First Read 11/06/2019

November 06, 2019
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Jersey City, New Jersey, residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of stricter regulations on short-term vacation rentals that will almost certainly shrink the number of Airbnb listings in New Jersey’s second-largest city.
Federal immigration arrests and sightings in and around New York courthouses have reached triple digits for the third year in a row, although they have decreased from 2018.
Reports of hate crimes targeting the Jewish community are surging in the New York City subway, according to police statistics, a troubling trend that mirrors what’s bubbling outside of the transit system in the city.
The state Board of Regents appointed Shannon Tahoe as acting commissioner of education, and announced several more top leadership changes within the agency.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill will head Visa’s physical security when he leaves the department next month, and will be in charge of the company’s global physical and personnel security in more than 200 countries.
Cuomo invoked the name of his longtime ally, former Republican Gov. Chris Christie, in the latest verbal spat between himself and President Donald Trump after the president announced he was changing his residency from New York City to Florida.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo admitted that Medicaid costs are going to be a “major problem for the state” next year, and the warning comes months after fiscal watchdogs raised concerns about the administration’s decision to delay $1.7 billion in payments to providers.
Republican Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello enjoyed a nearly 3-to-1 margin in his home county as he rolled to an apparent landslide victory over Democrat Austin Morgan in a special election to fill the 57th District seat in the state Senate.
New Yorkers will soon have a new way to vote for their elected officials after city residents approve five ballot proposals that attracted millions of dollars in spending from supporters and opponents.
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New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was reelected, easily beating City Councilman Joseph Borelli, who had campaigned on a pledge to get rid of the seat if he won.
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If the decades-old, listener-supported radio station WBAI were to return to the airwaves before finding funding, it could mean the end for Pacifica Foundation’s four other radio stations, according to the foundation.
New York City schools employed a larger percentage of teachers of color than elsewhere in the state, but that number did not match the diversity of the student body of the five boroughs.
New York City transportation officials are moving the 14th Street busway into its next phase, intended to make the thoroughfare even more pedestrian-friendly with the installation of new bus boarding platforms at seven stops.
Some efforts to prepare New Yorkers for next year’s census are on hold as community organizations wait for answers about available state funding, such as who is eligible for the money, how it will be allocated and when it will be distributed.
Queens’ next top prosecutor, Melinda Katz, has pledged to bring a left-leaning approach to criminal justice in her new job, a challenge in an office that has long been known for its traditional law-and-order policies.
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The former commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, Loree Sutton, has filed a campaign committee to run for mayor after leaving her post at the helm of the agency on Halloween.
The New York City Police Department’s second-in-command, Benjamin Tucker, admitted that he was “disappointed” to learn that he didn’t get the job as police commissioner.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said additional money for local prosecutors and state Attorney General Letitia James to implement changes to evidence discovery isn’t necessary, despite calls for extra funding.
A federal judge in New York tossed out the Trump administration’s “conscience rule” that would allow health plans and providers to refuse to cover or perform services like abortion or gender transition procedures that they oppose on religious or moral grounds.
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Editorial Pages
Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone put up big numbers against his toughest opponent yet that will grab statewide attention in winning a third term as Suffolk County executive, but significant challenges still await him.
Police behavior should be scrutinized and if they misbehaved, the cops in question should be disciplined, but fare evasion is a real offense and the NYPD’s presence on subways is necessary to combat it.
New York’s new early-voting law looks to need some adjusting because a measly 1.3% of New York City’s 4.7 million registered voters cast early ballots, extremely few voters “empowered” at a cost to, among others, children.
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National Politics
If U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is called upon to preside over a Senate impeachment trial of Trump, it will be the most high-profile and likely unwelcome test of his skills as a neutral arbiter.
Democrats won complete control of the Virginia government for the first time in a generation and claimed a narrow victory in the Kentucky governor’s race, as Republicans struggled in suburbs where President Donald Trump is increasingly unpopular.
Trump’s instruction in May to a U.S. delegation that had just returned from Ukraine was to “talk to Rudy,” which made clear that his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was playing the driving role in shaping the president’s view of that country.
House Democrats will begin convening public impeachment hearings next week, initially calling three marquee witnesses to begin making a case for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
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In Depth
While construction on the first phase of the resiliency project to protect lower Manhattan from flooding is expected to begin by the end of next year, the most difficult and contentious section – between Brooklyn Bridge and Battery Park – remains up in the air.
A new state law may soon bring electric scooters to the streets of New York City, but a mile away, Hoboken, New Jersey, already offers a test case of the promises and perils of the electric vehicles, which have taken hold across the world.