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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's longtime former aide and most-trusted confidant will stand trial beginning Monday, kicking off a string of five corruption trials in the next six months that threaten to expose the underbelly of how the state Capitol operates. Joseph Percoco, Cuomo's former executive deputy secretary and campaign manager, is accused of pocketing more than $300,000 from Syracuse-area contractor COR Development and Maryland-based energy company CPV, who prosecutors say leaned o...
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Governor Cuomo speaks at the Womne's March in New York City on Saturday Governor Cuomo says despite the government shutdown, he’s going to try to use state money to keep the Statue of Liberty, which is in a federal park, open. And he says the  closure of the statue is a metaphor for what he says President Trump and Congress are doing through their policies on immigration. “When they try to kick out immigrants, when they try to deport Dreamers, they’re trying to close down the Statue of...
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If indeed they is any relief effort at all, as opposed to “right-sizing” the whole colony island. A million Puerto Ricans still don’t have power, although progress is being made, as heartwarming stories show (“Let There Be Light! Puerto Rico School Celebrates Return of Power After 112 Days”). In less happy news, suicides are up, and now, in the midst of the flu season, there is a shortage of saline bags, which are manufactured in Puerto Rico. Here is a set of statistics maintained by the Arm...
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The U.S. government shutdown had an instant impact on two of the world’s top tourist destinations: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The National Park Service announced that both New York sites would be closed Saturday “due to a lapse in appropriations.” Late Friday, the Senate failed to approve legislation to keep the government from shutting down after the midnight deadline. Americans woke up Saturday to learn that bickering politicians in Washington had failed to keep thei...
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by on January 19, 2018
Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Appleton, Wisconsin on March 30th, 2016. The latest congressional testimony from the co-founder of a firm tasked with investigating Donald Trump is full of explosive allegations. Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS says in the November testimony that much of the president's wealth had come from trusts and investments set up by his late father. Simpson also testifies that money from Russian sources was funneled to Trump properties in Toronto, Panama and...
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Putin accidentally declared winner of the 2018 presidential elections by Google // Screenshot by Christopher Moldes Russia's presidential elections are two months away, and while there are multiple contenders, the expectation is that Vladimir Putin will secure a fourth term handily. On January 15, in what looked like an effort to save time or skip the nail-biting drama of counting votes on election night, Google declared Putin the winner of the March 2018 election. A Russian-languag...
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When Belkis Batista was arrested, a judge set her cash bail at $50,000. Unable to afford that, her family got a commercial bond that wound up costing them more than $10,000. By the time a Bronx jury acquitted Belkis Batista of attempted murder last August, her family had paid more than $16,000 to a bail bond company to help her stay out of jail while fighting the charge, which stemmed from a fight with her brother. A few weeks after the verdict, the bondsman returned about $5,740 and kept...
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by on January 16, 2018
The mayor’s housing plan was redesigned last year to address a growing concern that it was not providing for the poorest New Yorkers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced progress Tuesday on his 12-year plan to build and preserve housing for New Yorkers of limited means — one of his administration’s most expansive and expensive policy initiatives — but the news was dampened by more problems with the city's housing authority. After announcing the city spent $1.1 billion last year to finance 2...
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by on January 15, 2018
On Tuesday evening, progressive activists gathered to hear former New York gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout speak about how to organize against the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of eight New York state senators who collaborate with Republicans to keep the Senate from Democratic control. Teachout was invited to speak at the weekly meeting of Rise and Resist, a grassroots action group that formed in response to Trump’s election. The organization’s elections working...
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by on January 14, 2018
Early-morning tweets revealed Trump’s complicated relationship with various spying rules. Former NSA Michael Flynn Thursday brought President Trump two things he sought: new restrictions on how and when the U.S. government can reveal the names of Americans who come to the attention of intelligence agencies, and a House vote to reauthorize the law that permits those agencies to eavesdrop on foreigners and virtually any American they speak to. This means, among other things, that the ...
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A rally in Washington last month in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The federal government said on Saturday it would resume accepting renewal requests from those already participating in the program. The federal government said on Saturday that it would resume accepting renewal requests for a program that shields from deportation young immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States as children. In a statement, United States Citizenship and Imm...
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Members of Citizen Action New York rally in Albany demanding the state move to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The grassroots organization will hold a ’Community Power Hour’ event at the Riverdale Steak House on Jan. 17 with a focus on resisting the Trump agenda while pushing for change on issues like public education, quality single-payer health care, better public transportation, and racial justice. Stanley Fritz calls himself an “aggressive optimist.” That’s fitting, consideri...
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by on January 14, 2018
Bumper-to bumper, horn-honking traffic through Manhattan streets is about as New York as bagels and Broadway. A plan to ease that problem is tapping into another mainstay of city life: high driving tolls. The idea, called “congestion pricing,” involves using electronic tolling technology to charge fees to vehicles entering the most heavily trafficked parts of town during certain hours. Some big cities already do it, including Singapore, Stockholm and London, where it can cost more than...
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by on January 13, 2018
Several community activists in the Bronx called for a full independent investigation Friday into allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Jeff Klein. Earlier this week, a former staffer named Erica Vladimer accused the senator of forcibly kissing her outside an Albany bar in the early spring of 2015. At the time, she was working for the Independent Democratic Conference, which the 57-year-old Klein leads. While the senator has denied the allegations and has since hired a firm to c...
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There are some eye-popping revelations in the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony before Congress. Senator Dianne Feinstein walks to the Senate for a vote, January 11, 2018, two days after releasing the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony. Democrats in Congress, sick and tired of the Republican Party’s stonewalling, denialism, and outright obstruction of the Russiagate investigations, are starting to fight back, and hard. The most powerful punch yet in the anti-Trump counteroff...
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During a meeting on immigration policy in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump reportedly questioned the United States’ policy of accepting immigrants from, what he said, were “shithole countries,” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations. In the aftermath of the president’s racist remarks, many in right-wing media rallied around him to defend his comments. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, argued that Trump’s comments were “common sense on immigration” and claimed that the...
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by on January 12, 2018
Agreement just before election required woman to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, people familiar with the matter say Donald Trump with Stephanie Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, in a 2006 photo uploaded to her Myspace.com account. A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual en...
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Stephen King isn’t mincing words when it comes to Trump and his notorious “shithole” countries comment. The famed horror writer took to Twitter to condemn not only the President, but his army of brainless followers, too. During an Oval Office meeting in which lawmakers discussed restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa, Trump lashed out at the prospect of enacting legislation for those who come from “shithole countries.” “Why are we having all the...
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by on January 12, 2018
Democratic Party activists protest against a group of breakaway Democrats on June 15, 2017 outside of Governor Cuomo’s New York City office. Elected officials and advocates are calling for an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Bronx State Senator Jeff Klein—leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of breakaway Democrats—as well as for his resignation. Erica Vladimer, 30, who worked at the New York State Senate from 2013 to 2015, told the Huff...
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by on January 12, 2018
North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., on Monday, May 9, 2016. Despite his campaign promises, North Carolina’s Democratic Governor Roy Cooper failed to fully repeal the state’s now infamous HB2 “bathroom bill.” Instead, a “compromise” bill, HB142, was passed. Al Drago / CQ-Roll Call,Inc. At least 129 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced across 30 states during the 2017 state legislative season, according to a new report published by LGBTQ advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Tw...
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