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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he will form a coalition with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo to fight for tougher gun laws and work together to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill.
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Rob Walker, who served as chief deputy to former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, has been indicted on federal charges of obstructing justice and lying to FBI agents just weeks before the scheduled start of his former boss’s corruption trial.
Cuomo staffers haggled over the office space closest to the governor at his Manhattan headquarters and Joseph Percoco maintained the final say on the office arrangements, according to testimony at the former Cuomo aide’s corruption trial.
State investigators charged former New York City Council candidate Albert Alvarez with stealing $4,500 in public election funds and violating state and city campaign laws by knowingly accepting funds from straw donors during his 2013 campaign.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told state lawmakers it’s impractical to assign armed officers to patrol all of the city’s 1,400 school buildings because it would cost a staggering $1.2 billion.
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Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone nominated Geraldine Hart, the corruption-busting head of the FBI’s Long Island office, as the next Suffolk County Police Department commissioner, which would make her the first woman to hold that post if approved by lawmakers.
Reps. Pete King and Thomas Suozzi will rally next month with Long Island high school students to call for action to end gun violence and mass shootings, meeting on March 24 as the national March for Our Lives rally is held in Washington, D.C..
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association called on state lawmakers to approve funding for having at least one armed resource officer in each New York school amid a heightened debate over gun control following the Florida high school shooting.
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre called out Cuomo by name in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference as the national debate over gun control continues.
Actor Chevy Chase chased a driver in a road rage incident on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge that ended when the actor was kicked in the shoulder, state police said.
State Senate Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein said he and six other IDC members support a bill that would let judges confiscate weapons from dangerous individuals, putting pressure on state Senate Republicans to back it too.
New York’s largest union has backed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for re-election to a third term, a not unexpected, but still welcome move from the 400,000-member 1199 Service Employees International Union.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will honor former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch – the first black woman to lead the Justice Department and a fellow Brooklynite – at a Black History Month celebration Thursday.
Since May, federal immigration agents cracking down on the violent gangs in the suburbs of Long Island have swept up 428 gang suspects, including 220 members of MS-13, but the arrests completely lack transparency
David Hansell, the head of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, warned that Cuomo’s proposed budget would cripple its ability to protect kids by capping city child welfare funding at $320 million.
The judge overseeing the Joe Percoco corruption trial said she’ll tell jurors that it is now expected to extend into the week of March 5, long past its expected completion date.
Manhattan prosecutors accused 17 people and 10 companies of using fraud and violence to create an illegal monopoly within New York City’s towing industry, with the ringleader violating a city rule by acquiring other companies without telling officials.
A federal judge rejected bail for a former charter school teacher who was arrested with his brother last week for stockpiling explosive materials and enlisting high school students in what the authorities called a bomb-making project.
The city of Newburgh has put Cuomo, the federal government and two companies on notice that it plans to file civil lawsuits over the contamination of its reservoir with a toxic chemical from Stewart Air National Guard Base.
The president of New York University apologized for a dining hall that advertised a special meal in honor of Black History Month of barbecue ribs, cornbread, collard greens and two beverages with racist connotations: Kool-Aid and watermelon-flavored water.
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State officials were caught illustrating the state’s economic development “success” with a photo of seven huge construction cranes in South Africa, a glitch that speaks volumes about the competence of the people running Cuomo’s economic development show.
The 78 blocks in the rectangle from 39th Street and Third Avenue up to 57th Street and Madison Avenue is the premier business address in the world, and thanks to the rezoning of East Midtown, it looks poised to stay that way.
The state can lead the way on avoiding preventable tragedies like the Florida school shooting with bills like the Effective Background Check Act, which extends the waiting period for a gun background check from three days to 10 days, state Sen. Michael Gianaris writes.
The task of keeping an eye on the state’s system of local jails falls to the state Commission of Correction, but sadly, the slow starvation of this watchdog symbolizes the very abuse and neglect the commission is charged to root out.
Erie County elected leaders should be given credit for working on a new ethics law, but they’re building in so much wiggle room that it could easily fail to do the job.
From City & State
In Depth
Gary Melius has transformed himself from onetime West Hempstead street tough to owner of a Huntington castle that became Long Island’s unofficial political clubhouse, with powerful friends and a practical understanding of the island’s cozy, transactional political structure.
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New York has spent more than $11 million over the past decade settling claims by workers – almost all of them women – who say they were sexually harassed, assaulted or otherwise discriminated against by state employees.
Fifteen years after a college student was found shot five times in a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood, the circumstances of his death remain muddled, and a man convicted in the killing remains in limbo.
National Politics
The head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, leveled a searing indictment against liberal Democrats, the news media and political opportunists he said were joined together in a socialist plot to “eradicate all individual freedoms."
President Donald Trump doubled down on his idea of arming some teachers as a deterrent for school shootings and praised the top leadership of the National Rifle Association as “Great American Patriots."
New charges were filed against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates, ratcheting up the legal pressure on them as they prepare for a trial later this year.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio shifted his position on guns, breaking with the Trump administration to say he doesn’t support arming teachers and instead favors raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 for purchasing an assault rifle.
Jared Kushner is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets.
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