Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump

The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #freedom-of-religion, #new-york-state, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cuomo Attacks Supreme Court’s Emboldened Majority Over Virus Ruling

“You have a different court, and I think that was the statement the court was making,” the governor said after a 5-4 decision barring restrictions on religious services.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dimarzio-nicholas-a, #disease-rates, #new-york-state, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

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2nd Coronavirus Wave Hits Buffalo Area ‘With a Vengeance’

The positive test rate in Erie County has remained above 5 percent for almost two weeks.

#buffalo-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #disease-rates, #erie-county-ny, #new-york-state, #shutdowns-institutional

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Democrats Claim Veto-Proof Majority in N.Y. Senate, Pressuring Cuomo

Democrats in New York bucked the national trend on down-ballot races, and could pursue progressive initiatives without fear of a veto.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-state-legislature, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #state-legislatures

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Should Trump Be Prosecuted?

Being president should mean you are more accountable, not less, to the rule of law.

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Cuomo Invited His Mother for Thanksgiving. New Yorkers Noticed.

The governor was accused of hypocrisy after he said his mother and two daughters were traveling to Albany for the holiday. He withdrew the invitation.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #emmy-awards, #families-and-family-life, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #thanksgiving-day

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Why Are States Imposing Coronavirus Curfews?

State and city leaders are trying to slow the spread of the coronavirus without full lockdowns. But whether curfews will help remains unclear.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #colorado, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #curfews, #massachusetts, #new-york-state, #ohio, #pueblo-colo, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional

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House Race Between Tenney and Brindisi Is Down to 100-Vote Margin

Claudia Tenney seemed poised to avenge her 2018 defeat to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, but her election night lead has shrunk to roughly 100 votes.

#absentee-voting, #brindisi-anthony, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #tenney-claudia, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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She Helped South Korea in Its Time of Need. In the Pandemic, It Repaid Her.

Decades ago, a young American woman served an impoverished South Korea as a Peace Corps volunteer. Now the country is an economic powerhouse, and it decided to send her a token of its gratitude. ​

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #korea-foundation, #korean-americans, #new-york-state, #peace-corps, #south-korea, #volunteers-and-community-service

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This Is How the Outbreak Is Resurging Across New York City

The positive test rates have gone up in the city in the last month, leading to what many experts say is a second wave.

#contact-tracing-public-health, #corona-queens-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #health-department-nys, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

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As the Virus Surges, How Much Longer Can N.Y. Avoid a Full Shutdown?

The state is banking on a variety of less disruptive mandates, even as public health experts and other officials warn that such measures may not be enough.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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Even Without Peter King, G.O.P. Retains His House Seat in New York

Andrew Garbarino, a Republican state assemblyman, defeated Jackie Gordon, overcoming a Democratic edge in voter enrollment.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #garbarino-andrew, #gordon-jackie, #king-peter-t, #long-island-ny, #new-york-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why New York Again Trails Almost All States in Counting Votes

A delay in tallying absentee ballots after Election Day follows a six-week lag in declaring winners in two congressional primaries this summer.

#absentee-ballots, #absentee-voting, #gianaris-michael-n, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020

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State and City Governments Are Too Big to Fail

Together, they employ about 23 million essential workers. But the pandemic has pushed them to the brink. President-elect Biden needs to step in now.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #federal-aid-us, #house-of-representatives, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Rep. Katko Wins Rematch, Keeps G.O.P. Seat in Democratic District

Rep. John Katko, a moderate Republican, defeated Dana Balter in a Central New York district where Democrats outnumber Republicans.

#balter-dana, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #katko-john-1962, #new-york-state, #syracuse-ny, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Post-Presidency of a Con Man

Out of office, Trump might seem a lot less formidable.

