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De Blasio says Cuomo lacks ‘a positive vision for New York City’

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It’s a Democratic demolition derby.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday tore into Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of New York City’s needs, a day after the governor faced off against his primary rival Cynthia Nixon in a televised debate.

In the face-off with the left-wing actress-activist, Cuomo had been asked about two issues that have raised tensions with the mayor: funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the increased deployment of state police officers to the city.

In the debate, the governor repeated previous claims that the city in fact owns the subway system and bears responsibility for it—the former is legally true, though the MTA is a gubernatorially-controlled entity and manages the system—and that his officers are simply in place to catch those attempting to evade tolls at state and MTA-controlled bridges and tunnels.

The mayor, however, argued that governor has failed to take the city’s best interests into account when setting policy, despite it containing 43% of New York’s population. He alluded to several episodes in their ongoing feud, including the governor’s sudden decision to shut down the subways system ahead of an anticipated snowstorm, an action taken without notifying City Hall.

“I think it’s been part of a pattern of the governor not having a positive vision for New York City and how to work with New York City,” the mayor complained. “No other state in America has a single city with a higher percentage of its population than we have in New York City, in New York state. We’re almost half of the state’s population. Why not start with a positive vision for how to help New York City, for how to work with me as mayor and my administration, and how to get things done for New York City? That’s not what I get. I get sudden announcements, and plans that are often made without taking New York City’s needs into account.”

De Blasio continued to withhold any endorsement in the primary between Cuomo and Nixon, the latter of whom supported him for office in 2013 and hired consultants tied to his campaign. But he praised her performance in the bitter, carping exchange with the incumbent, and slapped at the governor’s “tone.”

“By the standard of how much experience each one had debating, I would say she won, because her performance far exceeded expectations. I would also say she offered some very powerful views that I thought resonated. And I was surprised at some of the governor’s tone,” he said. “His tone was negative and I didn’t understand how someone who is doing well in the polls and has $30 million [in campaign contributions] and is an incumbent would take such a negative tone.”

In a response Thursday afternoon, Cuomo’s team slapped at the governor’s rival and former ally, whom the governor professed to “love” at the debate. In particular, the Cuomo camp highlighted internal emails reporters forced City Hall to release that showed Nixon used her access to de Blasio to pass along complaints about helicopter traffic over Shakespeare in the Park performances and a message from the owner of a Manhattan tea house patronized by “Sex and the City” co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.

“As evidenced by the way he approaches governing, we’re not surprised that the mayor thinks Ms. Nixon has the experience and qualifications to be chief executive,” said campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith, whose romance with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer derailed her appointment to a job in de Blasio’s administration. “Clearly, he and Ms. Nixon—one of his large donors—have a very close relationship, as evidenced by the access she has had to him as mayor, which allowed her to call in favors for her wealthy friends and co-stars. Nice to see she can still call in those favors with him today.”

Source: http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20180830/POLITICS/180839987/de-blasio-says-cuomo-lacks-a-positive-vision-for-new-york-city

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No love for de Blasio and his millionaires tax in Brooklyn swing district

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is counting on a Democrat-dominated Albany to approve his millionaires tax, but judging by only competitive state Senate race in the city, he’ll be waiting for a long time.

Democrat Andrew Gounardes, challenging GOP Sen. Martin Golden in Brooklyn, told Crain’s Wednesday that he is opposed to the mayor’s call to raise the city income tax on individuals earning $500,000 or more and funneling the proceeds to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Both candidates, appearing at a Bay Ridge Council for the Aging forum, voiced general support for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s counterproposal: charging cars and trucks for entering Midtown and Lower Manhattan.

“I think we need to look at a way that affects people across the board, and I think the most effective way to do that is to lower congestion in the central business district,” said Gounardes, an aide to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. The candidate added that he would vote no on the heightened excise on high earners.

Gounardes’ comment is unsurprising in some ways and startling in others. The Senate district, comprising a broad, diverse swath of middle-class southern Brooklyn, is center-right in orientation and hostile to the liberal mayor but warm toward the governor. Gounardes received Cuomo’s endorsement the evening before the debate.
But Gounardes also is known to be close to Queens Sen. Michael Gianaris, a fellow Greek-American and chairman of the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee, who has championed the millionaires tax in the upper chamber.

Citywide polls have shown stronger support for heavier levies on the wealthy than for congestion pricing.

Golden, a 15-year incumbent, indicated he also opposes de Blasio’s solution for subway funding.

Both candidates said they would reject any congestion-pricing plan that did not reduce tolls on MTA spans linking the outer boroughs. One foot of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge sits in the district, and motorists crossing into Staten Island pay the highest tolls in the city.

“I am a definite ‘no’ unless that happens,” Golden said.

Pundits anticipate that local Democrats will ride a wave of antipathy toward the Republican government in Washington and win total control of state government for the first time in a decade. That would require capturing at least one seat currently in GOP hands on Nov. 6.

Democratic gains are expected on Long Island. Progressives in New York City also hope to also dislodge Golden, the lone Republican officeholder in Brooklyn (not including Sen. Simcha Felder, a nominal Democrat who caucuses with the GOP).

