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It’s deadline day for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – and it doesn’t look like he will qualify for the next presidential primary debate, polling below the necessary 2% and likely falling very short on the 130,000 donors needed to make the stage.
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The White House ambitions of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand were also dealt a setback, as she too appears likely to be shut out from the third round of Democratic presidential debates.
NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said officers are making fewer arrests for minor crimes in the wake of Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s firing, but he said he had “no fear” that an NYPD cop would allow anyone to get hurt.
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The New York City Police Benevolent Association released two votes of no confidence against de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill, and called for them to be fired or resign.
In a private dossier, whose existence has gone previously unreported, Amazon executives cataloged in minute detail the insults they saw coming from New York politicians and labor leaders before backing out of a deal that would’ve brought the company to Queens.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo pushed back against lawmakers criticizing his administration’s plan to require drivers with older license plates to pay $25 for new ones, calling them “disingenuous” because the Legislature approved the fee a decade ago.
New York’s ongoing measles outbreak may cause the United States to lose its measles elimination status – an achievement that’s been in place since 2000 and had signaled the eradication of the disease.
A coalition of good-government groups sent a letter to the campaign finance commission tasked with recommending changes to the state’s election laws, urging the panel to focus on public financing, and not fusion voting.
In the Hamptons, changing tastes in favor of shorter vacations, a growing supply of homes available for rent and the rise of short-term vacation rental websites have upended what had been a reliable source of summer income for local real estate brokers.
Rep. Tom Reed criticized Cuomo in a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, calling for governor to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for his failure to fix a crumbling section of the New York State Thruway.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio faces one of the biggest decisions of his tenure: whether to follow his school diversity task force’s recommendations, which would lead to a sweeping, and likely polarizing, overhaul of the nation’s largest public school system.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged President Donald Trump to give back to the state that birthed him, while parrying questions about a bewildering Saturday morning tweet in which Trump said he would help complete the Second Avenue subway.
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Cuomo ordered the state Department of Public Service to broaden an investigation into National Grid’s moratorium on new gas service hookups, calling for penalties or even the loss of its franchise if the state finds the provider is fabricating a gas supply shortage.
A controversy over proposed fees for new license plates is also drawing attention to the low wages paid to New York state prison inmates, and Cuomo said he would back a higher minimum wage for inmates, who currently earn between 10 cents and $1.14 per hour.
New York City Housing Authority General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo has cultivated a toxic work environment that has helped drive away high-level female staffers when the city’s public housing authority needs them the most.
Republicans, after falling into the minority in the state Senate, are indicating they are looking for the exits, and Democrats, naturally, see an opportunity to expand.
New York’s second-largest public sector union, the state Public Employees Federation, intentionally dropped 100 dues-paying members from its ranks, its only private sector employees, which now allows it to forgo certain federal transparency requirements.
About 12 days after Amazon announced it would pull out of plans for a Queens headquarters, the New York City Economic Development Corp., which had helped forge the deal, sought help from public relations firm Edelman.
Rep. Chris Collins’ top lawyer is continuing to bank on a constitutional clause as the linchpin of the lawmaker’s defense against criminal insider trading charges, even after prosecutors narrowed the scope of the case earlier this month.
New York City Council members are calling on schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to make sure every public school is prepared in the event of a mass shooting after an audit found schools with faulty door alarms and “school safety plans” plagued with errors.
Editorial Pages
You’d think that the main objective of those obsessed with inequality would be to help more minorities meet high academic standards, but de Blasio and his fellow progressives would rather eliminate the standards altogether.
Reducing racial segregation and ending unequal education should be endpoints, and not the reasons for eliminating gifted and talented programs, screened schools and test-in high schools.
De Blasio’s school diversity panel called for no adjustments that could improve a flawed but beneficial gifted and talented program, nor did it wrestle seriously with how to meet the needs of kids of all backgrounds with advanced academic aptitude.
From City & State
In Depth
De Blasio’s presidential campaign may not be gaining traction, but it’s poised to potentially leave its mark on New York’s hotel industry and the city’s broader land use system if a proposed new permit for building hotels goes into effect.
In the past two years, the New York City Department of Sanitation has undertaken a range of initiatives to help improve public trash can conditions, and by at least one measure, these efforts appear to be working.
Dozens of Staten Islanders who have been waging a battle to protect the Graniteville wetlands and forest, largely outside of the wider New York City spotlight, stand against City Hall in a matter that is life and death for some in the borough.
National Politics
The next televised showdown for the Democratic presidential candidates is due to shrink down to one debate stage with just 10 qualifying, barring any shock developments that help one more contender make the cut for next month’s event.
Barreling through the U.S. Virgin Islands and scraping eastern Puerto Rico, Dorian intensified from a tropical storm to a hurricane, unleashing damaging winds and torrential rain that threatened to produce flash flooding and mudslides.
Trump is so eager to complete hundreds of miles of border fence ahead of the 2020 election that he has directed aides to fast-track billions of dollars’ worth of construction contracts, aggressively seize private land and disregard environmental rules.
The Sackler family would give up ownership of Purdue Pharma, the company blamed for much of the opioid epidemic, and pay $3 billion of their own money under terms of a settlement proposal to resolve thousands of federal and state lawsuits.