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Top court upholds conviction of ex-Bloomberg consultant

New York’s top court on Monday upheld the conviction of a Republican political operative for stealing $750,000 from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the 2009 campaign.The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, dismissed the appeal of John F. Haggerty Jr., a Queens native, who was convicted in 2011 of grand larceny and money laundering and sentenced to 1 and 1/3 to 4 years in state prison.

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Top court approves special prosecutor to probe WFP role in 2009 NYC election

ALBANY -- New York’s top court approved a special prosecutor Tuesday to investigate the role of the Working Families Party in a 2009 Staten Island election.

The Court of Appeals, in a 6-0 decision, rejected the labor-backed party’s attempts to disqualify a special prosecutor and quash subpoenas.

“We hold that the special prosecutor was validly appointed,” Judge Victoria Graffeo wrote...

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Top court: Islip improperly took away 'take home' cars from employees

Islip Town Hall is located at 655 Main

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ALBANY -- The Town of Islip improperly took away "take home" cars from union employees amid stalled contract negotiations in 2008, New York's top court ruled Thursday.

But, significantly, the Court of Appeals said Islip doesn't have to immediately replace the 45 vehicles at issue. Instead, the court sent the dispute back to a state mediation board to come up with a remedy.

The case goes...

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NY top court considers restoring NYC big-soda ban

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tries

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Thought New York City’s attempt to ban large-sized sodas ended when Michael Bloomberg left the mayor’s office? Think again.

The de Blasio administration has picked up the fight, taking up an appeal with New York’s highest court. On Wednesday, city officials asked the Court of Appeals to reinstate the ban -- which had been struck down by lower courts -- arguing the city has the right to restrict...

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