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  • Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., on March 7, 2014. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term.  Astorino says New York is losing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    How Is NY’s Economy? Governor Candidates Disagree

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has been on the right path during his term. Republican challenger Rob Astorino says New York is... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers a speech on the future of New York City at Cooper Union in Manhattan on April 10, 2014. (Seth Wenig/AP)

    De Blasio’s First 100 Days as New York Mayor

    NEW YORK—Mayor de Bill de Blasio has endured 100 days in what many call the second toughest job in the country. He has forborne political... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio (C) announces the appointments of (L-R) Jacques Jiha as the commissioner of the Department of Finance, Feniosky Peña-Mora as the commissioner of the Department of Design and Construction, Lisette Camillo as the director of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, and David Ehrenberg as president and CEO of Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation at City Hall on Tuesday. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    Bill de Blasio Appoints Three Commissioners, Retains Brooklyn Navy Yard CEO

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio filled key top posts Tuesday at the departments of finance, design and construction, and the office of contract services. The... Read more

  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in the Assembly Chamber as members debate budget bills at the Capitol in Albany Monday, March 31, 2014. (Mike Groll/AP)

    NY’s Limited Public Finance Reform Duly Criticized

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders are being criticized by good government advocates for a budget agreement that tests public campaign financing... Read more

  • Demonstrators stand with the word “Bridgegate” spelled out on their shirts as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie selects a person to ask him a question at a town hall-style meeting at St. Magdalen de Pazzi parish center in Flemington, N.J., on March 20. (Matt Rourke/AP)

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Dissenters Become More Vocal, Visible

    TRENTON, N.J.—Critics of Republican Gov. Chris Christie are becoming more vocal—and more visible. Opponents are showing up at his public and private events, hurling criticisms... Read more

  • Supporters of the New York DREAM Act hold photos of undocumented students who are not eligible for college tuition assistance during a rally at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on May 21, 2013. (Mike Groll/AP)

    De Blasio Voices Support for Dream Act in Albany

    ALBANY, N.Y.—A bill that would open state financial aid to students in the country illegally appeared dead following a narrow defeat in the Legislature, but... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio (4th L) announces the appointments of Ana Bermudez (L), Department of Probation commissioner; Joseph Ponte (2nd L), Department of Corrections commissioner; Liz Glazer (2nd R), Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice director; and Vincent Schiraldi (R), senior adviser to the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice at New York City Hall on March 11, 2014. (Ed Reed/Mayor's Office)

    De Blasio Appoints Heads of Criminal Justice

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio filled four top positions in the city’s criminal justice system Tuesday, appointing the commissioners for the departments of correction and... Read more

  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver speaks during a news conference on April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

    NY Assembly Favors Property Tax ‘Circuit Breaker’

    ALBANY, N.Y.—The leader of the Democrat-controlled state Assembly said Tuesday their budget proposal will include a property tax “circuit breaker” instead of the rebate program... Read more

  • Minority Voters Growing Force in NY Elections

    ALBANY, N.Y.— African-Americans, Latinos and Asians accounted for 29 percent of votes cast during the 2010 elections in New York state. That number is expected... Read more

  • Council member Fernando Cabrera in an undated photo. (Courtesy of Council Member Fernando Cabrera)

    New York City Council 2014: Fernando Cabrera

    NEW YORK–Council member Fernando Cabrera was elected in 2010 to represent District 14. His district includes the neighborhoods of Fordham, Kingsbridge, Morris Heights, West Bronx,... Read more

  • New York City Council member Costa Constantinides. (Courtesy of Costa Constantinides)

    New York City Council 2014: Costa Constantinides

    NEW YORK–Council member Costa Constantinides was elected to the New York City Council last year. He represents District 22 that includes Astoria, and parts of... Read more

  • Surrounded by supporters, New York state gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, center, leaves a news conference after he kicked off his campaign for the governor's race, Thursday March 6, 2014, on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse in New York. The Republican kicked off his campaign in the Bronx because the county has been "forgotten economically" by the nation, he said, and touted his Hispanic voter base in Westchester County. The Bronx is the state's only county with a majority Hispanic population. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Astorino Launches NY Campaign Tour for Governor

    NEW YORK —A top Republican county official from New York City’s northern suburbs took his new campaign for governor on the road Thursday by appealing... Read more

  • New York City first lady Chirlane McCray is interviewed at New York's City Hall, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Chirlane McCray, NYC Mayor’s Wife, to Lobby Albany

    NEW YORK—Chirlane McCray, who already wields more influence than any wife of a New York City mayor in recent memory, will further expand her role... Read more

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a rally at the Washington Avenue Armory on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio is in Albany to whip up support for a tax hike on wealthy New Yorkers to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs. The tax is opposed by Cuomo and the Republicans in the state Senate. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Drops Lawsuit Over Anti-Profiling Law

    NEW YORK— New York City will drop a challenge to a law making it easier to bring racial profiling cases against the police, Mayor Bill... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jan. 29, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    De Blasio Calls for Pre-K Push at Albany Rally

    ALBANY, N.Y.—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says universal pre-k needs one more push to get through the state Legislature. De Blasio made the... Read more

  • File photo of Council member James Vacca. (William Alatriste/NYC Council)

    New York City Council 2014: James Vacca

    Council member James Vacca was elected as the New York City Council leader of District 13, Bronx, in 2006. His district includes the neighborhoods of... Read more

  • New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat announces his run for Congress at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights, New Yorks,  Feb. 27, 2014. (Allen Xie)

    Espaillat Challenges Rangel for Congress Again

    NEW YORK—As the November congressional elections wind up, New York state Sen. Adriano Espaillat announced a bid to unseat Rep. Charles Rangel in New York’s... Read more

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his annual State of the State address at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, in Albany, N.Y., Jan. 8, 2014. (Mike Groll/AP)

    Governor Asks Public to Lobby for Property Tax Freeze

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to get New York state residents to help his bid to cut property taxes. On Wednesday, Cuomo announced his “No... Read more

  • Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speak with Bennett Bennett in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, on Sept. 29, 2013. Bennett's family has spent their savings, retirement, and college funds to rebuild their Superstorm Sandy-damaged home. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    De Blasio to Scrutinize Sandy Recovery Plans

    NEW YORK—Facing an avalanche of questions Monday about the city’s failing Sandy housing recovery plan, Build It Back, the mayor said he plans a complete... Read more

  • Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino at the state capitol in Albany, N.Y. on Jan. 7, 2014. (Mike Groll/AP)

    Astorino: Trump Should End ‘Circus’ in Governor’s Race

    ALBANY, N.Y.—Donald Trump’s public flirtation with running for governor is being criticized by a potential Republican rival. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino says Wednesday that... Read more

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