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  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dines at Goodfellas Pizza on Staten Island, New York, on Jan. 10, 2014. (Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor)

    De Blasio Promises Staten Island No Longer ‘Forgotten Borough’

    NEW YORK—During his campaign, Mayor Bill de Blasio portrayed himself as man of the people, saying he would work to ameliorate the gross inequality and... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio at New York City Hall on Jan. 7, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    UPDATE: Why Hasn’t de Blasio Replaced Jonathan Mintz?

    NEW YORK—As public advocate, Mayor Bill de Blasio vilified Jonathan Mintz, the commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), and called on him to... Read more

  • Cauliflower Soup. (Philippe Desnerck/Getty Images)

    Recipe for Cauliflower Soup from Exec Chef of Delicatessen

    Cauliflower Soup Executive Chef/Partner Michael FerraroDelicatessen, NYC 1 head cauliflower1 large onion3 garlic cloves1/2 medium leek2 sprigs fresh thyme1 bay leaf1 quart vegetable stock3/4 cup... Read more

  • Curry red lentil soup. (Courtesy of Num Pang)

    Recipe for Curry Red Lentil Soup From Num Pang Owners

    Curry Red Lentil Soup Courtesy of chefs and co-owners Ben Daitz and Ratha ChaupolyNum Pang, NYC 1 jumbo carrot1/2 fennel bulb1 onion3 celery stalks1 tablespoon... Read more

  • Speakers call on the Police Union to drop their lawsuit that aims to block the anti-stop and frisk legislation passed last August, at New York City Hall Jan. 10, 2014. (Matt Gnaizda)

    Stop Stopping Stop-and-Frisk Law, Say Activists

    NEW YORK—Community activists said on Friday that the battle to stop the NYPD from engaging in biased-based profiling isn’t over. Back in August, after a... Read more

  • Students line up to take their entrance exams to Hunter College High School in front of a Hunter College building on the Upper East Side, New York, Jan. 10, 2014. (Allen Xie)

    Thousands Line Up to Take a Shot at Getting Into NY’s Hunter High School

    NEW YORK—Hunter College High School boasts one of the lowest admission rates in the country, averaging at about 6 to 7 percent. Every January, elementary... Read more

  • Jafari Sampson, a South Bronx native violin prodigy playing inside Grand Central station on Jan. 2. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    This is New York: Jafari Sampson, a Violin Prodigy Inspired by Silences

    NEW YORK—Sitting in front of a subway station column, his fingers dance across the strings of his umber violin. Nearby, construction workers unreel yellow caution... Read more

  • A greeting to Shen Yun by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY) stating “Please accept my best wishes for a wonderful event and many more years of continued success." (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Shen Yun Honored by Over Twenty-Five New York Elected Officials

    NEW YORK—The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts is gearing up for opening night at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theatre tonight, Friday, Jan. 10... Read more

  • The bar at Brinkley's. (Brinkley's/Facebook)

    Brinkley’s Masters Organic Bar Food

    The booming, feel-good music of the Shins and the Foundations may make your fellow barfly or diner’s witty comments nearly impossible to discern, but it’s... Read more

  • New York Weather Today: Light Snow, Freezing Rain Advisory

    There will be a wintry mix this Friday morning of snow accumulations around 1 inch. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s and lower 30s... Read more

  • A part of a house that floated off its foundation when Superstorm Sandy hit sits in the middle of a coastal estuary in the Oakwood Beach area of Staten Island, New York, in November 2012. (Paul J. Richards/Getty Images)

    Coastal Recovery Plan Emphasizes ‘Living Shorelines’

    NEW YORK—Staten Islanders are among the beneficiaries of the state’s recently announced $16.7 billion Superstorm Sandy recovery plan, which includes sweeping coastline recovery and protection... Read more

  • Anthony Bourdain. (Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)

    Anthony Bourdain to Hold Gigantic Food Market in NYC

    NEW YORK—Word slipped out earlier than intended, but Anthony Bourdain has reportedly signed a deal to open a large food market in Manhattan, reported NY... Read more

