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Who Wants Rep. George Santos’ Seat? A Candidate Guide

Rep. George Santos has “embellished” his resume, allegedly filed false campaign finance reports and improperly used campaign funds for OnlyFans and Botox.  But one thing he won’t be doing is running next year to keep his seat in New York’s third congressional district — where 17 candidates have already filed to run for the swing-district vacancy […]

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Mayor’s Asian Affairs Liaison Raised Big Money — and Big Questions About Her Conduct

In March 2021, a 33-year-old tech worker from Flushing, Queens, joined Eric Adams’ mayoral campaign as a volunteer, working regularly with an effusive and understatedly powerful member of Adams’s inner circle named Winnie Greco.  Shortly after Adams got to City Hall, Greco, by then on the city payroll as the mayor’s $100,000-a-year director of Asian […]

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Who’s Investigating the Eric Adams Campaign and Why: A Frequently Updated Guide

The number of people under investigation in Mayor Eric Adams’ world continues to grow. The latest: Federal investigators are trying to determine if Adams’ 2021 campaign for mayor conspired with the Turkish government to accept illegal foreign donations. It’s part of a widening probe that includes whether Adams cleared red tape with the FDNY for […]

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Who Will Challenge Eric Adams for Mayor? An Early Guide

Early speculation over who might challenge Mayor Eric Adams in a 2025 primary has reached a crescendo in recent weeks as the mayor faces questions about an FBI probe into his campaign funding as the city is in the midst of the migrant crisis. Adding to the chatter is the annual post-Election Day Somos conference […]

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Rezoning Vote Shattered Voters’ Trust in Defeated Bronx Councilmember

Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez’s last-minute decision, under pressure from City Hall, to support a rezoning plan in her district explains how she ended up losing her seat, receiving just 47% of the vote in a district where 61% of voters are registered Democrats.  Her reversal from opposition to support of a proposed 349-apartment Throggs Neck housing […]

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Adams Campaign Contributors Plead Guilty to Straw Donor Conspiracy Charge

Shahid and Yahya Mushtaq, two brothers who run a construction company in Queens, each pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge stemming from a straw donor scheme that generated illicit public matching funds for Eric Adams’ successful 2021 mayoral campaign.  The Mushtaqs’ pleas before state Supreme Court Judge Althea Drysdale in Manhattan require […]