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Long Island restaurateur Harendra Singh testified under oath that he steered tens of thousands of dollars to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political campaigns in return for favorable treatment by the city.
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Singh also testified that former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, his family and his staff traveled in style on his dime, frequently using limousines and black cars for their nights out.
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Brian Gestring, a top official at the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, was fired days after the Times Union reported that he was never punished after an investigation found that he had sexually harassed female employees and threatened them with physical violence.
Several Democratic Assembly members and a top Republican state senator said they still want to see new policies to address sexual harassment in the state budget, even with concerns about the negotiation process and disagreements over how best to tackle the issue.
New York City Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner David Hansell called on state officials to withdraw $170 million in cuts to his department from the state budget, warning that the funding cuts could hurt foster children.
Two labor leaders with strong positions in the Working Families Party indicated they’ll support Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he seeks the party’s line and runs for re-election as speculation continues about who the party will back.
Legal aid groups joined New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to push for stronger rent laws, asking state lawmakers to end loopholes that let landlords jack up the rent at rent-stabilized apartments when tenants move out.
New York’s upstate population continues to decline, even as Cuomo pumps billions into its economy, with the U.S. Census Bureau finding that upstate lost 3,596 residents between 2016 and 2017.
Cuomo’s office announced that the state Department of Health and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will provide hospitals with a temporary waiver to expand the detox services they can provide to help fight the opioid epidemic.
Former President Bill Clinton will be among those attending the funeral service for the late Rep. Louise Slaughter, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and more than 40 members of Congress.
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Liberals complain a lot these days about how little regard many conservatives have for expertise, and that’s not only a fair point, it’s a vital one as actress and activist Cynthia Nixon runs for governor, who has almost no relevant political or governing experience, Frank Bruni writes.
Cuomo’s sudden demand for state oversight of a local prosecutor looks reactive and selective, not deliberate and principled, after the governor announced an investigation into the Harvey Weinstein case that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. declined to prosecute.
Tourists are flocking to New York City in record numbers, which is great for the local economy, but a bit of an embarrassment to the city officials who predicted that the mere fact that Trump is president would keep foreigners away.
Whether the promise to extend statewide broadband is made in exchange for state grants or, as in Charter Communications’ case, as a condition of a merger deal, failing to live up to it must have serious consequences.
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Trump named John Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the U.N., as his third national security adviser, replacing H.R. McMaster and continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams in recent history.
Congress cleared a sweeping $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded through September and sent it to Trump for his signature, staving off a government shutdown with less than 24 hours to spare.