  • Traffic moves across the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J., Sept. 2, 2013. The George Washington Bridge traffic jam that was apparently engineered by allies of Gov. Chris Christie as political payback could lead to criminal charges such as conspiracy or official misconduct, legal experts said. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Florence Genova Death Not From George Washington Bridge Closings: Daughter

    Florence Genova, the 91-year-old woman who lived in Fort Lee before she died, didn’t die because of the highly controversial closings on the George Washington... Read more

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    Bayonne, NJ: Fire Breaks Out on Thursday on 10th Street

    A fire is blazing in downtown Bayonne, New Jersey. The fire was upgraded to four alarms and is burning in a row of homes on... Read more

  • Oxtail oden. (Courtesy of Toshi Ueki)

    Master Sushi Chef Toshi Ueki’s Oxtail Oden Recipe

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  • The Huddle Shuttle parked at the Secaucus Junction Station in New Jersey, Jan. 8, 2014. (Yi Yang)

    Fans Get Pumped for Super Bowl With Join the Huddle Tour

    NEW YORK—In the months leading up to Super Bowl 48, football fans in New York and New Jersey have been getting a chance to experience... Read more

  • SHI employee moves electronics to be recycled during an e-waste event in Times Square, New York, Jan. 8, 2014. (Seth Hirsch)

    E-waste Recycling Comes to Times Square

    NEW YORK—For New Yorkers who were willing to brave the subfreezing temperatures Wednesday, Duffy Square at the northern triangle of Times Square became a destination... Read more

  • New City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (C) conducts her first business of the council following her confirmation at New York City Hall, Jan. 8, 2014. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

    New Speaker Mark-Viverito ‘Will Hold Mayor Accountable’

    NEW YORK—Melissa Mark-Viverito became New York’s first Latino to hold citywide office Wednesday. City Council unanimously chose the East Harlem council member as its next... 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., on Jan. 8, 2014. (Mike Groll/AP)

    Cuomo Talks Tax Relief, Transit, Tuition for 2014

    NEW YORK—Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined an agenda for the year ahead Wednesday underscored by reduced taxes, modernizing JFK and LaGuardia airports, a medical marijuana program... Read more

  • The interior of sweetgreen right after it opened in Midtown this summer. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/Epoch Times)

    Sweetgreen, a Solid Salad Spot

    Manhattan’s latest salad-showcasing eatery has landed in the space adjacent to The NoMad Hotel. The first NYC branch of this fast-casual D.C.-based chain (and 20th... Read more

  • Tania Yuki at the Data Congressa in New York City, on September 30, 2015. (Mike Pont/Getty Images for AWXII)

    Turning Passion for Social Media Into Thriving Business

    NEW YORK—Tania Yuki started her business alone in her living room. In three years’ time, she turned it into a high-growth company with 75 employees... Read more

  • This satellite image taken Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at 9:37 a.m. EDT, and released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Joaquin. (NOAA via AP)

    New York, New Jersey Prepare for Sandy, Hope for Irene

    The way Mother Nature works, you can never be too sure if a storm will actually hit or how hard it will hit, the governors... Read more

  • Carmen Ramirez, whose father Carmelo Quiles recently died of Legionnaires disease, pauses in her mothers apartment in an area of the Bronx which is the center of the outbreak on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Why It’s Actually a Good Thing More Legionnaires’ Has Been Found in the Bronx

    NEW YORK—Thirteen more people were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease in the Morris Park section of the Bronx. Although one patient has died, medical specialists are... Read more

  • Chinese people who oppose the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many of them who've had their land confiscated by authorities, are harassed by supporters of the CCP by blocking their messages with Chinese flags near the Waldorf Astoria on Lexington Ave. between 48th Street and 47th Street in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. Supporters of the CCP try to cover Fu Yuxia with the Chinese flag in an attempt to block her message (President Xi Jinping, Stop and Meet us, the Chinese Petitioners. Listen to us and Solve our Problems!!!). (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    The Leader of China Brought a Little of China With Him to New York

    NEW YORK—For 10 minutes on Sept. 26, a scene more commonly witnessed in the Middle Kingdom surreally played out in a corner of Manhattan’s plush... Read more

  • The blood-red light of a total eclipse seen in Nantes, western France, on September 28, 2015. (JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Amateur Astronomers Philosophize About Life and Death Amid Red Lunar Eclipse

