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August 10, 2018
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Andrew Gounardes, the Democrat trying to unseat longtime state Sen. Martin Golden, said that one of the “anti-corruption” reforms required in Albany is barring lawmakers from spending campaign funds at a family business.
Angel Barbosa, the former chief procurement officer at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, was indicted on accusations he bought nearly $60,000 of iPhones with taxpayer funds, then resold them and kept the money.
A group of progressive state Senate candidates challenging former members of the now-disbanded IDC demanded that they return more than $1.4 million in campaign donations solicited through an “illegal slush fund."
Official data shows that New York City Education Department investigators failed to determine whether hundreds of sexual harassment charges in the city school system were legitimate, despite closing probes of the cases.
An angry white woman who identified herself as a supporter of President Donald Trump called police to report Hamilton, who is black, who was merely talking with voters outside a Brooklyn subway station.
Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velázquez are throwing their support behind Zellnor Myrie, an insurgent Democrat running to unseat state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, who used to be a member of the Independent Democratic Conference.
Following a dustup with campus financial aid officers a week ago, the state agency that administers college aid has put up a special website along with a toll-free phone line to assist campus employees with questions about the Excelsior Scholarship.
A coalition of more than 100 groups and individuals – including 16 who were wrongfully convicted – are urging Cuomo to sign a bill that would create a prosecutorial misconduct commission.
Top Republican officials have been wary to publicly back Rep. Chris Collins as he continues to pursue re-election after his indictment on federal insider trading charges, but it may not matter much because he can remain on the ballot if he wants to.
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In a rare moment of political accord, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio both said, in response to a proposal by Cynthia Nixon, that they don’t believe city and state workers should be able to go on strike.
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Editorial Pages
New York’s political old guard plainly still doesn’t understand the extent of NYCHA’s troubles, or it wouldn’t be griping about de Blasio’s tentative efforts to get NYCHA some desperately needed income with his Hudson Yards deal.
When mortal enemies Cuomo and de Blasio speak with one voice, as they are now in their opposition to Nixon’s cockamamie idea to let public unions strike without penalty, you should listen.
Adopting single-payer health care in the state would be an enormous step in the right direction, which why I am standing with my colleagues in state government who support it, and I hope you will too, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson write.
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National Politics
While Democrats grow optimistic about their chances of taking control of the House, they are increasingly anxious that the presence of their polarizing leader, Nancy Pelosi, is making it harder for candidates to compete in crucial swing districts.
Republicans’ bulwark around President Donald Trump could be imperiled this fall if Democrats are able to seize control of the House of Representatives in the midterms, Rep. Devin Nunes appeared to warn in a secretly recorded audio tape.
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