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New York City public housing residents trying to draw attention to their living conditions got a boost from hip-hop artist Ja Rule, who chided the mayor and governor over the state of NYCHA buildings at a City Hall rally.
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New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams’ bid for lieutenant governor got the backing of a group of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters, the People for Bernie Sanders, which said it will carry petitions to get Williams on the ballot in the Democratic primary.
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Transit officials have repeatedly blamed “overcrowding” for New York City subway issues, but Andy Byford, the new president of New York City Transit, called the overcrowding classification “not particularly meaningful” and vowed to provide more detailed information.
William F.B. O’Reilly, a political strategist who was a campaign spokesman for former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, has been named chairman of a new national political party, the Federalist Party of America.
A proposal in President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget to reorganize the World Trade Center Health Program could jeopardize the health and safety of thousands of 9/11 first responders, said Reps. Pete King, Carolyn Maloney and Jerrold Nadler.
Beleaguered Long Island Rail Road President Patrick Nowakowski outlined an extensive plan to reverse the agency’s recent service woes by investing in technology, more quickly responding to problems, enhancing customer communication and installing countdown clocks.
Two Democratic hopefuls aiming to challenge Rep. Chris Collins in November dropped out of the race following last week’s endorsement by party leaders of Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially threw his support behind Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer, the Democrat running in a key state Senate special election in Westchester County that could determine control of the state Senate.
A former manager at Competitive Power Ventures, the power company at the center of the corruption case against former Cuomo aide Joseph Percoco, took another swipe at Percoco’s wife’s performance at her low-show consulting job.
The New York City Council is investigating the decision made by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration to stall financing for an affordable housing building that would have benefited an adjacent New York City Housing Authority complex.
Republican gubernatorial candidate John DeFrancisco said Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to change the state tax code to get around the loss of deductions under the new federal tax law is “the work of a mind severed from reason and reality."
As she gets ready to retire from the nation’s largest school district, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña lauds higher graduation rates and prekindergarten expansion, among other accomplishments.
Who exactly is paying for the team of lawyers defending ex-Cuomo aide Joe Percoco – a legal bill that experts say could easily run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars – is not clear, and Percoco is not saying.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer visited SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury to highlight the need for cybersecurity training just days after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians with plotting to influence the 2016 elections.
State Sen. Kevin Parker’s mother got a $32,150 taxpayer-funded grant to fix up the Flatbush home he owns with her, money that was funneled to her by a nonprofit group that the late former Assemblyman Vito Lopez founded and controlled.
Two weeks ago, 34 units of supportive housing, which also provide job training and education counseling, opened up for homeless families, financed by a New York City Housing Preservation and Development Department loan and tax credits totaling $11.5 million.
On Tuesday, four NYPD officers involved in a drug arrest will appear in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn for the start of an unusual civil rights trial, facing accusations that they detained one of the men involved in a suspected drug deal simply to increase their income.
A crew of engineers and real estate agents is hoping to convince New York City of another option to mitigate the pending L train apocalypse, a floating bridge over the East River to help ease the pain of the train tunnel shutdown.
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For reasons no one can quite remember, decades ago the state imposed a cap on the height of residential buildings in New York City, and it’s holding the city back from developing to meet its growing residential needs, New York City Councilman Rory Lancman writes.
Young people should engage with black history in thoughtful, age-appropriate ways throughout their time as students, and this broader integration of black history into our schools is as important to our future as coding and computer science, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton writes.
Cuomo isn’t so much going ahead with a congestion pricing plan for New York City as he is laying the groundwork, which is fair enough considering a new Quinnipiac University poll showed more than 50 percent of New Yorkers don’t like it.
It was tough to get, for the very first time, but you can go to and find details about pension payouts to those who are part of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, the largest fund for retired municipal workers.
It’s usually a bad idea when governments want to be even more secretive than they already are and Cuomo’s move to keep certain pardons confidential is no exception.
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As opioid overdose deaths surged in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio sharply increased the city’s spending on its response under the HealingNYC program, and the increased attention may have stemmed the tide.
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Gareth Rhodes, a former Cuomo staffer, is challenging Republican Rep. John Faso, but it’s an open question whether an association with the governor will be helpful in a district in which Cuomo took a shellacking in 2014.
NewYorkCoin, a cryptocurrency created in 2014 by an unknown developer, has enjoyed a surge of support in recent months, as more businesses are accepting the currency and there’s a growing interest among cryptocurrency developers.
The Percoco corruption trial is drawing new attention to the connected insiders who’ve held considerable influence but aren’t registered lobbyists, as the work of prominent consultants has raised eyebrows about whether they’re crossing the line into lobbying.
National Politics
An attorney whose firm was accused of whitewashing abuses by the former president of Ukraine in cooperation with Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, pleaded guilty to lying to the special counsel investigating Russian election interference.
President Donald Trump suggested Democrats only became concerned about allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election after his upset victory, pointing to a quote from former President Barack Obama as proof.
As South Florida continues mourning the victims of last week’s school shooting, students transformed into activists and public officials are preparing for days of high-profile events highlighting the renewed debate over gun control and school safety.
President Donald Trump said he supports Mitt Romney’s bid for the U.S. Senate from Utah, endorsing a former rival and major figure within the Republican Party
Democrats’ hopes of winning the House this fall got a boost with the release of a new congressional district map in Pennsylvania that could help the party pick up several seats in the battleground state.
More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most saying these incidents are more reflective of mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.