New York 1 is reporting that Michael Grimm, the congressman from Staten Island, is in an extremely tight race to retain his seat.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, scammers had a field day. There were people touting fake Sandy charities, fraudulent contractors who took money and left jobs half-done, or not done at all, and even a Queens woman who allegedly lied about losing her home during the storm to score almost a year o ... More >>
Surely each and every one of you remember where you were on the bleak day that insanely caffeinated, insanely alcoholic energy drink Four Loko was banned in New York, back in 2010. Pushed by Senator Chuck Schumer, who called Four Loko a "toxic and dangerous brews," the State Liquor Authority stopped ... More >>
Famous orange-American Donald Trump has had a busy few months, feuding with State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, pretending to be friends with recently deceased civil rights icon Nelson Mandela, and fulminating on Twitter about how climate change isn't real because it's cold outside during wint ... More >>
The animals of Woodhaven, Queens had a pretty exciting few days. First, a team of state and local police, led by the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, busted up an alleged cockfighting ring, right before a Saturday-night bout. Hens and roosters were rescued from a basement in Queens, a pe ... More >>
At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>
A third government agency has begun investigating claims of anti-Semitism in upstate New York's Pine Bush Central School District. The New York Times reports that the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has opened a civil rights investigation to look into allegations that Pine Bush a ... More >>
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address was entitled 'New York Rising.' What happened yesterday in Albany might explain why. In a 104-to-43 vote, the New York State Assembly officially passed the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act on Tuesday afternoon. Th ... More >>
Unlike some states (we're looking in your direction, Arizona), in New York it takes a little more than a trigger finger to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun -- under state law, a person needs to have "proper cause" to carry a concealed firearm."Proper cause" is defined as "a special need for ... More >>
Running for Congress, George Martinez calls himself the Occupiers' candidate. The rest of the movement isn't so sure.
Yesterday, veteran Voice scribe Steven Thrasher apparently spent a good chunk of his day kvetching about me in the form of a lengthy blog post, in which he called me a racist. He then challenged me (without ever actually speaking to me -- or replying to multiple emails -- of course) to some sort ... More >>
There's more troublesome news coming out of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Last week, we spoke to Columbia University disaster expert Klaus Jacob about vulnerability at the Westchester County plant, which supplies around 20 percent of New York City's power. Today, we learned that the ... More >>
By Ryan Gellis Standing in a thinning crowd of Staten Island ferry commuters Tuesday, you might have made the mistake of thinking Big Rudy, America's favorite mayor, was coming back to run for office. The few in the crowd who were willing to chance missing the boat would stop to shake Giuli ... More >>
Morgan SchweitzerWould-be state Attorney General Dan Donovan says that the reason he hasn't had any public corruption cases as Staten Island District Attorney, is that the borough's too small to have its very own corrupt officials. The Voice pointed out that for years you could walk into rest ... More >>
WilsonAll three New York City newspaper owners have endorsed GOP comptroller candidate Harry Wilson, who is also backed by our mogul mayor. The real Gang of Four hasn't caballed like this since the term limits extension of 2008 and the re-election of Bloomberg in 2009. Like term lim ... More >>
The A.G. candidate vowing to clean up Albany missed a mess back home
NARAL New York just produced a video and hosted a press conference for Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic candidate for attorney general. NARAL has yet to even endorse Andrew Cuomo, the sitting attorney general who is running for governor. Yet it is governors who shape abortion policy; Ne ... More >>
File this one one away under the "Unsolved Mysteries" of this election season: Try to follow: Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver is the key symbol of Albany hypocrisy. Only yesterday, Ed Koch, the newly re-born reform banner waver, was declaiming him at City Hall. "He is the enemy of reform," ... More >>
Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>
RiceIt sounds like an exotic Sandra Lee recipe: pigeon and rice. Lee is the Andrew Cuomo gal pal who took time off from her Food Network on-camera cooking duties to appear with him at his gubernatorial announcement and was famously asked by Roseanna Scotto recently on Fox Five when Andrew wo ... More >>
The State Senate just voted 53-8 to expel Hiram Monserrate immediately. Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr., Martin Malave Dilan, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada Jr., Kevin Parker, John Sampson, and Monserrate himself were the only no votes; Thomas Morahan was excused. Monserrate gave the final vote and t ... More >>
That state senate committee that has been investigating convicted girlfriend-slasher and colleague Hiram Monserrate has drafted a report. It's confidential, but the Times gets some leakage. The report-on-report suggests that the senators fault Monserrate for ass-covering behavior in the wake of th ... More >>
More Democratic public officials are calling for state senator Hiram Monserrate, convicted of lesser charges in an attack on his girlfriend and facing a special state senate committee, to remove himself from office. Earlier in the week New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer suggested ... More >>
Anti-gun Bloomberg buys ammo for pro-NRA Bruno
In Yonkers, volunteers for the Andrea Stewart-Cousins campaign have reported incidents of alleged voter intimidation at the polls today. Stewart-Cousins, a Democratic candidate for State Senate, lost in 2004 by 18 votes to Nick Spano. She's challenging him again. At one polling site, say her volu ... More >>
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