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VIDEO: Manhattan BP Scott Stringer Proclaims a Day in Honor of Justin Bieber

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

Photo courtesy of City & State Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is a Belieber. He met the pop sensation at J&R Music World across from City Hall Park to proclaim today “Justin Bieber J&R Appreciation day in the borough of Manhattan.” Bieber is in town after a concert he had last night at the Apollo Theater. Outside the store, hundreds of [&hellip
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Decriminalizing Pot: What Does 25 Grams of Marijuana Look Like?

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

Earlier today, Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos talked about why he would be more supportive of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s measure to decriminalize holding small amounts of marijuana in public view if the amount considered legal was somewhat lessened. Skelos said, “It should be a violation — your following the policeman’s order … But being able [&hellip
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Raising the State Minimum Wage: How Much Can $1.25 Change Someone’s Life?

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

City & State’s in-depth look at raising the New York State minimum wage   Five days a week Michelle Dawkins wakes up at 2:30 a.m. and drives from her Bronx apartment to begin her shift at JFK Airport, ferrying wheelchair-bound passengers among the airport’s eight terminals. From 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Dawkins—whom her co-workers [&hellip
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Gov. Cuomo Proposes Regulations to Nonprofit Executive Pay

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

Here are the proposed regulations the Governor’s office just announced on nonprofit executive compensation. GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PROPOSED REGULATIONS TO ENSURE THAT STATE-FUNDED PROVIDERS DO NOT PAY EXCESSIVE EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION OR ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS Multiple State agencies issue proposed regulations for public comment Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of proposed regulations to limit [&hellip
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As Espada Faces Fraud Convictions, The Four Amigos Are Down to One

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

The Four Amigos – the band of New York State Senate Democrats who were instrumental in handing control of the Senate to Republicans in a wild power grab in 2009 – are now just one. After a string of criminal prosecutions felled former Senators Carl Kruger, Hiram Monserrate and, Pedro Espada, Jr., who was convicted [&hellip
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Citizens Connect Online Chat Fails

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

From City & State’s Heard Around Town, May 15, 2012: Whither Citizen Connects online chats, the program the Cuomo administration started last fall to let commissioners and agency heads live chat with New Yorkers (or anyone, really) who had questions for them? The chats, which happened on a weekly basis since late September of last [&hellip
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg: A history of insults

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

Compared to some of the various acid barbs, odd gaffes and cruel-sounding quips Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been known to lob at humans, animals and the press corps, it seemed possibly out of proportion for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to walk out of a living wage legislation press conference after an attendee called the mayor “Pharaoh [&hellip
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Kruger Receives Seven Years in Prison for Corruption

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

Former State Senator Carl Kruger, once the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was sentenced to seven years in prison today for his role in a wide-ranging bribery scheme that ensnared other lawmakers, prominent lobbyists, and several hospital administrators. The seven-year sentence is less than the 9 to 11 years the U.S. Attorney’s Office [&hellip
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