Golden—a former police officer, catering hall owner and councilman—has remained in power thanks to strong support from his district’s white ethnic, religious Jewish and Eastern European immigrant communities. The incumbent also has an enormous advantage in fundraising and name recognition. But the district’s demographics are changing, thanks to waves of immigration from Asia, Latin America and the Middle East—and, more recently, influxes of white progressive voters from more expensive sections of Brooklyn.

Source: https://www.crainsnewyork.com/politics/no-love-de-blasio-and-his-millionaires-tax-brooklyn-swing-district

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Street closures, security measures as Trump and other world leaders arrive for UN General Assembly

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President Donald Trump and world leaders are coming together in New York this week for the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.

New Yorkers are bracing for another week of international bedlam as the General Assembly continues through Oct. 1, with weekdays designated as gridlock alert days.

To ensure the safety of all New Yorkers and world leaders, the NYPD and law enforcement agencies will provide highly trained officers throughout the area.

Heavily armed members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force will be on duty, serving as the first line of defense. Security arsenal will also include aviation and marine units as well as devices to detect chemical or biological weapons.

Alternative modes of transportation are strongly encouraged.

The following traffic advisory has been issued by the NYPD:

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th, 2018

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2018

The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
49th Street from 3rd Avenue to Lexington Avenue
The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5thAvenue
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26th, 2018

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5thAvenue
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, 2018

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The FDR DRIVE will be subject to intermittent closures:

Southbound at 63rd Street
Northbound at South Ferry
The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5thAvenue
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018

The following streets will have one traffic lane dedicated to emergency vehicles for the duration of the General Assembly:

42nd Street from 1st Avenue to 5th Avenue
57th Street from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue
2ndAvenue from 41st Street to 57th Street
The following streets in the vicinity of the United Nations will continued to be closed to vehicular traffic:

1st Avenue from 42nd Street to 48th Street. The tunnel underpass from 41st Street to 48th Street will remain open for passenger cars. Trucks and other large vehicles will not be able to access until the end of each day’s session.
44th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
45th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
46th Street from 1st Avenue to 2nd Avenue
The following will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 5:00 a.m.:

42nd Street from the FDR Drive to 2nd Avenue
42nd Street Exit and Entrance Ramps of the FDR Drive
Please note: These areas will reopen each evening after the day’s session.

The following streets will have managed access and no vehicle parking permitted:

Battery Place from Little West Street to Second Place.
1st Place from Battery Place to Little West Street
Little West Street from Battery Place to 2nd Place
50th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
51st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
51st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
55th Street from Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue
55th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
56th Street from 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue
58th Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
58th Street from Plaza to 6th Avenue
61st Street from Lexington Avenue to Park Avenue
61st Street from Park Avenue to Madison Avenue
61st Street from Madison Avenue to 5thAvenue

Source: https://pix11.com/2018/09/23/street-closures-for-2018-un-general-assembly/

 

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Cynthia Nixon Loses New York Primary to Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Cynthia Nixon’s gubernatorial primary bid against incumbent Andrew Cuomo has come to an end.

Going into the primaries, Cuomo had a greater amount of support from the Democratic party, as well as greater financial resources than Nixon, and pre-primary polls suggested the incumbent governor had more support from New York voters.

The Associated Press called the race for Cuomo based on projected totals at 9:30 p.m. ET. With nearly 50 percent of total votes counted, the 60-year-old career politician held an insurmountable 66.3 percent lead over Nixon’s 33.7 percent.

Following the defeat, Nixon took to Twitter to thank her followers and fans for their support. “Thank you all for believing and fighting and leaving it all on the field,” she wrote. “We started something here in New York, and it doesn’t end today. This is just the beginning. And I know that together, we will win this fight.”

Nixon first announced that she would be running for governor, and challenging the two-term establishment Democrat, in March, when she released a video explaining her motivation and inspiration to throw her hat in the political ring.

“New York is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else. When I grew up here it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom, fifth floor walk-up. New York is where I was raised and where I am raising my kids. I’m a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent. I was given chances I just don’t see for most of New York’s kids today,” the 51-year-old actress said at the time. “Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country. With both incredible wealth and extreme poverty… How did we let this happen?”

Nixon first announced that she would be running for governor, and challenging the two-term establishment Democrat, in March, when she released a video explaining her motivation and inspiration to throw her hat in the political ring.

“New York is my home. I’ve never lived anywhere else. When I grew up here it was just my mom and me in a one-bedroom, fifth floor walk-up. New York is where I was raised and where I am raising my kids. I’m a proud public school graduate and a prouder public school parent. I was given chances I just don’t see for most of New York’s kids today,” the 51-year-old actress said at the time. “Our leaders are letting us down. We are now the most unequal state in the entire country. With both incredible wealth and extreme poverty… How did we let this happen?”

ET’s Nischelle Turner was with Parker on Thursday morning, hours before the results of the primary were determined — at the launch of her new brick-and-mortar shoe store, SJP By Sarah Jessica Parker, in the Seaport District of New York City — and the actress-turned-fashion mogul said she was standing by her friend.

“We had to be [at the store opening] super early but we’re we’re gonna go [cast our votes] when I finish,” shared Parker, who said she’d been texting with Nixon the night before the primaries kicked off.

Source: https://www.etonline.com/cynthia-nixon-loses-new-york-primary-to-incumbent-governor-andrew-cuomo-109624

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