Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein

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Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein is the founder of ShakingNews.

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Challenging Times

We've got a Republican candidate for Mayor but she faces an uphill battle. Also facing challenges: the New York City subway system. Stat of the Week: $10 - how much people in the small town of Wilson, NC pay each month for 50 mbps of internet service. By comparison, New Yorkers have to pay at least…

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New York City Firefighters
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Firefighters and First Responders Get Help from State Legislature 

With the state legislative session over for the year, firefighters and other first responders are looking at some victories. The legislature passed bills to provide voluntary firefighters with the same disability benefits that professional firefighters receive and increase disability pensions for airport firefighters. Another bill would also give firefighters who were at the World Trade…

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Ruben Wills is on trial.
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Corruption Watch: Nassau Republicans Indicted, NYC Councilman on Trial, Senator Gets Off

Last week, a Nassau County jury indicted former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto for corruption along with two former town commissioners. Venditto has been a powerful Republican leader until he stepped down after federal prosecutors charged him and County Executive Edward Mangano for taking bribes. Meanwhile, Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills is on trial for…

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Nicole Malliotakis is running for Mayor.
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Republicans have their woman but can she beat de Blasio?

Republicans now have a candidate for Mayor--Nicole Malliotakis, an Assemblywoman representing parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn. She'll be going against Mayor Bill de Blasio in November How'd she become the nominee? First, Republican leaders barred Bo Dietl, the controversial former TV commentator and private investigator, from running in the primary since he failed to register…

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Joe Crowley at an unrelated event in the district.
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Crowley’s Treasurer Under Investigation

One of Queens Democratic Leader Rep. Joe Crowley's closest allies, his campaign treasurer Scott Kaufman, is under investigation by the state Office of Court Administration. He may have violated the rules by receiving court appointments that allowed him to earn over the limit, taking home over $550,000 in court contracts over the last decade. Kaufman received…

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