Trying to help defend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to open public schools Thursday, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña fueled skepticism with an odd weather report of her own.
Standing alongside the mayor during a late- morning snow briefing, she said: “And by the way, just coming down here, it has totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.”
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Viewed through the lens of the day’s spot news, there were two key angles in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.
For one, he called for the issuance of municipal ID cards — this year — to help the undocumented out of the “shadows” of city life.
For another, he dug into his position that top city earners must be taxed to support pre-K — even as powerful state Senate...Read more »
UPDATED 2/10/14, 8:15 P.M.: Senate co-leader Dean Skelos said Monday he won’t allow a vote on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise city taxes on the wealthy to pay for expanding prekindergarten programs.
But co-leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) fired back quickly, reinforcing his commitment to the mayor’s plan and saying he wouldn’t approve a state budget without it.
The dispute could...Read more »
Mayor Bill de Blasio used his first State of the City address Monday to outline initiatives to bridge the income inequality gap, provide immigrants with greater economic opportunities and usher in expanded prekindergarten by next fall.
He pushed municipal IDs for New Yorkers “regardless of immigration status” within the year, telling undocumented residents that the city is their home, too.
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State Sen. John Sampson’s legal woes grew Monday when a superseding indictment in Brooklyn federal court accused him of lying to the FBI about efforts to get a tax break for a liquor store in which he held a secret interest.
Sampson, 47, a Democrat representing Canarsie, has been facing charges in Brooklyn federal court since last May of embezzling $440,000 from foreclosure-sale escrow funds,...Read more »
Say goodbye to stop and frisk as a political flashpoint in New York City.
The issue was well on its way to dissipating before Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that the city agreed to reform “overuse” of the NYPD tactic. This had a twofold purpose: to settle a widely watched federal lawsuit and to fulfill a campaign promise.
By official accounts, the “stop” numbers were dropping...Read more »
An immediate infusion of federal funds would help save struggling Brooklyn hospitals that may not otherwise stay open past February, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
State funds for Long Island College Hospital, for example, may not be available after next month, Cuomo said. He called for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to approve a $10 billion Medicaid...Read more »
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito crisscrossed three boroughs yesterday to attend the inaugurations of seven council colleagues — a display of support after a battle for her leadership post ended earlier this month.
“I am the speaker of the City Council, and my colleagues are important to me,” she said outside Council Member Corey Johnson’s Chelsea swearing-in.
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An alleged Bonanno family capo from Howard Beach was charged Thursday with participating in the legendary $6 million Lufthansa heist at JFK Airport, making him the first mob figure indicted in the 1978 robbery chronicled in the hit movie "Goodfellas."
Vincent Asaro, 79, became involved in the Lufthansa theft - at the time the largest cash robbery in U.S. history - through his close...Read more »
Fireworks have broken out over the funding of early-childhood education, with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo now in full pushback mode against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tax-the-rich demand.
Cuomo and his aides have begun to suggest openly what they’ve already said privately — that fellow Democrat de Blasio’s requested surcharge on New York City’s wealthiest is driven by something other than the cause of...Read more »