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August 09, 2018
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It appears that the Williamsburg exodus in Brooklyn has begun – with apartment inventory shooting up by 25 percent and rent slipping back down to 2015 prices – thanks to the upcoming 15-month L train shutdown.
Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon traded endorsements with state attorney general Democratic primary candidate Zephyr Teachout, who used to be Nixon’s campaign treasurer before launching her attorney general bid.
Former members of the Independent Democratic Conference, who are facing primary challenges in September, decided to donate contributions they received from cable TV giant Charter Communications to a strike fund for its unionized workers.
State Sen. Shelley Mayer said MGM’s bid to purchase a Yonkers racetrack casino should be stymied unless the gambling company drops a lawsuit it brought against victims of last year’s mass shooting at one of its Las Vegas properties.
Democrats say the indictment of Collins on insider trading charges could give them a shot at winning New York’s most Republican seat in the House, saying they have received calls from Democrats around the country.
In a news conference following his federal indictment for insider trading, Rep. Chris Collins, an early and loud Trump supporter, said he acted appropriately and that he will stay on the ballot in November.
After three years of planning, meetings and protests, the New York City Council passed a plan to rezone a large swath of Inwood, often referred to as the last affordable neighborhood in Manhattan.
The New York City Council overwhelmingly approved legislation to halt new vehicle licenses for ride-hailing services, making New York the first major city to do so and dealing a significant setback to Uber in its largest market in the U.S..
Tribune Media Co. announced they were pulling out of the deal to buy Sinclair Broadcast Group – and New York’s very own WPIX was one of the stations that’s spent the past year dealing with Sinclair’s apparent duplicity.
The federal government is denying permanent residence applications for unaccompanied immigrant youths based on a misinterpretation of state law, state Attorney General Barbara Underwood argued in a brief filed in federal court.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio staged an unusual rally in Union Square to celebrate the passage of legislation capping the number of Uber and other for-hire vehicles, hailing the package of bills as a victory over “corporate greed."
An industry-backed group called the Restaurant Action Alliance is continuing to fight New York City’s impending ban on foam containers, despite restaurant owners saying they are largely unconcerned or no longer use such packaging.
New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal launched fixmycablenow.com, a website paid for by his campaign fund that will be promoted to cable customers through a six-figure expenditure by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 labor union.
The state court system’s recent success in reducing outrageous delays in processing misdemeanor cases in Bronx Criminal Court resulted in a legal settlement that aims to ensure the positive trend continues.
A bipartisan measure establishing a commission to investigate misconduct by district attorneys that passed in the waning days of the state legislative session, despite staunch opposition from prosecutors who said it’s unnecessary, has now reached Cuomo’s desk.
Making it easier for public workers to strike by amending the Taylor Law would create “chaos,” Cuomo said, responding to a proposal by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon to end the daily penalty for striking.
In a press conference, Cuomo did not rule out the creation of a single-payer health care system next year, saying it’s something he would review with state lawmakers.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused Rep. Chris Collins of having been unfit for office even before he was indicted on federal insider trading charges, saying Collins puts his “political affiliation ahead of the people of his district."
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Editorial Pages
The real point of the newly passed package of bills that will regulate ride-hailing apps in New York City was simply to give something to Uber’s opponents, especially in the struggling yellow cab industry, not to fix congestion.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to consider adding hundreds of luxury apartments to a long-planned affordable housing development deserves a round of applause because it is precisely the kind of economic smarts he should have applied to NYCHA long ago.
Collins, who holds the ignominious distinction of having been Trump’s earliest endorser from the House or Senate, is just the latest example of corruption among the president’s allies.
From City & State
National Politics
A new round of lackluster showings by Republican candidates reignited a debate within the GOP over whether Trump will be a drag on the party’s chances in November and should stay out of some of the country’s most hotly contested races.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team have spent several days building what many legal experts consider a slam-dunk case against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, but it has been surprisingly hard going at times.
Puerto Rico has conceded that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people on the island last year and not just the 64 in the official death toll, acknowledging the higher death toll with no fanfare in a report submitted to Congress.
Senior American national security officials, seeking to prevent President Donald Trump from upending a formal policy agreement at last month’s NATO meeting, pushed the military alliance’s ambassadors to complete it before the forum even began.
Vice President Mike Pence called for the establishment of a Space Force by 2020, while also announcing immediate steps the Department of Defense would take to reform how the military approaches space.
In Depth
Despite the progressive groups that have sprung up across Central New York, moderate Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi is the Democratic candidate for Congress precisely because backers think he can win in a majority Republican district.
There is little question that Cuomo has had a long-standing ideological commitment to gun control, but it is also undeniable that in a year when he is facing an aggressive re-election challenge, he has recognized the potential payoffs of playing up his war on the National Rifle Association.
Former Rep. Michael Grimm has some tough truth for Rep. Chris Collins, the New York Republican indicted for insider trading, since Grimm, too, was indicted while serving in Congress, but went on to win re-election.
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New York magazine published an oral history of the April 2016 North Bronx gang bust that was believed to be the largest in New York City history – but it still has the community debating whether it made them safer.
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