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July 11, 2018
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In addition to recently whipping Rep. Joseph Crowley in the 14th Congressional District Democratic primary, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also won the Reform Party write-in primary over Rep. Jose E. Serrano in the neighboring 15th Congressional District.
The fiscal watchdog group Citizens Budget Commission is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to veto legislation that would create a new tax credit for investments in rural communities, saying the proposed investment credit is overly generous.
Assemblyman Michael Blake, who’s considered a rising star in Democratic Party circles, has a side job working as a “consultant” for the One Bermuda Alliance, an opposition political party in Bermuda, though it is unclear if this poses any conflict of interest.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene officials want to outfit every mobile food vendor in the city with a “location-sharing device,” so city workers have an easier time tracking down carts for inspections.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges that de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the southern border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, a charge the mayor’s office has flatly denied.
A federal judge described the avalanche of problems within NYCHA – lead paint of unknown proportions, persistent mold and broken elevators and boilers – as the most significant matter before his court.
A day after de Blasio said 130,000 public housing units will need to be tested for lead, New York City Council members Mark Treyger and Alicka Ampry-Samuel delivered a letter to the mayor demanding more answers about the lead paint scandal.
Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon considers herself a democratic socialist and her campaign has been in touch with members of Democratic Socialists of America, which backed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
New York City Transit President Andy Byford and de Blasio finally had their first meeting, during which Byford pushed the mayor to provide more mass transit funding, and the pair agreed to more annual meetings.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio knew of NYCHA’s lead paint inspection failures for more than two years, but didn’t order a full-court press on inspections of public housing until Monday because, as he said, he’s a busy guy.
A new audit from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found that the city made payments to nearly 200 contractors for their services last year, even though they each owed the city thousands of dollars in taxes.
In a secret video recording that purports to be from May, Democratic congressional candidate Tedra Cobb shares an anecdote with a group of teenagers about her decision not to publicly support a ban on assault rifles, even though she privately supports it.
An attorney for Adam Skelos denied that the son of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos had a “no-show job” and told jurors Adam did perform work at his $78,000-per-year sales job for a medical malpractice insurer.
Rep. Dan Donovan is demanding a federal investigation into the New York City Police Department’s use of a multimillion-dollar, federally funded spy plane to ferry de Blasio back and forth from his vacation in Canada last week.
In a statement, Republican state Sen. Martin Golden called for the state Senate to return to Albany and take up legislation that would extend the program for speed cameras in New York City, which is due to expire on July 25.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denied illegally crossing the border between the United States and Mexico last month, ripping U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the “absolutely ridiculous allegations."
Nixon unveiled a package of proposals meant to expand access to the ballot box for state voters, a move she said that would update the state’s election laws to include early voting and same-day voter registration.
Even as Democratic gubernatorial primary challenger Cynthia Nixon criticizes his record on women’s issues, Gov. Andrew Cuomo picked up the backing of Planned Parenthood’s New York political action committee.
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The New York City Housing Authority was six months late in implementing stricter federal guidelines that mandate inspections of apartments where children under 6 are found to have elevated blood lead levels.
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Editorial Pages
Nursing homes are evaluated by state health officials and the federal government on many different metrics, so regulators should focus on making poorly performing nursing homes clean up their act or else be forced to shut their doors.
The first step in solving a problem is admitting you have one, and de Blasio is always the last to do that, so it’s no wonder that he has so much trouble with new ideas, like finally addressing the ongoing crisis at NYCHA.
De Blasio wants you to know he’s turned a repainted corner after slathering on layers and layers of lies regarding the NYCHA lead paint scandal – better late than never, but what a shame he so consistently, so depressingly, leads from behind.
From City & State
National Politics
The federal government missed its deadline to reunify all 98 immigrant children under 5 years old with their parents from whom they were separated at the southern border, but a federal judge is giving the Trump administration more time.
President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on Germany and other NATO allies, wasting no time to hit at Washington’s closest partners for what he said were hypocritical demands for U.S. security protection.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he is willing to hold former FBI attorney Lisa Page in contempt of Congress if she continues defying a congressional subpoena to answer questions about anti-Donald Trump text message exchanges.
Moments after the NATO summit meeting began, President Donald Trump launched into a clearly preplanned attack on Germany, its level of military spending and dependence on Russia for natural gas.
In Depth
For a decade, New York City officials have carried out a campaign to shut down what they call illegal hotels in apartment buildings listed on Airbnb and other short-term vacation rental websites, and the city has cracked down on many one- and two-family homes.
The New York City Department of Transportation’s decision not to put a dedicated bus lane on the consistently gridlocked Williamsburg Bridge, where it plans to send up to 80 buses an hour during the L train shutdown, may doom the entire shuttle bus system.
The New York City identification card program was supposed to offer protection to undocumented immigrants, but two recent episodes show that the cards can also be a liability in interactions with federal officials that can leave cardholders in detention.
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Although New York has world-class hospitals, the state has the lowest rate of organ donor registration in the country, leaving thousands to languish on waitlists, and hundreds to needlessly die every year.