New York City

Who’s Running in The 2017 NYC Primary Elections?

Party Designating petitions were filed at the NYC Board of Elections on Thursday and it is time for my annual report on this year’s likely upcoming Primary contests in the City. Up until now, I’ve posted this report on the Room 8 site but now that no longer exists, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein at ShakingNews has generously…

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Airbnb is having some trouble in NYC.
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Not the Best Way to Make Friends

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration made it a priority to crack down on illegal Airbnb hosts. But now landlords are complaining. They say that when they call investigators on tenants who converted apartments into illegal Airbnb spot, the city Department of Buildings fines the landlord instead. The city insists that landlords are responsible for not…

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Key Witness Against Senate Leader Fired as CEO of Medical Insurance Co.

Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers, a Long Island company and one of the largest medical malpractice insurance firms in the state, fired its CEO, Anthony Bonomo. Bonomo, a major political player in the state, earned fame as the main witness who cooperated with prosecutors to convict former Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos (Nassau County) for accepting bribes. Those bribes…

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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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