    NEW YORK—Throughout last week, as people fretted over the yuan devaluation and pope traffic, Joe Delfausse worried about the clouds. It was imperative that there... Read more

  • Chipotle in midtown Manhattan, New York, on June 21, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Chipotle: Pork Back in 90 Percent of Locations

    NEW YORK—Chipotle says carnitas are back on the menu at 90 percent of its restaurants, and that the pork’s return to all U.S. restaurants should... Read more

  • Waves break in front of a destroyed amusement park wrecked by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Study: Sea Level Rise Increasing Major Storms Off New Jersey

    MANTOLOKING, N.J.—A new study looking back over 1,000 years finds the flooding risk along the New York and New Jersey coasts increased greatly after industrialization,... Read more

  • An Alcoa logo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on a file photo. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    Alcoa Splitting Into Two Companies

    NEW YORK—Alcoa will split into two independent companies, separating its bauxite, aluminum, and casting operations from its engineering, transportation, and global rolled products businesses. The... Read more

  • Practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong call for an end to the persecution of the practice in China, in front of the Waldorf Astoria in New York where Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is staying, on Sept. 26, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Banners Calling for Justice Follow China’s Xi Jinping to New York City

    NEW YORK—Banners and protesters were never too far from Chinese leader Xi Jinping while he was in Seattle and Washington, D.C., the first two stops... Read more

  • Pope Francis arrives for a multi-religious service at the site of the 9/11 memorial and Museum on September 25, 2015 in New York City. (Thomas A. Ferrara - Pool/Getty Images)

    Waiting for Pope Francis at 9/11 Memorial, Survivors Find Solace Despite Militarized Tension

    NEW YORK—Hours before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in Lower Manhattan, the streets surrounding the 9/11 Memorial & Museum contained an eerie quiet. It... Read more

  • A deforested area near Novo Progresso in Brazil's northern state of Para in a file photo.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

    Deforestation Should Be at Heart of Climate Discussion, Says NGO Panel

    NEW YORK—Ensuring deforestation is given a proper place in global climate discussions is an ongoing goal of the drivers behind the New York Declaration of Forests that was formalized at last year’s U.N... Read more

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    Yankees Hall of Famer, the Most Quotable Yogi Berra Dies at 90

    NEW YORK— The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain’t ever gonna be over. The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his lovable,... Read more

  • A New Yorker eats his lunch out of a styrofoam take-out container in New York City on December 19, 2013. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Judge Overturns New York City Ban on Plastic Foam Containers

    NEW YORK—A state judge has overturned New York City’s ban on plastic foam containers, finding the nearly 30,000 tons of dirty meat trays and to-go... Read more

  • In this Sept. 10, 2015 photo, a large gazelle mural is shown on the side of a building in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mike Balsamo)

    NYC Street Art Makes Statement for Human Rights in Iran

    NEW YORK—A woman in a head scarf, 27 feet high, gazes piercingly from the side of a Brooklyn brownstone. A flock of spray-painted birds breaks... Read more

  • School children hold the flags of nations during the Peace Bell Ceremony to commemorate the International Day of Peace September 21, 2015 at the United Nations in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Can the UN’s Sustainability Plan Transform the Planet?

    In just three days, more than 150 global leaders will convene at the United Nations headquarters in New York for a summit to formally adopt... Read more

  • Customers shop for sun glasses at Macy's Herald Square after the store opened its doors at 8 pm Thanksgiving day in New York City, on Nov. 28, file photo. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

    Macy’s Plans to Add 85K Seasonal Holiday Hiring Workers

    NEW YORK—Macy’s Inc. plans to hire about 85,000 seasonal workers for temporary jobs ahead of the holidays to meet expected higher demand. That is about... Read more

  • Michael O'Malley at his home, one of only two houses in his Ditmas Park neighborhood to have solar panels, in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 3, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Round Two of New York Solar Campaign Targets Low-Income Consumers

    NEW YORK—A second round of campaigns to advance Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to rebuild New York’s energy infrastructure with clean, affordable options, particularly solar power, is targeting projects... Read more

