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March 13, 2018
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About 500 children and adults marched in Park Slope to urge New York City officials to make streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians, after a horrific car crash recently killed two young children there.
Westchester County lawmakers approved a law, the Immigrant Protection Act, that bars county employees for asking for someone’s immigration status unless required by federal or state law, which they said will protect undocumented immigrants.
As speculation mounts about actress Cynthia Nixon’s possible gubernatorial challenge to Cuomo, the chairwoman of the Women’s Equality Party said it’s very likely the party would support Cuomo’s re-election bid.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is proposing to spend $2 billion to build 15,000 new affordable apartments for seniors on NYCHA land, including $500 million in the coming fiscal year.
Later this month, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission will unveil a pilot program allowing some yellow and green cab drivers to use surge pricing and offer upfront cost estimates like ride-hailing services already do.
Assembly Democrats unveiled a budget proposal that pushes a modified congestion pricing plan that does not charge regular cars to enter Manhattan’s central business district or impose bridge tolls, but does charge cabs and for-hire vehicles.
With three weeks until the state’s budget deadline, school education funding has become a flashpoint in the discussions, including a debate over whether school districts need to provide granular details over where the money goes.
The GOP-controlled state Senate easily approved legislation to crack down on sexual harassment in the workplace, which, for the first time, writes into state law a definition of sexual harassment that would apply to all governments and businesses.
Liberty Helicopters, the company whose helicopter crashed into the East River on Sunday night and killed five people, has a spotty safety record that includes four earlier accidents, including a deadly midair collision with a private plane over the Hudson River.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that he was prepared to declare a state of emergency at the New York City Housing Authority, which has come under fire for failing to provide heat and hot water to many residents this winter.
The woman who accused the now-former commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services of raping her at an Albany hotel has filed court documents claiming the county’s negligence led to the alleged sexual assault.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren is seeking public input as she looks to close a $47.6 million city budget gap, which is among the largest she has faced, second only to a $50 million gap to begin the current fiscal year.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, released a statement stating that she believed Russia did interfere with the 2016 elections – a view at odds with her fellow Republicans – but that there was no specific connection to Trump.
Pleasant Valley Clerk Margaret Hart is facing a felony grand larceny charge following an indictment that alleges she stole more than $27,000 in town funds over more than three years by manipulating town accounts.
The names of three more priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo publicly accused of sexual abuse – including one who was arrested – have emerged in recent days in addition to the 19 priests who were already accused of sexual improprieties.
It’s that time of year at the state Capitol when two things happen together: negotiations speed up over a new state budget, which is due by March 31, and the pace of well-timed political fundraisers quickens.
Christine Marinoni, Cynthia Nixon’s wife, quit her $131,708 per year job as a special adviser for community partnerships with the New York City Department of Education, which is the latest indication that Nixon is running for governor.
New York City first lady Chirlane McCray is considering a run for office after the end of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term in 2021, but she doesn’t agree with him that she ought to get paid at her current gig.
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The attorney for Cor Development Co. executive Joseph Gerardi said he is unable to reconcile the mixed verdict in the Percoco corruption case, with Gerardi being acquitted and while his business partner Steven Aiello was convicted.
With Joseph Percoco’s guilty verdict, the nearly eight-week trial provided a stunning rebuke of Albany’s murky backroom dealings and painted an unflattering portrait of the inner workings of the state Capitol.
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Editorial Pages
Getting the Gateway Program going has been a struggle and President Donald Trump has the opportunity to turn a project with a history of losing into a win, making the new rail tunnel part of his legacy.
The whole point of police body cameras is to make law enforcement more transparent and accountable, but now a New York City police union is suing to keep the footage from public view, and it could well win this fight for more secrecy.
The absence of a municipal salary has plainly not discouraged New York City first lady Chirlane McCray from standing front and center on big issues, so surely the de Blasios can live with that, Clyde Haberman writes.
Drivers with very poor driving records are still menacing New York City streets and posing a potentially fatal danger to others, piling up tickets and running red lights.
Cuomo visited a Bronx public housing complex to beat up the mayor over his mismanagement of NYCHA in his most cutting move yet in their feud, but the question still remains about whether it will do the public any good.
From City & State
National Politics
House Intelligence Committee Republicans said they found no evidence that Trump and his affiliates colluded with Russian officials to sway the 2016 election or that the Kremlin sought to help him, a conclusion at odds with Democrats’ takeaways.
Trump abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.
Pennsylvania Republican Rick Saccone sought to hold off a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democrat Conor Lamb in a hotly contested House race that Washington is watching closely as a bellwether for the midterm elections.
Congressional Democrats, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, criticized Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for closing their Russia probe without consulting the committee’s Democratic members, saying that history would judge them harshly.
President Donald Trump ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat.
In Depth
Trump’s time in office may be taking a hit on Trump-branded properties, according to a new report from CityRealty that found average prices for Trump condos fell below the average for all other Manhattan condos for the first time last year.
Medical personnel at the Buffalo VA Medical Center pronounced a patient suffering cardiac arrest dead instead of trying to save his life, according to a devastating report by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Inspector General’s Office.
A report by the New York Civil Liberties Union found tens of thousands of New Yorkers spent time in jail before trial because they could not make bail, according to five years of bail data from eight small, medium and large upstate counties.
The root cause of the New York City subway system’s decay isn’t budget cuts or overcrowding – rather, the collapse of the subway system appears to have been primarily self-inflicted, after the authority intentionally slowed down the trains.
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