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December 06, 2018
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State officials are hashing out a plan to repair the Grand Central Terminal train shed, a vast subterranean space for Metro-North cars that lies beneath Park Avenue and its side streets.
Work on a $27.7 million train station coming to downtown Buffalo is expected to begin in early 2019 and be completed by the fall of 2020, though critics of the location continue to push for another site.
Already facing charges for accepting a bribe, Daniele Family Cos., the developers of the project Assemblyman Joseph Errigo has been accused of trying to hinder in exchange for illicit cash, are now suing him as well.
While the Affordable Care Act has come under attack nationally, it still remains popular in New York, with enrollment in health plans through a state exchange for 2019 ahead of last year’s pace.
The Long Island Rail Road has agreed to provide “two trains” for New York Islanders games and other events at the proposed Belmont Park arena, according to a synopsis of the $1.2 billion project posted by Empire State Development.
Albert Alvarez, a failed New York City Council candidate, and Anna Mendez, the former head of a Bronx day care center, were indicted on charges that they created a straw donor scheme to rip off the city’s public campaign finance system.
Questions about how to fund what will be more than $300 million in raises for SUNY professors and other employees took center stage as the workers union and SUNY’s administration offered different views of the system’s fiscal situation.
The donor New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio now blasts as “a liar and a felon,” Jona Rechnitz, was once considered a “brother,” according to new emails released in a court filing intended to convince a judge to OK the mayor testifying in an NYPD bribery trial.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo decried the rise of corporate power “all across the nation” in response to a boycott at Charter Communications, even as he simultaneously endures ongoing criticism from some on the left over his deal with Amazon.
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A thinly disguised Metropolitan Transportation Authority parody account called @TheOfficialMTA was suspended by Twitter after its tweet announcing delays on nearly subway line went viral on Monday, even fooling a local politician.
P.S. 150, a small, award-winning public elementary school in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, can stay put in its longtime home in an apartment complex for several years after negotiating with the building’s landlord.
Students with disabilities will get the first shot at seats in New York City public schools that are accessible to them under a new enrollment policy announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
FDNY Chief of Department James Leonard, the department’s top uniformed member, was removed from his post amid a probe into his alleged mistreatment of the department’s highest-ranking woman.
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said he’d file a lawsuit to try to stop the development of three residential towers near the Brooklyn Bridge after the City Planning Commission approved the project.
Rep. John Faso said he has no plans for life after he leaves elected office next month and batted down a report that he is being considered for the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is considering the appointment of his chief of staff, Linda Lacewell, as the state’s top financial services regulator, although the current superintendent of the state Department of Financial Services, Maria Vullo, said she has no plans to resign.
Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer at the center of the Eric Garner chokehold death, will face a departmental trial in May, which is expected to last about two weeks.
The Democratic majority taking control of the state Senate in January is planning to act on legislation that would limit the outside income state legislators can earn, but they would also like to receive the recommended pay raise in their government salaries.
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State elected officials are in line to receive salary increases for the first time in decades based on recommendations approved by a compensation commission comprised of current and former comptrollers.
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Editorial Pages
As the state pay compensation panel closes in on the decision about giving Albany lawmakers a pay raise, it must be said again: no increase without campaign finance reform, just one of the conditions the public must demand.
Newly revealed emails between de Blasio and a corrupt donor raise some troubling questions, namely leaving the public to wonder what else a guy who once vowed to be the “most transparent” mayor ever is hiding from the public.
Citi Bike, New York City’s marquee short-term bicycle rental network, is working, so it’s growing, and without any public subsidy, which is welcome news even if there is some grumbling in the background.
Since it’s simply common sense that state legislators should get no pay increase until they approve reforms to limit conflicts of interest and it’s worth noting that the pay raise committee itself has conflicts, ones that could raise questions about its own independence.
From City & State
Critics say New York’s criminal justice system can be arbitrary at best and racist at worst. With Democrats controlling both houses of the state Legislature next year, here are the major criminal justice bills lawmakers are looking to pass.
Julie Tighe, formerly of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, is the new president of the New York League of Conservation Voters. She spoke with City & State about congestion pricing, combating climate change and how the nonpartisan organization feels about the new state Senate majority.
More and more politicians seem to support using revenue from legalizing marijuana to help pay for New York City’s subways. Weirdly, the debate has begun to play out in the city public advocate race – even though the public advocate has no control over a potential pot tax.
National Politics
Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on the definition of a border wall – let alone the project itself – and the rift could lead to a partial government shutdown later this month.
Lobbyists representing the Saudi government reserved blocks of rooms at President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., hotel within a month of Trump’s election in 2016, paying for an estimated 500 nights at the luxury hotel in just three months.
At Trump’s New Jersey golf course, an undocumented immigrant has worked as a maid since 2013, and was even given a certificate from the White House Communications Agency for the “outstanding” support she provided during Trump’s visits.
State and national Republican officials appear to have received early warnings about voting irregularities in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, now the subject of multiple criminal probes.
As President Donald Trump negotiated a trade truce with China, his administration was coordinating the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive who was flying through Canada, a move that could worsen the trade war between the U.S. and China.
In Depth
At the same time that Manhattan parents were protesting proposed changes to how elite New York City high schools choose their students, teenagers in Brooklyn were giving voice to their frustrations with their educational experience.
New York City is often ahead of the curve compared to other large American cities when it comes to transportation, but it’s lagging far behind in micromobility, and where the City Council is trying to move forward, de Blasio is not on board.
Now 25 years after the Long Island Rail Road mass shooting, commuter railroads, including the LIRR, remain vulnerable to mass shootings, but numerous measures have been taken by the MTA and its police force in the wake of the massacre.
A cutting-edge New York City program to help severely mentally ill people live on their own has endangered people who were not ready, and for some residents, the sudden shift from an institution to independence proved deadly.
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