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02.05.15 Prachi Gupta

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo are at odds over the potential to turn the Sunnyside Yards into affordable housing for artists. Just an hour after de Blasio laid out his plan in Tuesday’s State of the City address, Cuomo’s office released a statement saying that the 200-acre space in Queens is “not […]

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01.19.15 Rhett Jones

Martin Luther King Jr. Day began with the release of a poll by Siena College that found 66 percent of New York voters believe race relations in the state could be described as “fair” or “poor.” Just under 33 percent chose “excellent” or “good” from the given options. According to Capital: In a poll released this time […]

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12.16.14 Rhett Jones

Governor Andrew Cuomo officially signed legislation that bans the ridiculous and cruel practice of tattooing and piercing pets. The bill was passed by state lawmakers earlier this summer and it is now officially a law. Governor Cuomo had this to say: This is animal abuse, pure and simple. I’m proud to sign this common-sense legislation […]

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12.08.14 Rhett Jones

As citizens around the United States are increasingly losing confidence in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would like New York’s governor to grant him power to override local attorney generals in cases involving police killing unarmed citizens. Following the high-profile cases of Eric Garner and Mike Brown in which officers […]

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10.29.14 Rhett Jones

Nurses and other medical professionals at Bellevue hospital are reporting many instances of the public mistreating or discriminating against them out of fear of being contaminated by the Ebola virus. After Dr. Craig Spencer was taken to Bellevue and confirmed to be first NYC case of Ebola, many people have had irrational fears of infection […]

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10.22.14 Rhett Jones

Fares for the MTA would have to increase by 15% if they are forced to borrow money to close budget gaps. According to the state controller Thomas DiNapoli, for every $1 billion the MTA borrows they would have to pay $70 million (a 1% fare-hike) in debt service. With $15 billion needed to cover the MTA’s […]

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10.21.14 Bucky Turco

Twenty two million. That’s the approximate population of Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, three Ebola-stricken countries that New York politicians from both sides of the aisle are looking to implement a travel ban on. Andrew Cuomo, New York’s frightfully cautious governor, said that the federal government should “seriously consider” restricting flights from the West African […]

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09.22.14 Rhett Jones

Yesterday’s march was the single largest environmental rally in history, with Metro reporting estimated attendance of 310,000 and people traveling from all around the world to participate. The United Nations Climate Summit will take place on September 23rd. During the march, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared “Climate Week.” He was joined at the rally by several politicians and celebrities, including U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon, […]

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05.29.14 Andy Cush

New York’s state Assembly approved a medical cannabis bill for the fifth time since 2007 this week, but state Senate leadership under Republican Dean Skelos and Democrat Governor Cuomo have historically been opposed to any such legislation. To urge them to reconsider, the Marijuana Policy Act is running two pro-weed television ads in New York, […]

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01.17.14 Andy Cush

Good news for NYC cyclists: Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $67 million in funding will be allocated for bike- and pedestrian transportation projects across the state. $14.8 million of that haul is going to the five boroughs, with projects like the Pulaski Bridge dedicated bike/pedestrian lanes, Clinton Hill’s Putnam Plaza, and the Hell Gate Pathway project […]

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