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California Tea Partier tries to block waiver funds that could save Brooklyn hospitals

A wealthy Republican from California is trying to throw a wrench into New York’s $10 billion Medicaid waiver request, $1 billion of which is supposed to go towards helping teetering Brooklyn hospitals. … Full Article

It's not art? Judge says NYC strip club must tax lap dances

An administrative law judge has ordered the owners of New York City strip club to pay $2.1 million in back taxes. The Jan. 30 tax ruling said the Hustler Club should have been collecting sales tax on lap dances, among other things. … Full Article

NY legislation would ban plastic bits in cosmetics

ALBANY— New York could become the first state in the nation to outlaw the sale of cosmetic products containing tiny plastic scrubbing beads that have been accumulating by the tens of millions in the Great Lakes. … Full Article

Golden: NY State should do more to help veterans

Military veterans have served their country and now their country should be serving them, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is among a group of elected officials pushing for legislation to give veteran business owners a helping hand. … Full Article

Pols warn homeowners: Shovel snow or get summons

With another snowstorm predicted for Feb. 12, two Borough Park lawmakers are reminding property owners in their district to clear the sidewalks after the flakes stop falling to the ground. … Full Article

De Blasio, in State of City, pledges to boost wages, continue pre-K and hospital battles

Roughly a month after taking office, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday in his inaugural State of the City address at LaGuardia Community College, laid out a progressive agenda with a major emphasis on fighting the city’s increasing income equality gap. … Full Article

Adams says Verrazano Bridge fare not fair

Borough President Eric Adams said he plans to use a little-known power of his office to try to get equity for all New York City motorists driving across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. … Full Article

Mayor de Blasio names four to key housing positions

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Saturday announced four appointments to leadership positions on his housing team, pledging to expand access to affordable housing and upgrade the city’s aging public housing stock. … Full Article

Marty Plissner, veteran CBS political sage and Brooklyn native, dies

Marty Plissner, the longtime Brooklyn-born political director of CBS News, died Thursday of lung cancer. He was 87. Plissner is credited with coining the phrase "too close to call" a half-century ago, heard often ever since during tight vote counts. … Full Article

Pols seek Verrazano toll discount for Brooklyn residents

Staten Island residents who drive on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be getting a break on the toll, thanks to a new plan announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday. … Full Article

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