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A PAC supporting Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota can now receive donations that exceed the $150,000 limit under state law. A three-judge panel overturned a lower court’s decision preventing the New York Progress and Protection PAC from receiving contributions that exceed the state’s maximum. The political action committee can now make unlimited independent expenditures in the mayoral race. By law, PACs can’t coordinate with candidates. The ruling may improve Lhota’s efforts to close a 40-plus point gap in the polls behind Democratic rival Bill de Blasio, but it’s still a lot of ground to cover in less than two weeks. The PAC has not yet reported spending any cash to support Lhota. Lhota has said he supports the PAC's lawsuit.


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Today's Agenda

"Fair distribution of garbage handling": Elected officials and environmentalists plan to rally at City Hall in support of a Council bill to cap the amount of waste handled by any one community district. The committee on sanitation and solid waste is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill at 10 a.m. in chambers.

Council Race Debate: Candidates for the 6th City Council District debate as part of series on MNN co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Stream it here.

Today's Report

Immigrants and Workers of Color More Likely to Be Injured on Construction Sites 
(read the full report)