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Real Estate Transactions Go Virtual

The traditional real estate closings with a room full of people and stacks of documents are becoming a memory, as much of the process is now online.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #appraisals-and-valuation-property, #mortgages, #new-york-state, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

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New York City Must Hit Pause on Indoor Dining

City and state officials, with an eye toward keeping schools open, should not wait to impose additional lifesaving restrictions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #restaurants

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Fight Over Gig Workers Persists Despite Win for Uber and Lyft

A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #collective-bargaining, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #new-york-state, #organized-labor, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #uber-technologies-inc

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How ‘Defund the Police’ Became a Flashpoint in Competitive N.Y. Races

Democrats are debating whether the party’s stances alienated moderates, but progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez challenged that narrative.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #malliotakis-nicole, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rose-max-1986, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cuomo Blames de Blasio as Strains Mount Over N.Y. Democrats’ Showing

New York State Republicans used images of boarded-up businesses and of Mayor Bill de Blasio to persuade voters to vote for their candidates.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #long-island-ny, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-democratic-committee, #politics-and-government, #republican-party

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Some Suburban Strongholds Swing Back to G.O.P. in N.Y. and Across U.S.

Republicans are ahead in key congressional races in New York State, mirroring a national trend of apparent success in winning back swing districts.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New York’s Chance to Combat Frivolous Lawsuits

A bill that awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature would bolster freedom of speech in the state.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-state, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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How Long Will the Counting Drag On in New York?

While the presidential race in the state was called on election night, more heavily contested races may take a while longer.

#absentee-voting, #brooklyn-nyc, #crown-heights-brooklyn-ny, #early-voting, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #queens-nyc, #voting-machines

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Rep. Elise Stefanik, Called ‘Republican Star’ by Trump, Wins 4th Term

Ms. Stefanik’s role in the impeachment hearings drew Democratic ire, as well as $16 million in campaign donations to the northern New York race.

#cobb-tedra, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #stefanik-elise, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, putting pressure on neighboring states like New York.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #budgets-and-budgeting, #constitutional-amendments, #cuomo-andrew-m, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #state-legislatures, #states-us

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wins 2nd Term in Costly Loss for Republicans

Her challenger had collected $10 million, but Ms. Ocasio-Cortez still coasted to an easy win, creating speculation about her future political ambitions.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #presidential-election-of-2024, #united-states-politics-and-government

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New York Elections: What’s at Stake

All eyes were on the State Senate, where Democrats are close to a veto-proof supermajority. But results might be delayed because of a torrent of mail-in ballots.

#board-of-elections-nys, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-state-legislature, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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The Virus Rate in Orange County Plummeted. Experts Wonder Why.

The sudden drop raises questions about community sensitivities over testing and how useful the data is in determining preventive measures.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kgb-spy-museum-manhattan-ny, #museums, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #orange-county-ny

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He’s a Rare House Republican in a District Trump Lost. Can He Hold On?

Representative John Katko has managed to keep his seat in Central New York by distancing himself from the president. Will that be enough this year?

#balter-dana, #brindisi-anthony, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #katko-john-1962, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #syracuse-ny, #tenney-claudia, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Turkish Bank Case Showed Erdogan’s Influence With Trump

New details of the Justice Department’s handling of the accusations against Halkbank reveal how Turkey’s leader pressured the president, prompting concern from top White House aides.

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How the Nxivm Sex Cult Leader Tore One Family Apart

Keith Raniere, the founder of Nxivm, had abusive sexual relationships with three sisters who joined his organization, the family said. Their father still supports him.

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Stefanik’s Loyalty to Trump Is Flashpoint in $16 Million N.Y. Race

Representative Elise Stefanik’s strenuous defense of the president has enabled her Democratic opponent to raise $5 million. Ms. Stefanik has raised even more.

#campaign-finance, #cobb-tedra, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #political-advertising, #stefanik-elise, #trump-donald-j

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews’ Greatest Strength Has Become Their Greatest Weakness

In Israel and the U.S., this isolated community is thriving. The coronavirus pandemic has shown why this may be its biggest problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-state, #synagogues

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How New York’s Small Cinemas Are Hanging On

Despite the continued shutdown of the city’s movie houses, indie theaters just may survive: They are less reliant on Hollywood and have a loyal audience.

#anthology-film-archives, #cinema-village-manhattan-ny-movie-theater, #cooper-karen, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #film-forum, #movies, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #nicolaou-nick-russo, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theaters-buildings

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Sanders and Warren Accuse N.Y. Democrats of False Advertising

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren say that their images were improperly used on a flier that they view as an attack on the Working Families Party.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #new-york-state, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #working-families-party

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Justice Dept. Blocked in Bid to Shield Trump From Rape Defamation Suit

The Justice Department tried to intervene to represent President Trump against the lawsuit by the writer E. Jean Carroll, who claims he lied when he denied raping her.

