Government

January 21, 2021

New York, NY—U.S. Senator Charles Schumer worked with the rest of the New York congressional delegation to ensure that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority received $4 billion from December’s $900 billion coronavirus relief bill to stave off layoffs and service cuts. Now, with President Joe ...

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New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday presented New York’s $193 billion budget, and depending on whether the federal government comes through with a significant aid package, the state may have to resort to dramatic cuts in education, Medicaid spending and social services. First, the ...

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New York, NY—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be presenting his 2022 Executive Budget from the State Capitol on Tuesday, January 19 and political observers, the business community and New Yorkers throughout the city and the state will be waiting to learn how much of a budget hole the state will ...

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New York, NY—New York realized about $54 billion from the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill that was enacted at the end of last year. The bill’s signing was in doubt for months because Democrats and Republicans haggled over the price tag. President-elect Joe Biden recently announced a nearly $2 ...

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New York, NY—Parents on the Upper East Side were thrilled when, after their hard work and support from elected officials, the Department of Education opened a pre-K French dual language program last October. The parents, however, had also worked with the DOE to identify a public school on the Upper ...

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New York, NY—U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced today that New York City and New York State will soon be fully reimbursed for expenses incurred in the fight against COVID-19 thanks to an agreement with President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming Federal Emergency Management Agency’s ...

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New York, NY—President-elect Joe Biden’s Build Back Better economic plan calls for investing around $2 trillion to re-build and expand the country’s transportation and infrastructure network as a means to realize net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plan has earned the praise of legislators and ...

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New York, NY—There’s high hopes for robust investment in public transportation with an incoming Joe Biden administration as he himself is an avid supporter and commuter of Amtrak trains. Indeed, one of the pillars of his Build Back Better economic platform is to modernize and invest in the nation’s ...

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New York, NY—The race for the Manhattan District Attorney is crowded. Yesterday you were introduced to four of the candidates who each provided their vision for the DA office during a virtual forum hosted by the West Side Democrats this week. In this installment, you’ll read about another four ...

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New York, NY—The Westside Democrats recently hosted a virtual forum of all eight candidates who are running to be the next Manhattan District Attorney. In this installment, we’ll meet the first four candidates who started off the conversation by explaining why they are the most qualified to succeed ...

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New York, NY—Chants of “Tax the Rich” bellowed from those who gathered in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office as a new and broad coalition of different organizations launched today to persuade lawmakers in Albany to pass a total of six bills that would end tax breaks and increase taxes for the ...

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New York, NY—The election for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office is scheduled for June 2021, and that means that another candidate forum is in order. Last month, the Chelsea Reform Democrats and Hell’s Kitchen Democrats co-hosted a forum for the nine candidates running in the 2021 Democratic ...

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New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo officially led the ribbon cutting yesterday to announce the grand opening of the new, $1.6 billion-dollar, Moynihan Train Hall that passengers will be able to access starting tomorrow. As we reported on Tuesday, the new train hall represents a significant ...

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New York, NY—Loree Sutton, a retired Brigadier General in the United States Army, is running to be the next mayor of New York City. She’s reaching voters with weekly Lunch with Loree sessions via Facebook Live, and this week’s guest was Dr. Daniel Amen, a prominent psychiatrist who discussed the ...

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New York, NY—Governor Andrew Cuomo made a major announcement on Sunday about the upcoming opening of the Moynihan Train Hall on New Year’s Day. While New Yorkers and the rest of the country are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping for a higher stimulus cheque, Mr. Cuomo today made another ...

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New York, NY—With the election of Joe Biden as the next president, the fate of the Gateway Tunnel Project all of a sudden seems more favorable. The project has languished under President Donald Trump, even though early in his tenure he voiced support for a nationwide $1 trillion infrastructure ...

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New York, NY—Prior to the shutdown in March due to the pandemic, daily ridership into and out of Penn Station was 600,000 riders—combined, that’s more than the total number of passengers that accessed the region’s three major airports. For years, there have been calls to expand access at Penn ...

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New York, NY—During Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright’s annual toy drive in December, constituents donated countless items such as unwrapped books, toys, board games and video games to her district office on York Avenue and 79th Street that she then distributed to children at The New York Center ...

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New York, NY—The Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer, stopped by P.S. 76 in Harlem today to help distribute gifts to students thanks to the generous donation of those gifts from an organization—The Sugarplum Sled—that was formed last year after the New York Times published a story about the ...

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New York, NY—Nursing home residents gathered inside the courtyard at Coler Rehabilitation & Nursing today on Roosevelt Island while their friends and neighbors gathered outside to object to the hospital’s plan to reopen the emergency COVID-19 hospital inside Coler because they say the admission ...

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New York, NY—The New York Blood Center explained during an environmental scoping session to the Department of City Planning why it needs to upzone its property on E 67th. Street to build a 16-story, nearly 600,000-square foot campus while members of the public expressed both support and opposition ...

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New York, NY— Thanks to the donation of a New Jersey-based manufacturer, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright visited three different medical facilities today to distribute 6,000 N95 masks to high-risk nursing home residents, frontline healthcare workers and patients, as well as presenting a box of ...

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New York, NY—On Tuesday, December 15 at 2:00 PM the Department of City Planning will be hosting an environmental scoping meeting for the New York Blood Center, which is requesting that the City Planning Commission rezone portions of two blocks so that it can demolish its existing building at 310 ...

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New York, NY—For 12 years Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) sponsored legislation intended to combat anonymous shell companies. She first introduced the legislation in 2009 and then introduced a new version of the bill in every subsequent Congress. After 12 long years, hard-fought ...

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New York, NY—The faith-based community, as well as non-profit organizations, elected officials and city agencies gathered for a momentous occasion on the Upper East Side today—a ribbon cutting for a brand-new resource center that will provide essential services to New Yorkers most in need. The ...

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New York, NY—The New York Blood Center has big ambitions to build a brand-new campus with a 16-story building to replace its current home on East 67th Street. But some long-time residents are opposed to the project, with one of them saying that the massive redevelopment poses an existential threat ...

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New York, NY—The Upper East Side nonprofit Isaacs Center usually distributes around 100 turkeys at this time of year, but thanks to the hard work of local elected officials and the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the center will be distributing over 400 turkeys to residents and families in public ...

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New York, NY—One day after voting by secret ballot, the influential West Side Democrats voted by a wide margin to endorse current city comptroller Scott Stringer for mayor of New York City. “Scott Stringer is the candidate who, in January 2022, can take a city coming out of the COVID-19 tragedy ...

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New York, NY—A new group is representing taxpayers because they say that New York City is on an unsustainable financial path and one of their objectives is to gather 30,000 new signatures to create a tax oversight board so that taxpayers have a voice in government. The Union of Taxpayers ...

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New York, NY—Maya Wiley knows first-hand the weight that city government can lend in solving seemingly intractable problems. When she was counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio in his first term, she led the initiative to identify the funding necessary to bring free broadband access to public housing in ...

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