Mayoral hopeful Nicole Malliotakis calls for ban on lobbyists raising campaign funds while blasting de Blasio – Daily News

Mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis pushed for a ban on lobbyists raising cash for city pols while slamming Mayor de Blasio for his ties to influential lobbyist James Capalino. The Staten Island Republican went after de Blasio’s lobbyist connections outside shuttered lower East Side nursing home Rivington House — which she charged was flipped for luxury […]

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Trump Saves Citgo, Repped by His Ex-Aides, From New Sanctions – The Daily Beast

The White House on Friday announced a new round of sanctions against Venezuela that explicitly exempt the U.S. arm of the country’s state-owned oil company. That company, Citgo, donated six-figure sums to Trump’s inauguration and recently hired former Trump officials to lobby for that exemption. The purpose of the new sanctions announced by the administration […]

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Italian Americans Defend Columbus’ Honor Amid Talks of Removing Statue – Observer

By Madina Toure Italian American elected officials and community leaders took to the steps of City Hall on Thursday to blast City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio for considering the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, and Harlem elected officials held a rally earlier this week to […]

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Malliotakis: Lobbyists call the shots with de Blasio, pay-to-play must stop – Staten Island Real Time News

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis called out Mayor Bill de Blasio on his lack of transparency, “pay-to-play” dealings and criticized his relationship with “mega-lobbyist” Jim Capalino at a press conference at Rivington House on the Lower East Side on Wednesday. “It’s time for Bill de Blasio, the most ethically challenged mayor in recent […]

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Public Advocate Candidate J.C Polanco Outlines Election Reform Agenda – Gotham Gazette

With candidates vying for votes ahead of New York City’s September primary and November general elections, many in and around campaigns know that the state’s antiquated election laws will, in part, ensure that a small percentage of potential voters will cast ballots among limited choices. One candidate, Juan Carlos Polanco, known as J.C., is currently […]

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