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Cuomo Administration Quietly Secures $20 Million for Conservation Fund

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Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons. Laura Nahmias reports this morning: The Cuomo administration has quietly resolved a problem created by a single line in the state’s budget that would have held up $20 million in federal aid to the state’s Conservation Fund. The administration was able to secure the funding without an amendment to the state budget that had originally [&hellip
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At Board of Elections, a Reluctance to Assume Blame for Vote Count Problems

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Voting Booth New York City Board of Elections Commissioners are blaming Albany for what went wrong with the city’s primary elections on June 26th, citing lawmakers’ failure to pass a bill changing the vote-tally process during this year’s session. “One of the things we’ve pushed for at the BOE is to figure out a brand new way [&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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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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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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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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Allon and Stringer Spar Over ScarJo

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Laura Nahmias in City & State’s Heard Around Town, April 10, 2012: * Manhattan Media CEO and mayoral candidate Tom Allon took to Twitter yesterday to chastise Manhattan Borough president Scott Stringer over his deployment of actress Scarlett Johansson at two different fundraisers. “Let others get meaningless support of actresses; I’ve just been endorsed by [&hellip
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