The Race for Tom Duane’s Seat

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Tom Duane It’s been nearly two months since State Sen. Tom Duane announced that he will not seek re-election this fall, and the race for his seat in the 27th District is taking shape. Brad Hoylman, the solidly backed chair of Community Board 2, who before Duane’s announcement was seeking Christine Quinn’s City Council seat, will run [&hellip
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Queens Assemblywoman’s Father Arrested for Alleged Fruit Basket Bribery

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Via China Daily Former Queens Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, father of Assemblywoman Grace Meng, has been arrested for allegedly soliciting $80,000 in cash from a court defendant and promising to use the money to bribe Manhattan prosecutors between December 2011 and July 2012, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch’s office announced this afternoon. Federal investigators found the ex-legislator did not contact [&hellip
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At Marty Golden Protest, Opponent Fans Embers of “Feminine Presence” Seminar

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Gounardes. Via City & State. Three weeks ago, when news of Brooklyn Republican State Sen. Marty Golden’s now-infamous “feminine presence” seminar first broke, a group almost immediately formed to “bum rush” the July 24 event at Bay Ridge Manor – and promised to bring along, “go-go Dancers” and “burlesque acts” to mock the senator. Apparently, the passage of time (and [&hellip
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How Likely is an Anthony Weiner Comeback? City & State Does the Math

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Via City & State. One of the elements fueling rumors of a comeback by Congressman Anthony Weiner is the notion that he’ll essentially be forfeiting millions of dollars by taking a pass in 2013. The scenario is laid out in this recent AP report: Weiner — who had long been vocal about his mayoral aspirations and ran for the [&hellip
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Bloomberg on Circumcision Laws: “We Have an Obligation to Keep People Alive”

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Via City & State Wilder Fleming filed the following report: Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded this morning to city rabbis’ threats of legal action if the city goes through with a proposal to restrict a controversial Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice. “We have an obligation to keep people alive and safe and the courts have held that up repeatedly,” Bloomberg said [&hellip
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State Democrats Release Report on Benefits of Raising Minimum Wage

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Espaillat. Via Jon Lentz. Senate Democrats released a 20-page report today on a proposed minimum wage hike, calling on Republican Senators to vote on the increase from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 in a special session. In a release accompanying the report, bill sponsor State Sen. Adriano Espaillat writes, “This report underscores just how critical it is to raise [&hellip
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Rabbis Defend Controversial Circumcisions to City Health Officials

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levi-heber-150x150 Wilder Fleming reports this morning: At a hearing yesterday in Queens, New York City rabbis defended a controversial circumcision practice that has been blamed for infecting infants with herpes, in some cases causing their death. The practice, called “metzitzah b’peh,” requires the circumciser, or mohel, to suck the infant’s wounds after circumcision, and has led [&hellip
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An “Education Fund” Funded by Billionaires Gives to Senate GOP

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via Wiki Commons. A source points out a new PAC giving money to Senate Republicans bearing the vague name “Educational Fund” whose donors are two conservative billionaires  and one former aide to President Richard Nixon. The donors are Bruce Kovner, Roger Hertog and Peter Flanigan. Kovner, former head of the hedge fund Caxton Associates, is a major supporter [&hellip
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CNBC Dubs US Attorney the “New Sheriff of Wall Street”

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Via City & State Move over Eliot Spitzer. At the CNBC Institutional Investor Delivering Alpha conference yesterday afternoon, the network’s Jim Cramer dubbed  Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara the “New Sheriff of Wall Street,” because of Bharara’s financial crimes prosecutions. Cramer starts off his interview calling Bharara “arguably the most successful prosecutor in the history of insider trading.” Bharara, whose [&hellip
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