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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the state plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government over its policy of separating children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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With Vice President Mike Pence visiting upstate New York, Cuomo sent an open letter to him ripping the Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents on the southern border as a “moral outrage."
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the NYPD will give many people smoking marijuana in public a ticket rather than arresting them, but not if a person has certain kinds of past arrests or convictions.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon reiterated her push for criminal justice reform measures as the legislative session winds down in Albany, calling for the passage of a bill that would create a cashless bail system in the state.
New York City investigators have visited less than half of the yeshivas accused of failing to teach students basic academics, with just 15 out of 39 politically connected Jewish religious schools inspected in three years.
State Senate Republicans vowed to investigate how the state is spending taxpayer dollars to address the opioid crisis, amid criticism that the state is largely shifting funds to pay for treatment services.
Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is making public corruption a centerpiece of her gubernatorial campaign, promising a civil discussion of the issues without name-calling, and she insists she’s not playing spoiler for the Republicans.
A judge tore into lawyers for New York City and ridiculed claims by the New York City Housing Authority that it couldn’t be held liable for the kids’ suffering because it had stopped conducting mandatory inspections for lead paint.
New York City First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan, the former chairman of SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s nonprofit arm, testified that the university’s former president Alain Kaloyeros considered himself to be on solid ground with Cuomo.
Fuleihan also testified that Buffalo-based LPCiminelli wasn’t guaranteed a $750 million contract to build the RiverBend project under requests for proposals issued by the state.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the NYPD will roll out plans to issue summonses rather than make arrests for smoking marijuana in public following a 30-day review of ways to end racial disparities in marijuana arrests.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams quietly reversed his support for eliminating the city’s specialized high school admission test after Chinese-American donors pulled out of upcoming fundraisers.
Candidates for governor and critics of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development programs are seizing on the second Buffalo Billion bid-rigging trial, calling for campaign finance reform and increased oversight of the state’s economic development programs.
Though state lawmakers kept themselves busy in Albany, as Monday wound down, there was no sign that members were close to any agreements on high-profile issues still being negotiated, such as teacher evaluations and New York City speed cameras.
The Brearley School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side has become the latest among some of New York City’s most prestigious private girls schools to open their doors to transgender students.
Sources say Cuomo has picked developer David Mack, who was pushed off both the MTA and Port Authority boards in 2009, as his nominee for the MTA board over Patti Ann McDonald.
There were 3,675 people homeless and unsheltered on the streets of New York City during a single night in 2018 – a 6 percent decrease from the prior year, and while that’s progress, it is still 16 percent higher than the same count in 2013.
Four Latino residents of Brentwood on Long Island have filed suit against the town of Islip, claiming that its electoral system, in which candidates seek votes townwide instead of in specific districts, has deprived them of political representation.
Leadership of the newly founded Serve America Movement line backing Stephanie Miner’s run for governor has ties to national Republicans, but it leaders said they are not intending to help Republican gubernatorial candidate Marcus Molinaro.
A new report from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said bullies are running rampant in city schools, and the Department of Education isn’t doing enough to stop them, with Stringer backing gentler discipline but better implementation.
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No matter de Blasio’s agreement with the feds to clean up mold, lead paint and more in decaying New York City Housing Authority apartments, without a profound change in how NYCHA does business, the mayor has little hope of being a decent landlord.
As the curtain rose in Manhattan federal court on the latest New York corruption trial, both the prosecution and defense seemed to agree on one thing: The Buffalo Billion bid-rigging case runs straight through Cuomo’s office.
The Staten Island Advance has endorsed Rep. Dan Donovan in his congressional primary against former Rep. Michael Grimm, saying Donovan has served Staten Island with distinction and sensitivity, despite accusations to the contrary tossed about by Grimm.
Doctors in New York state who receive payments from opioid makers prescribe more of them than doctors who don’t get payments, and something must be done to make sure there are no financial incentives for doctors to write prescriptions for narcotics.
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As Cynthia Nixon runs for governor, she isn’t just bidding to become the first woman and first openly gay governor in the state’s history – she would be one of the first female celebrities elected to a prominent political office in the U.S.
There is a terrified 9-year-old boy in New York City right now who was yanked away from his mother at the border, and there are many like him in the city thanks to Trump’s zero tolerance policy with respect to people crossing our borders, de Blasio writes.
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City Limits looks into who is funding the former state Senate Independent Democratic Conference members as they seek re-election, and who is financially backing their primary challengers.
London-based rock music magazine Kerrang interviewed New York City Councilman Justin Brannan about how his career as a hardcore guitarist prepared him for politics by teaching him self-promotion and encouraging him to be fearless.
National Politics
President Donald Trump ridiculed what he said was a total lack of security at the nation’s borders, falsely blaming Democrats for separating families and dismissing as “crazy” Republican proposals to hire thousands of new immigration judges.
The Trump administration issued new rules that will help small businesses and self-employed people get health insurance that costs less because it includes fewer benefits and consumer protections, bypassing significant requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
President Donald Trump further escalated his trade fight with China, saying his administration was prepared to impose tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods and potentially even more if Beijing continues to fight back.
A backlash over the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their parents at the southern border has left Republican candidates scrambling to distance themselves from the policy.