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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that he and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson are working on a plan to repair the city’s problem-plagued public housing authority and avoid it being placed in federal receivership.
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Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the linkage of lawmaker raises to on-time budgets gives Gov. Andrew Cuomo undue leverage, suggesting it enables Cuomo to pack the budget with his own proposals with little resistance from the state Legislature.
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A state-sanctioned work group tasked with finding ways of improving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority released a report of recommendations, highlights of which include restructuring the MTA and bringing down construction costs.
After missing its statutory October deadline, the state Drinking Water Quality Council is recommending nation-leading limits on three industrial pollutants in drinking water linked to cancer: PFOS, PFOA and 1,4-dioxane.
It took only 45 minutes in a Manhattan courtroom to spell out what lies ahead in the insider trading case against Rep. Chris Collins and others: a long and complicated slog, with lawyers for Collins scheduling dates as far out as August to argue motions.
Experts said New York City is about to unleash a toxic public-health nightmare with its decade-long Brooklyn-Queens Expressway repair project, exposing neighbors to chemicals now largely blocked by the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
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An association representing county health departments across New York expressed concern about state leaders' plans to legalize recreational marijuana, including “future high risk” addictions to other drugs and accidental exposure to kids.
New York Police Department officers are firing their weapons less frequently but resorting to other uses of force more often, according to a new report that also found police have difficulty dealing with the mentally ill despite training.
De Blasio met with opponents of a New York City plan to build a 500-foot-tall jail in Lower Manhattan to try to sell them on a key component of his promise to close Rikers Island in the next decade.
New York City’s immigration court at Federal Plaza has long been the nation’s single busiest immigration court, but between September and November, its backlog grew by 4 percent to more than 105,000 cases.
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The legislative pay raise committee's decision to give lawmakers a raise is the perfect opportunity to finally make the Legislature officially full-time and take away the corrupting influence of outside income, Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell writes.
With Democrats in commanding control of both houses of the Legislature, the question is whether there are still any progressive lines the originally fiscally conservative Cuomo still won’t cross, E.J. McMahon writes.
Cuomo's preview to his upcoming State of the State address offered an unabashedly progressive agenda, but one set of reforms he put forward bears no ideological label: clearing the hurdles that have hindered voter participation.
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, one of Western New York’s own, has been appointed majority leader of the e Assembly, the chamber’s No. 2 position, and that is good for Buffalo and good for all of upstate.
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