Politics

Firm uses loophole to secretly donate $60G to de Blasio campaign

Constantinople & Vallone has a reputation as a powerful lobbying firm that gets its clients access to City Hall — but what’s not so well known is that it has helped steer $ 60,900 in campaign donations to Mayor de Blasio. A loophole in the city’s campaign-finance law has allowed the firm to stay under the radar as a fund-raiser ...

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L.I. Teamster deported to Guatemala determined to return to U.S.

The wife of Eber Garcia Vasquez learned he’d been deported when he called her from the country that hasn’t been home for 27 years. “He said, ‘I’m in Guatemala. . . . They brought me back,’ ” Maria Chavez Marino, 61, who uses a wheelchair because of a recent accident, told the Daily News from her home in Virginia on ...

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Trump, cabinet members discuss Hurricane Irma at Camp David

President Trump spent another weekend away from the White House, huddling on Saturday with cabinet members at Camp David. Trump, along with Vice President Pence, invited all 23 members of the cabinet and their spouses to the rustic presidential retreat near Thurmont, Md. The White House released a brief video, shared on Trump’s personal Twitter page, of the President seated ...

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Cuomo wants hearings on workers' scheduling woes

Gov. Cuomo wants the state to clock in and solicit public comments about employers who change workers’ schedules just hours before a shift starts. Cuomo on Saturday directed the state Labor Department to plan public hearings on employee scheduling concerns ahead of potential regulations. “These hearings will help guide us in crafting sensible protections to provide New Yorkers with fair ...

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New Yorkers protest 'sociopath' Trump's move to end DACA

New Yorkers of all walks of life united Saturday against President Trump’s decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito railed against the President, calling him a “sociopath,” in an emotional speech at the National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters. “It’s really becoming hard to maintain my composure during these times because of the ...

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Cuomo says de Blasio mayoral primary victory is all but certain

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo on Saturday still wouldn’t endorse Mayor de Blasio ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary, but said it doesn’t matter because Hizzoner likely has the race sewed up. “I don’t think anyone should take anything for granted in an election — but I don’t think the mayor should be losing sleep about this election,” Cuomo told reporters at ...

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Cuomo OK with de Blasio statue commission but defends Columbus

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo says he has no problem with Mayor de Blasio’s commission to review what to do with potentially controversial statutes in the city — but reiterated Saturday he will fight to preserve the Christopher Columbus monument in Columbus Circle. “That’s his business — he can set up whatever commission he thinks is necessary,” Cuomo said at the ...

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N.Y. controller endorses Mayor de Blasio for reelection

State Controller Thomas DiNapoli says he supports Mayor de Blasio’s reelection bid — despite being ineligible to vote for him because he lives outside city limits. DiNapoli gave Hizzoner his blessing after the two made a joint appearance to unveil a DiNapoli report on the city’s growing tech sector. It comes after Gov. Cuomo declined to endorse the mayor, he ...

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New York continues to stand by its union workers

Today as the federal government continues its efforts to compromise and undermine the rights of union workers, New York is doubling down on its commitment to protect them. Since January, this new administration and new Congress have taken measures against organized labor, reversing decades-old policies that have benefitted millions of workers and our national economy as a whole. In New ...

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Pelosi says Dems to have more leverage after deal with Trump

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted on Friday that Democrats will have increased leverage on immigration and other issues, after a debt and disaster aid deal they cut with President Donald Trump passed the House on the strength of Democratic votes. Pelosi said she makes “no apology” for working across the aisle with a President disdained in her ...

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