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April 13, 2019
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An elderly Bronx man who was kicked to the curb by NYCHA after a medical emergency forced him to fall behind on his rent is being welcomed back with open arms following an outcry.
The price tag for a consulting firm charged with saving the MTA money will go up when the MTA board votes next week on a $3.75 million contract with AlixPartners – a vote delayed in March when the-then $2.3 million restructuring contract met fierce resistance from board members.
New York City transit officials recently announced a remarkable figure: One in five bus riders in New York City does not pay the fare, adding to a problem that cost the transit system $225 million in lost revenue last year.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has filed a class-action lawsuit against the state Office of Court Administration to seal the records of 366 people who have old low-level marijuana convictions.
Sources say that state Sen. Kevin Parker lost his temper in a shouting match with state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, chair of the Senate ethics committee, after the freshman Democrat said she did Parker "a favor" by not investigating him over a social media post that told a Republican operative to kill herself.
About 50 members of the politically-powerful Hotel Trades Council dressed in pink and descended upon an upstate town Friday to protest state Sen. James Skoufis and his Airbnb-friendly bill.
Trump says he is strongly considering releasing "Illegal Immigrants" into Democratic strongholds to punish congressional foes for inaction on the border, just hours after federal officials insisted the idea had been rejected.
President Donald Trump on Friday night called out New York state Democrats for blocking additional tuition assistance for children of deceased or injured veterans, referring to a stalled state bill that would have added funding to a program.
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Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo put the kibosh late Friday night on a legislative addition to the budget that could potentially give lawmakers $44 million in capital spending to dole out.
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New York City sidewalks are inundated with scaffolds – and because there are no time restrictions on their presence, many of them have been up for years, remaining an eyesore, hurting small businesses and threatening public safety, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and union chaplain Brian Jordan write.
Despite the promise of a new era in the state Legislature, certain things didn’t change. Complex public policy, in this case criminal justice reforms, got forced through in a rushed budget process. And New Yorkers may soon be less safe as a result.
Vance may owe his job to his illustrious predecessor, but it’s painfully obvious he is no Bob Morgenthau, including how a deputy chief of the Sex Crimes Unit made an outrageous plea for leniency for pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
As long as Washington remains unable to deliver comprehensive immigration reform, states will deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants. In New York, that means legalizing driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
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