Tag: Albany (NY)

Amid Racial Divisions, Mayor’s Plan to Scrap Elite School Exam Fails

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Richard A. Carranza, the city schools chancellor, insisted last week that the plan to eliminate the entrance exam that dictates admission into Stuyvesant High School and the city’s other top public high schools was gaining traction. “There’s some real […]

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Abdicating, Again, on Climate

The contrast could not have been more pronounced. On Tuesday, New York’s governor and legislative leaders agreed on an aggressive program to eliminate by midcentury emissions of most of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming. The very next day, the Trump administration repudiated yet another of former President Barack Obama’s initiatives aimed at reducing […]

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‘Gay Panic’ Defenses Are Banned in N.Y. Murder Cases

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Since as early as the 1960s, defense lawyers have introduced the idea that people accused of murdering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people had acted in a state of temporary insanity caused and justified by their victim’s sexual orientation […]

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Nxivm Trial: Sex Cult Was Like ‘Horror Movie’ Prosecutor Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A housing development in a small upstate New York town where members of the cultlike group Nxivm had homes functioned as the set of a “horror movie,” and the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, played the role of the central […]

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Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When she first attended classes run by the self-help group Nxivm, Sylvie noticed multiple pictures on display of the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, known as Vanguard. People in the classes, held in Albany, appeared to venerate Mr. Raniere, Sylvie […]

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Measles Outbreak: Ending Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations

Weather: Expect a bright day, with a high near 75. Wind gusts may be as high as 15 miles per hour. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditJohn Taggart for The New York Times New York is the epicenter of the country’s measles outbreak. The outbreak has mostly affected ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn […]

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Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Rent Debate Escalates

ALBANY — The conflict over New York City’s rent laws turned raucous on Tuesday as hundreds of tenant activists flooded the State Capitol, leading to scuffles and dozens of arrests. For months, activists have cast a looming rewrite of New York’s rent laws as a once-in-a-generation battle. The state law that regulates almost one million […]

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Nxivm Branding Ritual Was Scripted by Cult Leader to Be ‘Like a Sacrifice’

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] In a letter and in emails, the leader of Nxivm tried to distance himself from the branding ritual that had led some members to break away from the cultlike group. But the ceremonial branding of some women involved in […]

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