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May 15, 2019
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Former Jumaane Williams staffer Farah Louis won a special election to replace her ex-boss, who is now New York City public advocate, on the City Council representing the 45th District.
A proposed rule change by the Trump administration that would cut off housing subsidies for tenants who are undocumented immigrants would affect some 3,000 households in New York City.
Landlord groups looking to avoid a likely rent-law reforms trouncing are trying a new tactic in Albany: joining progressives in calling for a bill that would create a new rent supplement for people eligible for public assistance and facing eviction.
The Queens District Attorney’s Office has joined MTA inspector general Barry Kluger in investigating potential overtime abuse among MTA workers, including at the Long Island Rail Road.
John Samuelsen, head of the Transport Workers Union, which represents New York City subway and bus workers, has raised the prospect of a labor strike as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority seeks to combat overtime abuse.
Hundreds of people who oppose vaccination requirements rallied at the state Capitol, decrying a bill that would eliminate an exemption to the rules based on a family’s religious beliefs that has stalled in the Legislature.
Lee insisted that her and Cuomo’s relationship is fine, but said that the couple intends to sell their Westchester home, with plans to split their time between the governor’s mansion, Lee’s Manhattan apartment and the Hamptons.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his longtime girlfriend, TV chef Sandra Lee, are no longer living together, according to sources with ties to the governor – amid rumors that the couple have split up.
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said he’s not interested in the New York Dems’ legislation that would allow his committee to see the president’s state tax returns from the state Taxation and Finance Department.
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Democrat-sponsored legislation to close the state’s “double jeopardy loophole” to enable state prosecution of those pardoned by President Donald Trump is gaining support in the Assembly, with plans to vote on the measure next week.
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Women’s groups and their supporters are calling for New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik to resign after he admitted to sexually harassing a staffer, with the groups saying the City Council did not go far enough in its punishment.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to Trump Tower this week touting a recently passed emissions bill as the city’s “Green New Deal,” but he has no intention of actually signing the bill, allowing it instead to be enacted automatically.
Newly approved legislation expands seat belt requirements for adults in the rear of personal automobiles, but limousines, taxis and buses are exempted from the proposal.
Advocates see signs that the state Legislature may act this year on a bill that would enable terminally ill patients to request life-ending medication from their physicians after Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced his support for the bill.
The state Senate passed a bill that is meant to prohibit 3D-printed guns in New York by stopping the downloading of blueprints off the internet for building guns that can could elude metal detectors and X-rays.
State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said she expects the Senate to take up action “soon” on a bill that would end the religious exemption from vaccinations.
After failing to include recreational marijuana legalization in the state budget, sponsors of the legislation say they are introducing a new bill that they hope stands a better chance of becoming law.
Disability rights groups filed a major lawsuit against the MTA, arguing the agency’s repeated decisions to complete major subway station renovations without adding handicapped-accessible features violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
New York state will decide Wednesday whether to allow a new undersea natural gas pipeline, which Gov. Andrew Cuomo said will be made independently of him, and the debate pits National Grid and developer interests against renewable energy advocates.
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Editorial Pages
New York faces a deadline this week to decide whether to grant a water-quality permit for a proposed natural gas pipeline under New York Harbor, and while Cuomo should approve it, the state also needs to make sure we can start closing the valves soon.
The anticipated 2% annual raises budgeted by the MTA for workers are fair, but with labor costs comprising two-thirds of the Transit Authority’s growing expenses, Cuomo and his appointees must do more, and that means doing more than cracking down on overtime.
It was pure poetic justice that the weather ruined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest stunt – turning his plans to preen about his Green New Deal efforts outside Trump Tower into a humiliating debacle inside the building.
If he’s smart, Cuomo could one day be known as the governor who saved the New York City subway from ruin, but he seems more interested in playing chicken with the people working to fix the more-than-100-year-old transit system.
Failing to vaccinate your child against measles because it’s against your beliefs isn’t a crime, but perhaps it should be as New York faces it worst outbreak in decades and unvaccinated children pose a public health risk.
From City & State
National Politics
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner faced pointed questions about his plan to overhaul the immigration system in a closed-door meeting with Republican senators – and failed to offer solutions to some key concerns.
The Alabama Senate approved a measure that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state, including an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for cases of rape or incest, setting up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.
The White House issued a long-delayed response to House Democrats’ investigation into abuses of power by President Donald Trump, characterizing it as a politically motivated “do-over” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.
Abortion rights are at risk at the U.S. Supreme Court, but the short-term threat may not come from extreme laws like the one passed by Alabama lawmakers, as the bench is more likely to chip away at rights rather than overturn Roe v. Wade outright.
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In Depth
Passengers who use Access-A-Ride and advocates for the disabled say that recent changes have made things worse, with some riders saying they can no longer count on on-time pickups and must ask to be picked up at least an hour earlier than necessary.
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De Blasio’s latest spending plan, a whopping $92.5 billion executive budget proposal for the 2020 fiscal year, is no exception to his spending growth trend, and as he touts new savings, fiscal watchdogs are casting doubts and poking holes.
The fight over the Williams Cos. pipeline has become an arcane but fevered battle, loaded with accusations of misinformation and political maneuvering, while also becoming another environmental litmus test for Cuomo.
From the factories to the farms of Western New York, America’s trade war with China is already starting to pile up damage, and while questions remain about whether the good will outweigh the bad, local businesses don’t feel certain the war will end in victory.
New York City is no stranger to instituting bans, from plastic bags and single-use foam products to indoor smoking and alcohol ads, but none of those prohibitions has aroused such an emotional and fevered divide as the city’s move to ban the sale of fur.