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In Sweeping ‘State of the State,’ Hochul Sets Stage for Governor Campaign

From transit linking Brooklyn and Queens to incentives to keep health care workers on the job to green-building overhauls, speech highlights roads to recovery.

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Divided Redistricting Commission Stalemates, Sends Dueling Lines to Legislature

The new 10-member commission was meant to wrestle control of the election map-making process from party control, but they failed again to reach a consensus.

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AOC Campaign Aide Announces Primary Challenge to Michael Benedetto for Bronx Assembly Seat

Joining a wave of left-wing upstarts shaking up Albany politics, Jonathan Soto, a district staff community organizer for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is challenging longtime Democratic assembly member Michael Benedetto.

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‘Vax Daddy’ Gives Politics a Shot: Pandemic Hero Runs for Queens State Assembly Seat

Huge Ma, the coder behind COVID vaccine appointment-finding website TurboVax, is taking his brand of civic tech activism to the campaign trail. But will his virtual folk hero status help the political novice oust a longtime incumbent?

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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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Hochul Reviewing Legal Bills Racked Up by Cuomo’s Office in Harassment and Nursing Home Probes

Taxpayers could be on the hook for up to $5 million in lawyer and public relations contracts inked by the now ex-governor, records show. His successor looking before paying any more bills — including for a firm where one lawyer charges $973 an hour.

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Cuomo Impeachment Inquiry Dropped by State Assembly. Could He Run Again?

Speaker Carl Heastie says lawmakers don’t have authority to impeach a departed governor — and that ongoing state and federal probes as well as criminal investigations will deliver accountability. But some legislators were stunned by the move.

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Another Man Died at Rikers as Lawmakers Voted on Parole Bill that Might Have Saved Him

Jose Mejia Martinez succumbed after an arrest for stealing beer triggered a parole violation. It marked the third such death at Rikers Island since April. The bill passed Thursday would help parolees avoid returning to jail.

Red Hook NYCHA Tenants Face New Gas Outages in Maddening Pattern

Nearly 100 households at the Brooklyn complex have been without cooking gas for a week and NYCHA has no timeline for repairs. It’s a story that’s played out repeatedly in recent years at the borough’s biggest public housing development.

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Will the State Marijuana Bill Pay Off for Black and Brown New Yorkers?

The deal Gov. Cuomo and lawmakers made to legalize recreational use of pot includes provisions to help minority- and women-owned businesses. But similar social equity provisions in other states haven’t worked out as planned.

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A Brooklyn Teen Refused to Waive his Miranda Rights. But the NYPD’s Questioning Didn’t Stop There, Video Shows

A statewide coalition of 60 juvenile justice organizations, public defenders, churches, elected officials and youth groups are holding a "digital rally" Thursday to launch the "Right2RemainSilent" campaign.

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How to Reform New York City’s Board of Elections (For Real This Time)

Problems crop up every major election year, along with calls for reform. But who can change the notorious BOE? Albany, advocates say — with pressure from outraged voters.

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State Lawmakers Slam Trump Plan to Zap Interest Cap on Loans

The proposal would let lenders skirt New York’s 25% rate limit as the pandemic-driven economic crisis leaves many desperate for cash — and susceptible to "deceptively marketed loans," critics say.

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NYC Businesses Say Insurance Companies Shafted Them on COVID Claims

Business interruption insurance doesn’t count during a pandemic, the industry argues. Shopkeepers and others say they just want what they believe they paid for.

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Bail Law Fuels GOP Challenge to Democratic Reformer in Brooklyn Swing District

Southern Brooklyn State Sen. Andrew Gounardes faces at least one Republican betting that voters want a return to the tough-on-crime Marty Golden era.

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State Pols Hold Rare Transit Hearing at Same Time as Monthly MTA Meetings

MTA officials may have to hop a turnstile if they want to quickly shuttle between dueling sessions Tuesday amid biggest-ever spending plan.

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Queens Political Novices Step Up to Challenge Democrats

A slew of first-time candidates, many backed by Democratic Socialists of America, are going up against long-time incumbents in the borough AOC shook.

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Mixed Signals on Guarding Undocumented Driver’s License Info

Reports ICE accessed photos and personal information in other states sparks cryptic tweet from Cuomo official as lawmaker offers privacy reassurances.

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Pols Call to End ‘Torture’ of Solitary Confinement in City Jails

The death of Layleen Polanco at Rikers Island prompts a strong statement from City Council progressives who demand action amid a growing movement.

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Albany Approves Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented

The bill passed the Senate Monday — and passed muster with the governor following an 11th-hour drama that threatened to upend the measure.