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October 11, 2018
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The number of men stricken with breast cancer after being exposed to the air around the World Trade Center site on or after 9/11 has reached 30, the number of victims doubling since a report of a rare cluster of 15 male breast cancer patients came out over a month ago.
One person has died of Legionnaires’ disease in a cluster of 16 cases in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ordering 11 of 20 recently inspected cooling towers to be cleaned.
Advocates are urging Cuomo to sign the Rural and Agricultural Jobs Act, legislation that would connect rural agricultural businesses in New York with new funding streams, creating a new $100 million fund for those businesses.
Workers from New York City’s yellow school bus industry’s largest union voted to authorize a strike, as employees, yellow bus companies and the city struggled to reach deals on worker contracts amid tumult in the $1.2 billion enterprise.
The New York City Housing Authority opened a review of its own board’s voting history after a report revealed it held closed-door sessions to approve a lucrative contract to an outside firm, which is a violation of state law.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport will take at least 5.3 million travelers a year off the roads surrounding the airport, according to a Port Authority analysis that will be sent to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Republican state attorney general candidate Keith Wofford has made addressing the opioid epidemic a top priority, even as his law firm made big bucks representing Purdue Pharma and other opioid manufacturers.
A super PAC that aims to help Democrats retake the House of Representatives is running a television ad accusing Republican Rep. John Faso of “breaking his promise to a woman with a pre-existing condition,” but Faso says it’s inaccurate.
State Sen. Martin Golden claimed ignorance of the Child Victims Act during a debate with opponent Andrew Gounardes on Wednesday night, saying he had never heard of the bill aimed at helping childhood victims of sexual abuse.
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An estimated 75,000 immigrants living in New York legally who qualify for benefits like food stamps could be forced to choose between that help and pursuing their permanent residency under President Donald Trump’s proposed “public charge” rule change.
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Cynthia Nixon in an email to supporters urged them to back candidates for Congress running on the Working Families Party ballot line across the country as well as the state Senate in New York.
With the election less than a month away, Cuomo still hasn’t agreed to a single debate with Republican challenger Marc Molinaro, and critics say that’s not how democracy is supposed to work.
Five doctors in New York City have been charged with taking more than $5 million in return for prescribing millions of oxycodone pills to purported patients who had no legitimate medical need for them.
A review of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s books by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli noted upcoming budget deficits over $1 billion, a planned fare hike and a credit downgrade that could make borrowing more expensive.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul formally announced her support Democrat Nate McMurray in his congressional race against Collins, something he said is an important moment for his underdog campaign.
A federal judge has set Feb. 3, 2020 as the date Collins will go on trial to face charges of insider trading, after his attorneys said they need the time to prepare for the trial, including reviewing the interviews the government conducted with his staff.
Rep. Chris Collins this week gave his first interviews since re-entering the race for Congress, indicating that he hopes to win re-election and continue to serve in Congress while fighting criminal insider trading charges.
A judge dismissed one of six criminal charges against the disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein after prosecutors acknowledged that they had discovered inconsistencies in statements made by one of his accusers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement said he has raised $500,000 for Democratic state Senate candidates as part of a “coordinated” effort to help the party win control of the chamber.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and United Federation of Teachers, the city’s teachers union have reached a tentative deal on a contract after months of negotiations.
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Editorial Pages
Residents of Cohoes this week finally saw a glimmer of, if not good government, at least better government when the Common Council on Tuesday removed allies of Mayor Shawn Morse from the Industrial Development Agency.
A new report found that less than 20 percent of New York City schools are fully accessible to people with disabilities, and yes, New York’s schools are old and costly to renovate, but excuses don’t make good on the promise of equal opportunity – only action will.
Advocates at New York Penn Station who suggested the time is ripe to overhaul the busiest rail hub in North America aren’t wrong – the time was ripe very long ago – and it’s even more important now to get the details right.
Marcus Molinaro said he would appoint Zephyr Teachout to his Moreland Commission, and that’s a pretty clear signal that he really means to end the endless, massive pay-to-play culture that dominates state government.
From City & State
National Politics
The FBI’s former top lawyer told congressional officials in private testimony last week that he had taken seriously a suggestion by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to secretly tape conversations with President Donald Trump.
FBI Director Christopher Wray told the U.S. Senate that the White House put limits on the reopened investigation into U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, but the law enforcement chief insisted that the process used was a typical one.
The suspected murder of a prominent Saudi journalist exposed a growing rift between the White House and Congress over American policy on Saudi Arabia, as Republican lawmakers demanded an investigation as Trump declared his relations with Riyadh “excellent."
Facing declines in the stock market after nearly two years of cheerleading, President Trump is attacking the central bank chief Jerome Powell.
In Depth
New York City is currently home to two separate charter revision commissions that offer New Yorkers a chance to vote on measures that would revise the city charter, but before voters go to the ballot boxes, Gothamist answered questions they may have about the process.
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat running for re-election as the state’s top fiscal officer, faced his three challengers on Tuesday in the first debate of the general election, set to air Sunday night.
Long before he ran for president as a nationalist, hard-right Republican, Donald Trump considered running in 1999 on the Reform Party line, a party intended to focus on trade and the economy while remaining agnostic on social and cultural issues,
After months in which both parties have hyped their chances in a slew of state Senate races, new financial disclosure forms provided the first real look at which races they think are actually worth investing in, with four standing out.