Government Top Stories

March 3, 2021

New York, NY—Standing outside the apartment building from which he and his family were evicted when he was nine years old, Shaun Abreu, City Council candidate for District 7, picked up an endorsement today from current District 7 Councilman Mark Levine (D). Levine is term limited and is ...

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New York, NY—Organized labor lent its support this afternoon for City Council District 5 candidate Rebecca Lamorte as she needs 270 petition signatures by March 23 to get on the ballot for the June 22 primary. The petitioning kickoff rally was held at Carl Schurz Park at E 86th Street and East ...

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New York, NY—The New York City Department of Transportation will be presenting a proposal this week to the Transportation Committee of Community Board 8 Manhattan about the installation of crosstown protected bike lanes on E 61st and E 62nd Streets. The board will also hear from a local engineer ...

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New York, NY—Newly discovered and declassified FBI files are the basis for a movie that is available now On Demand—MLK/FBI, which is the first film to uncover the extent of the FBI’s surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly Member Dan Quart (D-73) will be hosting tomorrow ...

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New York, NY—Rebecca Lamorte was 22 years old in 2013 when she was pushed by someone on the subway platform and her leg got caught in the gap between the platform and a 6 train. Accessibility and disability justice is one of the main reasons that compelled her to run for elected office in City ...

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New York, NY—Councilman Ben Kallos presented his final State of the District as District 5's Councilperson. He cited numerous examples of legislation he’s authored and the campaigns he has led or joined with the community to, for example, secure more universal Pre-K seats in the district, expand ...

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New York, NY—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) led a press conference this morning at Union Square to announce that New York is projected to receive $23.3 billion in aid as part of a bill recently passed by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, which she chairs. Part of the overall ...

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New York, NY—He began college with the notion that he was going to be a filmmaker, but while studying he became more interested in journalism and advocacy. During his ten years in journalism, he became increasingly politically active, eventually working with the Democratic Caucus in the New York ...

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New York, NY—She’s a former CNN video journalist who has won an Emmy Award for her contributions to CNN’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks, but for the past decade she’s done a lot of work as an activist and as an organizer, fighting for issues that are important to her—climate change, gun safety and ...

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New York, NY—He’s running for City Council because he has a few big and bold ideas he’d like to pursue as the next Council person representing District 5, but he also notes that it’s important to pay attention to the little stuff when it comes to governing. Billy Freeland lives on the Upper East ...

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New York, NY—More than 40,000 Americans in 2020, and more than 4,000 Americans in the first two months of 2021 have perished due to gun violence. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12) has been fighting hard for gun safety, and today she announced a raft of legislation for gun safety that may have ...

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New York, NY—It’s a crowded City Council race in District 5, but one candidate is confident that she has the requisite experience to deliver results for the district. “There are going to be 35 out of 51 open seats in the Council this year. This is not a time for a learning curve. This is a time ...

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New York, NY—Two New York legislators have introduced a bill in Albany that would make the City University of New York tuition-free and transform how CUNY is funded. The bill would also increase the number of mental health counselors and academic advisors, as well as hire 5,000 additional full-time ...

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New York, NY—The Sutton Area Community recently interviewed four candidates who are running in Council District 5. One of those candidates, Tricia Shimamura, answered questions about her views on pedestrian safety, defunding the police and real estate development. If elected, she noted, she would ...

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New York, NY—It’s a crowded race over in Council District 7 where 11 candidates are running to succeed Councilman Mark Levine, who is term-limited. But Maria Ordoñez believes she can stand out among the competition because she says she is backed by the people in the community. She’s already made ...

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New York, NY—Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said at a Sunday press conference that President Joe Biden should declare a climate emergency. Progressives are cheering the call because they believe that the government should use its heft to grow and expand clean energy opportunities for the ...

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New York, NY—Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer was in the neighborhood on Sunday, just hours before the first bands of the Nor'easter slammed into New York City, and climate change was heavy on his mind. By the time the storm subsided on Tuesday, Central Park received 17 inches of ...

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New York, NY—The East River Esplanade has received hundreds of millions of dollars to date for a combination of repair work and infrastructure upgrades. Today, at a press conference, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney announced that the Mayor and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation has ...

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New York, NY—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney will join with elected officials and community leaders tomorrow morning to commend the city of New York for committing to spend $285 million in repairs to the East River Esplanade. In addition to Rep. Maloney, the elected officials expected to speak ...

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New York, NY—Monday is the very last day for renters to apply for the COVID rent relief extension program. Thanks to the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill enacted in December, an additional $25 billion became available to states to help households experiencing an increase in their rent burden ...

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New York, NY—A coalition of five major city unions announced their endorsements for 31 City Council candidates, some of whom will represent the next generation of New York City Council leaders if elected on November 2. The Labor Strong 2021 coalition represents 362,000 workers in a variety of ...

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New York, NY—New York City is poised for greater mass transit and infrastructure funding, that’s according to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer. The Majority Leader participated in a video call organized by several public transportation advocacy organizations such as The Riders Alliance, ...

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New York, NY—Cabinet positions to fill, enacting a proposed $1.9 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill while also pursing the impeachment of Donald Trump are just some items that the new Senate will be tasked with to settle. But Democrats and Republicans are sparring over power-sharing ...

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New York, NY—Last month the Department of City Planning hosted an environmental scoping session for the public to weigh in on the New York Blood Center’s proposal to build a 334-foot tall, nearly 600,000-square foot campus. While some residents expressed support, others were in opposition to the ...

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New York, NY—Elected officials joined with preservationists, historians and community members in Washington Heights to preserve from demolition a wooden, single family house at 857 Riverside Drive that is historically linked to the Underground Railroad. The local preservationists, led by the ...

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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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