Meeks Replaces Crowley + Sex Work Decrim in the Queens DA Race

Local News

  • Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-05) was elected to replace former Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14) as boss of the Queens County Democratic Party. Meeks, an ally of Crowley and the establishment, has been plagued by corruption allegations of accepting improper gifts and spending frivolously on travel using campaign funds.
  • De Blasio’s 2020 city budget proposal includes hiring freezes and significant funding cut to HPD due to fears of loss in tax revenue.
  • While Governor Cuomo is calling on the State Legislature to include marijuana legalization in this year’s budget, some county executives, including Nassau County’s Laura Curran, have indicated that they would opt out of any statewide law permitting the sale of recreational marijuana.
  • Mayor De Blasio introduced a plan to extend the shoreline of Lower Manhattan into the East River as part of a coastal resiliency strategy. The plan would cost......
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Corey Johnson’s Transit Vision & Budget Trouble in Albany

Local News:

  • Council Speaker and 2021 mayoral contender Corey Johnson unveiled a major transportation platform that calls for municipal control of subways and buses, along with other sweeping reforms to “break the [City’s] car culture.”

  • Early signs out of Albany suggest the Legislature and Gov. Cuomo may not reach a budget deal by the April 1 deadline.

  • State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said that his chamber does not have the votes to pass public campaign financing before the April 1 budget deadline; the Assembly had repeatedly passed such legislation while Republicans controlled the State Senate. Heastie also downplayed ethics reform, even though the Assembly has also passed versions of the same bill in previous sessions.

  • Hundreds of activists rallied in Albany to urge Gov. Cuomo to include $40 million in census funding to the state budget,......

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Cuomo’s Backroom Convos + Jumaane Williams is Public Advocate

Local News:

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to lure Amazon back to New York. On Friday he ran a full-page ad in The New York Times asking Jeff Bezos to reconsider his decision not to move forward with HQ2 in Long Island City, and reportedly telling various Amazon executives that he would personally help them navigate the governmental approval process.

  • Despite saying last year that he would support a bill granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants if it were passed by the State legislature, Cuomo has been privately calling newly elected State Senators, telling them not to vote for such a bill. The bill could affect as many as 265,000 New Yorkers.

  • The State Democratic Party Committee is considering a ban on fusion voting, to be discussed at a meeting in Westchester today. The committee’s vote would not actually outlaw......

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Public Advocate Special Election Tomorrow + Andrew Cuomo Is Sad

Local News:

  • In an interview, Cuomo said that the Amazon HQ2 pullout constituted “the greatest tragedy I have seen since I’ve been in politics.” Cuomo has been “in politics” for at least 30 years, a span of time that includes 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, and the 2008 economic collapse.

  • State Senator Michael Gianaris’ nomination to the Public Authorities Control Board, which seemed to precipitate Amazon’s cancellation of the Long Island City deal, is being withdrawn by State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. In a letter to Cuomo, Sen. Stewart-Cousins castigated the Governor for refusing to work with the Senate. The new nominee will be Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-Queens).

  • A class action lawsuit was filed against the warden of the Metropolitan Detention Center on behalf of those who went a week without heat or power earlier this year. This is an addition......

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Grassroots Opposition Defeats Amazon

Local News:

  • In a company blog post, Amazon officials announced they are cancelling plans to set up “HQ2” in Long Island City, citing opposition from local electeds and profusely complimenting Cuomo and De Blasio. Amazon’s retreat is a testament to the power of grassroots anti-capitalist organizing and the unpopularity of Cuomo’s economic development strategy of offering cash incentives in exchange for “job creation.” Real estate developers are mad about it.
  • State Senator Julia Salazar (District 18, Bushwick) penned a City & State op-ed calling for comprehensive campaign finance reform that includes statewide public financing. City & State also published a short profile of Salazar in which she describes her experience in the state legislature and her priorities going forward.
  • Council Members Carlina Rivera (District 2, Lower East Side) and Keith Powers (District 4, East Midtown) have proposed a bill that......
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