Category: Quick Hits

Fort Hamilton
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Should a Brooklyn Street Honor Robert E. Lee?

Two streets at South Brooklyn's Fort Hamilton army base honor Confederate generals: General Lee Avenue and Stonewall Jackson Drive. And despite protests, the Army is keeping them. After New Orleans removed Confederate memorials, Brooklyn's Democratic Members of Congress called on the Army to do the same. Last week, just days before neo-Nazis and white supremacists marched in Charlottesville,…

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The NYPD won't be able to arrest people for certain old warrants.
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It’s Been Long Enough

Prosecutors from every borough except Staten Island dismissed 645,000 old warrants. The warrants, all more than ten years old, were for non-violent infractions and had been issued to people who have not since had any criminal justice issues. Many of the people subject to those warrants weren't even aware of them. They'd only find out about the…

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
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More Money, More Problems?

Speaking of weak candidates, Bill de Blasio isn't taking chances in his re-election campaign. Despite a lackluster primary field, he's asking the New York City Campaign Finance Board for an extra couple million to spend in the Democratic primary under the matching funds program. The program, meant to help candidates compete without raising money just from…

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Stephanie Miner and Andrew Cuomo before they began butting heads.
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Syracuse must have something against Cuomo

We reported last week on the raft of Democrats and Republicans threatening to run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Now, we can add two more potential candidates from Syracuse: Republican Senator John DeFrancisco, the number two Republican in that body and a conservative leader, and Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner. Interestingly, Miner is termed-out of office this year, so she…

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New York's State Capitol could get a little smaller.
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Do we really need so many politicians?

That's the core of a radical proposal by Richard Emery, former chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. He's supporting a New York Constitutional Convention (remember, we're voting on whether to have one in November) and wants it to replace the Senate and Assembly with a single body. In response, the opposition is circulating a letter from…

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Dem Party Squabbles

If you thought Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans' attacks on healthcare and LGBT rights would prompt New York Democrats to stand together in opposition, think again. The New York State Democratic Committee (the body that directs the state party) met this week and, of course, there was infighting. Progressives pushed through a resolution condemning the…

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