Politics

Obama requests $1.8B in emergency funding to combat Zika

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP President Obama will ask Congress for more than $ 1.8 billion in emergency funding to tackle the fast-spreading Zika virus both at home and abroad. Amid an international outbreak, President Obama on Monday requested more than $ 1.8 billion emergency funding to help combat the rapidly expanding Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said ...

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Tax break to spur NYC housing development won’t be revived

Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News Gary LaBarbera, the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, said the 421-a tax break is dead for good. A key housing tax break is “dead and will not be revived,” the head of the building trades union said Monday. The 421-a tax break expired last month after the ...

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Low-wage workers rip de Blasio's affordable housing plan

Christie M Farriella/for New York Daily News Low-wage workers say de Blasio’s housing plan stinks. A group of low-wage workers hit Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan Monday, as top administration officials defended the plan. The workers said they can’t afford the homes in the plan — targeted at people making an average of at least 60% of the median ...

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Gov. Cuomo to host big-money fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton

Kathy Willens/AP Gov. Cuomo has praised Hillary Clinton, and now hopes to generate big money for her presidential campaign. ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo will host a big-money fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton next week. Dubbed “a conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the event will take place on Feb. 16 in the city. People are asked to donate $ 2,700 or raise ...

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Mayor dismisses call to probe anti-horse carriage plan

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images Mayor Bill De Blasio gives State of the City Address on February 4, 2016. De Blasio dismissed calls to investigate his legislative push as being “foolish.” Mayor de Blasio dismissed as “foolish” the push for a state investigation into his drive to ban horse drawn carriages. The Transport Workers Union requested a state attorney general’s probe ...

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Preet Bharara, Cuomo attend swearing-in judge ceremony

Mike Groll/AP U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (l.) arrives to the Court of Appeals for a swearing-in ceremony for Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on Monday in Albany. ALBANY — They were the two men in a room — with a lot of other people there too. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and Gov. Cuomo — who he recently investigated — both ...

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Parents of lead-poisoned Flint child file lawsuit

One lawsuit seeks to replace lead-leaching water lines at no cost to customers. Another seeks money for thousands of Flint residents who unwittingly drank toxic water. A third complaint has been filed on behalf of people with Legionnaires’ disease. While government officials scramble to rid Flint’s tap water of lead, victims are suing Gov. Rick Snyder, the former mayor, rank-and-file ...

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Mich. gov surprised wife with fancy cake as Flint suffered

Paul Sancya/AP Gov. Rick Snyder, pictured with his wife, Sue, threw her a party with a lavish cake designed after expensive goods in the midst of the Flint water crisis.  As the impoverished city of Flint struggled through a water crisis, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder surprised his wife with a lavish birthday cake fashioned after designer clothes, jewels and a ...

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Barack Obama can save lives with push for 'smart guns'

Among President Obama’s actions this week on guns, the most far-reaching may be the brief memorandum he sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three largest gun-purchasing agencies in the U.S. government. Each has a substantial research budget. The President’s memo directs them to research “smart guns” and other ...

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Female state lawmakers slam NRA for being sexist, extremist

Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News “There were certainly comments about the liberty tree needing to be watered with more bloodshed,” Jo Anne Simon said. ALBANY — A group of female state lawmakers slammed the NRA and other gun-rights groups Wednesday for being sexist as well as extremist. The women, including two Brooklyn lawmakers who were targeted by the NRA ...

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