Tag: New York State

Trump Crackdown Unnerves Immigrants, and the Farmers Who Rely on Them

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HOMER, N.Y. — The fears weigh on Mike McMahon: If one of his undocumented workers gets a traffic ticket, it could prompt an immigration audit of his entire farm. If another gets detained by immigration agents at a roadside […]

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Trump Can Be Sued for Defamation by Summer Zervos, ‘Apprentice’ Contestant, Court Rules

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A New York appeals court on Thursday rejected President Trump’s argument that the Constitution makes him immune from state lawsuits, clearing the way for a defamation suit from a former contestant on “The Apprentice” who has said Mr. Trump […]

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How a $238 Million Penthouse Turned a Long-Shot Tax on the Rich Into Reality

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The road to the nation’s first tax on superluxury second homes may well have begun at 220 Central Park South, where a four-story, 24,000 square-foot penthouse, unfinished and unfurnished, recently sold for $238 million. That deal — the most […]

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Co-Founder of Cultlike Group Where Women Were Branded Is Expected to Plead Guilty

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Nancy Salzman was known to her followers as “Prefect.” She was a co-founder of Nxivm, a cultlike group near Albany in which women were branded with the leader’s initials and forced to have sex with him, federal prosecutors say. […]

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New York Attorney General Opens Investigation of Trump Projects

The New York attorney general’s office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas. The inquiry […]

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Measles Outbreak: N.Y. Lawmakers Want to Let Teenagers Get Vaccines, Even if Parents Say No

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — After a measles outbreak in Brooklyn and Rockland County and amid growing concerns about the anti-vaccine movement, a pair of state legislators are proposing allowing minors to receive vaccinations without permission from their parents. The bill would […]

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Mel Miller, Assembly Speaker With Tarnished Career, Dies at 79

Mel Miller, who rose to the highest ranks of New York State government as speaker of the State Assembly and publicly feuded with Gov. Mario M. Cuomo, but who was forced from office because of a fraud conviction that was later overturned, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 79. His wife, Elizabeth Miller, said […]

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Black Lawmakers to Block Legalized Marijuana in N.Y. if Their Communities Don’t Benefit

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Black lawmakers and activists are blocking a push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York, warning that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposal could perpetuate the racial inequality that it purports to fight. The lawmakers — including some of legalization’s […]

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New York State Should Investigate the Trump Organization

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was on to something. In her questioning of Michael Cohen, she asked if Donald Trump had ever provided “inflated assets to an insurance company.” He answered in the affirmative — and also testified to rampant tax fraud by Mr. Trump and allegedly by the Trump Organization officials Allen Weisselberg, Ron Lieberman and Matthew […]

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More to Fear for Yeshiva Students

As New York City has finally begun to exercise oversight over ultra-Orthodox yeshivas that have graduated students without a basic education, some of those Jewish schools have defied city health department scrutiny and helped to feed a measles outbreak. Forty children have contracted measles in recent months, all of the cases linked to a single […]

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What Kirsten Gillibrand Is Missing: New York Endorsements for 2020

WASHINGTON — Senator Cory Booker has been endorsed for president by New Jersey’s entire 11-member Democratic congressional delegation, his state’s governor and its other senator. Senator Bernie Sanders has the backing of Vermont’s other senator and its lone House member. Senator Kamala Harris has support from three-quarters of the Democrats in the California State Senate, […]

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Seatbelts Required in the Back Seat? This and Other Surprises in Cuomo’s Budget

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo typically uses his State of the State address and his budget speech to showcase new, flashy policy ideas (Green New Deal! Legalizing marijuana!), but his budget amendments get none of that. There isn’t even a […]

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Trump Organization’s Insurance Policies Under Scrutiny in New York

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] New York State regulators have issued an expansive subpoena to the Trump Organization’s longtime insurance broker, the first step in an investigation of insurance policies and claims involving President Trump’s family business, according to a person briefed on the […]

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Ocasio-Cortez, Warren and Sanders in an Unlikely Skirmish With N.Y. Democrats

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] ALBANY — A handful of the nation’s leading left-leaning Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have picked a fight with an unexpected opponent: the New York State Democratic Party. They are fighting over […]

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She Helped Deliver Hundreds of Babies. Then She Was Arrested.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] PENN YAN, N.Y. — For a generation of Mennonite women, Elizabeth Catlin was integral to the most joyous occasions of their lives: the births of their children. Ms. Catlin was a second mother, they said, a birthing attendant who […]

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After Cuomo’s Calls to Amazon, a Flurry of Conversations to Rally Support

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] After multiple conversations this week with Amazon officials, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wanted to show them just how much support for the company there really was in New York City. So after those calls — including one with the […]

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Amazon, the Door’s Still Open

It is heartening to hear that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was at least able to get Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s founder, on the phone. The Times reported that the governor has had “multiple phone conversations with Amazon executives, including Mr. Bezos, over the past two weeks.” The conspicuous absence of Mr. Bezos, both in public and private, […]

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Swastika on a Bathroom Stall: Anti-Semitism Still Plagues Upstate School District

For years, Jewish students in the Pine Bush Central School District complained about finding swastikas scrawled on walls, desks and lockers. They said they were subjected to ethnic slurs, shoved and beaten. They said other students even led “white power” chants and made Nazi salutes. The harassment and bullying grew so bad in the rural […]

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A Chance for Fairness in New York’s Criminal Justice System

Over the next few weeks, the State of New York has perhaps its best opportunity in a half-century to pass important criminal justice reforms that would bring more fairness to the system. But the reform effort in Albany could still fall apart because of forces arrayed against it — chief among them, prosecutors. Gov. Andrew […]

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