  • Saint Elizabeth Catholic Academy in Ozone Park, Queens, on Sept. 15, 2015, which is the first school to install Scotti’s pro bono bulletproof walls and advanced surveillance system. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Making Our Schools Bulletproof: America Grapples With School Shootings

    NEW YORK—At this century-old building in Queens where 4-year-olds go to prekindergarten, there are bulletproof walls, two sets of deadbolt locks on each classroom door,... Read more

  • President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and others, pause on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, as they observe a moment of silence to mark the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    On Sept. 11 Anniversary, Appeals to Remember as Time Passes

    NEW YORK—Relatives of Sept. 11 victims marked the anniversary of the terror attacks Friday at ground zero with grief, gratitude and appeals to keep the... Read more

  • FORT LEE, NJ - DECEMBER 17: Traffic moves over the Hudson River and across the George Washington Bridge between New York City (R), and Fort Lee, New Jersey on December 17, 2013. New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie has had to fend off allegations in a scandal involving the bridge. In September, two of Christie's top appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey ordered the lanes on the bridge shut to traffic, causing days of gridlock in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Some Democrats have said that the move was political revenge against the town's mayor, Democrat Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing Christie for reelection. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

    New York’s Green Energy Plan Not Transparent, Says Coalition

    Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in April 2014 a proposed plan for creating New York’s power grid of the future through a groundbreaking initiative that would transform... Read more

  • (L-R) Darcie Miller, commissioner of the Department of Social Services; David Hoovler, county district attorney; Kellyann Kostyal-Larrier, executive director of Safe Homes of Orange County; and Stephen Neuhaus, Orange County executive at an open house and press conference at Safe Homes of Orange County in Neuburgh on Oct. 2, 2015. (Holly Kellum/ Epoch Times).

    Orange County Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    NEWBURGH—Two rows of clotheslines hanging with an array of colorful shirts stood behind a group of lawmakers, advocates, and law enforcement as they recognized the... Read more

  • Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus in his office in Goshen on Sept. 29, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

    County Budget Marks a Turnaround

    GOSHEN—The proposed budget that County Executive Steven Neuhaus presented to the Orange County Legislature on Sept. 30 had a distinct narrative. With continued cuts in... Read more

  • Sign leading to the opening ceremonies of the Orange County Senior Games in Campbell Hall on Sept. 28, 2015.

    OC Seniors Get Their Games (Photos)

    CAMPBELL HALL—The Orange County Senior Games took off on Sept. 28 with opening ceremonies at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Campbell Hall. About 200 senior... Read more

  • Bud and Julie Williamson in control room at radio station WALL in Port Jervis on Aug. 21, 2015. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epoch Times)

    WALL—AM Returns to Its Roots Under Local Ownership

    PORT JERVIS—The WALL is back—the WALL—AM 1340, that is. Once called the best of local radio in the Hudson Valley, the station was recently bought... Read more

  • Solar panels at 5 Spoke Creamery in Goshen, N.Y. on June 3, 2015. The creamery is 100 percent powered by solar energy. (Yvonne Marcotte/Epochtimes)

    Orange County News Roundup, Oct. 2

    New York Urges Drivers to Watch for Deer and Moose on Roads State officials are reminding drivers to watch out for wildlife on the roads... Read more

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    Museum Celebrates Deerpark’s 325th Anniversary

    DEERPARK—The Deerpark Museum held an open house on Sept. 27 to celebrate the 325th anniversary of the first settler to arrive from Europe. The museum was... Read more

  • Derrick Petersen at Airport Park in Matamoras on Sept. 27, 2015. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

    Poker Run Raises Money for Matamoras Boy with Leukemia

    MATAMORAS—It was a brisk, sunny day and a good cause that brought 30 motorcyclists to Airport Park on Sept. 27. The ride, called “Rollin’ for Derrick,”... Read more

  • Letters to the Editor: Fei Tian Students Address Voter Challenge

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  • The Community Based Outpatient Clinic for veterans in Port Jervis on Oct. 1, 2015. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

    Port Jervis to Get New Veterans Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

    PORT JERVIS—The Port Jervis community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for veterans is going to be moving, according to officials from the VA. The chief engineer for... Read more

  • A1930 Brockway fire truck at the 8th annual 9/11 Memorial Car Show by the Saturday Night Cruisers in New Windsor on Sept. 20, 2015. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

