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September 12, 2018
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Two online businesses that market tickets to concerts and other events are asking a court to shield them from a probe of their business practices by the office of state Attorney General Barbara Underwood.
A Brooklyn anti-gentrification group has been sending out emails attacking Zellnor Myrie, state Sen. Jesse Hamilton’s opponent in the Democratic primary, raising questions about whether the nonprofit is improperly electioneering on Hamilton’s behalf.
A day after being endorsed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, lieutenant governor candidate Jumaane Williams criticized the policies of Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul as not progressive enough for New York.
New York City is scrambling to reinspect the common areas of 2,300 buildings and an additional 201 apartments that house low-income New Yorkers after discovering that federal rules for dealing with lead paint were routinely violated.
New York City failed to perform proper lead paint oversight not just in public housing but also in thousands of private sector buildings where the rent is subsidized with taxpayer dollars.
After accepting donations from individuals with ties to the real estate industry, state attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout said she would return the contributions, but still emphasized the difference between individual and corporate donations.
Cuomo and the state Democratic Party both acknowledge the existence of the false mailer – saying it went to 7,000 households, cost about $11,000 and that it was wrong – but there have been few details beyond that.
Just a day before the inflammatory literature surfaced, one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top campaign aides pitched a story about Nixon’s opposition to Israeli settlements, which has cast doubts on Cuomo’s claim not to have known about the mailer.
After the state Democratic Party put out a mailer accusing Cynthia Nixon of ignoring anti-Semitism, then apologized for doing so, Nixon said she was unlikely to take them up on their last-minute offer to send a mailer of her choosing.
More than 3,000 people with outstanding warrants in Manhattan for low-level marijuana offenses are having their cases dropped after the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to vacate those warrants.
The New York City Council Progressive Caucus sent a letter to the city Correction Department saying it should pay detainees, who earn anywhere from 17 cents to $1 an hour, more for their labor behind bars.
Actress Amy Schumer, who threw her support behind Cuomo’s re-election bid after previously donating $10,000 to primary rival Nixon, is still voting for the other members of Nixon’s unofficial ticket – Jumaane Williams and Zephyr Teachout.
Republican Rep. John Faso and Democrat Antonio Delgado are essentially even among potential voters in a new Monmouth University poll in the 19th Congressional District.
New Yorkers who do not identify as male or female will be able to change their birth certificates and select a third option, X, under a bill passed by the New York City Council and expected to be signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The state Board of Elections said it has strengthened its cybersecurity ahead of voting in Thursday’s primary, pointing to uniform cybersecurity training for county and state election officials as well as a tested cybersecurity response plan.
The unions that worked on dismantling the old Tappan Zee Bridge and built its replacement have contributed nearly $800,000 to Gov. Andrew Cuomo since 2010.
Nixon’s campaign called on Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez to condemn the mailer sent by the New York Democratic Committee that sought to link Nixon to anti-Semitism.
A top official at the Civil Service Employees Association, one of the state’s biggest unions, plans to file a complaint with the state’s ethics watchdog after the political consulting firm running Nixon’s campaign failed to report it lobbied for a Koch brothers-backed company.
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Recriminations over a bridge opening. A false flyer with a mysterious author. A cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, lox and capers. The long and often bitter battle between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon staggered toward Thursday’s finish line.
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Editorial Pages
If all the primaries in New York were held on the same date, anemic turnout would increase and New York would save about $25 million in each election cycle, so state legislators need to agree on a combined primary voting date before 2020.
The state constitution stupidly decrees that New York City Civil Court judgeships are elected positions, with party nominees selected in open primaries to run for the 10-year terms, coasting to the bench in mockeries of elections.
Cuomo’s credibility stands in shreds just hours before Thursday’s primary, as fresh evidence puts his fingerprints all over the inflammatory mailer – the very same mailer the notoriously hands-on governor insisted he knew nothing about.
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National Politics
A collection of powerful conservative groups is mounting an aggressive campaign to install Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan as House speaker or minority leader in the next Congress.
The U.S. Education Department has reopened a 7-year-old case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, saying the Obama administration ignored evidence that suggested the school allowed a hostile environment for Jewish students.
CBS announced that Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes,” would be leaving the company amid allegations that he inappropriately touched female employees and condoned a toxic culture of sexual harassment.
President Donald Trump issued a new order authorizing additional sanctions against countries or individuals for interfering in upcoming U.S. elections, but lawmakers of both parties immediately said the effort does not go far enough.
In Depth
New York residents who go to the polls on Thursday will do so despite a number of obstacles imposed by the state that make it harder for people to vote, and the lack of easy ballot access has essentially created a system of suppression,
Nixon is running an unabashedly progressive campaign, but New York, despite being a strongly blue state, may not be progressive enough to elect her.
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Business is not thriving at the four concessions in New York City operated by the Trump Organization: a golf course, a carousel and two ice skating rinks – at each, sales have dropped or been flat since Trump’s political rise.
State Sen. Jeff Klein, who led the IDC, is blanketing his primary race against Alessandra Biaggi with money, turning the contest into New York’s most expensive state legislative race this cycle.
As the newly engaged progressive base of the Democratic Party looks to make big changes nationally, New York’s politics lag behind, and that is mostly due to the efforts of the now-defunct Independent Democratic Conference.