#barr-william-p, #bergdorf-goodman, #carroll-e-jean, #new-york-state, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

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Trump’s Weakened Hold on Long Island Leaves King, Zeldin Seats at Risk

Peter King is leaving Congress, and Lee Zeldin could be vulnerable. The elections in the two districts will be “a referendum on Trump,” a strategist said.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #garbarino-andrew, #gordon-jackie, #goroff-nancy, #house-of-representatives, #king-peter-t, #long-island-ny, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #suffolk-county-ny, #zeldin-lee-m

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Trump’s Weakened Hold on Long Island Puts 2 G.O.P. House Seats at Risk

Peter King is leaving Congress, and Lee Zeldin could be vulnerable. The elections in the two districts will be “a referendum on Trump,” a strategist said.

#democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #garbarino-andrew, #gordon-jackie, #goroff-nancy, #house-of-representatives, #king-peter-t, #long-island-ny, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #suffolk-county-ny, #zeldin-lee-m

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Virus Cases Spike in New Jersey, Threatening ‘Lurch Backward’

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said that residents should refrain from all but necessary out-of-state travel.

#connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #lamont-ned, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #states-us, #travel-warnings

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‘Vile, Racist Postings’ by N.Y. Court Officers Included Obama in a Noose

A new report found pervasive examples of racial bias — some explicit, some subtle — in New York State’s court system.

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Can This Billionaire Save N.Y.’s Senate Republicans?

Ronald Lauder is spending millions of dollars to defeat Democratic state senators, whose party is tantalizingly close to a supermajority.

#campaign-finance, #elections-state-legislature, #lauder-ronald-s, #new-york-state, #political-action-committees, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #suffolk-county-ny

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How Will We Know a 2nd Virus Wave Has Arrived in N.Y.C.?

There are signs of trouble ahead: Rising rates of positive tests have alarmed health experts, and city and state officials.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #disease-rates, #health-department-nys, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

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Joseph L. Bruno, Fallen Power in New York Senate, Dies at 91

As the Republican majority leader for 13 years, he was one of the “three men in a room” who decided things in Albany. Then came corruption charges and, ultimately, vindication.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bruno-joseph-l, #corruption-scandals, #deaths-obituaries, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #rensselaer-county-ny, #state-legislatures

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Eric Trump Finally Interviewed in N.Y. Fraud Inquiry

President Trump’s son had sought to postpone a deposition with the New York attorney general’s office until after Election Day.

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Cuomo Won’t Approve Closing of Businesses in 9 Hard-Hit N.Y.C. Areas

The abrupt announcement caused confusion over the official response to virus spikes and threatened to deepen tensions with the mayor.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-state, #shutdowns-institutional

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Harvey Weinstein Faces Six Additional Sexual Assault Charges in Los Angeles

Prosecutors said they would seek Mr. Weinstein’s extradition from prison in New York to face the charges, which now include four counts of forcible rape.

#metoo-movement, #beverly-hills-calif, #extradition, #lacey-jackie-1957, #los-angeles-calif, #new-york-state, #sex-crimes, #weinstein-harvey, #women-and-girls

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N.Y. Voting Officials Need Money. They Were Told to Go to Zuckerberg.

Local election boards say they may need up to $50 million to avoid a repeat of the botched primary, so some are seeking, and receiving, grants funded by the Facebook chief executive.

#absentee-voting, #board-of-elections-nys, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grants-corporate-and-foundation, #new-york-state, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voting-and-voters, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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How the Pandemic Sent New York Comedy Underground

Unlike live music, stand-up is still not allowed where food and drinks are sold. Comedians are doing pop-up gigs wherever they can.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #che-michael, #comedy-and-humor, #new-york-city, #new-york-comedy-club, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-liquor-authority, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Vote in Person, New York

After the recent absentee ballot debacle, anyone who is able ought to take advantage of early in-person voting.

#absentee-voting, #board-of-elections-nyc, #board-of-elections-nys, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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