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Hotel Union Puts Pressure on State Lawmakers

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The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council is betting that its connections with state lawmakers can help resolve a union dispute on behalf of workers at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Colonie, especially since Albany legislators often show up there for conferences and events. That’s why the hotel union today is sending [&hellip
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Jewish Officials Say Councilman Barron Supports Syria’s Dictator Bashar Assad

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At a press conference yesterday where group of Jewish elected officials lambasted congressional candidate and City Councilman Charles Barron for his criticism of Israel and for backing dictators Robert Mugabe and Muammar Qaddafi, Assemblyman Dov Hikind speculated that Barron supports the leadership in Syria too. “I can only imagine what he thinks of (Bashar) Assad [&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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Campaign Roundup: Charter School Supporters Are Gearing Up

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2013 Mayoral Race Charter School supporters are gearing up. Brooklyn David Storobin’s district office will be the same one that was used by Carl Kruger. Charles Barron’s affinity for Nehru jackets could be a problem in Congress. Tenants PAC is going after Marty Golden. The Amsterdam News is backing Charles Barron. Queens A breakdown of [&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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If Cab Fares Rise, Will Drivers Pay More Too?

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The Bloomberg administration is looking at raising faresfor yellow cabs, but Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky this afternoon declined to say whether the city would also consider a proposal to raise how much the taxi fleets can charge drivers. “We’re going to have a public hearing May 31,” Yassky told City & State before [&hellip
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Even Brooklyn Has a Tea Party: And now they have a candidate

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On paper, you would think that the Tea Party in Brooklyn would support Brooklyn/Queens Rep. Bob Turner’s Senate candidacy, given that he’s the party’s hometown congressman. But over the weekend, the organization somewhat surprisingly instead decided to back Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. In an interview, the head of the Brooklyn Tea Party, Joseph Hayon, [&hellip
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“There Is A Rat Among Us” And It Could Be Cuomo: Says State Senator Diaz

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.’s always entertaining “What You Should Know” column is especially enlightening this morning, as Diaz addresses a Daily News report that Senate Minority Leader John Sampson’s days as Democratic leader are numbered. In his latest musing, Diaz tries to guess at who the “rat” is within the Democratic conference that [&hellip
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“I Do Give a Damn About Obama Endorsement,” Says Congressional Hopeful Espaillat

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

Charlie Rangel may or may not care if he lands the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his heated five-way June congressional primary. But his top challenger, Manhattan State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, went out of his way to say at a press conference this afternoon that he would welcome the president’s backing. “I might just [&hellip
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