Politics

NYC may probe deal to turn nursing home into condos

Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News A deal to sell the Rivington House nursing home and turn it into luxury condos raised eyebrows. Now the city is determining whether to investigate the agreement. The City Council may hold hearings to probe a shady land deal that let a Lower East Side nursing home be turned into luxury condos, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito ...

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De Blasio urged to boost funds for adult literacy

Gloda/Getty Images/iStockphoto Activists want $ 16 million set aside for classes to teach adults how to read. Dozens of students and activists rallied outside City Hall Thursday to demand Mayor de Blasio hike funding for adult literacy in the upcoming budget. They want $ 16 million set aside for classes for people who lack English proficiency or a high school ...

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Council proposes a law to curb Uber surge pricing shock

Theodore Parisienne/for New York Daily News The City Council wants to make sure that when Uber posts a quote to potential users, they stick to it. Uber passengers will avoid the sticker shock of surge pricing under a package of taxi industry bills the City Council passed Thursday. The bill would require apps like Uber to provide riders with a ...

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Times Square costume characters will have to follow rules

Legislation to rein in the costumes characters and desnudas of Times Square passed in the City Council Thursday. The bill will let the Department of Transportation make rules for the city’s pedestrian plazas — so they can carve up the crossroads of the world into zones and only allow the tip-seeking solicitors to operate in certain areas. It was approved ...

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New York lobbying spending reaches $243M in 2015

Spending on lobbying activities jumped 17% from 2014 and included a record $ 206 million spent on lobbyists. ALBANY — Lobbying was a booming business in New York last year, with a record $ 243 million spent to influence state and local governments, a new report revealed. Spending on lobbying activities jumped 17% from 2014 and included a record $ ...

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NYC business could lose licenses for unpaid fines

Shawn Inglima The new bill, proposed by Councilman Ben Kallos, would allow agencies to set rules about yanking a business’ license for not paying its fines. Businesses could lose their licenses for racking up big bucks in unpaid fines under legislation passed Thursday by the City Council. The city has more than $ 1.6 million in debt it’s never collected ...

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4 people make 'credible' sex abuse claims against Hastert

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP The Chicago Tribune is citing unidentified law enforcement sources as saying at least four people have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against Dennis Hastert. CHICAGO — At least four people have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday, citing unidentified law enforcement sources. The newspaper said ...

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Fmr. Israeli diplomat blasts Sanders over Gaza comments

Israel’s former ambassador to the U.S accused Bernie Sanders on Thursday of insinuating the nation was guilty of “blood libel,” pointing to controversial comments the Democratic presidential contender made last week during an interview with the Daily News. “First of all, he should get his facts right. Secondly, he owes Israel an apology,” Michael Oren, who served as Israel’s U.S. ...

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Hillary Clinton highlights N.Y. issues in TV ads

Hillary Clinton 2016 Scene from a new Hillary Clinton ad running in New York. Job growth, gun violence and world strife are among the issues tackled in a series of campaign ads released by Hillary Clinton’s camp Thursday ahead of New York’s April 19 primary. The Democratic presidential front-runner released three ads in New York City and two ads upstate ...

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KING: Unpacking Bernie Sanders' Daily News interview

I must disclose at least three things before we dig in here. 1. I am not on the Daily News Editorial Board. 2. My editors, mentors and friends are on The News’ Editorial Board. 3. I am an unabashed fan and supporter of Bernie Sanders. So, now that we’ve gotten those three things out of the way, let me give ...

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