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November 08, 2018
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Highway crews began removing many of the controversial “I Love NY” highway signs as part of the state’s deal with federal highway regulators to avoid a $14 million penalty, and will ultimately remove about 400 of the roughly 500 signs.
A de Blasio donor on trial for allegedly bribing cops was profiting off his powerful connections, including charging a family money to facilitate getting a relative out of jail, one witness said.
The investigation of the 2014 police chokehold death of Eric Garner has dragged on for so long that witnesses, including the New York City medical examiner, don’t remember their grand jury testimony in the case.
They’re not planning a groundbreaking yet, but backers of the $13 billion Gateway Program, arguably the region’s (and the nation’s) most pressing infrastructure project, are expressing hope for the project’s prospects after Democrats won the House.
Democrat Nate McMurray continued to press his challenge against Republican Rep. Chris Collins, insisting that outstanding ballots will decide the close race in the 27th Congressional District after the Democrat had appeared to concede.
New York City election officials admitted there are no assurances that future voting – including in the 2020 presidential race – would go any smoother than the Election Day debacle of monster lines, busted machines and late openings at polling sites.
This election had the most ballot pages stuffed into digital scanners on a single day in New York City because of the unusual two-sheet ballot design, which appears to have contributed to machine breakdowns and long voting delays.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who represents Long Island City, said he would oppose giving “gobs of money” to Amazon to open a headquarters there, saying the project would “change the very fabric of the neighborhood."
Google is gearing up for an expansion of its New York City real estate that could add space for more than 12,000 new workers, an amount nearly double the search giant’s current staffing in the city.
A day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo won re-election to a third term, he and frequent political foe New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to publicly tamp down their tensions.
Rose Harvey has held the role of commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for Cuomo’s first two terms in office, but she will be stepping away from the post at the start of the governor’s third term.
Voter turnout got an Election Day Trump bump as New York City residents cast nearly twice as many ballots compared to the last midterm election – 1.9 million people cast ballots, a 90 percent increase compared to 2014.
New York City’s elected officials, consultants, lobbyists and politicos descended on San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the annual Somos el Futuro conference, the first held since Hurricane Maria hit the island.
The House has flipped to the Democrats, but that margin could change in the coming days with Republican Reps. Claudia Tenney and Chris Collins’ races remaining too close to call, hanging by threads of absentee ballots.
Low-level marijuana enforcement has decreased dramatically in New York City following a change in policy announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio in the spring for police to give summonses instead of making arrests in low-level marijuana cases.
State Attorney General-elect Letitia James announced she would keep her predecessor, Barbara Underwood, on as solicitor general, the role Underwood had held before being appointed as attorney general following Schneiderman’s resignation.
State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos is planning to leave the job he has held since 2015, with a Cuomo spokesman saying it was “100 percent” Seggos’ decision to depart.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is launching a bid to become House Democratic Caucus chairman, a move some of his supporters hope would position him to one day become the first black speaker should he win.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Senate Democrats promised that one of the first acts of the new Democratic-controlled state Legislature will be to consider more gun control measures in the wake of a mass shooting at a California bar.
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After a six-month investigation, prosecutors said they would not pursue criminal charges against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned in May after four women accused him of assaulting them.
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Editorial Pages
It seems hard to believe that a government addressing the wants of its residents could be coming to the state capital of dysfunction, but it’s possible now that Democrats have gained control of the state Senate.
Cuomo’s re-election to a third term came on the back of $35 million in contributions, largely in big sums, and as corruption has swirled around the governor, he must now work with the state Legislature to pass reforms and get big money out of campaigns.
It was another Election Day of horrors at polling places across New York City, and while there are a lot of problems that need to be addressed to prevent this from happening again, the core issue is dysfunction at the city Board of Elections.
Voting in New York City has been far too hard for far too long, and the time to reform election laws in the state is right now, de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson write.
From City & State
National Politics
President Donald Trump threatened to adopt a “warlike posture” against Democrats if they use their newly won control of the House to investigate his financial and political dealings, drawing a line at the start of a new era of divided government.
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who is taking over the Justice Department following Jeff Sessions’ firing, has argued that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation went too far, an investigation he is now expected to oversee.
At least 11 bar patrons and a sheriff’s deputy were killed late Wednesday in a shooting at a country and western dance hall in Thousand Oaks, California, that was holding an event for college students.
Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker once espoused the view that the courts “are supposed to be the inferior branch” and criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s power to review legislative and executive acts and declare them unconstitutional.
A federal appeals court ruled that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields from deportation young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
In Depth
Amazon’s consideration of Long Island City for a new headquarters set loose a flood of speculation about what it would mean for New Yorkers, but first, there a number of questions that still need to be answered.
As Amazon eyes Long Island City for one of its new headquarters, residents hope upgrades to schools, sewers and transit might follow, but others fear that the neighborhood could become a victim of its own success if Amazon moves in.
After her victory, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must now contend with the challenge of using her voice and star power to bring change to the Democratic Party, and to help shape policy in a way that most first-term House members aren’t asked to do.
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