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New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has fired public schools CEO Eric Goldstein and brought in a new leader following a series of reports that highlighted problems in Goldstein’s handling of the city’s yellow bus system.
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As the president departed from his previously restrained response to sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Marc Molinaro said he comes from a place where any allegations are taken seriously.
Brooklyn residents denounced New York City’s plan to expand the Brooklyn Detention Complex as part of its plan to close Rikers Island, and demanded that officials go back to the drawing board to come up with an idea that doesn’t include constructing new jails.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Max Rose, the Democratic candidate running against Rep. Dan Donovan in the 11th Congressional District, a swing seat that includes Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn.
Parents and even teachers at the Brooklyn performing arts school New Voices School of Academic and Creative Arts were shocked to learn that the school can no longer audition prospective students under the district’s new diversity plan.
The investors behind plans to develop a 630-foot high observation wheel on Staten Island say they are about to pull the plug on the partially completed project, all but ending a six-year effort to bring the attraction to New York City.
The leader of Little People of America, the nation’s largest advocacy group for dwarfs and short people, is calling on Cuomo’s campaign to stop referring to his Republican challenger Marc Molinaro as a Trump “Mini-Me” because it’s demeaning to little folks.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Joe Lhota, whose subway system continues to struggle, has finally encountered a piece of news terrible enough to turn him into an activist – the future closing of the Brooklyn Promenade to repair part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opponents feasted on word that his former right-hand man Joseph Percoco was sentenced to six years in prison, and blamed the governor for allowing pay-to-play corruption to occur right under his nose.
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In a courtroom Friday, the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics plans to argue it doesn’t have to reveal if it ever investigated whether Percoco broke laws meant to prevent government offices from being used to run campaigns, after state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox sued.
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NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have reservations about a Kennedy family charity’s plan to bail out hundreds of teenagers and women on Rikers Island, saying the organization shouldn’t bail out violent offenders.
Enraged by the actions of New York City’s chief watchdog, Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark Peters, de Blasio built a confidential file of allegations against him stretching back two years to justify formally removing him from his post.
On the anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s deadly assault on Puerto Rico, Cuomo proposed erecting a monument in New York City’s Battery Park honoring the victims, survivors and “the resilience of the Puerto Rican community."
Working Families Party board member Bertha Lewis said she would “never” vote to give the party’s line to Cuomo in November after his campaign released a mailer linking Cynthia Nixon to anti-Semitism, adding the party doesn’t need him.
After his defeat by Rachel May in last week’s Democratic primary, former Independent Democratic Conference member and state Sen. David Valesky is waiting to decide whether he will continue campaigning as a third-party candidate.
Four of New York City’s five district attorneys held an emergency conference call to look into whether a Kennedy family charity plan to bail out hundreds of Rikers Island inmates is legal.
The New York City Department of Transportation presented two plans for replacing the crumbling, 1.5-mile section of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that supports the beloved Brooklyn Promenade, both would be expensive and would require closing the promenade.
Assemblyman David Weprin wants the federal government to expedite hearings for asylum-seekers and increase the number of judges reviewing the cases, and suggested adding an immigration court to the Albany area, where there is a detention center.
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This spring, de Blasio came to the brink of firing Mark Peters as commissioner of the Department of Investigation – and still has the papers on file – as if he could ever have gotten away with canning the top cop on the beat exposing his administration’s shortcomings.
Truth is, the judge served up justice to Percoco in his sentencing, even though the people of New York left Cuomo unscathed in the primary, so it’ll be up to New York voters to decide his “sentence” in November.
The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics sure seems to be going out of its way to not investigate whether Percoco violated the rules, if not the law, by using public resources to conduct political business.
The mockery of judicial selection by Suffolk County Democrats, aided and abetted by the ideologically bankrupt Conservative and Independence parties, gets even more unseemly with each new deal.
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Today, Suffolk police and the FBI are cracking down on MS-13, but before the surge of national attention, the Suffolk Police Department’s efforts to fight MS-13 and understand its connection to the wave of disappearances fell short.
As Democrats eye majority control of the New York state Senate, party leaders and progressive activists are descending on Southern Brooklyn’s District 22, where Democrat Andrew Gounardes is challenging Republican state Sen. Marty Golden.
While attacks based on candidates’ personal debts is a common tactic for Republicans, Democrats like former lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams have recently faced such attacks from members of their own party.
National Politics
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested last year that he secretly recorded President Donald Trump to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
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Trump pointedly questioned the credibility of the Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, contending the attack would have been reported at the time if it were as bad as she has said.
Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys held a high-stakes call with U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members that ended with no decision on when or if Ford will testify about allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Congress for failing to deliver his long-promised border wall, unleashing a tweet that accused Democrats of “obstructing” border security and demanded that “REPUBLICANS MUST FINALLY GET TOUGH!"
For two years, Americans have tried to absorb the details of the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s claims that it’s all a hoax, so the Times explored what we know and what it means.
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