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It began calmly enough. But as the Aug. 8 meeting of the Bronx Democratic County Committee progressed, a rift between members became apparent. more
It seems like an ever-repeating pattern: A mass shooting happens. Talk of gun reform is ubiquitous. Politicians make grand speeches about legislation to either limit gun access or to strengthen Second Amendment rights. Bills are written that die in committees, and the issue is untouched until the next tragedy. more
Mental illness is not the cause of mass shootings. Period. more
It’s finally settled. The intractable rumor that Councilman Andrew Cohen would be nominated for a supreme court judgeship this year has been resolved. He won’t be trading his spot in city hall for a black robe and gavel. At least, not yet. more
Say it’s a sweltering August afternoon and the sidewalk is hot enough to sear a New York strip. You walk by a parked cop car, and are startled by a deep bark emanating from behind the heavily tinted windows. There’s a police dog in the vehicle. And although it’s a highly trained dog, it’s still a dog, and still susceptible to the same heat exhaustion any other animal — or person — would experience if left in a hot car. more
The gears of government turn at a glacial pace, as a Manhattan College official has learned. Last year, Rob Walsh approached the Kingsbridge Business Improvement District board with an idea: Extend its boundaries two blocks north to cover West 238th Street and Broadway. More of the area could benefit from the BID’s daily trash pickup and cleaning, beautification and small business development services. more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on Monday that he says will enact sweeping changes in laws targeting workplace harassment. more
Leave a dog or cat locked in a car during a heat wave or a deep freeze and face fines of up to $250. Leave a child in the car — so long as the child isn’t injured — nothing happens in New York. At least legally. more
Blackouts don’t sit too well with the city that never sleeps. In two separate incidents last month, more than 120,000 Con Edison customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn lost service. Subway trains stopped underground, people were stranded in dead elevators, folks sweltered in uncooled apartments, and Times Square was eerily dark. more
More than a majority of the Democrats in the U.S. House are calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel is now part of that majority. more
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