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Andrew Cuomo’s Smear Team: His Brother and Top Advisers, Transcripts Reveal

When the governor got hit with sexual harassment allegations, CNN host Chris Cuomo and current and former gubernatorial aides quietly crafted a plan to discredit accusers, according to newly released interviews, emails and text messages.

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Candidates for New York’s Next Governor: Who’s Running to Run This State?

Kathy Hochul is hoping to win a full term, but other Democrats are lining up for a primary challenge. And Republicans have been campaigning and raising cash for months before she took over from Andrew Cuomo.

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Cuomo Made Staffers Work on His $5M Pandemic Book for his ‘Personal Gain,’ Investigators Charge

The now-former governor’s senior team had underlings help with his literary payday as thousands died of COVID last year, a long-awaited report from the state Assembly finds. While probers give him a virtual pass on the nursing home death undercount, they confirm two cases of sexual harassment.

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Rent Shocks Recharge Push for New Tenant Rights in a Changing Albany

Concerns about rising rents galvanize the race for governor as Letitia James states her support for the "Good Cause" bill limiting rent hikes and evictions — while Kathy Hochul keeps a careful distance.

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It’s Swan Song Time for Embattled Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss, Politicians Say

Rep. Nydia Velazquez and other top borough elected officials called for Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn to quit her party post after the leader’s husband publicly recited a vulgar, sexist song lyric. They said the incident marked the latest sign of a "toxic" reign.

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Cuomo Sparred With Investigators Over Meaning of ‘Girlfriend,’ ‘Date’ — and ‘Butt’

Newly released transcripts offer a glimpse into the governor’s defiant, Clintonesque defense as probers grilled him about sexual harassment allegations. Meanwhile, 10 women testified about their experience with his administration.

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Convicted Ex-Senate Leader Sampson Barred From Puerto Rico Confab With Top Pols, Including Ally Eric Adams

A federal judge denied John Sampson’s request to travel to Somos, the New York political power-player summit, citing similarities to past activities in Brooklyn and Albany that landed him in prison.

Cuomo Criminally Charged Over Allegation He Groped Aide in Governor’s Mansion

A complaint filed in Albany means a Nov. 17 court date for the former governor, who resigned in disgrace following a report detailing multiple harassment allegations. District attorneys in three other New York counties have requested investigators’ files.

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Attorney General Letitia James Poised to Announce Run for Governor, Sources Say

James has been filming a campaign ad as her aides call elected officials and labor leaders to seek support, THE CITY has learned. She’s set to take on Gov. Kathy Hochul, who got the top job after a sexual harassment report from James’ office spurred Andrew Cuomo’s resignation.

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Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Eyeing Run for State Attorney General, Sources Say

The first Latino chief prosecutor in New York is considering a statewide campaign if AG Letitia James vies for governor. Queens DA Melinda Katz and state Sen. Mike Gianaris are also pondering runs, THE CITY has learned.

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Big Money in the Running in the Race for New York Governor

Reforms spurred by Albany corruption scandals haven’t changed the basic equation: state campaign fundraising deals in big dollars and few limits. Kathy Hochul, Tish James, Bill de Blasio and other potential contenders are poised to take full advantage.

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Rogan Show Spurs Bill for Uniform Vaccination Rules for Home and Away Teams

Legislation introduced by state Sen. Brad Hoylman would bar the double standard that allows out-of-town athletes and performers like the anti-mandate podcast comic to appear without proof of vaccination while local stars must get their shots.

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Tish James Lays Out Vision For New York — But She’s Not Running for Governor Just Yet

Attorney general who took on Cuomo sexual harassment investigation that led to his resignation and Kathy Hochul’s rise pushes back on suggestions she was angling for his job. Sources said James is calling power brokers to test the field.

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Ida Aid Coming for Undocumented Immigrants Via Newly Launched New York Fund

Hochul comes to Queens Monday to announce $27 million in cash assistance for flooding victims excluded from FEMA help — including many still rebuilding their homes just blocks from where the governor will speak.

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How New Eviction Moratorium Can Help Tenants, Landlords and Homeowners

State lawmakers voted earlier this month to amend New York’s eviction moratorium to fit the U.S. Supreme Court’s requirements and extend it until the new year. But anyone seeking protection needs to take action. Here’s how...

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‘Independent’ Redistricting Panel Draws Partisan Battle Lines in Congress Fight

A bipartisan commission charged with reforming political mapmaking fails its first test as New York Democrats and Republicans deliver dueling congressional and state legislative maps. The gridlock came as House midterm elections loomed.

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Groups Fighting Anti-Asian Hate Still Waiting for Funding Albany Pledged in Spring

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Calls for Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin to Dump High-Interest Loan Firm Stock as He’s Sworn In

Benjamin’s first day as Gov. Kathy Hochul’s new No. 2 was dominated by questions about his stake in an outfit that arranges loans with interest rates of up to 500%. THE CITY’s report spurred demands that he divest shares worth nearly $85,000.

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Hochul Faces $5 Billion Choice as Tax Boost Arrives Amid Cuomo Unemployment Debt

As the new governor begins to put her own imprint on the state’s finances, she’ll have to make a series of decisions that show whether she is prepared to make a sharp break with the policies — and appointees — of the previous administration.

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Incoming Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin Owns Insider Stock in Firm That Arranges Sky-High Interest Loans

The ex-state Senator could reap tens of thousands after buying investment company shares at a low price. Meanwhile, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s pick for No. 2 job has his own loan-woe history: a condo he once owned was foreclosed upon.