controlled by appointees and allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will quit the MTA board next month.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that will transform the city’s private waste hauling industry, the first significant changes to the industry since measures were put in place to root out organized crime from commercial waste pickup in the 1990s.
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A second vaping-related death has been confirmed in New York as state officials seek ways to crack down on the e-cigarette industry that some say is responsible for a mysterious illness that has sickened more than 2,000 people in recent months.
A group of 25 New York City Council members are calling on the MTA to provide discounted fares to more riders and to train officers in cultural competence after several recent incidents.
The federal monitor overseeing the New York City Housing Authority released an action plan that would require the authority to make criminal referrals when inspections are falsified or conducted improperly.
Transportation officials in New York City are ramping up enforcement of Manhattan’s 14th Street busway, as ridership and travel times steadily improve on the once-sluggish corridor, with bus-mounted cameras launching on M14 buses.
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone announced a four-point plan to attack housing discrimination after a three-year Newsday investigation documented evidence of unequal treatment of minorities by real estate agents on Long Island.
The state’s embattled ethics agency refused to release the whistleblower complaint that prompted the state inspector general to open a probe into leaks involving Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.
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After months of criticism, Cuomo announced that the state will spend up to $60 million to ensure an accurate count in next year’s census, finally releasing the $20 million allotted by lawmakers in this year’s state budget back in April.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill into law for the first time since mid-March – back when the mayor’s focus began to shift to his failed presidential campaign – after allowing more than 100 bills to become law this year without his signature.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney cleared the first hurdle to becoming chairwoman of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, getting the nomination from the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which the full Democratic caucus will finalize Wednesday.
State Attorney General Letitia James said she will investigate evidence of unequal treatment of minority prospective homebuyers by real estate agents on Long Island, saying recent articles on homebuying discrimination were a call for action.
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza called on the state Legislature to “get out of the way” and repeal a state law that mandates the use of a single admission test at the city’s specialized high schools.
Cuomo said Syracuse University’s response to a series of recent racist incidents on campus was not enough, calling on its board of trustees to hire an independent monitor to investigate and harshly criticizing Chancellor Kent Syverud.
Transit advocates slapped the New York City Police Department with a grade of F for failing to enforce bus lane laws across the city, and their report claims cops are among the city’s biggest bus lane blockers.
Michael Ferro, the former chairman of Tribune Publishing, is selling his 25% stake in the Daily News for $118 million to Alden Global Capital – a New York hedge fund that has been called a destroyer of local media.
A Manhattan community board chairman is under fire for what investigators deemed was improper behavior toward female board members, including demoting women from leadership positions.
Editorial Pages
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s about-face on stop and frisk is earning him ridicule from progressives and eye rolls from moderates, but one thing it won’t earn him is very many black votes.
In the past six years, the NYPD has made New York a safer city in numerous ways, but restricting or prohibiting the use of DNA and photo-recognition technologies would force investigators to use less reliable means of identification, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill writes.
Two years ago, we sounded the alarm about the need for massive repairs to a rail tunnel under the East River, particularly two tubes that were flooded by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, but in those two years, little has changed.
From City & State
In Depth
For drivers, finding a parking spot in New York City is already hard enough, but now, a local transportation committee in Manhattan has broached the unthinkable: eliminating free street parking altogether.
National Politics
After fracturing in 2008 and rushing to join a coronation in 2016, the vast majority of Democratic senators are withholding their endorsements in the 2020 presidential race, and many may not endorse for months – or at all.
Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified that President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, sought to condition a White House invite for Ukraine’s new president on their demands that his country investigate Trump’s political opponents.
After fracturing in 2008 and rushing to join a coronation in 2016, the vast majority of Democratic senators are withholding their endorsements in the 2020 presidential race, and many may not endorse for months – or at all.
The evidence gathered to date in the impeachment inquiry points to Gordon Sondland as the witness who, more than any other, could tie President Donald Trump directly to the effort to persuade Ukraine to launch investigations that might benefit him politically.
The House passed a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for four additional weeks, diminishing the chances of a paralyzing governmentwide shutdown before Thanksgiving, but also punting a tough decision on border wall spending.