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February 13, 2018
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Several local leaders attending the annual New York Conference of Mayors this week visited the state Capitol on Monday to make their case for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to consider the needs of cities and villages in the 2019 budget.
The New York City Council will hold a hearing on Feb. 28 to examine best practices for dealing with workplace sexual harassment as the city does not currently have a blanket harassment policy for municipal employees.
A new legal agreement requiring the NYPD to change how it handles property seized during arrests likely will hasten the return of cellphones, cash and other items.
De Blasio’s decision to pay school bus workers seniority benefits that are not part of their contract is going to cost taxpayers $136 million, and Councilman Paul Vallone, who said the move circumvented the City Council’s authority, is calling for an investigation.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will meet this week to vote on a $30 million expansion of Stewart International Airport, a project aimed at increasing international arrivals at the facility 60 miles north of New York City.
The New York City Council Standards and Ethics Committee determined that Councilman Andy King violated anti-harassment rules in his dealings with a female staffer, and ordered him to undergo sensitivity and ethics training.
The state Health Department is going to investigate the lead paint, mold and heat complaints filed at New York City Housing Authority developments, escalating scrutiny of a troubled agency that’s already under a microscope.
More than 50,000 New York City students ages 17 and up will have the chance to register to vote through their schools this year as part of a new voter registration de Blasio plans to unveil during his State of the City address.
De Blasio is expected to propose during his State of the City address spending $500,000 this year to protect the city’s election system against hackers, a step he says is necessary as investigations continue into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will use his State of the City address to announce a plan to change the City Charter to improve the city’s campaign finance system by lowering the limits for allowable campaign contributions to political candidates.
Chalk it up to empty-nest syndrome or the realization that your oldest friends just can’t be trusted, but Cuomo has a new dog, a puppy called Captain.
New York’s top court ruled unanimously that portions of a person’s private Facebook profile can be accessed by opponents in a civil lawsuit, since limiting access runs counter to New York’s historically liberal rules of discovery in a trial.
The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association slammed Cuomo’s plan to make it easier to fire state corrections officers, criticizing its announcement less than two days after the savage beating of a New York City correction officer.
Black and brown New Yorkers continue to face marijuana arrests at rates nearly 10 times those of whites, despite early promises from de Blasio to close the racial disparity.
Flanagan called for eliminating advertising for the Start-Up NY program, a state business incentive initiative he says has “failed,” saying the state should put the $44.5 million Cuomo earmarked for advertising to better use.
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan insisted that his endorsement of state Sen. John DeFrancisco in the campaign for governor won’t impact his ability to work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the state budget.
The state Senate joined the Assembly in approving a measure that postpones state and local primaries by two days to Thursday, Sept. 13, avoiding the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as well as the last day of Rosh Hashana.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to make civic engagement a centerpiece of his State of the City speech, calling on all New Yorkers to vote and get counted in the 2020 census, investing $4.3 million to achieve higher levels of participation.
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Chelsea bomber Ahmad Rahimi received multiple life sentences in prison for setting off a shrapnel-packed explosive in Manhattan that injured 30 people in 2016, while other explosives in New York and New Jersey were found undetonated.
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Editorial Pages
The costs of title insurance in New York is a practice that costs homebuyers hundreds of dollars in extra closing costs and, in some cases, thousands of dollars more, and Albany allows it and state legislators are maneuvering to protect it.
The worst attack in years on a Rikers Island correction officer prompts the question: Has de Blasio painted targets on jail guards’ backs by banning “punitive segregation” for inmates ages 21 and under?
Fortunately for the victims of Harvey Weinstein, the lawsuit state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed in Manhattan court against The Weinstein Co. has a real shot at ensuring measures of justice otherwise unattainable.
New York, a national leader in reducing its prison population, could do much more to reform its parole and probation systems, as state parole violators represent the only prison population subgroup that is growing.
If the White House thinks it knows better than the NYPD how to keep a city of immigrants safe, look no further than police officer Edward Byrne, who was killed in Queens in 1988 while protecting a Guyanese immigrant from gang activity, de Blasio writes.
From City & State
National Politics
Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser with a broad foreign policy portfolio that requires access to some of the intelligence community’s most closely guarded secrets, still has not succeeded in securing a permanent security clearance.
The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps.
The U.S. Education Department confirmed it no longer is investigating civil rights complaints from transgender students who have been barred from school bathrooms that match their gender identity
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate’s work on a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will be limited to this week as the chamber works to produce 60 votes for an immigration bill.
As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media to sow further political and social divisions in the U.S.
In Depth
Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and Robert Mercer launched a group called Reclaim New York before helping put President Donald Trump in the White House, and though the group says it is nonpartisan, its staff all seem to be of the same political persuasion.
DreamYard Preparatory, part of de Blasio’s Renewal Schools program, saw improvements after getting benefits like data analysis training, counseling for students and an extended school day, but the big question now is whether schools like it can continue to improve.
New York City’s old lever-pull election machines – more than 7,000 of them – are stored in a Brooklyn warehouse, but they won’t be around much longer, since they’re being sold for scrap metal.
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