New York Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio scored a landslide victory championing an ambitious agenda that includes taxing the rich to pay for universal pre-kindergarten, building or preserving 200,000 units of low-income housing and creating better-paying jobs for city residents.
New York Governor David Paterson delivered 6,709 vetoes -- a stack of paper 31 inches high -- to absent lawmakers, trimming $805.3 million of spending that still doesn’t close the state’s $9.2 billion deficit.
New York City will seek a new provider for its $6 billion health-insurance plan that would require workers to pay premiums for the first time, with discounts for participating in wellness programs, Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway said.
Joseph Lhota was Rudy Giuliani’s deputy on Sept. 11 and head of the agency that brought back the subways after Hurricane Sandy. He says that makes him the most qualified candidate to keep New York City from reverting to the days of crime and dysfunction.