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Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon said the state’s economic development programs overseen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo need an overhaul, which she said will become especially evident this summer during the corruption trial into the awarding of Buffalo Billion projects.
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Nixon’s campaign said she raised more small donations in her first 24 hours as a candidate than Cuomo has in his seven years in office, with 2,214 contributions of less than $200 in the day after she officially launched her primary challenge.
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Cuomo went after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s public housing headaches again, visiting another deteriorating NYCHA apartment and insisting he won’t sign the state budget unless it includes help for the city’s public housing tenants.
The New York City Council is poised to boost the body’s operational budget by more than $17 million in a single year, a 27 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s adopted budget of $65.1 million, including $13.1 million to hire 125 new staffers.
After de Blasio urged businesses to hire interns, a question by Crain’s New York Business to de Blasio’s office confirmed that its interns can receive academic credit but not compensation, prompting the administration to say it will begin paying interns.
The Port Authority will raise the wages of more than 40,000 workers at all three New York City-area airports – boosting the minimum wage to $19 an hour by 2023, agency officials voted on Thursday.
Opioid and heroin dealers whose products cause a fatal overdose could be charged with homicide under a measure passed by the state Senate, but it is expected to face opposition in the Assembly.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota said that there are no current options that would save riders from a 2019 fare hike under a deal the governor and lawmakers cut in 2009 to raise prices every other year.
New York City’s population reached a record high last year of more than 8.6 million people and has climbed 5.5 percent since 2010, according to a city Department of City Planning analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Six former legislative staffers who have accused lawmakers of misconduct are calling for lawmakers to seek an open and transparent process before approving legislation that addresses workplace harassment.
With chances of a congestion pricing plan being part of the state budget fading, a coalition of 83 groups is making a last-ditch effort to revive the issue in a letter to state leaders calling for the adoption of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Fix New York City panel’s recommendations.
Cuomo stood up for survivors of childhood sexual assault, and pushed back against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s statement that a provision for them to revive old legal claims would be “toxic,” without mentioning Dolan by name.
The New York City Department of Buildings launched investigations at more than a dozen Kushner Cos. properties following a report that the real estate developer routinely claimed it had zero rent-regulated tenants in its buildings across the city.
Citigroup Inc. said in a letter to lawmakers that a loan made to Kushner Cos. shortly after the bank’s chief executive met with Jared Kushner last year was “completely appropriate."
Rachel Lauter, a top adviser to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio who is responsible for recruiting and appointing his staff, is leaving the administration this month.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, New York City’s largest police union, is demanding a do-over of the recent parole board decision to free convicted cop killer Herman Bell.
Former New York City Councilman Robert Jackson, who is running for state Senate, once funded a kids nonprofit run by a Harlem man who repeatedly posts anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist comments on social media.
The Capital Region is an oasis of population growth in upstate New York since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with the high-tech, health care and higher education sectors feeding the expansion.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey inked a two-year, $154 million contract with a security company, and then the firm was sued over sexual misconduct allegations involving bosses at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
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Cuomo is pushing hard to give the Metropolitan Transportation Authority the right to grab some of New York City’s property tax take – as thuggish an assault on home rule as the city has seen in living memory.
What should alarm us is not the behavior of one landlord with questionable ethics in the case of Jared Kushner, but a widespread practice on which we are finally beginning to focus, New York City Council members Ritchie Torres and Carlina Rivera write.
It’s not a surprise that any effort to develop the land around Belmont Park would be met with some pushback, but the vehemence of some objections is ridiculous and counter-productive.
New Yorkers deserve modern laws to protect their deeply personal decisions about reproductive health care, and the time to act is now because, even in New York, reproductive health and rights are at risk, state Sen. Liz Krueger writes.
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As Nixon tries to harness progressives in her left-flank challenge to Cuomo, an early test of her staying power will come with the Working Families Party, which could give her a general election ballot line even if Cuomo wins the Democratic nomination.
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Campaigning for de Blasio in his 2013 mayoral race gave Nixon a front-row seat to political combat in New York and the disruptive potential of a message about the ravages of inequality, a script she hopes to replay versus Cuomo, albeit on a far larger stage.
All 17 seniors in the first graduating class of Success Academy Charter Schools, the city’s largest charter network, have gotten into four-year colleges after facing pressure to excel as a proof point for a charter network that has ardent fans and fierce detractors.
National Politics
President Donald Trump said he would impose about $60 billion worth of annual tariffs on Chinese imports, even as the White House grants a long list of exemptions to American allies from tariffs that go into effect Friday.
John Dowd, a personal attorney to the president, resigned his position amid a shake-up in the president’s legal team as Trump has sought more firepower to deal with the special counsel’s Russia investigation.
The U.S. House passed a massive $1.3 trillion spending package, sending it on to the U.S. Senate, which is expected to act as quickly as it can, as funding for the federal government runs out Friday night.
With government funding set to run out this weekend, congressional leaders agreed on a voluminous $1.3 trillion spending bill that would beef up domestic and military programs and keep the government open through September.
President Donald Trump’s senior advisers were thrown for a loop when he told Russian President Vladi­mir Putin that he expected to meet with him soon, as briefings before the call included no mention of a possible meeting.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was willing to testify to Congress following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked on Trump’s campaign, improperly obtained information on 50 million of its users.