First Read 11/07/2019

November 07, 2019
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The Doe Fund, a 34-year-old New York City institution that helps ex-convicts rejoin society, is mired in allegations that its founder and president, George McDonald, has created a hostile work environment and governs his fiefdom with fear and retaliation.
Prosecutors allege that Joseph Ashton, former director of Amherst-based United Auto Workers Region 9, demanded bribes and kickbacks in exchange for contracts with the union for merchandise.
Just a month after one of her aides was busted in a Mafia-linked scheme, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is having a Nov. 19 birthday fundraising bash for her congressional bid that is being co-hosted by a real-life ex-mob wife.
In a letter sent to New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, city Comptroller Scott Stringer demanded that the Education Department provide proof that it followed rules that require it to conduct inspections for peeling lead paint.
Gang-related crimes have led to an increase in murders and shootings in New York City this year, although de Blasio said that, overall, crime remains at historic lows.
In an attempt to address the staggering number of empty storefronts across New York City, Councilman Stephen Levin plans to introduce a landmark bill next week that would seek to regulate commercial rents.
Despite preaching to New Yorkers about being environmentally conscious, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio frequently uses his police detail’s vehicle to conduct city business and the number of hours he’s worked from his mobile office has skyrocketed nearly 6,000%.
Less than 20% of New York City voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election, despite the introduction of early voting meant to boost turnout, as only 723,462 people voted in the citywide public advocate’s race.
Loree Sutton, the former head of the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, wants to parlay her experience in the Army and in city government into her first run for public office, officially declaring her bid for mayor.
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Brooklyn prosecutors have released the names of dozens of NYPD officers whose credibility has been called into question, a list that includes 53 cases between 2008 and 2019 in which officers had their testimony discredited or called into question by judges.
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With Brooklyn Community Board 7’s deadline to vote on the Industry City rezoning approaching, two officials are calling on de Blasio to send his top advisers to meet with the board.
With voter approval of a city charter amendment to pursue the creation of a budgetary rainy day fund in New York City, de Blasio administration officials are now looking to change state laws so that the city can actually start one.
As the Western New York political world turns its attention to the state’s 27th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Nate McMurray has secured his first major endorsement from Niagara County Democratic Committee Chairman Jason Zona.
Warehouses are emerging as New York City’s hottest property type, with the pace of growth in sales of these e-commerce distribution centers exceeding those of office and apartment buildings this year.
Staten Islanders are pushing state officials for answers on why the borough has such high rates of thyroid cancer and have expressed frustration so far with the health department’s response.
A Long Island judge bumped up the trial date to Jan. 20 for New York state’s lawsuit against an assortment of opioid manufacturers and distributors – all except Purdue Pharma and its owners, the Sackler family.
New York City Hall wants to move the iconic bronze Charging Bull sculpture from its perch at the tip of Bowling Green to the front of the New York Stock Exchange, citing security concerns.
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State officials recently wrote down more than $1 billion in economic development investments on several high-tech projects across upstate New York, including the solar panel factory in Buffalo operated by Tesla.
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A new digital ad takes aim at the “Long Island Six” – the half-dozen Democratic state senators from Long Island, most of whom won their seats just last year from Republicans – calling them the new Independent Democratic Conference.
A state judge ordered President Donald Trump to pay $2 million in damages to a collection of nonprofit groups as part of a settlement of a lawsuit that accused his charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, of financial mismanagement.
Editorial Pages
It’ll be three terms for Mark Poloncarz as the incumbent Erie County executive posted a convincing victory in Tuesday’s election, only the second person in his position to achieve that longevity, and it comes with expectations.
To hear Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin tell it, expletives and all, he’s the boss of the county, but Troy voters, thankfully, see it differently when they voted against McLaughlin’s preferred candidate and the Republican for Troy mayor.
As expected, New Yorkers approved five city charter changes, including one that will upend the very basic, very familiar act of choosing our local leaders – the stakes are high, and officials now have their work cut out for them.
For the Post’s Michael Goodwin to say we didn’t try to work with President Donald Trump is just a lie – the Post published our efforts to stop, and then repeal, the SALT tax increase and my multiple meetings with the president on transit infrastructure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo writes.
From City & State
National Politics
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce Thursday a campaign for his old U.S. Senate seat, a decision that could roil the Republican primary and provide the ultimate test of Trump’s sway over his supporters.
President Donald Trump wanted U.S. Attorney General William Barr to hold a news conference declaring that the commander in chief had broken no laws during a phone call in which he pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate a political rival.
House Democrats unveiled a narrowly tailored set of questions that they say will guide their public impeachment hearings, with a focus squarely on President Donald Trump’s behavior in the Ukraine saga.
The United States and China have agreed that an initial trade deal between the two countries would roll back a portion of the tariffs placed on each other’s products, a significant step toward defusing tensions between the world’s largest economies.
In Depth
Bay scallops from the Peconic Estuary have been feeding the inhabitants of Long Island for centuries, but in fewer than 50 years, according to one expert on bay scallop biology, human activity driving climate change has threatened the scallops with extinction.
Despite attempts to reform the New York City Police Department, its methods remain troubling and its rank-and-file officers resistant to change – and it will take more than a new commissioner to make a substantive difference.
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