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De Blasio 'miffed' at Dean Skelos' vow to block pre-K tax plan

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Mayor Bill de Blasio led a battle cry Tuesday against Republican State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos and others lining up against his plan to raise city taxes on high-earning New Yorkers to fund universal prekindergarten.

“The gauntlet’s been thrown down in Albany,” he told a cheering crowd of clergy at a Bedford-Stuyvesant breakfast. “We will respond.”

Skelos, from Rockville Centre,...

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Cuomo calls NYC's bid to raise minimum wage 'chaotic'

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday rejected as potentially “chaotic” a proposal by Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a higher New York City minimum wage in the latest clash of the state’s top Democrats.

“This could be a chaotic situation,” Cuomo said of De Blasio’s proposal, which the mayor announced in his State of the City speech Monday. “That competition within the state, I don't believe would be productive.”

De...

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Rebel riders get creative to address subway nuisances

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Among the throngs of riders who handle subway nuisances in silence, there are those who act on their own to fix transit transgressions.

Over the years, riders have seen plenty of phony MTA signs and advisories giving advice of variable usefulness. The latest have popped on L train platforms between the Third Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff stations identifying the best spot to transfer to the No....

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New Jersey teen found dead in midtown hotel, an apparent suicide

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An 18-year-old New Jersey woman was found dead in her room at The Bryant Park Hotel in midtown Tuesday afternoon, an apparent suicide.

Rowen Altenburger, who lived in Short Hills, N.J., was discovered with a bag over her head after her mother called the hotel and asked staff to check on her, police said. Prescription medications and a suicide note were found at the scene, police said. "She...

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Column: Twitter has a tough act to follow

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Last week's quarterly results announcement made it clear, if nothing else had, that Twitter is not the second coming of Facebook. The question remains whether it is a whole 'nother thing of great value, as a social phenomenon and as a public company.

Certainly, Twitter's first quarterly earnings report showed that it can't match Facebook's unique trajectory as a social media phenomenon --...

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Ask An Expert: I'm buying an apartment. How much should I pay in attorney fees?

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I'm buying an apartment in Manhattan with a budget of $1 million tops. How much should I pay for a real estate attorney? Do the rates differ if I buy a co-op versus a brand new condo? Should it be flat rate or hourly? I've gotten wildly different quotes, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. One lawyer wants to charge $635 an hour!

I don't want to be taken advantage of. Help!

When it comes...

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Hoffman's diaries reveal fight to beat addiction: Report

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(Credit: Philip Seymour Hoffman in Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2013. (Nina Prommer/EPA))

Entries in journals found at Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment showed the late actor was trying hard to kick the heroin habit that allegedly cost him his life, according to a report.

NYPD investigators found two diaries inside the 46-year-old's West Village apartment where he detailed his battle with drugs, according to NBC News.

The diaries make mentions of drug deals and alleged rehab...

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Coalition launches to push Albany to raise minimum wage

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A new state wide coalition launched Tuesday to push for a minimum wage hike.

Elected officials, unions and other groups said they will push for the passage of legislation that will raise the rate above its current $8 an hour. The coaltion's members, which include 32BJ SEIU, the Working Families Party and National Employment Law Project, say other states and cities have already raised their...

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Another snowstorm sets sights for Big Apple

A stroll through Brooklyn on February 3, 2014.

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Mother Nature will be playing her old winter song for the Big Apple again.

Forecasters predict the latest storm that will hit before midnight Wednesday and last until Thursday night will bring in more snow to the tri-state area. How much more snow we're getting depends on the storm's trajectory, according to the National Weather Service.

"If it is closer to the coast there will be warmer...

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Shirley Temple Black dies at 85

Shirley Temple arrives at her first big premiere

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Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, her family said in a statement.

Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, "peacefully passed away" at her Woodside, Calif., home from natural causes at 10:57 p.m. local time,...

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