    Photo Gallery: 9/11 Memorial Car Show

    NEW WINDSOR—For eight years now, the Saturday Night Cruisers Car Club has gotten together around 9/11 and raised money for first responders in the area... Read more

  • (L-R) Karl Brabenec, New York State Assemblyman; John Ward, former Walkill Supervisor; Antonio Rotundo, Wallkill Councilman, Lou Ingrassia, Jr., Wallkill Commissioner of Public Works, and Paul LoGallo, Project Engineer for the D.O.T. on Sept. 24, 2015 during a ribbon cutting ceremony for a tunnel under Route 17 in Wallkill that connects three prominent shopping malls. (Holly Kellum/Epoch Times)

    Road Between Wallkill Shopping Centers Opens to Traffic (+video)

    WALLKILL—A much anticipated road that connects busy shopping centers in the town of Wallkill officially opened on Thursday. Officials from the state and town attended... Read more

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    OC Residents Speak Out on Lawsuit Opposing KJ Annexation

    GOSHEN—The Orange County Legislature held two sessions to hear what county residents had to say about the town board of Monroe’s vote on Sept. 8... Read more

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    County Tests First Responders in Real-Life Scenario

    The Orange-Ulster BOCES campus in Goshen was filled with fire trucks, EMS vehicles, and police cars from several county towns on Sept. 19 to rehearse... Read more

  • Residents in New York cast their vote, file photo. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apology Demanded From Deerpark Supervisor in Voting Challenges

    CUDDEBACKVILLE—Behind the dry, legal language of a letter from the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to the Orange County Board of Elections... Read more

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    County Welcomes New Americans

    GOSHEN—It was important day for Ricardo Watson, Dimitri Yasnikov, Carmen Morales, and 74 others from 37 countries as they became naturalized American citizens on Sept... Read more

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    Newburgh Educator Wins NY State Teacher of the Year

    NEWBURGH—Inspired by an aunt who taught school, Newburgh’s Dana McDonough grew up in a tradition of teaching. That inspiration came to fruition recently as McDonough... Read more

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    Heritage Trail Key to Middletown’s Urban Renewal

    MIDDLETOWN–Middletown is planning on breathing new life into long-vacant structures and properties in downtown’s Business Improvement District and the Community Campus. At the common council... Read more

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    Orange County News Roundup, Sept. 23

    County Legislature Joins Towns’ Lawsuit In a vote of 11-1, the Orange County Legislature voted to joined eight municipalities in a lawsuit challenging the Town... Read more

  • Middletown football player holds the Vector mouthguard on Sept. 9, 2015. (courtesy Middletown Enlarged School District)

    Middletown High School Keeps Football Players Safe With Technology

    MIDDLETOWN—America loves football, but the parents of athletes in particular worry about the hard-hitting sport’s dangers—especially the possibility of concussions. Middletown High School has listened... Read more

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    Orange County Town News, Sept. 15

    MOUNT HOPE  The Cornell Cooperative Extension at 4-H Park in the Town of Mount Hope has requested to change the terms of its lease with... Read more

  • Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks during a campaign stop at Dr. William U. Pearson Community Center on August 18, 2015 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

    NYC Council Speaker Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

    NEW YORK—New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham... Read more

  • A New York Mets and soccer fan takes a photo with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, right, before an interleague baseball game between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox in New York, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    NYC’s First Fan: A Ballgame With Mayor Bill de Blasio

    NEW YORK—He sat in the upper deck, basically unrecognized amid a sea of happy baseball fans. He let out a cheer when the best hitter... Read more

  • First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray at City Hall in Manhattan on Aug. 11, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    NYC’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray’s Vision on Healing the City

    NEW YORK—When a distressing life event affects you so deeply and personally, you find yourself at a crossroads. You are confronted with a choice of... Read more

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference to provide an update of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    NYC Mayor’s Office Screening Sensitive Records

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to run the most transparent administration in city history, has taken steps to have his office review any... Read more

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Trump Battles Criticism From Rivals, Former Campaign Aide

    ATLANTA— Donald Trump is showing no signs of curbing his battle with a Fox News television host, the Republican Party establishment and several presidential primary... Read more

