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May 16, 2018
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Municipal Credit Union President and CEO Kam Wong, whose organization serves hundreds of thousands of public employees and their families, has been arrested on federal fraud and embezzlement charges connected to his misuse of millions of dollars in funds.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is weighing a run for state attorney general, possibly doing so as an independent, free of ties to Democrats and Republicans.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ decision to visit two yeshivas and skip public schools during her trip to New York City has upset some public school advocates.
Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee, said he wants to bring back New York City’s scandal-scarred Off Track Betting Corp. as part of any deal to legalize sports.
Former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto “traded their office for money,” a federal prosecutor said in the closing arguments of their corruption trial.
Both the New York City Council and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer questioned the precipitously rising budget for the city Department of Homeless Services, even as the homeless population of about 61,000 New Yorkers has not decreased.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio compared President Donald Trump’s policies to the wolf at New York’s door in a meeting with Democratic New York City House members on how best to fend off what he saw as the Trump administration’s attacks.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced his office would no longer prosecute the vast majority of marijuana possession and smoking cases as of Aug. 1 and would seek a 96 percent reduction in prosecutions.
Jacob Daskal, the president of the Shomrim neighborhood patrol who was accused of raping a teenager, serves as the campaign treasurer for Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s hand-picked successor Simcha Eichenstein.
The state Legislature began interviewing 13 candidates to fill the position of state attorney general until the November election, and acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood was the first one interviewed.
Restaurateur Harendra Singh would have gotten “zero” from Nassau County during Edward Mangano’s tenure as county executive if Superstorm Sandy had not struck, Mangano’s defense attorney said during the closing arguments of Mangano’s corruption trial.
Advocates are hopeful that increased awareness around domestic violence after the stunning physical abuse allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will propel new legislation and resources to address the issue.
Jacob Daskal, who was charged with raping a 16-year-old girl, has resigned as Simcha Eichenstein’s campaign treasurer for his bid to replace longtime Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
New York City first lady Chirlane McCray met with reporters at City Hall to announce a new website aimed at helping female entrepreneurs, but avoided taking questions despite her public schedule including a Q&A.
Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara endorsed Cynthia Nixon’s plan to create a new anti-corruption panel if she’s elected governor, signaling his approval in a tweet that also criticized Cuomo for disbanding the Moreland Commission.
New York state plans to sue Purdue Pharma, a leading opioid manufacturer, for allegedly encouraging physicians to prescribe its painkillers, then profiting off the patients who got hooked on the drugs.
Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon is not on board with the push from Manhattan and Brooklyn to stop prosecuting marijuana smokers, sounding a note of caution and saying the issue should be left up to the state Legislature.
Public Advocate James will not take the Working Families Party ballot line in her run for state attorney general, spurning a party that contributed to her first electoral victory.
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New York City Public Advocate Letitia James officially kicked off her campaign for state attorney general at a rally surrounded by union leaders, who proclaimed their support, and New York City elected officials.
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Editorial Pages
Efforts to enroll more New Yorkers in health insurance and fund access to primary care for undocumented immigrants would go a long way to shore up the finances of New York City’s public hospital system, New York City Council members Carlina Rivera and Mark Levine write.
When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he was heading to Israel to show solidarity with a nation under attack from Iranian missiles, he said: “I believe you show friendship when times are tough,” but it looks like times got a little too tough since the trip was canceled.
With a record number of women running for office across the country, it’s currently in vogue to stand up for women, but too many men are just virtue signaling to women without examining their own behavior, or that of the institutions and agencies they command, Alexis Grenell writes.
Eric Garner has been denied justice even in death, and hope for any justice probably lies in de Blasio not only firing officer Daniel Pantaleo, who killed Garner, but to hold the rest of New York City’s police accountable too.
From City & State
National Politics
North Korea is rapidly moving the goal posts for next month’s summit between Kim Jong Un and Trump, saying the U.S. must stop insisting it “unilaterally” abandon its nuclear program and stop talking about a Libya-style solution to the standoff.
President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller should follow the example former FBI Director James Comey set in 2016, when he investigated – and then publicly exonerated – Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server.
A state representative, an Air Force veteran and two high-powered lawyers – all women – won Democratic House primaries in Pennsylvania, where a record number of women ran for House seats in a year of intense political enthusiasm among female Democrats.
Attorneys for Donald Trump Jr. sought to coordinate public statements for attendees of a June 2016 meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and top Trump campaign aides after news broke of the sit-down, according to transcripts released by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
In new financial disclosure documents, President Donald Trump reported reimbursing his attorney Michael Cohen more than $100,000 last year – an apparent reference to the $130,000 that Cohen paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump.
In Depth
Public Advocate James has emerged as the early, but still overwhelming front-runner to be the next state attorney general, and she has been aggressively laying the groundwork for a run.
The pricey expansion of Hudson River Park would include several private development projects in a flood zone, and both New York City and the state may be left on the hook financially for storm repairs if another Superstorm Sandy strikes.
Cosmopolitan writes about 11 women in the highest ranks of the state attorney general’s office now that Schneiderman has resigned, and how acting Attorney General Barbara Underwood has handled the transition.
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It’s hard to peg exactly when the longtime friendship between Cuomo and de Blasio went south, but whatever the cause, their weapon of choice seems to be real estate.