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New York Governor Calls For Amending State Constitution To Protect Abortion Rights

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he would seek to ensure that women have access to late-term abortions in the state even if conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court remove federal legal guarantees in place since the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

January 30, 2017
College, Debt Free

What Free College Means Around The World

In a country where rising student debt grabs national headlines, efforts to make college “free” can also get attention. In truth, a large part of tuition costs are already subsidized in the U.S. through a combination of grants, tax breaks and loans. What causes waves is the ever-increasing sticker price, rather than what students actually pay.

January 13, 2017
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (R) tour the site of an explosion that occurred on Saturday night in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York, USA,September 18, 2016. REUTERS/Justin Lane/Pool

New Yorkers Walk Past Political Bluster Over Bombing

The explosives going off in the dumpster in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea was not a major terrorist event — except on the TV news channels. No one was killed, fortunately. And thanks to superb police work, a suspect was captured within 48 hours.

September 19, 2016

Democrats Nominate Two Transgender Women And A Former Undocumented Immigrant To Run For Congress

To many, the success of the Brexit movement meant that white nationalism would also win in our own elections next November. But the primary wins of two transgender women and a Dominican-American who was once an undocumented immigrant serve as proof that, sometimes, inclusivity wins.

June 29, 2016
An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Uber Deal Shows Divide In Labor’s Drive For Role In ‘Gig Economy’

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached recently to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families.” But not everyone in the labor movement is cheering.

May 23, 2016

Endorse This: Peter King On Ted Cruz: ‘I’ll Take Cyanide If He Wins The Nomination’

King said later in the same Morning Joe interview that he wasn’t endorsing John Kasich because he wanted “to keep my powder dry” for a convention endorsement.

April 20, 2016
Verizon Fios Truck

How Big Cable Makes New Yorkers Pay More For Slower Internet

As 40,000 Verizon strikers clog New York’s streets with one of the nation’s largest strikes in years, and with no end in sight, it’s worth mentioning one thing those strikers are incontrovertibly right about, among many others: New York’ City’s internet should be much better than it is.

April 19, 2016
Brooklyn Working Families Party

A Helping Hand For Bernie Sanders In New York

WFP has chapters in several states, but its ancestral homeland is New York, where party activists have been working to mobilize volunteers, bring in local endorsements, and get out the vote on behalf of Sanders.

April 19, 2016
Clinton in New York

Clinton And Trump Are Strong In New York — But Strong Enough?

Trump, the Republican billionaire developer from New York, and Clinton, the Democratic former U.S. senator from New York, have maintained double-digit poll leads in the state for weeks.

April 19, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reacts to the primary election results in the states of Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

Bernie Sanders Rally Draws 27,000 To The Heart Of Manhattan

Campaigning with less than a week left before the New York primaries, Bernie Sanders held a massive rally in Manhattan yesterday evening. It was reported that 27,000 people filled every empty space in Washington Square Park to listen to him reiterate his message of social and economic justice, as well as his belief that he would win the state’s primary.

April 14, 2016
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a counter terrorism speech at Stanford University in Stanford, California, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

New York Primary ‘Must-Win’ for Both Sanders, Clinton

If it seems like the race to win the Democratic primary has suddenly gotten more tense, thank New York.

April 11, 2016
New York City subway

Neither Democratic Candidate Knows How To Ride The Subway

Cameras rolled Thursday as Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton attempted — five times — to swipe onto the platform of a Bronx-bound 4 train.

April 7, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

New York’s Politicians Overwhelmingly Endorse Clinton

Despite still being two weeks away, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have both brought the full force of their campaigns to New York state with the opening of campaign offices and widely televised rallies heralding the upcoming vote. Now it’s a matter how much support each candidate has in this important electoral contest.

April 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders Rally

Bern-Storming Through The South Bronx

Sanders addressed a diverse crowd of 15,000 assembled in St. Mary’s Park.

April 1, 2016
Albany NY State Capitol New York

Republicans Introduce A Bill To Monitor Refugees Who Settle In New York

Last week, a Republican New York state senator introduced a bill that would make it legal to register and monitor refugees entering the state. The move was opposed by refugee advocacy groups, who called the proposed legislation “heinous” and that it only stigmatized refugees further.

March 21, 2016

NY Court Allows Fraud Claim Against Trump University To Proceed

The claim is part of a lawsuit that accuses Trump and the now-defunct for-profit venture of misleading thousands of people, who paid up to $35,000 each.

March 1, 2016
Zephyr Teachout New York Congress Election

Zephyr Teachout’s Candidacy Part Of The Rising Left In America

After decades of political dormancy, the progressive left has again emerged as a powerful force in American politics.

January 28, 2016
Zephyr Teachout New York Congress Election

Anti-Corruption Activist Zephyr Teachout, Who Once Faced Cuomo For NY Governor, Running For Congress

Like Bernie Sanders, Teachout focuses almost exclusively on the toxic consequences of big money in politics.

January 26, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures as he

5 ‘New York Values’ Donald Trump Doesn’t Have

Despite his strong riposte to Ted Cruz on “New York values,” most of what the billionaire advocates these days is in exact opposition to what makes New York and America great.

January 18, 2016

New York Values: What Tiny Ted Cruz Will Never Understand About The Big City

Disparaging New York has long been a favorite trope for reactionary loudmouths, always with an ugly undertone of bigotry against racial, ethnic, religious and, more recently, sexual minorities. Ted Cruz is no exception.

January 15, 2016

New York’s Thanksgiving Parade Draws Huge Crowd Amid Tight Security

Spectators packed Manhattan sidewalks on Thursday to watch the marching bands, floats and giant balloons of Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, held under tight security two weeks after deadly attacks in Paris.

November 26, 2015

A Tale Of Two Terrors: Paris And New York

Although the New York attacks were far grander in scale and horrific imagery, the terror in Paris took on, in some ways, a scarier form.

November 19, 2015

Victims’ Relatives Gather 14 Years After September 11 Attacks On U.S.

Families hugged each other close, some carrying photographs or wearing t-shirts depicting lost loved ones, or bearing placards with the words ‘we will never forget.’

September 11, 2015

New York Moves To Raise State Minimum Wage To $15 For Fast-Food Workers

“This is going to help hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, but this is going to do something else,” Governor Andrew Cuomo told a jubilant rally audience. “Because when New York acts, the rest of the states follow.”

July 22, 2015

Ex-U.S. Representative Grimm Gets Prison Time For Tax Evasion

A former Marine and FBI agent who won the first of three terms in 2010, Grimm previously made headlines in January 2014 when he threatened to throw a television reporter off a balcony.

July 17, 2015