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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.

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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.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Shadow-Casting Towers Qualify for Generous Trump Tax Break State Lawmakers Want to Slash

"Opportunity Zone" benefits will come to investors in a controversial Crown Heights real estate project whether or not affordable housing remains in the picture. A bill would end New York’s part of the program.

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New York’s State Senate Democrats Gain a Supermajority. What Could They Do With It?

Ending evictions, eliminating months of owed rent, legalizing marijuana and taxing the rich become more feasible now that the threat of a Cuomo veto is less daunting.

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New York’s Next Big Political Battle: Erasing Partisanship in Drawing District Lines

Despite strong GOP showings, Democrats are poised to hold on to power in both houses in the state Legislature — without the total control over drawing district lines that once would have come with the territory.

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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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Will Your New House Flood? In New York, the Answer Is Easily Hidden

Flood risk disclosure laws in New York are particularly weak, advocates say. For $500, sellers can waive a property’s transparency record — and many do.

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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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Two Pursue Primary Against GOP-Friendly Democratic Sen. Diane Savino

Challengers hope to use the Staten Island and Brooklyn incumbent’s Republican coziness against her. But two years later, do voters still care?

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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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Amazon Slayer Mike Gianaris Gets a Primary Amid Ongoing HQ2 Fallout

The Long Island City state senator is set to launch his reelection campaign, flanked by activists who helped him foil the tech giant’s Queens dreams.

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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.

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Former Cuomo Official Slams Legislature Attempt to Gut Wine-and-Dine Ban

Maria Vullo opposes bill, passed by the Assembly, to ease restrictions on title insurance agents notorious for wooing clients with strip club trips.

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Car Wash Workers on Track to Get Long-Awaited Pay Raise

A bill guaranteeing the auto cleaners minimum wage passed state Senate Wednesday, igniting new hopes for employees forced to rely on tips.