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January 11, 2019
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Another New York City bike lane in Manhattan’s West Village that was already under fire from pro-parking forces has been vandalized, this time with broken glass and signs.
De Blasio and New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza will host a forum at Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School with parents leaders on Tuesday as the second stop of their ongoing “parent empowerment” listening tour.
Apartment listing site StreetEasy said that landlords lost at least $32.5 million in rents during the past two years in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, neighborhoods that would have been negatively affected by the newly averted L train shutdown.
Following recent disclosures of corruption in the New York City Police Department’s higher ranks, everyone from captain and above is being cautioned to be on guard against civilians eager to shower them with friendship and gifts.
The campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has made helping the working class and poor her top priority, was fined by the state for not carrying workers’ compensation coverage for a month last year.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pursuing a trip to Iowa next weekend, planning events and courting on-the-ground staffers in the first presidential caucus state after skipping a visit to the state during the midterm elections.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s L train engineering team will join Amtrak officials Friday on an inspection of its East River tunnels to see if Cuomo’s repair plan for the L train’s East River tunnel would also work for Amtrak’s East River tunnels.
De Blasio also barely mentioned New York City’s crumbling and mismanaged public housing system and its homelessness crisis, and did not mention at all Fair Fares, the increase in rapes, the city’s struggling schools or neighborhood rezonings.
While New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address contained several new initiatives, it left out any new plans to combat climate change or push the city toward the emissions reductions the mayor himself has repeatedly espoused.
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In addition to voting reforms, both houses of the state Legislature are expected next week to take up bills that would end the LLC loophole, ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and ban conversion therapy.
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State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office announced that New York state’s baseline cap on growth in school taxes will be 2 percent in 2019-20, marking the second consecutive year that limits on taxation will be set at the highest level allowed under state law.
As New York's leaders push to legalize marijuana in the state, Westchester will no longer prosecute some marijuana offenses and will reduce charges for some others.
The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay, and although there have not yet been significant disruptions, people fear that may soon change.
A planned move by de Blasio and the NYPD to raid Bronx parks for drug users appears at odds with the mayor’s own rhetoric on making New York the “fairest big city” in the nation, seemingly contradicting his promises to lower conviction rates.
A federal monitor wrote that the New York Police Department continues to drastically underreport stops of civilians, prompting advocates to declare that unconstitutional stop-and-frisks by cops persist.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in line for a seat on Financial Services Committee, which has the power to probe President Donald Trump’s finances and rein in Wall Street influence in Washington.
Campaign representatives for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand signed a lease for a 5,000 square foot space in downtown Troy, a sign the recently re-elected Albany native could be basing a presidential campaign in the Capital Region.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that Amazon will help pay for his $100 million expansion of health care to the needy when they build a new headquarters in Queens by bringing in new revenue.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she doesn’t expect any delay when it comes to getting a number of voting reform bills passed and told reporters to expect “robust reforms” to pass starting Monday.
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The Child Victims Act, a measure that makes it easier for the survivors and victims of childhood abuse to file lawsuits, will be included in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 budget proposal.
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Editorial Pages
In a new state Legislature controlled by Democrats and full of historic firsts, it still pays to remember the phrase “trust but verify,” as Western New York will be watching to see that promises made are promises kept.
Long Islanders need their federal deductions for state and local taxes restored, and with a bipartisan House bill introduced, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer must find something his GOP counterparts want in exchange for what his constituents need.
With three years left on the job, de Blasio is desperately focused on appealing to out-of-towners, and even hijacked his own annual State of the City address to pad his progressive résumé.
Far be it from us to begrudge hardworking people the right to a little time off, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask de Blasio, who is promising unprecedented change, to demonstrate the case for a sweeping mandate requiring paid time off.
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National Politics
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already making enemies in the House Democratic caucus – and some of its members are mounting an operation to bring the anti-establishment democratic socialist with 2.2 million Twitter followers into the fold.
White House officials are divided over whether President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency to obtain funding for a border wall and end a partial government shutdown.
The U.S. military is moving ahead with its plans to withdraw all troops from Syria, in keeping with a White House directive in December, even though a U.S.-Turkey rift appears likely to delay the pullout.
President Donald Trump said he would not immediately declare a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, reversing days of signals that he might soon declare the emergency amid a protracted standoff with Democrats.
This week, with a new Democratic majority in the State Senate, advocates and lawmakers hope to destroy the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, eliminating an ineffectual legislative ethics commission, and they want to replace it with something new.
For-profit developers had regular communications access to the New York City-controlled agency that led controversial rezoning efforts in Inwood – and many of their requests were later incorporated into the city’s final plan.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is already making enemies in the House Democratic Caucus – and some of its members are mounting an operation to bring the anti-establishment, democratic socialist with 2.2 million Twitter followers into the fold.
New York could pass a bill abolishing cash bail as soon as this spring, something advocates for criminal justice reform say would help curb mass incarceration, but to understand why, and any risks involved, the Times explained how bail works.
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