Republican Rob Astorino, the top elected official in mostly Democratic Westchester County, a New York City suburb, said he will run against Governor Andrew Cuomo with a campaign focusing on taxes and corruption.
The Los Angeles City Council voted to join New York and Chicago in banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces, restaurants and many public areas, threatening the growth of an industry segment that reached $1.5 billion in sales last year.
“If I can persuade Al Sharpton and Bill O’Reilly to come to the same meeting, there are plenty of people of good faith to get something done,” President Barack Obama said in the White House’s East Room yesterday.
New York lowered yields on $695 million of tax-exempt bonds in the second day of selling to individuals. It’s the city’s first general-obligation offering since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office Jan. 1.
Hedge-fund managers Joseph DiMenna and James Dinan helped raise $1.2 million for the School of American Ballet last night, with tables at the academy’s annual Winter Ball priced as high as $100,000, or $10,000 a seat.