Another Cuomo Crony Found Guilty + Petitioning Period Ends

Local News:

  • Alain Kaloyeros, a key figure in Governor Cuomo’s “Bufallo Billion” initiative, was found guilty of corruption charges in federal court on Thursday. The former president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute was found to have rigged bids for state contracts in favor of donors to the Governor’s campaign.
  • The City acknowledged that it is aware of more than 800 children in public housing who have tested positive for levels of lead poisoning above the Federal Government’s recommended threshold for public health intervention. But the city Health Department did not notify NYCHA to inspect the apartments.
  • The Real Estate Board of New York is joining forces with the private waste hauling industry to try to prevent the City from regulating it.
  • NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy’s compromise AirBnB bill, which would exempt some one- and two-family homes from the prohibition on using residential properties as hotels, is not gaining support from the rest of the Council.
  • A new report from the Public Accountability Initiative found that New York’s real estate industry, and some of Gov. Cuomo’s political donors, have ties to ICE and CBP.

Elections:

  • Ross Barkan and DSA-endorsed Julia Salazar have endorsed each other in their respective State Senate races. Barkan turned in the most petition signatures of any candidate in his race.
  • Salazar sat down with City Limit’s Jarrett Murphy to discuss her platform, including rent control, universal healthcare, and non-citizen voting.
  • In a transparent attempt to claim some “small donors” right before the July filing deadline, Gov. Cuomo hosted a $5 “all-you-can-drink” fundraiser that violated that State Beverage Control Law.
  • Despite claiming he would respect her win and endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, Rep. Joe Crowley will not take his name off the ballot, where he remains the  Working Families Party nominee, despite being asked to do so by the WFP state director
  • All NYC-DSA members should remember to vote in the straw poll on the potential endorsements of Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams. The OpaVote link was emailed out to all members on Wednesday. Voting closes tomorrow night.

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