Does anyone want to live in Cuomoville?

This week in the ShakingNewsletter, we’re looking at some of the nuts and bolts of politics: how activists are trying to pressure Cuomo to take action on homelessness and how candidates get on the ballot.

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Quote of the Week: “F–k you,” what some IDC supporters claimed to hear in an automated poll by the Working Families Party. The WFP claimed those listeners misheard and the recording said “thank you.”

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Elections Coming Up

*|FNAME|*, did you know that Jim Comey was born in Yonkers? His testimony yesterday set the stage for the 2018 midterm elections and Gov. Cuomo is going to be involved, in his own way. But first: New York City has elections this year and one of them saw a sudden twist.

Read on for all of that and more in this week’s ShakingNewsletter!

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Quote of the Week: “It’s like a Mafia turf war,”  Darrin Giglio, a private investigator for Mister Softee, about the competition between ice cream trucks. Mister Softee still holds more than half of the street-vendor permits in NYC but rival New York Ice Cream is catching up.

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Con or ConCon?

Word of the Week: “Consistent”
How Mayor Bill de Blasio described Republican priorities: “A consistent effort to cut support for working people, and use those resources to give tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations.”

 

Con Con: Will NY have a Constitutional Convention?

It won’t have the Founding Fathers but New York might have a constitutional convention (or a Con Con, as its been called). In November, we’ll vote on whether to hold one.

What you need to know:

  • On Election Day, November 7th. We’ll vote yes or no on hold a constitutional convention. If New York votes yes, we’ll then elect delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 2018 and have the chance to vote on any amendments in 2019.
  • Supporters say that it’s the only way to make major changes to end gerrymandering, make it easier to vote, and generally fix government.
  • Opponents, mostly current elected officials or public employee unions, say that the results could be unpredictable.

Find out more about the process, the potential issues and what everyone is saying.

Trumpcare: Con for New York

By Jason Bisnoff: Trumpcare passed the House and is now in the Senate but whatever happens is likely to be bad news. However, the threat to repeal Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, is fueling a push for single-payer healthcare in New York.

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Did someone break the law?

It’s not just Trump. New York has its own law-breakers.

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Statistic of the Week: Over 50 train delays happen each month on the A/C/E 8th Avenue line. The MTA’s new plan to fix the subways focuses on alleviating those delays.

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Did Someone in the Senate Break the Law?

Last week, we mentioned that some IDC state Senators were in line for larger paychecks. Now, it turns out that seven IDC and Republican Senators may not have actually been entitled to the (meant-to-be-secret) raises.

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ShakingNewsletter: Not just Comey in the news

Hi friends, our attention might be mostly on Trump firing the FBI Director but there’s also a lot going on in New York. We’re curious: how do you get your news?

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Quote of the Week: “Communist organizing.” The charge against one Park Slope high school principal. According to the New York Times, her defenders say that it’s retaliation for objecting to racist policies.

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Commuting, Housing, and More Money Issues

While the House considers repealing Obamacare, we have a lot going on here in New York. [UPDATE: the House passed the American Healthcare Act; see how New York’s representatives voted].

Penn Station continues to be a disaster zone and the subways are old and breaking down. We dig into de Blasio’s new budget while a new campaign tries to pressure him to build more affordable housing.  That plus news about campaigns, schools, and hospitals in this week’s ShakingNewsletter.

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Big News for Little Kids and Other Political Happenings

New York City politics is busy this week. De Blasio proposed a new budget and declared a goal of providing free, universal preschool for three-year-olds. Meanwhile, the opposition takes shape as Bo Dietl seeks permission to run as a Republican and a new Republican enters the race for Mayor.

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Big News for Little Kids: Mayor de Blasio Announces 3-K Preschool for Three-Year Olds

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his widely-praised Pre-K for all, announcing the launch of a new 3-K Preschool program for three-year-olds.

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What’s Cuomo Doing?

This week is all about Cuomo. He’s running for President, created a new affordable housing program that won’t help many people, and one of his allies is facing the heat for violating election laws.

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Our Feature
Is Andrew Cuomo Running for President? (Yes)

Andrew Cuomo is running for President.

Want to understand what Andrew Cuomo is doing? It’s simple–he’s running for President. The only way to interpret his actions is to see them in that light.

His father, Mario Cuomo, infamously left two planes waiting at the airport, all ready to fly him to New Hampshire to announce his campaign. But he vacillated, earning the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson”, before finally deciding not to run. Andrew Cuomo has made it clear that he will not face the same charge and all indications point to him going for it and running for President.

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Excelsior?

New York State finally passed a budget. We’ll delve into the big new program–the Excelsior Scholarship–and more going on around the state.

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Our Feature
Free College? What’s the Catch with the Excelsior Scholarship?

Under the new Excelsior Scholarship, enacted as part of the state budget, SUNY and CUNY students whose families earn less than $100,000 will receive free tuition. But, of course, it’s not just free money. The many restrictions mean that the Excelsior Scholarship will be much less generous and won’t help as many students as Governor Cuomo says.

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Balancing or in Danger?

Immigrants in danger, Bill de Blasio balancing competing demands, Republicans balancing ideological purity while in danger of losing the State Senate, and more.

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Our Feature
Will New York Be a Sanctuary for Immigrants?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to take back $4 billion in federal aid to sanctuary cities, including New York City, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Rochester. Those cities have said they will not help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforce federal immigration laws.

What does “sanctuary” mean?

Sanctuary cities refuse to use police in immigration raids, won’t allow federal immigration authorities to access school and other records to find undocumented immigrants, and won’t hold immigrants in jail for ICE to pick them up. However, if someone is already in prison, they will generally turn them over to ICE. They also generally won’t ask immigrants if they are documented.

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