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It was a Wednesday mid-morning in Washington, and Eliot Engel was about to take center stage. In his role as chair of the House’s powerful foreign affairs committee, the congressman hauled Assistant Secretary of State R. Clarke Cooper into a June 12 hearing and slammed the Trump administration over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia. more
As Community Board 8 members considered proposed changes to the Special Natural Area District that encompasses a good portion of its territory, one desire kept coming up: Split the Bronx from Staten Island, and develop two unique sets of rules for the two unique areas. more
There was a bit of excitement in Albany to kick off the week after the senate passed, for the first time, a bill designed to provide driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York. more
Timber Equities’ attempt to build an apartment building at 3893 Waldo Ave., could face a new obstacle if a pair of lawmakers succeed in convincing the city’s parks department to expand Brust Park. more
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign a bill that would provide an excuse for women to avoid jury duty while they’re still breastfeeding their infants. more
On May 10, Andrew Mutnick left Sen. Alessandra Biaggi's office after just four months, citing the March 13 incident on the state senate floor as a catalyst for his departure. Just a couple weeks later, Mutnick’s deputy, Christian Amato, was fired. more
Staten Island political leaders and decision makers seemed to celebrate the city planning commission backing down on proposed changes to the Special Natural Area District on Monday. But those feelings couldn't be shared in the Bronx — it appears the massive overhaul to the environmental greenbelt project will move forward here.  more
There was a lot of talk about the city’s proposed changes to the Special Natural Area District in the echo-filled auditorium of P.S. 81. But what there wasn’t was a vote. more
Delays and service interruptions have become all-too-common with all of the construction and upgrade work taking place on tracks and stations. Now the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying to make it easier for commuters to figure out exactly what they can expect when they arrive for the train. more
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty named U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel the winner of its Fighting Hate and Anti-Semitism Award at a legislative breakfast last week. more
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