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In Brooklyn, Peace Between Rival Democrats Is Rejected

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

In Brooklyn, peace between rival factions of the county Democratic party is hard to come by. Recently, Brooklyn district leader Lincoln Restler proposed a non-aggression pact with Councilman Steve Levin that would help both young politicians win re-election, according to an account of the conversation Levin provided to City & State. Levin alleges that Restler, [&hellip
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Newt Gingirich Lays Out Some “Big Ideas” to New York Republicans

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

From Heard Around Town, April 20, 2012 * Newt Gingrich laid out some of the “big ideas” underlying his now virtually impossible run for the presidency at last night’s New York Republican Party dinner in midtown Manhattan: opening up offshore and federal lands for oil and gas drilling and using the royalties to pay down [&hellip
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Rangel Returns: Spirit willing, flesh weak

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

At a small business development seminar in Harlem this morning, Congressman Charlie Rangel made his first public appearance since injuring his back in February. The 81-year-old Rangel was  fully possessed of his raspy voice and general humor, despite a back injury that hasn’t fully healed. The Congressman did not stand at all during the entire [&hellip
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No Mega-Millions, But Funds Unclaimed for New York Politicians

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

With tax season bearing down, many New Yorkers are dive-bombing into their couch cushions for spare change and waiting anxiously for government refunds to help make ends meet. Not so for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who are some of dozens of other top officials with cash sitting in [&hellip
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City & State: How Muskrats Are Working Their Way Into the State Budget

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News

In our line-item scan of the state’s budget bills, we notice a new species has been added to the ranks of the nuisances New Yorkers are allowed to kill if the animal attacks them, along with the raccoons and varying hares: The Muskrat. We should have known this was coming. Look how the Department of [&hellip
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Mayor Bloomberg on Trayvon Martin’s Death: Blame Gun Laws

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, back from a tour of Asia, was asked at a press conference today for his thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin on February 26, a story that enveloped the national news over the weekend. The killing of  the unarmed teen has become a flashpoint for gun control advocates and critics of [&hellip
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Espada Again: Looming trial doesn’t faze inimitable former Bronx senator

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News, Politics

On the 10th floor of the Brooklyn federal courthouse, former Bronx Sen. Pedro Espada Jr. waited, in a dark suit with broad white pinstripes and a purple tie, surrounded by his son and five-person legal team. The February weather was unseasonably warm outside and Espada, facing an 18-count fraud indictment, was immoderately relaxed. “I feel [&hellip
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The Diary Of An Albany All-Nighter

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News, News West Side Spirit

The last piece of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “big ugly” — a massive package of bills including constitutional amendments to create an independent redistricting commission and legalize gambling, a plan for Senate and Assembly district lines, a statute to force lawmakers to pass a redistricting amendment, an expansion of the state’s DNA Databank for most of [&hellip
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City & State: The End of the Rainbow

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

rainbow After gay marriage, a transformative coalition splinters into just another interest group As spring turned into summer last year, a battle over gay rights was brewing in New York City. This was not the years-long struggle to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, a clash being waged at the highest levels of government, with millions [&hellip
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City & State: There Oughta Be a Law

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Politics

DISTRICT This was the year redistricting was supposed to work. Guess what? Everyone but the winners in New York State’s unfair system of drawing election districts agrees New Yorkers deserve better. This was the year they were supposed to get it. But nothing has changed. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one, the Legislature [&hellip
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