First Read 04/12/2019

April 12, 2019
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Protesters took to downtown Rochester streets to drum up support for a slate of legislation that would better protect New York’s renters, including one bill that would allow rent regulations to expand to the entire state.
Democrat Dana Balter, who last year gave Rep. John Katko his toughest election battle to date, plans to announce next week whether she’ll seek a rematch next year in the 24th Congressional District.
Elected officials, parents and advocates spoke out over the elimination of the single admissions test at New York City's eight specialized high schools during a forum marked by accusations of racism in the ongoing fight over segregation at city schools.
A program that uses public funds to pay for unarmed security guards at private schools – including some of New York City’s most elite institutions – is on pace to cost taxpayers $22.3 million over the last three years.
Skoufis, who leads the state Senate’s investigations committee, recently solicited information from about 60 local public authorities across the state to judge compliance with the state's transparency and oversight laws.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Patrick Foye said that he plans to expand Gov. Andrew Cuomo's new practice of bringing in panels of experts outside the sprawling mass-transit operator to review large and politically contentious projects,.
Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council.
The children of many New York veterans killed in the line of duty still have options for free college through the Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute scholarship, despite an Assembly committee blocking a bill that would have expanded it.
Critics from across the political spectrum are raising questions about the nearly $500,000 that Airbnb’s campaign arm, Stronger Neighbors PAC, spent in support of state Sen. James Skoufis as he champions an Airbnb-backed bill.
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A closed-door meeting of the state Senate Democrats that began with a discussion about social media use devolved into a shouting match between state Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Kevin Parker, highlighting the shifting dynamics in Albany.
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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Administrator Lynne Patton was again accused of breaking the Hatch Act by displaying Trump 2020 campaign merchandise in her government office.
Signaling that its dispute with New York state is not over, the Seneca Nation said this week’s arbitration decision ordering the tribe to pay $266 million to the state violates federal law.
Editorial Pages
Buffalo is no longer the place where big ideas – or artist’s renderings – go to die; we are now a city that makes things happen, and creating our own version of New York City’s High Line will further establish us as a destination city.
When the public underwrites a project, the public should benefit, and one of those benefits should be good wages for the people who work on that project, because when public subsidies benefit as many people as possible, the dividends multiply.
From City & State
State Sen. Kevin Parker’s temper has once again made it into the headlines after he got into a shouting match with freshman state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi at a recent meeting of the Democratic Senate conference. But the controversy is just the latest for Parker.
National Politics
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be just days away from release, but a pair of high-profile new cases surfacing in the past 24 hours signals that the arm of his Russia investigation is long indeed.
White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s political adversaries.
In Depth