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Democratic Legislators Will Rescind Cuomo's Pandemic Emergency Powers

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday to rescind and limit Gov. Andrew Cuomo's sweeping emergency pandemic powers. With the governor facing swirling scandals related to sexual harassment claims and his administration's handling of nursing home COVID deaths, legislative leaders said it's time to restore “checks and balances." The legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers Democrat, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, will immediately repeal the temporary emergency powers granted to the governor last year, while allowing some execut...

Cuomo Sends Formal Referral Allowing Probe Of Misconduct Claims

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo formally invited an inquiry Monday into sexual misconduct allegations made against him by a pair of former staffers, allowing New York Attorney General Letitia James to choose a private law firm to spearhead the probe. An official referral letter was sent to James’ office a day after a whiplash-inducing round of competing statements were released by both offices about the scope and oversight of such an inquiry. “Today, the executive chamber transmitted a referral letter to our office, providing us the authority to move forward with an independent investigation ...

Manhattan DA Seeks Bannon Records, Pursuing Alleged Crimes Pardoned By Trump

NEW YORK — Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance recently subpoenaed financial records relating to a fraudulent “build the wall” scam allegedly orchestrated by Steve Bannon — signaling the New York prosecutor is looking to go after the right-wing strategist for crimes pardoned by former President Donald Trump, according to a report Wednesday. Vance issued the grand jury subpoenas to Wells Fargo and GoFundMe in late January after Trump preemptively pardoned Bannon for any federal crimes he may have committed as part of an alleged $25 million scheme to defraud donors to a crowdfunding campaign th...

Report: Giuliani Tried To Dodge Service In $1B Dominion Voting Lawsuit

NEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani spent a week dodging service of a $1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems after publicly declaring he was ready for the legal fight, a source told the Daily News. Dominion hired the process servers to hand Giuliani its 107-page lawsuit after the former mayor ignored requests to simply accept it via email, the source said. The voting machine company claims Giuliani destroyed its reputation by knowingly spreading lies that it helped steal the election for President Biden. On Tuesday, the company filed a separate defamation suit, also seeking $1.3 billion, a...

Roger Stone And Alex Jones Probed Over Ties To Capitol Rioters

The Justice Department is reportedly probing ties between far right-wing luminaries such as Roger Stone and Alex Jones and the rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6. Investigators are seeking to determine if Stone, Jones and others merely inspired the pro-Trump mob or if they could potentially be held accountable for conspiring to carry out the attack. The probe is still in an early stage and investigators say they do not have evidence to support criminal charges against the far right-wing figures, The Washington Post reported Saturday. “We are investigating potential ties between those ph...

Kamala Harris Says Teachers Should Get Vaccine Priority

Speaking in her first sit-down network television interview since taking office, Vice President Kamala Harris stressed the importance of getting educators vaccinated since their work is so important and they work in an environment where protective measures are tough to implement. “Teachers should be a priority," said Harris on Wednesday. “They should be able to teach in a safe place .... So teachers should be a priority along with other frontline workers." Harris told Today show host, Savannah Guthrie that only about half the states are giving vaccine priority to teachers and called on state...