Broker’s Fees Hang On (For Now) + de Blasio Endorses Bernie

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Local News

  • Last week’s rule change that outlawed broker’s fees has been halted for at least a month by a state judge as a result of a lawsuit by the real estate industry.
  • New York State Senate Dems unveiled a proposal to roll back the bail reforms passed last year.
  • Brad Lander’s Reckless Driver Accountability Act passed, after an extra round of scrutiny from some lawyers.
  • With the launch of the new OMNY system, read about Cardvaark, the MTA’s ill fated MetroCard mascot.


  • Democratic operatives are speculating that Andrew Yang will run for mayor in 2021.
  • Mayor de Blasio endorsed Bernie Sanders for president.
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks, the chair of the Queens County Democratic Party, has endorsed Mike Bloomberg for President.
  • City Limits covered the housing platforms of incumbent Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY-9) and one of her primary challengers, Adem Bunkedekko.

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