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Embattled de Blasio donor to testify against Norman Seabrook

A big-time donor to Mayor de Blasio, expected to testify in an upcoming public corruption trial, is more deeply involved in criminal activity than the government lets on, new court papers claim. Jona Rechnitz, who quietly admitted to giving campaign contributions in exchange for favors, is set to take the stand against former Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association honcho Norman Seabrook, ...

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De Blasio wins low-turnout Democratic mayoral primary

Mayor de Blasio easily won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday — but few even bothered to vote. Turnout was light as Hizzoner cruised past several challengers, the best known being former City Councilman Sal Albanese. The Associated Press declared him the victor about 20 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m. Valerie Vazquez-Diaz, a Board of Elections spokeswoman, ...

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Mayor de Blasio votes in primary amid landslide win predictions

Predictions of a landslide victory didn’t stop Mayor de Blasio from voting in the Democratic primary Tuesday morning. Hizzoner, flanked by First Lady Chirlane McCray, arrived at the Park Slope public library in Brooklyn just before 8 a.m. to cast his ballot. A group of protesters calling on de Blasio to speed up his planned 10-year timetable for shuttering Rikers ...

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Schumer says he’s already cast his vote for de Blasio in primary

Mayor de Blasio got Sen. Chuck Schumer’s vote in this week’s primary, New York’s senior senator said Sunday. Schumer — while declining to offer a formal endorsement because he prefers to stay out of primary fights — revealed that he had already voted via absentee ballot and chose de Blasio. “I voted for him,” Schumer told reporters Sunday at his ...

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De Blasio denies reading about loophole his fund-raiser used

Maybe Mayor de Blasio was too busy campaigning to read how a loophole in the city’s Campaign Finance Board has allowed a powerful lobbying firm to stay under the radar as one of his fund-raisers. Constantinople & Vallone steered $ 60,900 in campaign cash to de Blasio, but was not required to be listed as a fundraiser with the city’s ...

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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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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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De Blasio forms panel to mull controversial city statues' futures

Mayor de Blasio named a committee Friday to address how the city should deal with the sordid histories of hundreds of statues, plaques, obelisks and other memorials scattered on city property across the five boroughs. The new 18-member committee will over the next three months recommend guidelines advising City Hall on how to “address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent ...

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