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June 13, 2018
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Former Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto has asked a judge to dismiss state corruption charges against him, after a jury last month acquitted him on separate federal corruption charges.
Former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris pleaded guilty to fraud charges, admitting she pocketed New York City and federal funding intended for vulnerable children and Superstorm Sandy victims.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney defended her 13 terms in Congress and questioned the experience of her Democratic primary challenger, Suraj Patel, as the pair faced off in the only televised debate for New York’s 12th Congressional District primary.
A group representing NYCHA residents asked a judge to reject the settlement of a lawsuit that accuses the housing authority of hiding dangerous and disgusting conditions from the feds, saying the deal gives NYCHA too much authority to police itself.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for the prosecution of New York City Housing Authority officials who hid dangerous and deplorable living conditions from federal inspectors, calling the possibility of a cover-up “unacceptable."
Records show that New York City paid $12.8 million from 2014 through 2017 to settle sexual harassment claims involving its employees – with the New York City Police Department accounting for nearly a quarter of the settlements.
The state Legislature approved a ban on indoor tanning devices for New Yorkers under the age of 18, which would make New York the 16th state that restricts access to indoor tanning facilities if Cuomo signs the legislation.
With the end of the state legislative session nearing, state Senate Democrats and traffic safety advocates are demanding that state Sen. Simcha Felder stop being the “roadblock” to renewing and expanding New York City’s speed camera program.
State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan unloaded on Cuomo’s latest push for a “red flag” gun control bill, saying that Cuomo had failed to negotiate in good faith and was “disengaged and disinterested in doing the people’s business."
In a new poll from Siena College, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expanded his lead over primary challenger Cynthia Nixon to 35 points among Democrats and leads GOP gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro by a 19-point margin among likely voters.
New York City’s on-again, off-again relationship with expanded plastic foam containers for takeout is set to end with a ban of the product, starting in 2019, after years of legal challenges delayed implementation of the 2013 law.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a progressive freshman from California, has partially pulled his endorsement of Rep. Joseph Crowley after being skewered by liberals on Twitter, saying he now co-endorses Crowley and his Democratic primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
An audit from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli revealed that state taxpayers shelled out $1.28 billion for unnecessary Medicaid managed care premiums to cover patients who already had private insurance.
A group of bagpipers and a small band were part of the effort by New York State United Teachers to advance legislation in Albany that would end the use of standardized tests in the evaluation of teachers.
As the state legislative session winds down, Assembly Republicans are calling on Democrats to act on measures that would strengthen the transparency and oversight of Cuomo’s economic development programs.
At a protest outside New York City Hall, those who have been affected by the “gang database” said that being on the list may have been used to justify further surveillance, enhanced bail recommendations and heightened charges.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea defended the department’s use of a controversial “gang database” at a New York City Council hearing, asserting that such lists remain a critical tool in the fight against organized criminal groups.
Cuomo’s "red flag" gun control bill has picked up a powerful opponent in the National Rifle Association, which has come out against the legislation, saying Cuomo is waging “war on law-abiding New York gun owners."
In his push for a “red flag” gun control bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking direct aim at several state Senate Republicans by unveiling new digital ads targeting seven senators from the New York City suburbs and state Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn.
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Cynthia Nixon released her $7.4 billion education plan, which calls for a $700 million expansion of child care subsidies and a new program to pay for college, that would raise taxes on high earners and corporations.
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Editorial Pages
Once again, de Blasio is moving to toss middle-schoolers out onto the street – though at least this time his administration is claiming to be regretful about backing out of a deal to put a charter school in Brooklyn.
Half-price New York City subway fares and a boost to build new NYCHA senior housing in the city budget will be worth their weight in gold for poorer New Yorkers; now pause the applause for some real talk about how this city manages its increasingly extravagant spending.
From City & State
National Politics
The House will vote next week on competing immigration bills that deal with the fate of young undocumented immigrants with no guarantee that either will pass and resolve the divisive issue.
A federal judge approved the blockbuster merger between AT&T and Time Warner, rebuffing the government’s effort to stop the $85.4 billion deal, in a decision that is expected to unleash a wave of corporate takeovers.
House Republicans are looking to Trump to help them pass a GOP solution for DACA recipients, but even if he weighs in, it’s unclear that the bill will make it across the finish line.
In Depth
If the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island squared off in a civil war, the Bronx would ultimately come out as the winner thanks to its hilly terrain, large population and control over the city’s water supply.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is running against Rep. Joseph Crowley in a congressional Democratic primary, might defy all the ideas of what an elected official should look like, but that’s not stopping her – if anything, she’s ready for the fight.
Black voters could hand the gubernatorial primary to either Cuomo or Nixon, and they are trying to leverage their voting power into concrete action on issues ranging from criminal justice to minority contracting.
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