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December 05, 2018
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A Chapin School sophomore has garnered more than 11,600 signatures on a petition urging Cuomo to sign a bill into law this week requiring private schools to report allegations of sexual abuse.
A coalition of 136 advocate groups in a new letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it will take more than ending cash bail to effectively end mass pretrial jailing, warning that other for-profit influences must be addressed as well.
Crooked de Blasio donor Jona Rechnitz urged the mayor to attend NYPD crime stat meetings, new emails show, and then tried to take credit for the mayor’s appearance, further calling into question City Hall’s compliance with transparency laws.
New York City Transit President Andy Byford went to the City Council begging for more money for his cash-strapped subway system, only to be dressed down over pitiful service.
Marissa Jackson, New York City’s deputy human rights commissioner, said she was spat on by a menacing racist while riding the subway with her family last week, and that NYPD officers brushed her off when she tried to report the incident.
Legislation that would make New York state the health insurance provider for all residents has fractured New York’s unions, a divide the bill’s sponsors are trying to bridge before it risks derailing the controversial measure.
De Blasio admitted he made a mistake by dispatching one of his deputies to fire Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito, but he shed little new light on the reason for the firing.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spends far less time at City Hall than he once did, spending only nine days a month at City Hall in 2017, leading some city officials to ask whether or not he has lost focus.
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Kushner Cos., which is controlled by the family of White House adviser Jared Kushner, has agreed to pay back rent overcharges at a Brooklyn building after tenants sued the company for improperly converting rent-regulated units to market rate.
New York City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. is demanding answers from de Blasio and Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia after a city garbage truck driver was reinstated two months after he struck and killed a pedestrian.
Walden Macht & Haran, a prominent New York City law firm, is representing the state district attorneys association pro bono in a lawsuit challenging legislation signed by Cuomo to create a special commission to investigate prosecutorial misconduct
Beginning in January, the PATH train’s World Trade Center Station will be closed 45 weekends a year in 2019 and 2020 to carry out repairs to tunnels and equipment that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Two months ago, the NYPD announced it would stop arresting most people for smoking marijuana in public and for low-level marijuana possession, yet police are still pursuing criminal cases against people using marijuana or THC oil.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority could tap into tax money that would be generated from legalized recreational marijuana in New York, as much as $677 million, that could be used to treat the ailing transit system.
New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito insisted that Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t ignore his message over the weekend, saying that it wasn’t an emergency and that he wanted to talk to the mayor at de Blasio’s convenience.
Amazon is in advanced talks to hire SKDKnickerbocker, a public affairs firm that frequently works on Democratic campaigns and causes, to help the company with its media relations, strategy and other public outreach in New York.
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New Yorkers – by a wide margin – approve of plans for Amazon to build a massive new campus in Queens, although they are divided over the terms of a multibillion-dollar incentive package used to lure the company, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
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Editorial Pages
The conviction and sentencing of Louis Ciminelli sends the necessary message that corruption involving public money will be prosecuted and punished in New York state and anything less than prison time would have sent a dangerous message.
If the state Legislature can’t commit to good-government reforms, the pay raise commission should just give agency heads a raise, which is reasonable, but take a pass on the Legislature for now.
A city like New York, open to anyone with the moxie to travel its sidewalks, streets and subways, should say no to businesses that shut out the day laborer or the beggar coming in to warm up with a cup of coffee by refusing cash.
The past two weeks were a nightmare underground in New York City, and a year and a half into an “emergency” Subway Action Plan, things are a little better, but only compared to rock bottom, Nicole Gelinas writes.
From City & State
National Politics
The North Carolina Board of Elections has postponed certifying election results in the state’s 9th Congressional District, where a contractor working for Republican Mark Harris has been accused of collecting and filling out hundreds of absentee ballots.
Federal prosecutors said Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, helped substantially with the special counsel’s investigation and should receive little to no prison time for lying to federal investigators.
Global emissions of carbon dioxide have reached the highest levels on record in 2018, the latest evidence of the chasm between international goals for combating climate change and what countries are actually doing.
The nation bade farewell to George H.W. Bush, the patriarch of one of the most consequential political dynasties of modern times and the president who presided over the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new era of American dominance in the world.
In Depth
In the 1960s, the U.S. pointed the full power of its military-technological industry at going to the moon, and now, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to do the same thing with the Green New Deal, except to save the planet.
Co-op City in the Bronx turns 50 this month, and largest cooperative apartment complex ever built has a fascinating history, with proponents saying it was meant to serve as a model of affordable housing, and critics saying it needlessly drained resources.
While New York City rent regulations are set to expire in June, and it is widely expected that they will be extended, the main question is what exactly they will look like, and whether Democratic control will mean sweeping changes that benefit tenants.
MGM Resorts is expected to close in early January on its $850 million purchase of Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway, but the gambling giant is keeping its cards close to the vest on its plans for the facility just 15 miles from Times Square.
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