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Limousine, truck and delivery drivers faced an additional challenge this week when New York City rolled out new regulations to prohibit parking and loading on both sides of several busy midtown Manhattan blocks during rush hour.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed his own donors to examine and reform the city’s campaign finance laws, as seven of the 15 people he picked for his Charter Revision Commission have given him a total of $10,250 since his 2001 City Council run.
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The New York City Council is asking City Hall for $100 million to install cameras next year in some of the more than 500 schools that do not have video surveillance, and to have cameras in all schools by 2024.
Former Rep. Michael Grimm leads Rep. Dan Donovan by 10 percentage points in the Republican primary in the House district that covers Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn, according to a new poll.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill sent a scathing letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the state’s Parole Board’s decision to free cop-killer Herman Bell, claiming the board “failed grievously” by allowing the 70-year-old to go free.
The Albany-based sex cult ­Nxivm is in full-out “war” mode and has moved to Brooklyn, where it’s being run and financed by longtime member Clare Bronfman, the multimillionaire heiress to the Seagram’s liquor fortune.
Majority Republicans on the Nassau County Legislature have proposed a bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21 from 18, a year after blocking an attempt by Democrats to update the local law.
The Oneida Indian Nation criticized Rep. Claudia Tenney, saying her recent “erratic outbursts and conspiracy theories” jeopardize jobs and economic growth in Central New York.
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In recent days, the governor – feeling increasing heat from the Democrats’ left wing – has taken to calling himself the “undocumented” son of “poor immigrants,” as if he didn’t have a valid U.S. passport, Social Security card, New York driver’s license and birth certificate.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is pushing to reform the state’s double jeopardy statute, specifically in the case where someone is convicted by federal prosecutors, pardoned by the president and then should be able to be retried by state prosecutors.
An organization tracking the vibrancy of the Finger Lakes region has compiled data over the past seven years, yet these numbers have not caught our collective attention to the point where we broadly recognize the troubles we face.
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