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When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House. At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff. But when Trump built his West Wing team, the brash New York lawyer did not make the cut. Some in Trump’s inner circle worried abo...
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by on April 19, 2018
549 NYCHA-owned playgrounds have hazardous conditions and lack of repair and maintenance records. On April 4, 2018, Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released an audit of New York City Housing Authority playgrounds’ conditions and maintenance. NYCHA is responsible for the maintenance of each development’s playgrounds. Results from playground inspections are required to be entered into NYCHA’s electronic system for tracking maintenance and physical repair work. However, the Comptroller’s audit shows ...
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by on April 19, 2018
Nathalia Fernandez has all the advantages heading into Tuesday’s special election for the 80th Assembly district in the Bronx. As a Democrat, she has an eight-to-one registration advantage over Republican Gene DeFrancis in the district whose tail stretches from Van Cortlandt Village through Bedford Park and Norwood, and whose heart is in the Allerton, Pelham Gardens and Morris Park neighborhoods. Her campaign funds, while modest at $21,000, are about 10 times what DeFrancis reports. She’s got th...
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by on April 18, 2018
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York is moving to change New York state law so that he and other local prosecutors would have the power to bring criminal charges against aides to President Trump who have been pardoned, according to a letter Mr. Schneiderman sent to the governor and state lawmakers on Wednesday. The move, if approved by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Legislature, would serve notice that the legal troubles of the president and his aides may continue without the effor...
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by on April 18, 2018
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo touts New York state as a progressive beacon for the rest of the country. But his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, says that’s not true when it comes to recreational marijuana. It’s not legal in New York state. Cuomo was asked about the issue during a recent exchange with reporters on Long Island. "Given what’s happened in Massachusetts, California, what could happen in New Jersey, do you feel as if New York is behind on this at all?" NY1 Reporter Zack Fink asked Cu...
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by on April 18, 2018
Following DNC Reform Comission Report on New York Democratic Party, New Yorkers Demand NY Democratic Party Stop Self-Inflicted Voter Suppression, Change Voting Deadline Rules  
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by on April 16, 2018
A key state Senate race in Westchester County has drawn millions of dollars in political spending, funding a deluge of television and radio advertisements in the Lower Hudson Valley. State senate candidates for District 37, Shelley Mayer and Julie Killian answer questions during a student run forum on gun violence at Trinity Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in New Rochelle Monday, April 9, 2018.  Republican Julie Killian and Democrat Shelley Mayer will square off in a special election Apr...
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by on April 16, 2018
In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo stood in front of a public housing building for the first time in recent memory and told reporters that “the residents’ rights have been abused, period.” On the request of the tenants themselves, he had just toured one of the decaying apartments in the Bronx in a building managed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), an institution that has been plagued with budget shortfalls and mismanagement for years. “The unit is crumbling around them, and it is disg...
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by on April 14, 2018
On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier was receiving, one by one, a long line of Iraqis who came with questions and complaints. I remember a man complaining that his house had been run over by a tank. There was a woman who had been a gove...
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by on April 14, 2018
For months, President Trump has railed against investigators and presented himself as the target of an unfair prosecution. So when he was asked to pardon former Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, who likewise considered himself the target of an unfair prosecution, Mr. Trump may have seen some parallels — and a chance to make a statement. I. Lewis Libby Jr. after his 2007 conviction on perjury and obstruction of justice charges related to the leaking of a C.I.A. officer’s ...
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by on April 11, 2018
The City Council wants reduced fares for 800,000 low-income New Yorkers. Roughly 800,000 low-income New Yorkers would save $726 a year if a proposal by the New York City Council and advocates to fund half-priced Metrocards for the poorest New Yorkers is adopted as part of the city’s final budget. On Tuesday, the Council released its budget response to the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preliminary budget, which he unveiled in February. The Council included $212 million in funding for Fair Fare...
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by on April 9, 2018
However, the court gives the former Trump campaign chair a list of assets that could secure his release from house arrest. Paul Manafort fell short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount set by U.S. District Court Amy Berman Jackson. A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to ...
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