  • US Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he introduces US President Barack Obama at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Jan. 9, 2015. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

    Biden for President? Allies Mulling Clinton Challenge

    WASHINGTON— Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and... Read more

  • FILE - This Aug. 8, 1988 file photo shows Mario Biaggi, second left, as he gestures to the press shortly after he announced his resignation from Congress, at his headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

    Mario Biaggi, Former Congressman From NYC, Dies at 97

    NEW YORK — Mario Biaggi, a former 19-year congressman whose career ended in disgrace after a pair of corruption convictions, has died. He was 97... Read more

  • FILE - In this May 5, 2015, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File)

    NY Senator Wants Airlines to Scrap Carry-On Luggage Proposal

    NEW YORK—Sen. Charles Schumer wants airlines to scrap a proposal to reduce the allowed size of carry-on luggage. He planned a news conference Sunday to... Read more

  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes a question during a news conference on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. De Blasio is in Albany to make his case for renewing mayoral control of city schools, strengthening the city's rent regulations and changing a tax break for real estate developers to require more affordable housing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Time Running Out, de Blasio Pushes for Agenda in Albany

    NEW YORK—With time running out on the state legislative session, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio again made a push for his stalled agenda... Read more

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    Mayor, Other Officials Release Public Disclosure Forms

    NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio has few things in common with his immediate predecessor, Michael Bloomberg—and the size of their financial disclosure forms is one... Read more

  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia saw the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the United States Constitution. Elementary school tours may have to be cancelled if about 1.2 degrees of warming submerges the site.

    Philly Won the 2016 DNC Because New York Lacks Parking Lots, Says Mayor

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was disappointed by the DNC’s decision to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia rather... Read more

  • Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) at the Capitol in Washington on May 30, 2014. Grimm pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Why Do New Yorkers Like Electing Criminals?

    NEW YORK—After seeing State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest for allegedly taking bribes and kickbacks—and in recent history, a host of politicians being implicated by... Read more

  • Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York speaks at a press conference on Jan. 22, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Preet Bharara Says Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Sets a Dirty Example for Other Albany Politicians

    NEW YORK—U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara blamed the top echelon of Albany politicians for perpetuating a culture of corruption in New York politics, one that resulted... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara addresses members of the media regarding State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in New York. Silver has been arrested on public corruption charges. He's accused of using his position as one of the state's most powerful politicians to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Sheldon Silver’s Arrest Highlights Outside-Income Path to Punishment for Corruption

    When talking about corruption in legislature, many would think about thick envelopes changing hands with meaningful looks. On second thought, a more down-to-earth picture would... Read more

  • Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver speaks to members of the media in the State Capitol March 12, 2008 in Albany, New York.(Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

    Dark Days for Sheldon Silver and Impending Chaos for New York State Assembly

    NEW YORK—Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s arrest for corruption throws a wrench into the Albany legislature. Democratic leaders may be vying for his position, but as... Read more

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo at a juvenile justice panel

    On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo Promises End to Placing 16 and 17 Year-Olds in Prison

    NEW YORK—Criminal justice reform was the centerpiece of governor Andrew Cuomo’s inauguration speech when he was sworn in for his second term two weeks ago... Read more

  • Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean in the Senate Chamber at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. The Republican-controlled Senate has approved eight bills intended to ensure women's rights in the workplace and housing. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    NY Senate OKs Women’s Rights Bills; Schools Provoke Debate

    ALBANY, N.Y.—While hundreds of public education supporters jammed Capitol stairwells Monday calling for more state support, New York’s Republican-controlled Senate approved eight bills intended to... Read more

  • Bronx Council member Vanessa Gibson at a press conference supporting NYPD in City Hall, N.Y. on Dec. 23, 2014. (William Alatriste/NYC Council)

    After Tragedies City Council Members Squirm Over Police Reform Bills

    NEW YORK—Several city council members, including staunch supporters of police reform, advocated caution and consideration in reviewing police reform bills currently pending in the system... Read more

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at Newark Renaissance House in Newark, N.J., on Dec. 16, 2014. NJ lawmakers are mounting a campaign to override Christie’s veto of a bill overhauling the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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