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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill spoke out against President Donald Trump’s proposal to arm teachers with guns, saying that protecting students from active shooters should be the job of law enforcement.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reiterated his support for students who plan to walk out of schools in support of gun control next month, and said the city would offer lesson plans on the subject.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer placed the Department of Homeless Services, Department of Education and Department of Correction on a new “watch list,” saying he’s very concerned about their escalating spending.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday night, said Democrats in Washington should propose their own package of gun control bills, saying it would be a way to move toward a compromise with the Republicans who control Congress.
Stephanie Clifford, who performs as Stormy Daniels, strutted onto the stage at a Long Island strip club in the early morning on Friday as Long Island fans and media came out to see the woman who has been said to have had an affair with President Donald Trump.
De Blasio accused U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of being a “walking case of hypocrisy” after comments Rubio made this week criticizing New York state’s gun safety laws as easily circumvented and ineffective.
Republican Rep. John Faso said in a radio interview that he would support legislation that would increase the age to purchase a firearm to 21 in the wake of a high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz has invited Rep. Chris Collins to participate in a moderated televised discussion about gun control, but Collins’ office quickly dismissed the challenge and accused the county executive of politicizing the Florida high school shooting.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, which oversees New York City subways, approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to add amenities like new lighting and USB ports at nearly three dozen stations after originally rejecting the plan.
Two of the subway stations that will get an upgrades are at 34th Street-Penn Station, highlighting a potential conflict of interest for MTA Chairman Joe Lhota, who is a director of the company that runs Madison Square Garden.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named J. Phillip Thompson, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology associate professor who once worked for Mayor David Dinkins, to serve as a deputy mayor.
The New York City Department of Education will accelerate the pace of existing school safety measures in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, with de Blasio announcing that every school will hold a lockdown drill by March 15.
Ricardo Morales, a former senior New York City official who says he was fired for resisting efforts by de Blasio to secure special treatment for political donors, lodged a formal complaint with the city Conflicts of Interest Board a day after filing a lawsuit against the mayor.
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James pressed the Trump administration to reverse hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to food stamps and a plan to make recipients get half their benefits in pre-packed “harvest boxes."
Gun control is becoming a potent issue in the special election for a vacant state Senate seat in Westchester County as Republican candidate Julie Killian stopped short of backing a bill that would let judges confiscate weapons from dangerous individuals.
Suffolk County Police Department Commissioner nominee Geraldine Hart said she will “build on” what she described as the department’s recent success in combating gangs and the opioid scourge that have collectively killed hundreds of people on Long Island.
A whopping 3,568 state employees earned more last year than the $179,000 salary paid to Cuomo, according to new data released by the Empire Center for Public Policy.
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Ricardo Morales was fired from the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services for blowing the whistle, and Harendra Singh pleaded guilty to bribing top de Blasio administration officials, so it’s mind-boggling that no one at City Hall was charged with corruption.
After delays in setting up a council to devise a drinking water standard for safe levels of a possible carcinogen, and slower-than-anticipated testing of Long Island’s state Superfund sites, it’s important that the state keep its energy and focus.
State officials are trying to find ways to ensure the 500-mile system of canals, locks and natural waterways that make up the Erie Canal continues to be a vital part of the state’s economic future.
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An initiative called 21 in ’21 wants to elect 21 women to the New York City Council by 2021, a step the organizers see as a way to increase gender diversity, and also to put enough women in the pipeline to run for governor, the state Legislature, Congress and even president.
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The federal corruption trial of former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco has had tense moments in its more than four weeks, but in the final day of testimony in the prosecution’s case, the courtroom got some comic relief.
The federal tax overhaul’s new $10,000 cap on deductions for state income and local property taxes is likely to draw more attention to the stark differences in Long Islanders’ property tax bills.
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Richard Gates, a former top adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, pleaded guilty to fraud and lying to investigators in the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and will cooperate with the investigation.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorsed raising the minimum age for purchasing weapons in his state to 21 years old, marking his first major break from the policy priorities of the National Rifle Association.
Trump announced harsh new shipping sanctions against North Korea – a clear signal, near the end of an Olympic Games marked by a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, that his pressure campaign against Pyongyang will not let up.
A few things are different in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting that make it seem like the outcome of the ensuing gun control debate may turn out differently than in the past, such as the impassioned teenagers from the school injecting new energy into the debate.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a charge of invasion of privacy, after the ex-husband of a woman with whom Greitens had an extramarital affair said the now-governor tried to blackmail her.
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