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Cuomo Re-elected to a Second Term

by Jeff Coltin
Andrew Cuomo

Jeff Coltin, WFUV News

 
Promising to take the state higher than ever before, Andrew Cuomo's been re-elected to a second term as Governor of New York. The Democrat was widely expected to cruise to victory as Cuomo outspent Republican challenger Rob Astorino nearly 10 to 1. In Manhattan last night, Cuomo talked of a unified New York.

Morning Brief: October 31

by Kris Venezia
Candy House.

Moyan Brenn, Flickr

Halloween gives everyone an excuse to enjoy some delicious candy and dress up in fun costumes. While New York City may not offer some of the traditional trick-or-treating that suburbs do, there are still great places to go to take the kids for candy. [AM NY]

Weather 

Today, partly cloudy with a high of 58, and tonight, cloudy with a chance of rain late, low of 49. [Full Forecast]

NY Democrats Get Letter Pressuring Them to Vote

by Associated Press
Vote Sign.

hjl, Flickr 

New York's Democratic Party is writing to registered Democrats telling them that unnamed organizations are monitoring their neighborhood's election turnout and that the party will want an explanation if they do not cast a ballot.

   The letters went out to about 1 million voters this week ahead of Tuesday's election. It represents a get-out-the-vote tactic that is being used increasingly around the country by both parties.

   The letters note that "who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record."

New York Program Will Support Ebola Medical Volunteers

by Associated Press
Ebola Medical Staff.

Army Medicine, Flickr 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a plan Thursday to encourage health care professionals to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients by guaranteeing that they won't lose their jobs or benefits while they are overseas.

   De Blasio said it's incumbent on New York to play "a lead role in recruiting and supporting medical professionals" because the city and state are home to so many top-rated hospitals and medical schools.

   The initiative is modeled on benefits provided to military reservists.

Ebola Case in NYC Brings Demand for Quarantines

by Associated Press, Marilynn Marchione, Mike Stobbe
Ebola Ward

Ebola ward in Nigeria, CDC/flickr

The case of the U.S. doctor stricken with Ebola left lawmakers on Capitol Hill, scientists and ordinary New Yorkers wondering why he was out on the town after his return from West Africa - and why stronger steps aren't being taken to quarantine medical workers.

Morning Brief: October 23

by Jeff Coltin
Diwali fireworks

Diwali fireworks, Kinshuk Kashyap/flickr

Light a candle tonight for Diwali—it’s day 3 of the Hindu festival of light, the most important day. Want to know more? The Wall Street Journal put together a nice starter page. And in the Times’ “Motherlode” blog, an Indian-American shares a heartfelt essay on the growth of Diwali in the city.

Morning Brief: October 23

by Jeff Coltin
Diwali fireworks

Diwali fireworks, Kinshuk Kashyap/flickr

Light a candle tonight for Diwali—it’s day 3 of the Hindu festival of light, the most important day. Want to know more? The Wall Street Journal put together a nice starter page. And in the Times’ “Motherlode” blog, an Indian-American shares a heartfelt essay on the growth of Diwali in the city.

A Settlement to Defend the Poor

by Associated Press, Michael Virtanen
Westchester County Courthouse

Westchester County Courthouse, Library of Congress/wikimedia

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the Cuomo administration announced an agreement Tuesday to improve criminal defense for the state's poor and settle a lawsuit the NYCLU filed seven years ago.

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