On Thursday morning, the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a press release announcing that City Hall would be lit orange to mark the final day of National Gun Violence Awareness Month. Not to be outdone, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced, an hour later, that 1 World Trade Center would also be lit orange.
On Wednesday, shortly after Norman Seabrook, president of New York City’s jail officers’ union, was arrested on corruption charges, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave a speech promising new regulations on independent expenditure committees (a.k.a. super PACs). This is the fourth time in five years that the governor has proposed such regulations, Politico reports, which—even in the unlikely event of them passing—would not actually do very much to ameliorate corruption in New York.
Several of Bill de Blasio’s closest aides and political allies have been hit with subpoenas as part of the unfolding investigation by federal and state prosecutors into the mayor’s fundraising activities. De Blasio himself “has not been personally served,” Maya Wiley, counsel to the mayor, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night.
On Monday, Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that his office, which had been investigating Governor Andrew Cuomo’s abrupt disbandment of the anticorruption Moreland Commission, in March 2014, would not bring criminal charges against the governor.
“A network of limited liability companies tied to a Kiryas Joel developer has given Governor Andrew Cuomo $250,000 in 2015, more than any other source. These donations were made less than a week after the governor vetoed a bill leaders of the Hasidic village described as restricting its development.”
On Friday, in a deal with the State Senate’s Republican majority, Governor Andrew Cuomo (alignment: chaotic evil) agreed to suspend a plan requiring background checks on ammunition sales. This would seem to undermine at least in part the signature gun control measures he passed in his first term as governor.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has finally started to fill his size 49 Strawbridge’s loafers. On Tuesday afternoon, he called a meeting with members of the press to spit some brassy words about sitting Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. The verdict? De Blasio is mad as hell and he isn’t gonna take this—meaning Cuomo’s—shit anymore.
The big-dicked murderer Richard Matt and his killer buddy David Sweat originally planned on escaping to vibrant, scenic Mexico after their daring prison break earlier this month, according to New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The duo’s scheme allegedly fell apart when Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell failed to pick them up outside the prison. Tillie!
In response to last week’s New York Times reports about the dangerous work conditions, low pay, and racism running rampant in New York nail salons, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Sunday a series of “emergency measures” and vowed that the state would no longer “stand idly by as workers are deprived of their hard-earned wages and robbed of their most basic rights.”