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September 14, 2018
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said his son Dante was one of the many voters who went to the polls on Thursday only to find that his name wasn’t listed as a Democrat on the voter rolls, but records from the Board of Elections tell a different story.
Two 911 calls made last year by the wife of Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse confirm that she told a dispatcher she had been a victim of domestic violence and that her husband had grabbed her by the throat during a violent encounter at their city residence.
A federal judge rejected a bid from New York City Housing Authority residents asking for “a seat at the table” to help decide on the terms of the $2 billion officials were given to improve the residents’ dangerous living conditions.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is said to be running for president as a Democrat in 2020 – an idea he’s had leading up to three races in the past.
David Keyes, the English-language spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, stepped down after several women, including Salazar, accused him of sexual assault.
Voters in Brooklyn chose Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist, over incumbent state Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan in the primary race for the 18th state Senate District, even though she was plagued by bad press for making misleading statements about her background.
Progressive activists successfully wrested Democratic nominations away from six former members of the state Senate Independent Democratic Conference, marking a stunning epilogue to the rogue group formed in 2011 that shared power with Republicans.
Letitia James became the first black woman to win a major party statewide nomination, easily defeating three rivals in the Democratic primary for state attorney general, and with the win positioning herself as a prominent face of resistance to the policies of President Donald Trump.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul won the Democratic nomination for a second term as lieutenant governor, turning back a serious challenge from New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams and cementing her status as a force in New York politics – though it wasn’t easy.
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In the end, Cuomo’s vulnerability was more hope on the part of the far left wing of the Democratic Party than reality as the governor cruised to a huge primary win against actress Cynthia Nixon, who was barely able to surpass Zephyr Teachout’s performance four years ago.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo cemented himself as a merciless tactician and both of his choices for lieutenant governor and attorney general – Kathy Hochul and Letitia James – moved on from the primaries, but the lone bright spot for liberal insurgents were the six victorious IDC challengers.
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New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the huge number of problems with school buses during the first days of the new school year is "unacceptable," vowing to to ensure that it does not occur in subsequent school years.
Former top Cuomo aide Joe Percoco wrote in a letter to a federal judge that he is "truly sorry" for the actions that led to his conviction in March on corruption charges, saying he “lay(s) awake at night” filled with remorse.
The rush is on New York City’s public advocate’s job now that Letitia James is expected to step down in 2019 to become state attorney general, and one of the leading contenders is Councilman Jumaane Williams.
The eight Republican county chairs from New York’s 27th Congressional District plan to meet Tuesday in Albany to discuss the next steps in replacing indicted Rep. Chris Collins on the November ballot.
Cuomo suggested racism played a part in the White House mishandling of hurricane relief for storm-ravaged Puerto Rico last year, saying that people of “a different skin color, different language (were) treated as second-class citizens.
Hours before the polls closed Thursday night for the Democratic state attorney general primary, Republican candidate Keith Wofford kicked off a hefty $3.25 million statewide television ad campaign.
Leaders of the Working Families Party rejected a potential deal to back Cuomo in November’s general election after the two-term incumbent trounced their candidate, Nixon, in the Democratic primary.
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Voter turnout in the Democratic gubernatorial primary election was more than double what it was 2014 with more than 1.5 million voters casting ballots across the state representing, 27 percent of registered active Democrats.
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Following a decisive primary win, Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to tell his doubters “I told you so,” saying suggestions that he was not a progressive or that his challenger Cynthia Nixon was pulling the administration to the left were incorrect.
Editorial Pages
If the hot issue New York’s Republican leaders, like gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro and state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, tried this week to scare voters away from Democrats is any indication of the ammo they’re toting for the general election, the GOP needs to reload.
Democrats really had no good reason to oust Cuomo, a governor who has shown signs of corruption and has proven to be a master of the backroom deal, but ultimately has a progressive record as a governor, John Podhoretz writes.
From City & State
National Politics
The House passed a $147 billion spending package and sent it to Trump for his signature, taking initial steps to avert another possible government shutdown and the White House indicated that he will sign the measure.
Paul Manafort, the criminally convicted chairman of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, cut a tentative deal with special counsel Robert Mueller in order to avoid a second trial, but parties close to Manafort say it’s unlikely he’ll cooperate.
Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans released a letter from 65 women who knew Brett Kavanaugh during high school calling him "a good person" – escalating their defense of the Supreme Court nominee as a decades-old sexual misconduct allegation surfaced.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to reduced charges stemming from consulting work he did for pro-Russia political forces in Ukraine.
In Depth
When the Daily News laid off half its staff in July, the last of the big dailies left day-to-day coverage of the vast borough of Brooklyn to a scrappy, overworked cohort of community journalists.
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While Cuomo’s nearly 30-point victory over Nixon is being heralded as a landslide, it is also undeniable that New York will be a demonstrably more progressive state precisely because she ran.
Julia Salazar’s state Senate campaign, and by extension the New York chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, succeeded by recognizing that direct communication with people takes precedence over anything that’s reported in the media.
Cuomo sealed a large primary victory over progressive challenger Nixon Thursday night, but for a man who’s long had his eye on higher office, it’s fair to say those presidential hopes are now doomed.