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Today’s Lead: Bridge Scandal Expands

Jan 10, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized yesterday for lane closures on The George Washington Bridge that appear to have been ordered for retribution against his political opponents. Christie fired two aides he said were responsible for ordering the

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Today’s Lead: Cuomo’s State of the State

Jan 09, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his fourth State-of-the-State Address to further his credentials as a fiscal conservative and social liberal while revisiting his past successes. Many observers saw the speech as a safe, election-year

Today's Lead: Cuomo's State Of The State

Jan 06, 2014

It's the time of the year when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lays out his annual political agenda in his State of the State address. Reports over the weekend indicate Cuomo is

Today's Lead: New Commissioner Details Plans For NYPD

Jan 03, 2014

Newly appointed Commissioner Bill Bratton yesterday offered fresh details into his plans for the NYPD. He said he'd begin with repairing the relationship of the police force and the community. Officers

Today's Lead: De Blasio's Inauguration Address

Jan 02, 2014

In his inaugural address yesterday Mayor de Blasio promised to focus on inequality in New York City, describing social inequities as a “quiet crisis.” He praised Michael Bloomberg for his

Today's Lead: The Next Schools Chancellor

Dec 30, 2013

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is expected to announce at a news conference later today that he has chosen longtime ally Carmen Fariña to be the next chancellor of the nation's

Today's Lead: City's Incarceration Rate Drops

Dec 27, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's incarceration rate dropped 36 percent between 2001 and 2012, even as the national rate rose 3 percent. Crime dropped 32 percent over the same period.