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Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Bill Thompson (D)

by Veronica Volk
Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson

Edwin Martinez1, flickr

This isn’t former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s first rodeo.  Four years ago he ran against and lost to Mayor Bloomberg by 4.6 percent, but this race has been different altogether.  Last time around it was his adamant stance on term limits that lit a fire under his campaign; in this race he may not have such a clear rallying point. 

A Timeline: Sandy Aftermath

by Claudia Morell, Jeff Coltin, Kris Venezia, Chris Williams, Ann Pierret, George Bodarky, Connor Ryan, Alen Kanlic, Associated Press

CasualCapture, flickr

To report fallen trees or other damage: call 311 or text 311-692 Crews are may not be able to respond right away.

Get the latest on mass transit info here.

Friday 11/2

6:18 PM: Metro-North opens another section, by tomorrow morning, trains will run from Croton-Harmon to Grand Central. 

NYC Jail Watchdog Board Lacks Minorities

by Associated Press, Jake Pearson
Rikers Island Jail

Tim Rodenberg, wikimedia

At a time when New York City jail officials are struggling to quell rising levels of violence and better care for a growing number of mentally ill inmates, a civilian oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.

Lawmakers Advance Port Authority Reforms

by Associated Press
Port Authority Bus Terminal

Wally Gobetz, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill designed to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

   It moves to the full Senate after a Senate committee approved the bill on Thursday.

   New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and state Sen. Bob Gordon are prime sponsors of the bill, which grew from lane closings at the George Washington Bridge a year ago. The closures appear to have been politically motivated.

Christie Growing Tired of Bridge Committee

by Associated Press
Governor Christie.

Gage Skidmore, Flickr

Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the joint legislative committee investigating lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

   Christie on Thursday blasted the committee for leaked documents to the media. He accused its members of being more interested in getting their names in the newspapers and on television and he urged them to finish up their work.

   The remarks were some of Christie's harshest yet against the committee, which includes both Republicans and Democrats.

Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish New Yorkers

by Associated Press
NYPD officers.

katie chao and ben muessig, Flickr

Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

   Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there's been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

EPA Derails Cuomo's Tappan Zee Funding Plan

by Associated Press
Tappan Zee Bridge

Tappan Zee Bridge, Antonio Rivera, flickr

The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected almost all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to use clean water funds to help pay for a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
 
The agency says Tuesday that only $29 million of Cuomo's $511 million proposal meets federal requirements.

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